How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone 7

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever accidentally deleted a text message on your iPhone 7 and then desperately wished you could retrieve it? Well, fret not!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of recovering deleted text messages on your iPhone 7. So put your worries aside and let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Check Your Recent Deletions

If you have just deleted a text message by mistake, chances are it might still be lurking in the recently deleted folder of your iPhone 7. To check if this is the case, follow these simple steps:

  • Unlock your iPhone 7 and go to the Messages app.
  • Select the “Back” button to go back to the main Messages screen.
  • Swipe down on the screen to reveal the search bar.
  • Type in “recently deleted” in the search bar and hit Enter.
  • Select the “Recently Deleted” folder that appears in the search results.
  • Browse through the list of messages and look for the one you want to recover.
  • Select the desired message and tap on “Recover”.

Step 2: Restore from an iCloud Backup

If you haven’t been able to find your deleted text message in the recently deleted folder, don’t lose hope just yet. You can still try restoring your iPhone from an iCloud backup. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone 7.
  • Tap on your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  • Select “iCloud”.
  • Tap on “iCloud Backup”.
  • If the option is turned off, toggle it on. If it’s already on, proceed to the next step.
  • Select “Back Up Now” to create a fresh backup of your iPhone.
  • Tap on “Restore from iCloud Backup”.
  • Login to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.
  • Select the most recent backup that contains the deleted text message you want to recover.
  • Tap on “Restore”.

Step 3: Retrieve from an iTunes Backup

If you didn’t have iCloud backup enabled or if restoring from iCloud didn’t work, you can still try recovering your deleted text messages via an iTunes backup. Here’s how:

  • Lunch iTunes, either on your computer or Mac.
  • Connect Your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
  • If You see a pop-up message on your iPhone asking for permission to “Trust This Computer,” tap “Trust”
  • Select Your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
  • Click “Restore Backup” in the Summary panel.

    A list of available backups will be displayed.

  • Select the most recent backup that contains the deleted text message you want to recover.
  • Click “Restore”.


In conclusion, accidentally deleting a text message doesn’t have to be a permanent loss. With the right steps and a little patience, you can successfully retrieve deleted text messages on your iPhone 7.

Remember to always check the recently deleted folder first and consider restoring from iCloud or iTunes backups as alternatives. Good luck!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of retrieving deleted text messages on your iPhone 7. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

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