[4 Practical Solutions] How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPad?

Valyn Hua

May 31, 2018 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

My client sent me a text message that my boss needs to see. But I deleted it accidentally by swiping the iPad screen. I've been looking all over for ways that teach me to extract the messages, but it didn't work out. Can anyone help me recover deleted messages on iPad?

Even with the increasing use of social software, SMS is still an irreplaceable part of the communication channel. Some text messages may contain crucial information or record an important moment in your life.

But it is such a common thing that we lose these messages by accidental deletion or version upgrade.

recover ipad text messages

Is there a way to recover deleted text messages on iPad?

Of course yes! There are some easy ways to solve your problem. The most recommended way is to use the third-party software- Fonelab iPhone Data Recovery. With the help of FoneLab, you can restore iMessages from iCloud, recover deleted messages on iPhone or iPad with no data loss.

Let’s get started.

1. How to Restore Deleted Text Messages on iPad with Fonelab

No matter you have backed up your iPad device or not, you can adopt this approach.

With FoneLab. You can:

  1. Recover 19 different types of data, like contacts recovery, iPhone voice memo recovery.
  2. Not only restore data on iPad, but also recover data on iPhone or other iOS device.
  3. Recover your desired data selectively.
  4. Preview content before recovery.

Please follow the detailed steps:

Free download the iPhone SMS recovery on your computer with the latest version of iTunes.

Install and launch this software.

On the interface, Select iPhone Data Recovery > Recover from iOS Device.

recover from ipad device with fonelab

Connect your iPad to the computer via USB cable, then click Start Scan.

Wait for scan to finish, the software will list the different type of files on the left sidebar.

fonelab scan ipad

Click Messages to preview the content.

Choose the desired messages and click Recover. The recovered messages will be saved to your computer in the form of HTML.

2. How to Recover Old Text Messages on iPad from Backup

For safety, it is necessary to back up your iPad often. As an experienced user, you probably know the disadvantage of recovery from backup. During the process of recovery, the existing data will be covered by the backup. So consider whether this approach is suitable for you.

Anyway, let’s see how to view text messages on iCloud next.

Way 1. Restore iPad from iCloud Backup

On the iPad, Choose Setting > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

erase all content and settings

The device will restart automatically.

Follow the onscreen steps until reaching the Apps & Data interface.

restore ipad from icloud

Choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Enter your iCloud account and password.

Depend on the date and size of each backup and select the most relevant from the backup list to restore.

Wait for the restoration to complete.

Way 2. Restore iPad from iTunes Backup

Open iTunes on the computer that has backup files.

Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable.

Click on the iPad icon on the left top of the iTunes interface after it appears.

itunes interface

Choose Summary on the left sidebar.

Go to the Backups section and click the This Computer button and Restore Backup button.

backups section on itunes

Choose one from the list of back history and click Restore.

Wait for recovery to complete and your iPhone will restart automatically.

3. How to View Deleted Text Messages on iPad

If your iPad version hasn’t been upgraded to iOS 11, you can try this way.

At first, you need to make sure if the Spotlight Search function of Messages is open.

Open Setting on your iPad.

Tap General > Spotlight Search.

Check if the Messages option is open.

turn on spotlight search

Then you can search the deleted text messages by entering the contained words. The deleted messages will appear as prompts, but cannot be clicked to view all content.

Slide down the homepage on your iPad.

Enter a word contained in the deleted text messages.

spotlight search on ipad

4. How to Disable Shake to Undo

When you enter your text messages, it is troublesome that the words just entered disappeared once the iPad is shaken.

If you tend to shake your iPad by accident, you can disable Shake to Undo to prevent the text from disappearing.

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Shake to Undo.

Swipe to turn off Shake to Undo.

turn off shake to undo

That’s all, I will be very glad if these ways are helpful for you.

In the end, I’d like to recommend FoneLab – iPhone Data Recovery again.

Whatever, You can try it for free before you buy it.

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