How to Retrieve Deleted Text on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

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

Retrieving deleted text messages on an iPhone is possible, and in this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. So, let’s get started!

Method 1: Restore from iCloud Backup

If you regularly backup your iPhone using iCloud, this method can help you retrieve deleted texts. Follow these steps:

  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 “Manage Storage”.
  4. Step 4: Find and tap on “Messages” in the list of apps using iCloud.
  5. Step 5: Enable the toggle switch next to “Messages”.
  6. Step 6: Go back to the main “Settings” screen and select “iCloud“.
  7. Step 7: Scroll down and tap on “iCloud Backup“.
  8. Step 8: Ensure that “iCloud Backup” is turned on and tap “Back Up Now“. Wait for the backup to complete.


If you have already made an iCloud backup before deleting the texts, proceed with the next steps. Otherwise, this method may not be useful to recover your deleted texts.

  1. Step 9: Go to the “Settings” app again and select “General“.
  2. Step 10: Scroll down and tap on “Erase All Content and Settings“.
  3. Step 11: Set up your iPhone until you reach the “Apps & Data” screen.
  4. Step 12: Select “Restore from iCloud Backup“.
  5. Step 13: Sign in to your iCloud account and choose the most recent backup that contains your deleted texts.
  6. Step 14: Wait for the restore process to complete. Your iPhone will restart during this process, so make sure it stays connected to a power source.

Method 2: Retrieve from iTunes Backup

If you regularly back up your iPhone using iTunes, you can use this method to recover deleted text messages. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer with which you usually sync with iTunes using a USB cable.
  2. Step 2:In iTunes, select your device.


If prompted for a passcode or to “Trust This Computer,” follow the on-screen instructions accordingly.

  1. Step 3:Select “Restore Backup” in the Summary panel. If you have multiple backups, choose the one that contains your deleted texts.
  2. Note:
  3. Restoring from an iTunes backup will overwrite the existing data on your iPhone. Make sure you have a recent backup to avoid losing any important data.

Method 3: Use Third-party Software

If you haven’t backed up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes, or if the above methods didn’t work, you can try using third-party software like “PhoneRescue” or “Dr.Fone” to retrieve your deleted text messages. These software options usually have a user-friendly interface and offer step-by-step guidance to recover deleted data.


Before using any third-party software, thoroughly research and read reviews to ensure their legitimacy and effectiveness. Additionally, be cautious when granting permissions and sharing personal information.

With these methods, you have a good chance of recovering your deleted texts on an iPhone. Remember to regularly back up your device to prevent future data loss. Good luck!

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