How to See Deleted Messages on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever accidentally deleted an important message on your Mac and wished you could retrieve it? Well, fret not!

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of how to see deleted messages on your Mac. So, let’s get started!

Method 1: Using Time Machine

If you have been regularly backing up your Mac using Time Machine, then recovering deleted messages becomes a breeze. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Connect your Time Machine backup drive – Plug in the external hard drive or Time Capsule that contains your backup files.
  2. Open the Messages app – Launch the Messages app on your Mac.
  3. Navigate to the Time Machine interface – With the Messages app open, locate the message or conversation that you want to recover and make sure it is selected.
  4. Access Time Machine – Click on the Time Machine icon in your menu bar and select “Enter Time Machine”. Alternatively, you can also press Command + Shift + T to access it directly.
  5. Browse through backups – Use the timeline on the right side of the screen to navigate through different backups. Find a backup that predates when you deleted the message.
  6. Select and restore – Once you’ve found the desired backup date, select it and click on “Restore” to bring back your deleted messages.

Method 2: Using Third-Party Data Recovery Software

If you don’t have a Time Machine backup or if your backup doesn’t contain the deleted messages, don’t worry! There are several third-party data recovery software options that can help you recover your deleted messages.

One popular choice is Dr.Fone – Data Recovery for Mac. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install Dr.Fone – Visit the official website of Dr.Fone and download the software for Mac. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
  2. Launch Dr.Fone – Open the Dr.Fone application on your Mac.
  3. Connect your device – Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.
  4. Select data recovery mode – In the Dr.Fone interface, select “Recover” from the available options.
  5. Select Messages as the file type – On the next screen, choose “Messages” as the file type you want to recover.

    You can also select other types if needed.

  6. Scan and preview deleted messages – Click on “Start Scan” to begin scanning for deleted messages. Once completed, you can preview all the recoverable messages.
  7. Select and restore – Select the desired messages you want to retrieve and click on “Recover” to restore them back to your Mac.

Tips and Tricks:

To increase your chances of successful message recovery, keep these tips in mind:

  • Act quickly: The sooner you attempt message recovery after deletion, the higher the chances of success.
  • Avoid using your device: Stop using your Mac or device immediately after realizing you’ve deleted important messages. Continued usage may overwrite the deleted data, making it harder to recover.
  • Regularly backup: Set up regular backups using Time Machine or other reliable backup solutions to ensure you have a recent copy of your messages.

With these methods and tips at your disposal, recovering deleted messages on your Mac is no longer an arduous task. Remember to stay calm and follow the instructions carefully. Good luck!

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