iPhone SMS Recovery- Recover Deleted iPhone SMS Messages (98.9% Recovery Rate)

Boey Wong

Feb 11, 2020 09:00 / Posted by Boey Wong

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 suggestions? - 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.

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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.

spotlight search sms

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 to backing up iPhone data with iCloud. On condition that you have backed up iPhone SMS before deleting the message, try to retrieve the message from iCloud as below.

Option 1: Recover Deleted Text Messages on iOS device

On your iPhone, go to Settings – General – Reset – Erase All Content and Settings. And then follow the instruction to erase the device.

When iPhone restarts, choose Restore from iCloud Backup on the Apps & Data page to restore data from iCloud.

Set Up Device

Option 2: Get Lost Texts from iCloud on Browser

Go to iCloud.comLink out icon and then log in your iCloud account.

Click Find iPhone to erase device, and then you can restore SMS from iCloud backup.

Find iPhone

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 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.

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

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.

Fonelab for iOS Screenshotscan recovery iPhone

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

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.

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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.

4. Check iPhone Messages on Mac

If you have connected iPhone to Mac and enabled the Messages sync feature already, you might check your SMS on Mac although you lost them on iPhone.

Firstly, you should confirm that you have enabled the sync feature on iPhone through Settings > [Your name] > iCloud Messages.

If you did, you can go to Mac > Messages to find the messages you lost.

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Click Messages > Preference > iMessages, turn on Enable Messages in iCloud.

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After that, you can refresh the messages on your iPhone and check them.

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