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3 Methods to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone 2020

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, September 29, 2020

iMessages allows iPhone/iPad users to send unlimited free messages over Wi-Fi along with text, photos, videos, locations, contacts, links. When we read and manage our iMessages conversations in Messages app, we may delete iMessages accidentally. How to recover deleted iMessages? Does iCloud backup iMessages? Here are three methods to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone or iPad with Mac or PC.

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iCloud or iTunes do back up iMessages or text messages on iPhone/iPad,  but if you never back up your iMessages in either way or the deleted iMessages are not in the iCloud/iTunes backup that you have, can you recover deleted or old iMessages without backup?

Yes, you can use a data recovery app to recover deleted iMessages with backup. FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can undelete iMessages that are recently deleted or deleted long time ago. When iMessages were deleted on iPhone/iPad, the deleted messages still remain on the iPhone. Thus FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can dive deep into your iPhone, iPad memory space and find deleted iMessages. But the deleted iMessages won't stay on iPhone forever, so you have to act fast and stop using the iPhone in case that the deleted messages might be permanently deleted by new data. 

Besides, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery also detect all your iTunes and iCloud backups and restore iMessages conversations from iTunes/iCloud backup so that you don't have to wipe your iPhone and restore the whole backup. 

Also, you can recover deleted WhatsApp messages, contacts, call logs, photos, etc. on iPhone, iPad with the program.

Free download FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted iMessages, text messages on Mac and PC. 

1.1 Undelete iMessages on iPhone 

STEP 1: Download, install and run iPhone Data Recovery. It provides 3 modes to recover deleted messages from iPhone. Click Recover from iOS Device if you don't have any backup.

Connect iPhone to Computer

STEP 2: After connecting your iPhone, you are allowed to select which kind of data you want to get back. To retrieve deleted iMessages, select Messages > click Scan button for the program to search for old or deleted iMessages.

Scanning Your iOS Device

STEP 3: After scanning is done, all data on your iPhone will be displayed by categories. Click Messages to view iPhone text messages and iMessages. The deleted iMessages will be marked in red color, with phone number, sent date and messages content. Tick the deleted iMessages that you need 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

1.2 Extract iMessages from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes at some point, the iTunes backups also include your iMessages. So FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery also allows you recover deleted messages from iTunes backups. Comparing to restoring an entire iTunes backup, the advantage of FonePaw is that it doesn't have to wipe your iPhone to recover old messages from iTunes backup.

Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on the left sidebar of the window, and all iTunes backup files on your Mac or PC will be found and displayed automatically. Select one of the backup that may have the messages you are looking for and click "Start Scan" button. The FonePaw program will extract all iMessages and text messages from the iTunes backup. You can then see the deleted messages and recover them.

Restore Backup Files from iTunes

1.3 View iMessages on iCloud without Restoring iPhone

Many of you may have backed up iMessages to iCloud. FonePaw also provides "Recover from iCloud Backup File" option for you to view and restore deleted iMessages on iCloud. 

Enter your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. If you have enabled two-factor authentication on your iPhone, you need to disable it. Then you can download one of the iCloud backup and restore the deleted iMessages.

Login iCloud with Your Apple ID

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can not only help to get 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.

How to Restore Deleted iMessages on iCloud

Starting from iOS 11.4 to iOS 14 now, you can sync iMessage on iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s to iCloud so that they can be accessed via all your devices (iPad, Mac), which is called Messages in iCloud by Apple. With Messages in iCloud enabled on your iPhone, once you delete a iMessage on your iPhone, the message will be gone on all your devices. And what's worse, iCloud backup won't backup iMessages if you have turned on Messages in iCloud. So if you are using Messages in iCloud and have accidentally deleted important iMessages, you should directly turn to FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery since iCloud backup doesn't have your messages.

Messages in iCloud

Nevertheless, if Messages in iCloud is off on your iPhone, iCloud does include your iMessages in backups. So to restore deleted iMessages, you can restore an iCloud backup, although you have to be aware that you need to factory reset iPhone before being able to restore an iCloud backup.  

STEP 1. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all contents and settings.

Erase All Contents and Settings

STEP 2. After your device is erased, it will reboot and need to be set up. 

STEP 3. Follow the on-screen instruction to set up your iPhone. When it comes to "Apps & Data" screen, tap "Restore from iCloud backup".

STEP 4. Enter your iCloud account and password. Then select a backup to restore. Select the backup that may contain your deleted iMessages according to the date it created.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

After finishing the setup, you can open Messages app and see if you could find the deleted iMessages. 

How to Retrieve Deleted iMessages with iTunes Backup

If you have backed up iPhone to iTunes on computer, restore the iTunes backup to restore deleted iMessages.  

STEP 1. Launch iTunes on computer and connect iPhone to iTunes via USB.

STEP 2. On iTunes, choose Summary > Restore iPhone to restore the iTunes backup that may have the lost iMessages.

Restore iTunes Backup

But after restoring the iTunes backup, your recent data on the iPhone will be overwritten by the backup. If you want to restore just the deleted iMessages without restoring iPhone, use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

Tip: Backup iMessages to Computer

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.


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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  • gabrielmcauley

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    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 "[email protected]". Thank you

    2014-10-31 02:56