Let’s face the facts: Most people receive and send many text messages every day. Most people have an endless supply of text messages that we can access, whether it’s to communicate with family, friends, or coworkers. We rarely look at the messages after we have sent them or read them once.
Most people will clean up their messages after a while and delete them from their phones. This can not only clean up your phone’s Messages menu and make it more streamlined, but it can also help you save some storage space as long conversations can take up quite a lot of memory.
What if you discovered that you needed to refer to or see an old message even though you’ve deleted it? You might think that you are lost, regardless of whether there were important links or photos you didn’t save.
You can delete messages or conversations on your iPhone by moving to the delete button. However, your photos are not completely deleted immediately. Your messages are simply marked for deletion. This makes them invisible and inaccessible to us. These messages will remain on our phones until they are permanently deleted or overwritten. Let’s now learn more about what happens when you delete messages.
How to recover text messages from an iPhone
The ability to retrieve deleted messages depends on several factors. These include the time frame in which they were deleted and the backups you have made in the past. It may or not be possible to recover the messages or their contents.
Recover messages from an iCloud backup
You should first try to restore your messages from an iCloud backup. This has the drawback that you will need to factory reset your device and then restore it.
You can avoid losing important data by making sure that all your messages are backed up to iCloud. Here’s how:
- Navigate to Settings and tap your name at the top.
- Next, tap iCloud.
- Make sure the toggle switch next Messages on is turned on.
You will see the number of your messages in Gigabytes if they have been saved to a recent backup under the Manage storage option.
Once you have verified that your messages are stored in the Cloud, then you can reset your device. Here’s how:
- Open Settings on your iPhone, and tap General.
- Scroll down and tap Reset.
- Tap To delete all settings and content.
- Your phone will turn off after it is erased. It will then turn on again. Follow the prompts to connect it to WiFi. Choose the option to Restore from iCloud backup.
The password and Apple ID will be used to log in.
Disclaimer: To prevent any further information from being lost, make sure that you have backed up your data before performing a factory reset. To avoid being locked out, make sure you are able to log in to your Apple account.
You can check your messages in iCloud
Some mobile phone companies and operators will store a backup of your messages. Others will not. It doesn’t matter what, it’s worth the effort if you really need to recover important information.
- Enter your login information at the ICloud. You will need your phone to log in.
- Click on the Text Messages button (if that icon is not visible, it means your phone provider doesn’t have iCloud backups).
Recover messages from an iTunes backup
This is the next option to try if your operator does not support messages backup, or if it doesn’t work for some reason. This may not work if you have a backup of your messages. This won’t work if you don’t have a backup. It works the same way as restoring data from an iTunes backup.
- Connect your phone and computer to iTunes. You can either wait for iTunes’s pop-up or manually open the program.
- Your phone will be displayed in the box at the top of iTunes. Clicking on it will take to the information page for your phone.
- Select Restore Backup from here. This will restore your phone to the state it was before you last backed up.
Get your messages back by using a third-party app
You would need to use a third-party app if none of the above methods work. Although there are many apps that claim they can recover lost data, some are quite bad and won’t work.
Online reviews are a great way to find the best option for you. You might also need to pay a small amount for some of these apps. Make sure to do your research before you choose the one that you feel most confident with. Although the apps may be trusted and work well for many, it is not guaranteed that they will work for everyone.
These methods should help you save deleted messages. There is nothing you can do if none of these methods work.
Check out Your Other Apple Devices
You might have all your messages on one device but they may not be there on the other. For missing messages, check any macOS devices or tablets.
Apple’s amazing integration setup means that your messages might be on another device. Even an older device. Do a backup to iCloud to save them.
Use Recovery Software
There is another way to recover your messages if you have tried all the above methods but still can’t get them back. Google will give you multiple sites that claim to be able to retrieve deleted messages, photos, and other data. This is a cautionary tale.
Data recovery services will need access to all files and data on your device. These services can expose you to security risks. You should also consider the fact that data recovery services may charge fees but not deliver. We have tested these services and have compiled our recommendations.
Once you have found the right service (and it is recommended that you research before you use it), the software will require a computer (Macintosh or PC). The service will retrieve any data that was left after deletion and provide the information as downloadable files. These services are only available if your messages are still saved to your phone’s memory.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
This section answers more frequently asked questions regarding restoring deleted messages.
Can I receive my text messages from my cell phone?
In most cases, no. There’s a good reason. Your carrier may store your messages on a server if necessary for law enforcement. However, employees will not have access to them. Texts are your private messages and it’s unlikely that anyone would have access to them.
According to our experience, you won’t be able to view text messages from an employee’s computer, let alone have them sent to you. In some cases, however, you may be able to get your text messages by a subpoena or court hearing.
Are deleted messages gone permanently?
In most cases, yes. Your messages will be lost for casual users if you delete them and there is no backup. In some cases, however, law enforcement or another agency may be able to recover them.