How to Unhide Deleted Messages on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

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

Step 1: Accessing the “Hidden” Messages

If you have accidentally hidden a message, it is still present in your device but not visible in the regular messaging interface. To access these hidden messages:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. In the main messages list, swipe down with your finger to reveal the search bar.
  3. Type a keyword or the name of the person whose message you want to unhide.
  4. Scroll down to find the “Search in Messages” section and tap on it.

You will now see a list of messages containing the keyword or from the selected contact. This includes both hidden and non-hidden messages.

Step 2: Unhiding Deleted Messages

To unhide a deleted message from this list:

  1. Find the deleted message that you want to unhide.
  2. Tap and hold on the message until a menu pops up.
  3. In the menu that appears, tap on “Unhide“.

The hidden message will now be visible again in your regular messages list, just like before!


If you have multiple hidden messages from different contacts, you will need to repeat this process for each individual message. There is currently no option to unhide all deleted messages at once.

Other Options to Consider

If you are unable to find the deleted message using the above method, it is possible that the message has been permanently deleted from your device. In such cases, you can consider the following options:

  • Check iCloud Backup: If you have enabled iCloud backup for your messages, you may be able to retrieve the deleted message by restoring your device from an earlier iCloud backup.
  • Check iTunes Backup: If you regularly back up your iPhone using iTunes, you can restore your device from a previous iTunes backup to potentially recover the deleted message.
  • Contact Apple Support: If none of the above methods work, it is recommended to reach out to Apple Support for further assistance and guidance on possible solutions.

Remember, it’s always a good practice to regularly back up your iPhone to avoid losing important messages or any other data. Prevention is better than cure!

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of unhiding deleted messages on your iPhone. Now you can easily retrieve any accidentally hidden messages and continue your conversations without any hassle. Happy messaging!

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