How to Get Messages Back on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever accidentally deleted important messages from your iPhone? Don’t panic!

There are several methods you can try to recover those precious texts. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to get messages back on your iPhone. Let’s dive in!

Method 1: Restore from iCloud Backup

If you regularly back up your iPhone to iCloud, there’s a good chance that your deleted messages are stored in one of the backups. Here’s how you can restore them:

  1. Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Step 3: Select “iCloud” and then “iCloud Backup”.
  4. Step 4: Make sure the “iCloud Backup” toggle is enabled and tap on “Back Up Now” to initiate a new backup. Wait for the backup process to complete.
  5. Step 5: Go back to the main Settings screen, tap on “General”, and then choose “Reset”.
  6. Step 6: Select “Erase All Content and Settings”.

    This will erase all data on your iPhone.

  7. Note: It’s crucial to have a recent backup before proceeding with this method, as it will erase all existing data on your device.
  8. Step 7: Follow the instructions on-screen until you reach the Apps & Data screen. Choose “Restore from iCloud Backup”.
  9. Step 8: Sign in to your iCloud account and select the most recent backup that contains your deleted messages.
  10. Step 9: Wait for the restore process to complete. Your iPhone will restart and then retrieve the messages from the selected backup.

Method 2: Retrieve from iTunes Backup

If you regularly sync your iPhone with iTunes on your computer, you might be able to recover your deleted messages from a previous backup. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer that you use for syncing.
  2. Step 2: Open iTunes and select your device when it appears in iTunes.
  3. Step 3: Click on the “Summary” tab, and then click on “Restore Backup”.
  4. Note: Restoring from an iTunes backup will replace all existing data on your iPhone with the data from the backup.
  5. Step 4: Choose the most recent backup that contains your deleted messages and click “Restore”.
  6. Step 5: Wait for the restore process to complete.

Method 3: Use a Third-Party Data Recovery Tool

If you don’t have an iCloud or iTunes backup, or if you prefer not to restore your entire device, there are third-party data recovery tools available that can help you recover specific files, including text messages. Here are some popular options:

These tools usually require you to connect your iPhone to your computer and follow their respective instructions to recover the deleted messages. Make sure to carefully read and understand the steps provided by the tool you choose.


Accidentally deleting messages from your iPhone can be a stressful experience, but there are ways to retrieve them. Whether you have an iCloud or iTunes backup, or you prefer using a third-party data recovery tool, these methods can help you get your messages back.

Remember to regularly back up your device to prevent data loss in the future. Good luck!

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