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SMS Recovery: Retrieve Text Messages on iPhone 7/6s

--Thursday, Sep.29, 2016


Have you ever noticed all of a sudden that your iPhone is overwhelmed by a flood of text messages? Every time when we gain awareness, there is already a long long list of messages from families, from friends, from colleagues and from someone who cares you so much that keeps texting you all the time. That is your carrier. Even if you forget to clean up insignificant ones for once, you will be drowned in the ocean of messages.


Creepy but true, right? So it's a good habit of removing redundant text messages regularly. However, when it comes to managing our messages, things happen that we inadvertently delete one or multiple text messages from iPhone. That could be some sweet words or business information, which means a lot to us. However, no worries. Here let's see how to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone.

Part 1: Why is Possible to Recover Deleted Messages?


Technically, lost data on iOS devices are likely to be restored, especially when the data were deleted before long. That's because deleted data still exist in storage though they were deleted and thus no more visible and accessible by original apps. There are just visibly gone but physically existing as long as the places they are taking up are not overwritten by new data. In other words, lost data will be gone and irretrievable once you add contents to your iPhone.


Therefore, you must stop using your iPhone to do anything once you deleted messages by accident. Then, you need a professional software to help you get back lost messages. Luckily, if you have done backups for your device on iTunes or iCloud, you can effortlessly restore text messages from iTunes and iCloud backup files.


For restoring data from iTunes backups, launch and connect your iPhone to "iTunes" app and go to "File" > "Device" > "Restore from backup". However, please note that this method will automatically reset your iPhone at first, and then perform the recovery process.


For retrieving data from iCloud backups, on your iPhone, head to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset” > "Erase All Content and Settings". After done resetting, you will be asked to enter your iCloud ID and password as to restore data from iCloud.


Both methods are free of charge, that's why they are worth trying. However, you may have been aware of the fact that all your existing data will be eliminated in order to restore data from either iTunes or iCloud backup files. Is it worthwhile? The answer varies from one to another. Meanwhile, there is no feasible way to bypass this awkwardness unless you try other software.


Part 2: How to Directly Retrieve Text Messages from iPhone?


Prior to iTunes and iCloud service, it's possible to retrieve lost messages right from your iOS device, which means it's able to work without backups. This program enables to perform a thorough scan and find out the inaccessible data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. Please follow the steps.



Step 1. Connect iPhone to Computer

You have to download and install iPhone Data Recovery on your computer in the first place. After that, launch the software and connect your iDevice via USB cable to it. It takes a second to detect your handset.


Connect Device to PC

At the moment the iPhone is successfully connected, a pop-up will show up prompting you to select one or multiple types of data to scan. Please choose "Messages" and click on "Start Scan".


Choose Data to Scan

Step 2. Get Text Messages back

When the scanning is completed, you can preview your messages in detail and message attachments (pictures, videos and audio files) on the interface. Even the date you sent or received will remain. You can choose either to restore those messages directly back to device or to computer. That's totally up to you.

Note that deleted messages are marked in read with a small rubbish bin ahead.

Restore Text Messages from iOS Device

Part 3: How to Restore Text Messages from iTunes Backup File?


Different from the way to restore data via iTunes, you don't need to wipe out all your data before getting back deleted ones through iPhone Data Recovery. Better yet, you don't even need to connect your iPhone to computer. (Though it is needed if you want to restore messages to device.)


Step 1. Scan Previous iTunes Backups

Open the program and then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" from left panel. iTunes backups will be automatically scanned out and displayed on the interface with details like model, date, size and serial number. Choose one backup and tap on "Start Scan".

Note that if no backup is displayed, you may have to manually choose the path to scan the files. The default route of iTunes backup files is Disk C\Users\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\MobileSync\Backup\..


Scan iTunes Bakcup Files

Step 2. Restore Text Messages from iTunes Backups

On the left, they are a lot supported items, which means you are allowed to restore other types of data as well if necessary. Select "Messages" and "Message Attachments", and you can view the conversations in detail with images, videos, audios intact. Highlight those you want and choose to "Restore to device" or "Recover to Computer".


Restore Text Messages from iTunes Backup

Part 4: How to Download Text Messages from iCloud Backup?


You can also extract files from iCloud with no need to reset your iPhone. Also, you can choose one or multiple specific types of data to download from iCloud. That might save you a lot of time.


Step 1. Log in iCloud and Extract Messages

Run iPhone Data Recovery and click on the third function - "Recover from iCloud Backup File". If the iCloud Backups were done on iOS 9, you need to download the iCloud Panel before downloading backups. Then, enter your iCloud ID and password as to access iCloud backup files.


Log in iCloud Account

Now, you can see previous iCloud backups listed on the screen. Choose one and tap "Download" button, you will them be prompted to select types of data to download. Please check "Messages & Message Attachment" option and click on "Next".


Select Files to Download

Step 2. Preview and Restore Text Messages

After done downloading, you can preview messages in detail. You can also choose to restore messages and attachments. Same as the previous methods, it's available to "Restore to device" or "Recover to Computer". As for me, I prefer to do both ways, for exporting text messages to computer is somehow a backup.


Restore Messages from iCloud

I'm sure you must have realized the importance of backups. If you have no such a habit of backing up data regularly, you can enable iCloud service for automatic backup when your device is unoccupied. You can do backup when you're having a nice dream.



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