4 Effective Tips to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone (iOS 13 Supported)

Can I recover deleted messages on iPhone? if so please someone help me. I deleted the messages due to harassment I need them as proof.”

Message has become one of the most important and the most commonly used social chat app. You can contact with others by sending texts, photos, videos, audios and share locations, etc. Even the iPhone of iOS 13 version brings several new features of Messages, such as new iMessage screen effects, send and receive "Apple Pay Cash" from contacts, chat with business, etc. However, it happens a lot that you delete or lose some messages that may contain valuable data or pictures from your iPhone 11/11 Pro/XS/XR/XS Max/8/7 unexpectedly. That’s why the developers of iPhone design a feature to recover deleted text messages on iPhone after accidental deletion.

1. Can You Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

iPhone text messages/MMS/iMessages are all saved in a database, called SQLite on iPhone. When you delete a message rather than completely remove it from the SQLite, the message is still sitting here and marked as "deleted". When you send or receive new messages one day, the space for the deleted ones will be occupied and overwritten with the new conversation.

Thus, it’s wise not to send or receive messages when you found that you have lost some important messages, in case that the deleted messages will be affected.

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2. How to Recover Deleted Messages on iPhone without Backup

You shall be aware that not all recovery tools are reliable to use. Some of them may be at the risk of damaging your device and existing data. Then why we choose this reliable FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, which has helped tens of thousands of iOS users find deleted data on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Instead of overwriting and extracting the data, this program will make a copy of the database and recover all the deleted data without affecting the existing ones.

Why Choose FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery

  • It will deeply scan your iOS device, iTunes and iCloud backup data to help you find the deleted data.
  • It can be used to recover different types of data, including messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, WhatsApp messages, voice memos, etc without iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • It is approved and recommended by Macworld, PC Advisor, PCWorld and other famous media sites.
  • It is effective and reliable, and compatible with the latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XS, XR, XS Max and iOS 13, 12, 12.1.

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Steps to Recover iPhone Messages without Backup

Step 1. Click on the button below to download and install this program on your computer.


Step 2. Run the program then connect your iPhone to computer via an USB cable. On the main window, choose “Recover from iOS Device”.

select a data type

Step 3. The device data will be scanned once it is detected by the program. Once the scan process has finished, the scanning result will show all the deleted and undeleted messages for you to preview. After the preview, tap on ‘Recover’ button to save the messages on the destination you want.

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3. How to Recover Text Messages on iPhone from iCloud Backup

Step 1. On the main interface of this iOS data recovery program, select “Recover from iCloud Backup File” and click Next to sign in iCloud.

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Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password to sign in iCloud account. Once you log into the iCloud account, the iCloud backup files under this Apple account will be detected.

choose an icloud backup

Step 3. Choose one backup you want and click Download, when the download has completed, choose “Messages” from the data types and click Ok to start to scan.

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Step 4. It’ll take several minutes for the scan, when it is done, you’ll be able to view the deleted messages. Then you can choose individual or multiple messages you want and click on the button of Recover to save the recovered files to computer. 

4. Restore from Old iCloud Backup via Apple's Official Solution

Step 1. If you don’t have an iCloud backup, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Backups on your iPhone to create a backup of your device with iCloud. If you already had a backup, you’ll find date and size of its latest iCloud backup.

Step 2. After the backup, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings to reset your device to factory settings, then tap on Restore from iCloud Backup on Apps & Data screen and sign into iCloud.

erase all content and settings

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There are some restrictions of restoring from iCloud backup. If you haven't taken a backup of your iPhone, the current data will be wiped out after restoring text messages from iCloud backup.

5. Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone By Contacting Your Phone Carrier

Sometimes, it is also advisable to contact your phone carrier to get back your deleted text messages if the approach mentioned above don’t help to retrieve deleted messages. Usually, our Phone Carriers will keep archives of our messages on their server. As long as these messages are not overwritten or erased, you can contact the Phone Carrier support center to get your messages.

Remember to use gentle words and mild attitude to communicate with their customer service representatives. We cannot be 100% sure that your phone carrier will help up, but few person will be totally against one with respectful manner.

When you read this guide on how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone, you may be quite confident to retrieve iPhone messages from iCloud or from the device. But we would still highly suggest you make a backup of your device data regularly in case of data loss in the future.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Apr 04, 2018, 18:02:36

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.