Recover Deleted Text Message on iPhone
As Apple takes a significant share of the mobile phone industry since its launch of iPhone, there have been rising enquiries on recovering data that was deleted or lost. One of the most asked questions is how to retrieve deleted text messages on iphone. Whether you have deleted the text message accidentally or intentionally, there are ways to recover deleted text messages.
How iTunes Recover Deleted Text Message
Those owning an iPhone will probably know that iTunes will always make a backup copy when connected, so in some situations, you can find your deleted text messages if you recover from a backup on iTunes. However, there are various situations in which you cannot. To know if the iPhone SMS recovery process will work, we need to take a look at the timeline of the actions performed on your iPhone.
This series of action will not be able to recover your deleted text message as iTunes recovers from the latest backup which is performed AFTER your message is deleted.
This one does not work either as it backs up from a backup file that does not contain your SMS.
If you have backup before you delete the message and NOT performed another backup after you have deleted, then you will be able to find your deleted message.
Find Deleted Text Messages without iTunes
So how can you recover deleted text messages on iPhone without a proper backup? With Dr. Fone for iOS, you can now recover deleted text messages without a backup as long as your data is not overwritten. Find deleted text messages that not only exist in your backup file but also those SMS deleted before you are able to back them up. You can retrieve and recover your deleted SMS if you have forgotten your lock password too! Best of all, recover the text messages even if you have jailbreak your iPhone or smashed/crashed/broken it (only for iPhone 4 or older versions), which cannot be done by iTunes.
A simple guide to recover deleted text messages is as follow.
Direct Recovery of Deleted Text Messages
Step 1: Download the right version for your operating system and install the program.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer and run the program. Note the interface will be different for iPhone 5/4S and iPhone 4/3GS. For the iPhone 5/4S users, you will see a “Start Scan” button like the one below. Click the button to start scanning your iPhone.
For iPhone 4/3GS, you will need to download a plug-in before following the 3 steps illustrated to initiate a scan.
Step 3: When the scan is completed, all your iPhone data will be categorized clearly. Choose “Message” to preview the detailed contents. Check the boxes of the deleted messages you want to recover, and click “Recover” to save them on your computer.
Tip: Choose “Only display the deleted items” to make finding deleted text messages easier.
Tip: You can choose to recover photos, contacts, notes, videos and more with this software.
Recover Deleted Text Messages from Backup
The above guide is a direct recovery of text messages. You may choose to recover from an iTunes backup file. Run the program, choose the “Recover from iTunes Backup File” tab. Choose the backup file for your iPhone and click “Start Scan”. After which, you can follow Step 3 from the above guide.
A warm note: To avoid losing important text messages, do remember to back them up immediately and safely on your computer.
Extra: You may choose to download an iTunes data recovery software that performs iTunes backup recovery only, instead of this comprehensive software that allows for direct recovery of deleted text messages if you only need that function.
Extra: Restore deleted text messages on Andriod just as easily by downloading the following software!