How to Recover Deleted iMessages

How to recover deleted iMessages from your iPhone

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Recover 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 device, here are the summarised steps:

  1. Install SmartPhone Recovery PRO
  2. Connect iPhone to computer
  3. Start Scan
  4. View deleted iPhone messages

Scroll down for full tutorial.

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 cases, screen protectors and charging accessories. After using the tutorial below to recover deleted iPhone messages, follow the link provided 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 right away after you realise you have deleted something important. I know, it’s hard! You’re chances of recovering more data will increase however. When you delete iMessages from your iPhone, the messages still remain on the phone’s database for a certain amount of time. However, as you continue to use the handset, deleted data is overwritten.

iPhone Data Recovery

SmartPhone Recovery PRO is a software program designed to recover deleted data from all iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The software can also retrieve existing and deleted data from your iPhone backup file. Each time you sync your phone to iTunes, it automatically creates a backup of the data contained on it. This data can be extracted and read easily with SmartPhone Recovery PRO helping users whose devices have been stolen, misplaced, damaged beyond repair, or even dropped in water!

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

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Recover deleted: Text Messages, iMessages, WhatsApp messages, Contacts, Calls, Calendar items.

How to recover deleted iMessages

If you have not yet downloaded the SmartPhone Recovery PRO software, do so now to start recovering deleted iMessages. Click one of the free 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:

  • Your iPhone
  • Your iPhone USB lead cable
  • The free/full version of SmartPhone Recovery Pro

Follow the steps below to recover lost iMessages on your iPhone

Step 1 – Open SmartPhone Recovery PRO

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Download SmartPhone Recovery PRO from our website. After you have installed and activated, open the software and connect your iPhone to your laptop or PC. Then select ‘Recover from iOS device’.

Step 2 – Scan…

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The software will now scan your device to create a copy of your iPhone’s database. This may take some time depending on how much data is on your phone.

Step 3 – Scan report

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Once the scan is completed, the software will produce a scan report listing the amount of existing and deleted data found on the device. Click continue to view your data.

Step 4 – View your iPhone database

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You can now view your iPhone database within SmartPhone Recovery PRO. The main screen will show all the data found during the scan, including your deleted iMessages. To view all messages click the Messages tab along the main toolbar.

If you are using the trial version of the software, upgrade to the full version now to view all your existing and deleted iPhone data and take advantage of the ‘Export’ options available.

Step 5 – View your deleted messages

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Within the messages tab, you will be able to see all the deleted and existing messages found on your iPhone. To view deleted messages only, turn the ‘Show only deleted data’ option ON. 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 all data from current tab’ 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 iPhone. If you need help recovering or retrieving your data, please contact our support team at


We recommend that you regularly backup your device on 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.

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