Main methods to recover deleted messages
Deleting text messages from your iPhone is easy to do, and just as easy to regret. Often, it’s a slip of the finger, while other times you may delete a message before later realising you still need it.
Most of us have experience of that ‘oh no!’ moment, but not everyone knows how to retrieve deleted messages on iPhone. Luckily, we’re here to show you how to get them back quickly and easily.
Why would I need to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone?
iPhones are easy to use and intuitive, but that doesn’t make them fool-proof. It just takes a second to accidentally click that familiar dustbin symbol, or highlight the wrong message when deleting.
Many of us would assume these text messages are gone forever, but thankfully this is not the case. In fact, even if you don’t have your iPhone backed up through iTunes or iCloud, you can still recover deleted messages on iPhones as they are not permanently erased right away. Instead, they are held in the back-end of your phone where they are ‘marked’ as available data to be replaced when space is needed.
There are several different ways to find deleted messages on iPhones and recover them. Here, we’ll talk you through some of your options.
With the tips and tutorials below, you can retrieve deleted text messages from a range of phones, including iPhone 12/11/X/XR/XS/8 as well as iPhone 7/6/SE/5/4, as long as you are using iOS 14 – 6. The method that works best for you will depend on whether you have backed up your iPhone and the type of backup you have.
Specialist data recovery software doesn’t just help those who haven’t backed up their iPhones, it also helps those who have, to quickly and easily identify the precise text messages they want to recover. The tools in our app help iPhone users to recover deleted texts without having to completely overwrite their entire phone’s data.
What devices is Enigma Recovery compatible with?
Compatibility - iPhones with iOS 14 - iOS 6:
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone SE 2nd
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 3GS
Method 1: From device (without a backup)
If you don’t have a backup in place, data recovery software makes it easy to directly recover the deleted messages iPhones have stored in their back-ends. It helps to try to recover these messages as soon after they are lost as possible to minimise the risk that they have been overwritten by fresh data.
Download Enigma Recovery
Grab your laptop or computer and download Enigma Recovery iPhone data tool. Once the software is installed, open it on your desktop. The app can be used on Mac or Windows computers.Free Download
Connect your iPhone to your computer
Connect your iPhone to the laptop or computer using a USB cable. If you haven’t connected your device before, you will need to authorise the connection by tapping ‘Trust’ on your phone.
Scan iPhone for messages
Now select the types of data you would like to scan the phone for. Since we are trying to recover deleted texts, the scan time will be quicker if you select ‘Messages’ alone. Now click ‘Start scan’. The software will scan for all deleted and existing messages from your iPhone.
View recovered text messages
When the scan has finished you will be able to view portions of your deleted and existing messages in the free trial version. Unlock the full version of the software to view all your messages.
Save text messages
Once the software has recovered your deleted text messages, click ‘Export & Restore’. You can now select to save your recovered messages to your computer – supported formats include Excel, PDF, CSV or XML. Once stored on your computer, you can either keep the messages as an additional back-up or print them.
Restore text messages
You can also restore your recovered text messages to your iPhone with our free Restore iOS app. Download the Restore app on your device directly from the App Store, and then click ‘Export & Restore’ in the desktop software. Click ‘Restore’, select the data you want to restore and then keep your phone connected whilst the software transfers your deleted texts to the app, where you can view them on your device.
Method 2: From iTunes or Finder backup
If you backed up your phone using iTunes or Finder before you deleted the messages you want to retrieve, then it’s easy to recover deleted texts from your iPhone. The same goes for retrieving lost text messages when your iPhone is lost or stolen.
Enigma Recovery software helps you to retrieve deleted text messages from your iTunes backup file and has the added benefit of allowing you to find specific texts or threads that you want to recover. You simply scan your backup file for these deleted messages and select specific texts or conversation threads, to either export to your computer or restore to our free iOS app. Here are the steps you need to take:
Install Enigma Recovery software
Install Enigma Recovery software on your Mac or Windows computer.Free Download
Find your iTunes backup file
In the software dashboard, select ‘Recover from my iTunes’ and browse the list of the back-ups found in the default location on your computer. If you have saved a backup file in a different location, click ‘Browse’ to manually find the file location.
Select ‘Messages’ and starts scan
The software will display a selection of data types for you to select for inclusion in the scan. To save time, select ‘Messages’ only, and click ‘Start Scan’. The software will now scan your iTunes backup file for deleted and existing SMS Text Messages.
View your recovered messages
Once the scan is complete, you will be able to see your recovered text messages. You can scroll through the list of contacts on the left-hand side of the screen or use the search functionality to find the specific messages that you are looking for.
Export or restore text messages
Now that you have recovered your deleted messages you can either export your recovered messages to your Mac or PC in a variety of formats or restore the recovered messages to our free Restore app on your iPhone
Other ways to recover deleted text messages from iPhones
How to get back deleted messages on iPhone with an iTunes backup
The above solutions for how to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhones involve using the Enigma Recover software. The software enables you to find and restore lost text messages without a backup file. For those with an iTunes back up file, Enigma software allows you to quickly scan and search for the precise messages you want to retrieve.
For those wondering how to recover deleted text messages on iPhones without using third party software, there are the following options. However, restoring directly from iTunes will replace all of the data on your device with the data from the backup. If you haven’t synced your phone for a while, then you may lose a significant amount of data . If you are happy to continue, follow these steps:
Connect your device
Using your USB cable, connect your iPhone to your computer or laptop.
Once your phone is connected, iTunes should open automatically. If it does not, launch the program. You may need to ‘Trust’ the computer with your device.
Navigate to device screen
Click on the iPhone icon in the top left of the screen – the Device screen with all of your device information will be displayed.
Select ‘Restore Backup’
Under ‘Backups’ -> ‘Manually Backup and Restore’, click ‘Restore Backup’. If you are using Catalina (Finder), this option is in the ‘General’ tab. You should see a list of backups available; choose the most recent or relevant backup to restore your iPhone, depending on which file includes the text messages that you need to recover.
Keep your device connected whilst iTunes restores your device to the selected backup. All of the iPhone data from your previous back up will be transferred to your iPhone, replacing the current data.
Can I recover deleted text messages – iPhone?
The simple answer is yes, you can recover deleted texts. iPhone users usually know the importance of backing up their data, but it’s easy to either forget entirely or fail to back up regularly enough. However, using Enigma Recovery software is how to find deleted messages on iPhones without having to overwrite your entire device.
When it comes to how to get deleted messages back on iPhones that have been backed up, you can do this relatively simply without the use of third-party software, but this doesn’t come without risks. To recover text messages from an iPhone without an iTunes backup requires third-party software like Enigma Recovery.
Is it risky to restore your iPhone?
It can be, yes. For example, for those wondering how to retrieve deleted text messages, iPhones are easy to backup but restoring your iPhone data after you have deleted messages in error can mean erasing your entire phone contents. When you overwrite all your phone data in this way, without a recent iTunes backup, you risk losing a great deal of recent data, including messages and photos.
Do I need the latest iOS version to recover lost text messages?
Enigma recovery software will help you find and retrieve deleted text messages from iPhones providing you are using iOS 14-6. However, to recover deleted messages from your iPhone from an iCloud backup, you will usually need to ensure you have the latest version of iOS.
Can I recover other types of data from my phone?
Enigma Recovery software helps you to retrieve a wide range of lost data from your iPhone, including photos, iMessages, contacts and call information. For more detailed information on the types of data we can recover, please click here.