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iPhone SMS Recovery: How to Recover Text Messages from iPhone

author Emily Watson
date Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

SMS has a lot of good stories. I can tell you two here. For one, there was a Finland writer who wrote an entire book in text message and the book was published in 2007. For another, a British surgeon volunteering in DR Congo once used SMS to get instructions from a colleague in London to perform a life-saving operation.

Yes, we send and receive SMS every day and we write messages every day. Most of the time, the contents of these messages may be some trivial matters. However, can you image what would happen to the writer who wrote novel in text messages if he deleted all his messages by accident? Besides, we must have similar experience like the doctor in the story that sometimes we receive meaningful SMS that we want to keep.

SMS is closely related to our daily life. If you lose SMS on iPhone accidently and haven't found any practical way to recover them, I recommend FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) to you. It is a trusted iPhone SMS recovery program which can help you recover text messages, contacts, photos, call history and more when you stuck in data loss in different situations such as iOS 11 update, accidental deletion, device crashed and so on.

Followings are usages in details. Download the trial version here to have a try.

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# Why Deleted Messages Are Recoverable on iPhone?

The reason why you can recover the deleted messages is because the messages do not completely disappear from iPhone. You iPhone still holds the deleted data until they are overwritten by new data. However, there is no option on the phone allowing you to access or read the deleted text messages. Therefore, you need the help of iPhone Data Recovery. And to make best use of the program, once the messages are lost, you should preserve the deleted data from being replaced by new data and use the iPhone as less as possible.

# How to Recover Text Messages from iPhone Directly

Step 1: Choose recovery mode

Run the program on the computer and choose "Recover from iOS Device".

Choose One of Recovery Modes

Step 2: Connect iPhone 7/7 Plus to the computer and start to scan

Connect iPhone to the computer via USB cable. Click "Start Scan" button while iPhone is recognized.

Connect Your iPhone to Computer

Step 3: Wait a few seconds and preview SMS

You just need to wait a few seconds before all data showing in front of you. Click "Messages" and "Message Attachment" from left sidebar and preview the refine results one by one. Please don't forget to mark down the SMS you need to recover in this process.

Preview Message Attachments on iPhone

Step 4: Recover Deleted SMS from iPhone

Click "Recover" to recover deleted text messages on iPhone to your computer.

Recover Deleted SMS from iPhone

When you read here, you must have known how to recover deleted SMS from iPhone directly. Actually, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) allows you to restore SMS from iCloud and iTunes as well, given that you have backup your device previously. You can follow these steps:

  • Launch iPhone Data Recovery > choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" or "Recover from iCloud Backup File";
  • Choose the right iTunes backup files or sign in iCloud account to download files you need;
  • preview SMS after scanning and recover them by clicking "Recover" button at the bottom of right corner.

By using this program, you don't need to restore the whole iTunes or iCloud backup in order to have a look at one or two messages.

Tip: To prepare for possible data loss, it is better that you have backed up iPhone data monthly or so.

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