How to View Recently Deleted Messages on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

If you have ever accidentally deleted important text messages on your iPhone, don’t worry! There is a way to view recently deleted messages and potentially recover them. In this tutorial, we will show you how to do just that.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To begin, locate and open the Messages app on your iPhone home screen. The app icon looks like a green speech bubble.

Step 2: Access Recently Deleted Messages

Once you have opened the Messages app, tap on the “Back” arrow in the top-left corner until you are on the main screen of your conversations. Then, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the search bar.

Note: If you are using iOS 14 or later, instead of swiping down from the top of the screen, you can simply tap on the search bar at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Search for Recently Deleted Messages

In the search bar, type in any keyword or phrase that was present in the deleted message(s) you want to view. As you type, a list of suggestions will appear below. Tap on “Show More” if necessary.

Step 4: View and Recover Deleted Messages

After tapping on “Show More,” scroll down until you see “Messages.” Tap on it to view all messages containing your searched keyword or phrase.

If any recently deleted messages match your search criteria, they will be displayed here. You can tap on each message to view its content in detail.

  • To recover a single message:
    • Tap and hold on the message until a pop-up menu appears.
    • Tap on “Copy” to copy the message.
    • Go back to the main Messages screen, and create a new message by tapping on the pencil icon in the top-right corner.
    • Tap and hold in the text field of the new message until a pop-up menu appears.
    • Tap on “Paste” to paste the recovered message into the text field.
  • To recover multiple messages:
    • Repeat the steps above for each message you want to recover.

Note: If you are unable to find your deleted messages using this method, it is possible that they have been permanently deleted from your device and cannot be recovered.


In this tutorial, we have shown you how to view recently deleted messages on your iPhone. By following these steps, you can potentially recover important text messages that were accidentally deleted.

Remember to regularly back up your iPhone using iCloud or iTunes to prevent permanent data loss. Happy messaging!

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