How to See Deleted Texts on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will explore how to see deleted texts on iPhone. Losing important messages can be frustrating, especially when you need to retrieve information or have evidence of a conversation. Thankfully, there are a few methods you can try to recover and view deleted texts on your iPhone.

Method 1: Using iCloud Backup

If you regularly back up your iPhone using iCloud, there’s a good chance that your deleted texts are still retrievable. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2: Tap on your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  3. Step 3: Select “iCloud” from the list of options.
  4. Step 4: Scroll down and find “iCloud Backup”. Tap on it.
  5. Step 5: Ensure that the “iCloud Backup” toggle switch is enabled.
  6. Step 6: Tap on “Back Up Now” to create a new backup of your iPhone (if it hasn’t been backed up recently).

If you have an existing iCloud backup that includes the deleted texts, follow these steps instead:

  1. Step 7: Go back to the main settings menu and select “General”.
  2. Step 8: Scroll down and tap on “Reset”.
  3. Step 9: Choose “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  4. Note: This will erase all data on your iPhone and restore it to factory settings. Make sure to have a recent backup.
  5. Step 10: After the reset, set up your iPhone and select “Restore from iCloud Backup” during the setup process.
  6. Step 11: Sign in to your iCloud account and choose the most recent backup that includes the deleted texts.

Method 2: Using Third-Party Software

If you don’t have an iCloud backup or if the deleted texts are not included in your latest backup, you can turn to third-party software for assistance. These programs specialize in recovering lost data from iPhones.

One popular option is iMobie PhoneRescue. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Download and install iMobie PhoneRescue on your computer.
  2. Step 2: Launch the program and connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
  3. Step 3: Select “Recover from iOS Device” and click “Next”.
  4. Step 4: Choose “Messages & Attachments” as the type of data you want to recover.
  5. Step 5: Click “Scan” to start scanning your iPhone for deleted texts.
  6. Note: The scanning process may take some time depending on the amount of data on your device.
  7. Step 6: Once the scan is complete, you will be able to preview and select the deleted texts you want to recover.
  8. Step 7: Click “Recover” to save the selected texts to your computer.


Accidentally deleting texts on your iPhone can be a stressful experience, but with the right methods, you can potentially recover and view those deleted messages. Remember to regularly back up your iPhone using iCloud and consider using third-party software like iMobie PhoneRescue as a backup option. By following these steps, you’ll have a better chance of retrieving those important texts!

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