Can I Recover Deleted Texts from My iPhone?

Q: "To free up room on my iPhone, I have erased some text messages but some important SMS messages were also deleted by me accidentally. So I am wondering that can I retrieve a deleted text from my iPhone. If so, how should I do?" - Catharine

SMS, abbreviated from Short Message Service, is also known as text message. In the Messages app on most mobile phones, you can send a SMS with up to 160 characters to another device. This can be one of effective communication means in people daily lives. However, if you deleted some important SMS messages and conversations, just like Catharine, you may want to find ways to recover them. In this article, we will discover 3 quick easy methods to recover deleted texts from iPhone Xs (max)/Xr/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4.

Part 1. Use Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery to Recover Deleted SMS on iPhone

Suppose you didn't make any backup before losing these iPhone text messages, the only and best way is to ask a third-party data recovery app for help. Because after you have 'deleted' messages, actually they still remain on your device until been overwritten, so a professional data recovery utility can help you find them out. Among the numerous similar programs in the current market, Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery has won higher online reputation.

Why Choose Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery?

Recover deleted texts iPhone whether you have backup or not.

Restore up to 20+ file types on iPhone including text messages, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, Kik messages, notes, contacts, videos, photos, and many more at a fast speed.

The real-time preview feature guarantees a flexible recovery, so you can recover exactly what you want.

It will never overwrite the existing data on your handset during the recovering.

Fully compatible with all iOS devices from the original iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone XS (iOS 12 supported)

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Here are the steps to recover deleted texts from iPhone without backup by using Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.

  • Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and connect iPhone to computer

    connect iphone to computer

    First of all, download Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery and install it on your PC or Mac. Then use an original USB cable to connect your device to the computer. Joyoshare program will automatically detect your handset.

  • Step 2 Pick data types to scan

    choose to recover from ios device

    When your iPhone is successfully detected by Joyoshare, you're in the interface of "Recover from iDevice" mode. Next select the "Messages & Attachments" option (or keep all boxes ticked as default) and then click the "Scan" button to let Joyoshare analyze and scan the deleted SMS messages and its attachments.

  • Step 3 Retrieve deleted texts on iPhone

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    Once the scanning process is done, all recoverable text messages will be displayed orderly. You can enable the "Only show the deleted" option and preview to recover deleted SMS selectively. After that, press the "Recover" button to output all selected messages to the local folder of your computer.

    Note: You can also use Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted texts from iTunes or iCloud backup to the computer by switching to the "Recover from iTunes" or "Recover from iCloud" mode.

    See also: How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

Part 2. Retrieve Deleted Texts from iPhone with iTunes/iCloud

The second situation is that you have regularly made backup via iTunes or iCloud, so you can now get your deleted SMS messages from iTunes backup or iCloud backup. Now just follow the quick guide below to see how to restore iPhone text messages from iTunes or iCloud backup file.

2.1 Recover Deleted Texts iPhone from iTunes Backup

2.2 Recover Deleted SMS Messages iPhone from iCloud Backup

  • Step 1 Open iTunes app

    Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable. Launch iTunes program on the desktop and tap the "Trust This Computer" option when it asks you to do so.

  • Step 2 Choose correct backup file

    restore iphone data after factory reset from itunes backup

    When your device icon appears on the iTunes interface, click it and go to the "Summary" > "Backups" > "Restore Backup". Alternatively, you can directly head to the "File" > "Devices" > "Restore from Backup" after iTunes recognized your iPhone.

  • Step 3 Restore iTunes backup

    Next select the backup that may contain the texts you deleted and press "Restore" button to extract iTunes backup file. Wait a while until the whole progress bar ends.

  • Step 1 Erase all content and settings

    Tap the Settings app on your iPhone and then go for the "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings" to efface all data on the device and set it up as a new iPhone.

  • Step 2 Navigate to the backup file

    restore iphone data after factory reset from icloud backup

    Now follow the setup instruction to reset your handset. When it comes to the "Apps & Data" screen, tap the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option.

  • Step 3 Restore iCloud Backup

    Next sign in your iCloud account after entering the right Apple ID and passcode. Select the most relevant backup file for recovery. The restoration will take a while and when it finished, all deleted text messages will come back to your device again.

Bonus Tip: Recover with Joyoshare vs. Recover from iTunes/iCloud Backup

Now you may know how to retrieve deleted texts on iphone with the aforementioned two methods. No matter which way you choose, several things you should pay attention to:

  • If you're trying to recover deleted SMS from iTunes or iCloud backup:

    It will cost no money; and all your messages will be restored to your iPhone directly. However, you must keep these things in the mind:

    1. Make sure you have an iTunes or iCloud backup file and it has contained the lost messages you want;
    2. If you're trying to restore an iCloud backup, you need to erase all the data and settings on your iPhone first; if you're trying to restore an iTunes backup, the iTunes backup will replace the existing data on the device. So, both will put your current data in a risk of being lost.
    3. If you don't want that happen or you have restored the wrong iTunes or iCloud backup, please make a new backup file for the existing data on your phone before trying to use this method.

  • If you're trying to recover deleted SMS with Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:

    1. This is not totally free. But it has a free trial version which enables you to find and preview all deleted texts. When you upgrade to the full version, it will help recover deleted texts with highest success rate.
    2. Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery permits you to selectively recover the really needed text messages. And in order not to overwrite the current data on your device, it will not transfer the recovered SMS messages to your iPhone at present.


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