How to See Recently Deleted Messages on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever accidentally deleted an important message on your iPhone and wished you could retrieve it? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will show you how to see recently deleted messages on your iPhone using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To get started, locate and tap on the Messages app icon on your iPhone’s home screen. This app is represented by a green speech bubble icon.

Step 2: Tap on “More”

Once you have opened the Messages app, look for the “More” option located at the top-right corner of your screen. Tap on it to proceed.

Step 3: Select “Recently Deleted”

After tapping on “More,” a list of options will appear. Look for and select the “Recently Deleted” option from this list.

Step 4: View Recently Deleted Messages

You will now be taken to a screen displaying all your recently deleted messages. Scroll through this list to find the message(s) you want to recover.


If you don’t see any recently deleted messages, it means that there are no messages in your trash folder at the moment. Deleted messages are automatically removed after a certain period of time, usually 30 days.

Step 5: Recover Deleted Messages

To recover a deleted message, simply tap on it and select the “Recover” option. The message will then be restored back to its original location in your inbox or conversation thread.

  • TIP:
    • If you want to recover multiple messages, tap on the “Edit” button located at the top-right corner of your screen. Then, select the messages you wish to recover and tap on the “Recover” button.

Step 6: Permanently Delete Messages

If you want to permanently delete a message from your iPhone, swipe left on it in the recently deleted messages list and tap on the “Delete” button that appears. This will remove the message from your device without any chance of recovery.


Be cautious when permanently deleting messages as they cannot be recovered once they are gone.


You have successfully learned how to see recently deleted messages on your iPhone. With these simple steps, you can easily recover important messages that were accidentally deleted. Remember to regularly check your “Recently Deleted” folder to prevent any permanent loss of data.

We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

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