How to Recover Deleted iMessages

How to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone

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Recovering deleted iMessages

Sending iMessages is a great way for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to communicate free of charge while connected to WiFi. It’s also a great way to freely send photos, videos, locations and contacts. That’s why it sucks so much when you accidentally deleted them!

If you are missing iMessages due to a touch screen error, a failed iOS update or an incomplete backup it is possible to recover your deleted data; you can do this straight from the device, or from your iPhone backup file. This article contains a step by step guide on how to recover deleted iMessages from your iPhone or iPad, here are the summarised steps:

  1. Install Enigma Recovery
  2. Connect iPhone or iPad to computer
  3. Start scan
  4. See deleted iMessages

Scroll down for full tutorial.

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Touchy Touch Screen?

Unfortunately, Apple don’t allow you to change the touch screen sensitivity on your iPhone. Who knows, this may be a feature with the iPhone 9? Until we get there, if you’re experiencing touch screen problems there are a few troubleshooting tips you can try. Problems with extra sensitive screens may be caused by device cases, screen protectors and charging accessories. After using the tutorial below to recover deleted iPhone or iPad iMessages, follow the link provided above to fix any touch screen issues you may have.

Find Deleted iMessages

In order to recover deleted iMessages, we recommend that you stop using your device until the iMessages have been retrieved and recovered. I know it’s hard however, you’re chances of recovering more data will increase. When you delete iMessages from your iPad or iPhone, the messages still remain on the database of the device for a certain amount of time. However, as you continue to use the handset or your tablet, deleted data is overwritten.

iPhone Data Recovery

Enigma Recovery is an advanced software program designed to recover deleted data from smartphones and SD Cards. All iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are compatible. The software can also retrieve existing and deleted data from your iPhone backup file. Each time you sync your Apple device to iTunes and select ‘Back Up Now’, it creates a backup of the data contained on it. This data can be extracted and read easily with Enigma Recovery helping users whose devices have been stolen, misplaced, damaged beyond repair, or even dropped in water!

Download Enigma Recovery now, and follow the steps below to recover your deleted iMessages.

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How to recover deleted iMessages

If you have not downloaded the Enigma Recovery yet, do so now to start recovering deleted iMessages. Click one of the download links above, according to your computer’s operating system.

The full version of the software will allow you to see all the existing and deleted data found on your device. It will also unlock your export options, including the send back to device feature, that transfers deleted data straight back to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, through our free Restore app.

You will need:

  • A laptop or computer
  • Your iPhone or iPad
  • Your device USB lead cable
  • The free/full version of Enigma Recovery

Follow the steps below to recover lost iMessages on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1 – Open Enigma Recovery

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Download and install Enigma Recovery to your desktop computer or laptop (choose the correct download for Mac or Windows PC above). Then open the software and select to recover from an ‘iOS Device’.

Step 2 – Connect iPhone to computer

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Connect your device to the laptop or PC using a USB cable. The software should now recognise your device. Once it does, follow the instructions to ‘Trust’ the computer on your iPhone.

Step 3 – Scan…

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Select the types of data you would like to recover and ‘Start scan’. The program will now start to scan your device for deleted and existing iPhone data.

Step 4 – Scan report

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After the scan, a scan report will appear showing you how much deleted and existing data has been found by the software. Now you will be able to see your data by clicking on each data tab. Select ‘Messages’ to view deleted iMessages. The trial version of the software will limit the amount of data shown within the main screen. You can view all your files within full version of Enigma Recovery.

Step 5 – See deleted iMessages

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Within the messages tab, you will be able to see all the deleted and existing iMessages found on your device. You can now send deleted iMessages back to your device, or export your data to a CSV, Excel or XML file.

Exporting your data

To export all your messages, select ‘Export to desktop’ from within the Messages tab. Now choose the ‘Export currently viewed data’ option and save the file to your desired location.

To export only selected messages, tick the messages that you would like to save using the check boxes on the left. Click ‘Export to desktop’, select ‘Export only ticked data’ and save your data.

We hope this tutorial has helped you to recover deleted iMessages from your Apple device. If you need help recovering or retrieving your data, please contact our support team at We’re happy to help!

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We recommend that you regularly backup your device to iTunes to avoid any permanent data loss. If your iPhone goes missing or is stolen, this software will enable you to retrieve and use the data from your last iTunes backup. If you have any questions or need help we’re here for you 24/7. Please visit our support page for FAQs and contact details.