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iPhone SMS Recovery- Recover Deleted iPhone SMS Messages

"I deleted a text message on my iPhone 6. Now I regret and want it back, because it's very important to me. Does anyone have any suggestion?"
- Jenny

When you had the above problem, what did you do? Do you know that you can use the security flaw of iPhone to fulfill this? Find solutions and answers after reading this article. You can also transfer text messages from iPhone to PC.

1. Preview deleted SMS messages with iOS security flaw

If you use the Spotlight Search function frequently, you may have found this security hole of iDevices. After you delete the text messages on your iPhone, you can still find the message in the search result of Spotlight.

This is indeed a security problem, but sometimes this turns into a good thing. When you want to preview recently deleted text messages, enter some words of the message in the spotlight search box and you'll see the message in the search results below. This is an easy way of previewing deleted messages.

But it is not reliable due to some limitations.

First, the message can be previewed for once only. If you have previewed before, there won't be results in later search.

Second, this is just a way of preview. You cannot read the whole message.

No finding with Spotlight search? Try the following ways.

2. Recover deleted text messages from backup

It is a good habit backing up iPhone data with iTunes. On condition that you have made backup before deleting the message, try to retrieve the message from iTunes.

3. Recover iPhone messages with third-party recovery tool

Apart from what's mentioned above, you must be wondering whether there's a stable way of recovering deleted SMS on iPhone. Of course there is. Fonelab for iOS is a professional iPhone SMS Recovery tool, allowing you to retrieve deleted text messages from your iPhone directly, from iTunes backup.

Firstly, download and install Fonelab for iOS on your computer. If you are using Mac, please download the Mac version.

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If you have no backup in iTunes, you need to connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable. Then follow steps below:

1. For iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users, you need to enter the DFU mode before scanning the device. Keep your device connected to computer and follow the instruction on the screen step by step. For users of other iPhone types, including iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4S, you can skip this step.

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2. Click Start Scan. Seconds later, all the data in your iPhone will be scanned and listed out.

3. If you just want to recover deleted text messages on iPhone, firstly you should uncheck your iPhone on the left. Then click Messages and turn on Only display the deleted item(s). Check what you need one by one and click the Recover button, soon the deleted messages will be exported to the Output Folder.

If you have backed up iPhone with iTunes, in the main interface, choose Recover from iTunes Backup File. Then choose the backup file and start scan. Later steps are the same with the above.

Combining three ways into one, Fonelab for iOS is the most reliable and most comprehensive iPhone SMS recovery tool for you. All the recovered text messages are saved in the Message folder. Click the …button to check.

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