How to Recover Deleted iMessages

By Emily Watson, Friday, September 15, 2017

iMessages allows iPhone/iPad users to send unlimited free messages over Wi-Fi along with text, photos, videos, locations, contacts, links. And with the update of iOS 11/10, we can even send & receive money, send bubble effects, more interesting stickers and handwriting messages.

When we read and manage our iMessages conversations in Messages app, we may delete iMessages accidentally. For example, we try to delete some spam messages while watching movies and "I wasn't looking at what I was doing and I just accidentally deleted a bunch of iMessages conversations" happens. So here comes the question: How to recover deleted iMessages?

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can provide you three easy and useful ways to retrieve lost or deleted iMessages from iPhone X/8/8 Plus7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6, iPad and iPod Touch. With this program, you can restore iMessages conversations from iTunes files or iCloud backup. Also, you can undelete iMessages from iPhone directly with the program.

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Solution 1: How to Recover iMessages from iOS device Without Backup

Step 1: Link your iPhone with computer

    Download, install and run iPhone Data Recovery at first. Connect your iPhone X/8/7/6/5 to computer.

Connect iPhone to Computer

Step 2: Start the scanning of iOS device

    After connecting your iPhone, you only need to click the "Start Scan" button to scan your iPhone.

Scanning Your iOS Device

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted iMessages selectively

    After scanning your iPhone, you can preview all lost data in the listed result, including photos, videos, notes, bookmark, SMS, contacts, calendar and more. The deleted iMessages will be displayed in red color. If you want to get the deleted iMessages back to iPhone, please select the "Message", and then click the "Recover" button to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone. That's how you undelete iMessages on iPhone without a backup.

Recover iPhone Deleted iMessages Easily

Tip: Why Cannot Read Recovered Messages

Those recovered messages are only saved on PC, and the folder saving the data can be changed. Thus, you cannot read the recovered messages on a device unless you copy them to phone. If you have found the path to save the restored data but still cannot read the files or only can see part of them, your deleted files may be overwritten by newly-input data.

Solution 2: How to Recover iMessages from iTunes Backup Files

Step 1: Select the iTunes backup and scan

    Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on the left sidebar of the window, and iTunes backup files will be found and displayed on your computer automatically. Select the one you need in all iTunes backup files which have been found and click "Start Scan" button to extract it.

Restore Backup Files from iTunes

Step 2: See Deleted iMessages from iTunes

    Preview the list that has been found and mark down what you want. You can select "Messages" if you just want to retrieve the deleted iMessage from iTunes backup.

Scanning iTunes Backup Process

Step 3: Get deleted iMessages Back from iTunes

    Click the "Recover" button to restore all lost iMessages from iTunes. Now you can look at the deleted iMessages on the computer.

Preview and Recover iMessages from iTunes Backups

Solution 3: How to Access iMessages from iCloud Backup Files

Step 1: Sign in iCloud to restore backup files

    Choose the option of "Recover from iCloud Backup File" to bring back your deleted iMessages. Enter the iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. Please note that it is not necessary to connect iPhone to the computer.

Login iCloud with Your Apple ID

Step 2: Choose the backup you want and download it

    After entering, you will see the backup files in your iCloud backup account without doing anything. Select the backup you want and click "Download" in the "State" column of the corresponding backup file.

Download Your Wanted iCloud Backups

Step 3: Preview and Recover

    The software will automatically start to scan all the data in the downloaded iCloud backup. After a short while, you can start to preview the data. Highlight the "Messages" category, all the related messages will be displayed on the right. Choose what you want back and click "Recover" to pull up the deleted messages from iCloud.

Retrieve iMessage from iCloud Backups

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can not only help to find back your iMessages, but deleted contacts, videos, music, photos, text messages, calendars, bookmarks, notes, and so on. It is easy to use but effective to recover lost files from iPhone.

Tips: How to Backup iMessages to Tackle Mistaken Deletion

Mistaken deletion happens all the time. One way to tackle mistaken deletion is to make a regular backup. Backing up iMessages to your PC is the safest option since no matter what happens to your phone, you'll still have the messages. FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore is a tool that can help you to backup data in iOS device to a computer. The process is quite simple.

Step 1. Download the program on your computer.

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Step 2. Connect iPhone/iPad to the computer and the program will detect the device.

Step 3. Choose iOS Data Backup. You can then choose to make a standard backup or encrypted backup.

Choose iOS Data Backup

Step 4. Select Messages & Attachment to backup iMessages only. The program will quickly make a backup of all iMessages on your iPhone.

Choose Data to Backup

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News: New iMessages Features on iOS 10 that You Should Try

iOS 11 and iOS 10 add many exciting new features to iMessages. Haven't tried them yet? Get started from this post!

  • Send and receive Apple Pay cash through iMessages.

  • Handwriting messages: texting over iMessage can be more personal;

  • Invisible ink: hide private messages or photos from being seen by others;

  • Bubble effect: full screen animation to express your happiness;

  • Predictive Emoj: Written text can be converted to an Emoji;

  • More interesting sticker: add fun to your conversation;

  • iMessage Apps: easy to access your favorite apps without leaving Messages;

  • Tapback: quickly respond to a message without typing any texting;

  • Website preview: you don't just receive a URL but a main image and description of the page.

iOS 10 iMessages New Feature


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  • gabrielmcauley

    i cant find my registration number

    2014-10-31 02:56

  • FonePaw

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    2014-10-31 02:56

  • disqus_5BzUvScqiE

    Can I put the recovered text messages back onto my iphone?

    2014-10-31 02:56

  • FonePaw

    Hi, Carolyn iPhone Data Recovery only saves those recovered messages to computer. Since until now there is no any good way to help you import the messages back to your iPhone. Apple would not let the third party apps to access and rewrite the message because there is some potential risks for this case. Thanks for your support to FonePaw.

    2014-10-31 02:56

  • disqus_u8av7ae4no

    Is there any way to share the recovered data with someone else remotely? Can I recover a SMS/iMessage conversation I had and then share it so someone else can view it?

    2014-10-31 02:56

  • disqus_lDk9Zd9ny0

    So if I recover a conversation and no telephone number is found, it will not be recovered?

    2014-10-31 02:56

  • john_dil

    Hello is it possible to recover more data of a certain contacts deleted imessages? I am only interested in just the retrieval of one contacts conversation but unfortunately i am not able to use icloud nor itunes backup as they have been backed up only prior to the conversation. So regarding the direct recovery from the IOS devise, are these few messages all that can be recovered or is there a way that i can choose the software to concentrate only on the retrieval of a specific phone number and to ignore things such as photosl?

    2014-10-31 02:56

  • FonePaw

    Hi, there Thank you for contacting FonePaw Support. You can download the free and trial version to have a try, if you found your desired items in the scanning result, then you can recover and save them to your computer with the full version. If you have any further problems, please feel free to contact "". Thank you

    2014-10-31 02:56