How to retrieve deleted text messages from the iPhone 7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

I got a message from a random person and I wanted to delete it. So I swiped my finger across the first entry in my Messages folder and hit delete. Then I realized that I deleted the wrong one. I had deleted the entry for one of my friends who I’ve been texting for years now. I don’t know how to get all our messages back. Is there any possible way?

There are lots of people asking for help to recover deleted messages. In fact, there’s a way to recover deleted text messages directly from iPhone 7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS. Also, if you’ve ever synced your iPhone with iTunes before, there is one more way: to recover from iTunes backup for all iPhones. You just need an iPhone text message recovery tool.


Get an SMS recovery tool for iPhone first: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) (available for Mavericks), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows).

Download the free trial version below to have a try. Choose the right version for your computer.

Next, let’s try to recover deleted messages from iPhone with Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS. If you’re a Mac user, please read the guide here: How to recover iPhone SMS on Mac.

Part 1: Directly recover deleted messages from iPhone 7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5/5S/5C/4S/4/3GS

Step 1.Connect your iPhone to the computer

First of all, connect your iPhone to the computer and run the program after installing it. The primary windows for iPhone 7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S and iPhone 5/5S will be different.

For iPhone 5/4S users, there is only a Start Scan button on the main window. After connecting your iPhone, you only need to click the button to scan your iPhone.

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For iPhone 4/3GS users, you’ll see the window below after connecting your device. You need to download a plug-in by clicking the Download button.

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Step 2.Enter your iPhone’s scanning mode to scan it (iPhone users can skip this step)

After downloading the plug-in, you need to get into the device’s scanning mode before scanning. You can directly follow the description on the program’s window or the steps below:

  1. Hold your iPhone in your hand and click the Start button on the Dr.Fone for iOS software’s window.
  2. Then press the Power and Home buttons on your iPhone simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. After that, you can release the Power button and need to keep holding the Home button for another 15 seconds.

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After that, you’ll get a message saying that you’ve successfully entered the system, and the software begins scanning your iPhone. If you use iPhone 5/4S, you’ll see this scanning window immediately after clicking the Start Scan button.

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Step 3. Preview and recover deleted text messages from iPhone

When the scan finishes, all found data will be listed in clear, organized categories. Choose Messages to preview the detailed content. Mark those you want and click Recover to save them on your compute with one click.

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Note: You also can use this software to recover iPhone contacts, photos, video, notes and more, if you have such a need.

Part 2: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone messages

Step 1. Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone 7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

After installing and running the program, move to Recover from iTunes Backup File and you’ll get the interface as follows. All your iTunes backup files have been found and displayed. Choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan.

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Step 2. Preview and retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone

When the scan finishes, all the content contained in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories as Photos & Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History and Notes. You can preview the detailed content of any of them before you perform the messages recovery for iPhone.

To recover deleted SMS from iPhone, you only need to check the Messagesoption and hit Recover to save all the messages on your computer.

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Step 3.Do backup well

To avoid losing your important SMS, immediate backup is very important and useful. Do remember to backup them on your computer well.

Note: You also can use this software to recover iPhone notes, contacts, photos, video and more, if you have such a need.

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