How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone

Read our tutorials to find out how to recover deleted iMessages from your iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/SE/5

iMessage is Apple’s messaging service for users with an iOS device. With the release of iOS 12 in September 2018, Apple added a wealth of new features to the iPhone Messages App. Instant messaging is now becoming even more artistic and fun, making sending iMessages all the more exciting. With the importance and frequency of using iMessages, it can be very concerning when you lose or accidentally delete an iMessages, or even worse, a whole thread of iMessages.

If you have accidentally deleted important iMessages from your phone, find out how to recover them here, by reading through our tutorials below. These steps are great if you have accidentally deleted iMessages or purposefully deleted iMessages before realising you still need them. They may also help in the event of a stolen iPhone, a lost iPhone or even an iPhone accidentally dropped down the toilet! It is best to scan your phone straight away in order to retrieve more deleted data; old or deleted hidden files will be overwritten as you create and receive new data on the phone.

You can recover deleted iMessages in three ways. Recovering straight from your iPhone with the quick-scan Enigma Recovery software will enable you to view instant deleted messages in minutes, without the need to use a backup file. The other options involve recovering deleted iMessages from an iTunes or iCloud backup. This will depend upon the last backup you created.

How to Recover Deleted iMessages from iPhone without backup file

iPhone iMessage and SMS message recovery can be completed without a backup through a third-party software separate to your Apple services and products. After an item is deleted from your iPhone it remains in the internal database where it can be extracted with a little assistance. Think of Enigma Recovery as your helper. The desktop download of the iPhone recovery product is free. The free trial can be used on any Mac or Windows PC fitting the compatibility requirements.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Grab your laptop or computer and download the Enigma Recovery iPhone data recovery software to your desktop. Make sure the software is open to the start screen.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Connect your iPhone to the laptop or computer

Using your iPhone USB charger cable, connect your iPhone to the computer or laptop you are using.

connect your iphone to computer

Step 3 – Select to scan Messages app

Once the software has recognised your iPhone, you will be able to select which data type you’d like to scan for deleted data. To keep the scan short and quick, select Messages only and start your scan.

select messages and start scan

Step 4 – View your deleted Messages

After the software has finished scanning your phone for deleted data, click ‘View data’. Now click ‘Messages’ to view the deleted messages recovered from your Messages app.

see deleted messages

Step 5 – Save deleted iMessages

You can select the Messages you’d like to save individually or you can save all Messages to a location on your computer or laptop. To save your data, select ‘Export & Restore’ and ‘Export to desktop’. Once you have selected a location you are happy to save your iMessages in, click ‘Export’ to save.

save deleted messages

Step 6 – Restore iMessages

Once you have recovered iMessages, you can also restore them back to your iPhone. Download our free Restore iOS app and click ‘Export & Restore’ in the software, then click ‘Restore to Device’. Wait whilst the software transfers your recovered iMessages back to the app on your device.

restore messages

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How to recover deleted iMessages from your iCloud backup

To use this method of recovery, you will need to have iMessages enabled to back up to iCloud. Provided you have an iCloud backup file with the iMessages that you want to recover, before they were deleted from your iPhone, this tutorial will show you how to retrieve your deleted iMessages from iCloud.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Although iCloud doesn’t allow you to route through your saved data, iPhone recovery tools like Enigma Recovery can download your iCloud backups and allow you to view your iCloud data easily. Download Enigma Recovery right now to begin.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Select ‘Recover from my iCloud’

Open the software and select ‘Recover from my iCloud’ from the side menu.

Recover from icloud

Step 3 – Log into iCloud

Now log into your iCloud account to enable access to your data. This process is secure as the software will not retain your login details.

log into icloud

Step 4 – Choose iCloud backup file

The software will show all the backup files you can recover from in your iCloud account. Select the one you wish to download data from and ‘Continue’.

choose icloud backup file

Step 5 – Select to scan for Messages

Select the data types you want to download from your iCloud backup and start he download.

select and scan messages

Step 6 – View deleted messages

After the scan has finished you will be able to preview a selection of your messages in the free trial. If you are using the full version however you will be able to view all messages found and use your export and restore options.

view deleted messages

Step 7 – Save messages

To save your messages go to ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > ‘Export’

save and export recovered iphone messages

How to recover deleted iMessages from your iTunes backup file

Backing up your iPhone to iTunes will automatically include your iMessages and SMS Text Messages. If you have regular backups prior to deleting your iMessages from your iPhone, there is a very good chance that you will be able to scan your backup file with Enigma Recovery to find your deleted iMessages.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Download the iPhone data recovery system Enigma Recovery to your laptop or computer. This process should be super easy as the download itself is completely free!

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Select ‘Recover from my iTunes’

Open the software and select ‘Recover from my iTunes’ from the menu at the side.

Recover from iTunes

Step 3 – Choose iTunes backup file

The software will retrieve all the iTunes backup files located on your computer. Select which backup file you would like to recover from.

Choose itunes backup file

Step 4 – Select to scan for Messages

Select the data types you would like to extract from your iTunes backup and start your scan. To make the scan quicker you may want to just select ‘Messages’ alone.

Scan for messages

Step 5 – View deleted iMessages

You will be able to view deleted iMessages after the scan is complete. The software will retrieve all the deleted messages it can find in the iTunes backup file selected. View your deleted iPhone messages by clicking onto the Messages icon in the menu at the side.

view deleted messages

Step 6 – Save messages to my computer

You can save the deleted and existing messages extracted by the software through the export option available after the software has been unlocked (if you are using the free trial). To save your messages click ‘Export& Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > ‘Export’.

save and export recovered itune iphone messages


Can I also recover deleted SMS Text Messages with this software?

Using Enigma Recovery software, you can recover deleted SMS Text Messages and iMessages by selecting the ‘Messages’ data type in the software. To read our in-depth tutorial on recovering deleted text messages, please click here.

Can I recover iMessages without a backup?

Whether you have a backup or not you can recover deleted iMessages. A backup file from iTunes or iCloud will give you more options for recovery, but it is not a requirement to get your messages back. If you do not have a back up file and are struggling to recover your data, please contact our Support Team, who will be pleased to help you recover your data.

Can I bring back deleted iMessages?

Using Enigma Recovery and our free Restore app, you can recover deleted iMessages and then transfer them back to the app on your iPhone, for easy access.

We hope these tutorials have been useful for you! Enigma Recovery has been designed to recover a range of deleted data from iPhones, including iMessages, Text Messages, Notes and more.

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Sarah McGregor joined the Enigma Recovery Team in June 2014. As Digital and Content Marketing Executive she writes help blogs and ‘How to’ articles for the website. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys connecting with our customers through social media and email.


  • Crystal at 5:58 pm

    Is their a free trail. So that I can see if the messages go back to December 26th? I need messages from that date

    • shaazia at 2:13 pm

      Hello Crystal,

      Thanks for your message. Yes, we do offer a free trial, which will show you a preview of the data the software has recovered, before purchasing a software license. You can download the free trial by clicking on ‘Download’ in the top menu bar, and following the install instructions.

      Hope this helps, please let us know if you need any further assistance!


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