7 Ways to Fix Can't Search for Old Texts in Messages after iPhone Update to iOS 14/13

A few iPhone users have said that they can't search for texts messages on iPhone after upgrading the device to most recent iOS 14/13.6.

For users who are accustomed to chat or communicate with others via text messages, they must have created a large amount of text messages on their device. It will turn into a problem when they cannot search for old text messages on iPhone. If you are having this problem, do not worry. We will offer you effective methods to fix the text message searching problem on iPhone in this post.

1. Most Effective Way to Search Old Messages/iMessages on iPhone

If you are searching for the most quick and convenient way to search text messages or iMessages on your iPhone, then FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery software is here for you.

You can search and preview not only the old text messages but also the deleted messages as well with this software. And it is completely free to preview these files.

Other data types such as photos, videos, contact, call logs, WhatsApp messages, notes, voice memos, etc could also be searched and previewed.


Step 1. On your computer (Windows or Mac), download, install this iOS Data Recovery software and launch it.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/XS Max or other models of iOS devices to computer. You will need to tap "Trust This Computer" on your device's scren.

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Step 3. All the types of files will be listed on the screen. Select "Messages" and click on "Start Scan" to begin scanning.

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Step 4. This iPhone data recovery program will search the entire text messages on your iPhone. When the searching process is done, you will be able to view all the text messages and iMessages under the category of "Messages and Attachments". Tick the messages you want to and click "Recover".

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2. Change Language Settings

It happens a lot that you can't search for texts messages on iPhone after iOS 14/13 update due to language settings. If it is exactly the reason, then change the language settings could be advisable.

Step 1. Click on Settings and General option.

Step 2. Tap on "Language & Region" and select a different language that you want to change to. After changing the language for a few minutes, search the old text messages again.

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If it doesn't work, then repeat the steps of this method or jump to the methods below.

3. Turn Off and Turn On Spotlight Search

Spotlight can help you quickly search devices, Apple Store and internet on iPhone. It greatly shortens the searching process. But this searching feature can sometimes affect the text message searching and result in the issue of "can't search for text messages on iPhone". To bypass this issue, you can disable Spotlight and re-enable it.

Step 1. Go to Settings > General to turn on Spotlight Search.

Step 2. Here are 2 searching options: Suggestions in Look Up and Suggestions in Search. Toggle off the 2 options and toggle them on.

turn off and turn on iphone spotlight

4. Reset iPhone to Default Settings

Resetting iPhone to default settings will allow you to search old text messages on iPhone. But this method is only recommended when your iPhone is backed up before, as all the data include the device data and app date will be erased.

Step 1.Run the Settings app on the device.

Step 2. Click General and tap on the option of "Reset".

Step 3. Tap on "Erase All Content and Settings" and enter your iCloud information if prompted.

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Step 4. The reset process will get started after the iCloud password in confirmed.

5. Using Siri to Search Old Text Messages

You can try to think differently if you still can't search for old texts in messages after iPhone update. An inbuilt feature could do that: Siri. It is very easy to ask Siri to search for old texts in messages. However, it has very obvious shortcomings that you can only access the latest text messages via Siri.

Step 1. Activate Siri by pressing the Home or Side button for 2 seconds.

Step 2. Ask Siri the question of "Can I check my text messages". Then Siri will search through the latest texts in message app and show them to you.

use siri to search iphone messages

6. Access Old Texts in Messages on Mac

If you have enabled iMessage and sync your iPhone with Mac, you will have access to the deleted and existing text messages on your Mac. Thus you can also search old texts in message after iPhone update on your Mac.

Step 1. On your Mac, search the path of /Users/ your username/Library/Messages/Archive/ on Finder.

Step 2. You will view many text message folders saved there. Locate one folder you want based on the creating time.

Step 3. Open the folder and click the .ichat file to open it.

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7. Using a Repair Tool (Highest Recovery Rate)

The last but best method we recommend is using a reliable repair tool. You can use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery if you still cannot access old texts in messages. Any iOS issues could be bypassed with this tool and it will keep your data safe after the repair process.


Now you can take a look at the steps below:

Step 1. Choose "Repair Operating System" on the first Window.

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Step 2. Connect device and put the device to Recovery/DFU mode. Download the firmware and start to repair.

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When you are stuck in the trouble of can't search for old texts in messages after iPhone update to iOS 14/13, the regular and common methods we mentioned above are worthy to try. You can also leave a comment if you are also having any other issues that are hard to deal with.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Aug 08, 2019, 22:05:06

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.