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How to Recover Deleted SMS, iMessages from iPhone

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Is there any way to retrieve iPhone deleted text messages, iMessages?

I got a message from a random person and I wanted to delete it. So I swiped my finger across the first entry in my Messages folder and hit delete. Then I saw the same message, still there, and I realized that I deleted the wrong one. I had deleted the entry for one of my friends who I’ve been texting for years now. I don’t know how to get all our messages back. Is there any possible way? Please tell me there is.

More and more iPhone users are asking for help to recover deleted SMS messages. Generally, there’s a way to recover deleted SMS directly from iPhone. Also, if you’ve ever synced your iPhone with iTunes, there is also another way: to recover from iTunes backup. You need the help from an iPhone text message recovery tool.

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Recover iPhone Deleted SMS with iPhone SMS recovery

Get an SMS recovery for iPhone first: iPhone Data Recovery from dr.fone .

The iTunes data recovery software for Mac users allows you to recover deleted SMS messages from iTunes, no matter you are using iPhone 6S, iPhone 6, iPhone SE or the previous versions. The Wondershare Dr.Fone for Windows users does more. It also allows you to directly scan and recover messages from iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

Download the free trial version below to take a try. Download the right version for your computer.

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Part 1: Directly recover deleted photos from iPhone

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

First of all, connect your iPhone to the computer and run the program after installing. An interface as follow will display. Click ”Recover” Then move to the next step.

Step 2: Enter the DFU mode and scan iPhone

Now, you need to get into the DFU mode before scanning, according to the steps below:

  • Hold your iPhone and click “Start” button.
  • Pressing “Power” and “Home” buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  • After 10 seconds, release “Power” button, but keep holding “Home” for another 10 seconds.
  • After that, you’ll get a message saying that you’ve successfully entered the DFU mode, and the software begins scanning your iPhone.

Step 3: Preview and recover iPhone messages

When the scan finishes, all found data will be listed in clear, organized categories. Choose “Messages” to preview the detailed content. Mark those you want and click “Recover” to save them on your compute with one click.

Note: Data found here includes deleted data and those still on your iPhone. If you only want back your deleted ones, you can refine the scan result by using the slide button at bottom to only display deleted items.


Part 2: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone SMS

Step 1: Scan your iTunes backup

After installing and running the program, move to “Recover from iTunes Backup File” tab and you’ll get the interface as follow. All your iTunes backup files have been found and displayed. Choose the one for your iPhone and click “Start Scan”.

Step 2: Preview and recover iPhone SMS

When the scan finishes, all the content contained in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories as Photos & Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History and Notes. You can preview the detailed content of any of them before you perform the SMS recovery for iPhone.

To recover deleted SMS from iPhone, you only need to check the “Messages” option and hit the “Recover” to save all the messages on your computer.

Step 3: Do backup well

To avoid losing your important SMS messages, immediate backup is very important and useful. Do remember to backup them on your computer well.

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