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How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone

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?

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How to Recover Deleted/Old iMessages Without Backup

If you never back up your iPhone data in any way or the deleted iMessages are not in the iCloud/iTunes backup that you have, you will need FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to restore deleted iMessages without backup. 

  • The iMessages recovery program can scan your iPhone X/8/8 Plus7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6, iPad to recover deleted iMessages without backup;

  • It can also detect all your iTunes/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. with the program.

Free download FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted iMessages, text messages on iPhone/iPad.

1.1 Undelete iMessages from iPhone 

STEP 1: 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: After connecting your iPhone, click the "Start Scan" button to scan your iPhone for 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. 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 you can install FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on the computer that has iTunes backups. The program will detect all iTunes backup and let you view iMessages on the iTunes backup.

STEP 1: 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 one of the backup and  click "Start Scan" button.

Restore Backup Files from iTunes

STEP 2: Click "Messages" to find lost iMessages on the iTunes backup. Tic retrieve the deleted iMessage from iTunes backup. Tick the iMessages you need and 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

1.3 Restore iMessages from iCloud without Restoring iPhone

Many of you may have backed up iPhone to iCloud and the iCloud backup also have all your iMessages. So you can also restore deleted iMessages from iCloud. If you don't want to restore the entire iCloud backup, which will cover the current data on your iPhone, use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery instead. 

STEP 1: Choose the option of "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Enter the iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. Please note that you don't need to connect iPhone to the computer.

Login iCloud with Your Apple ID

STEP 2: you will see the backup files in your iCloud backup account. Select the backup you want and click "Download" in the "State" column of the corresponding backup file. Then you can choose "Messages" to get the deleted iMessages back. 

Download Your Wanted 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.

How to Restore Deleted iMessages from iCloud

iCloud can back up iMessages, text messages on iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s and others. So you can check if your deleted iMessages are saved on iCloud.

STEP 1. Log in to with your Apple ID and password.

STEP 2. If you have iPhone messages backed up to iCloud, you can see Text Messages.

STEP 3.Tap Text Messages to search for the messages that you are looking for. If you can find the deleted messages, open your iPhone and go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud and turn off Messages.

STEP 4. There will be a prompt asking you whether to keep the messages on your iPhone. Tap "Keep on My iPhone" > "Merge". And the deleted iMessages should get back to your iPhone.

Also, you can restore an iCloud backup to your iPhone to retrieve the deleted iMessages. However, before you are able to restore iCloud backup, you need to go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all contents and settings.

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.

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.


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 11 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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    2014-10-31 02:56

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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