How To Recover Deleted Text Messages

It's possible to get back SMS messages that were accidentally lost or deleted. Follow this step-by step guide to quickly and safely recover your texts.

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It can happen to anyone. You’re searching your phone for an important text and that’s when you realize that it was accidentally deleted. Don’t panic. We’ve learned a thing or two after helping thousands of customers send out millions of messages, including how to retrieve lost texts.

It’s possible to recover deleted text messages that were accidentally lost or deleted. Follow this step-by step guide to quickly and safely recover your texts.

How To Recover Deleted Messages Using Finder (Or iTunes in macOS Mojave and Earlier)

If you regularly backup your iPhone to your computer, this is the easiest way to recover your lost text messages.

  1. Connect your device to your computer. 
  2. Open Finder (or iTunes in macOS Mojave and earlier) if it does not automatically open.
  3. Go to the side bar and select your device.
  4. Then click on “Restore iPhone.”
  5. That’s it. All the texts from your most recent backup are now on your device.

Please note that this method will replace your current data with your most recent backup.

How To Restore Deleted Text Messages Using iCloud

Most iPhones automatically backup SMS messages to the iCloud. All iPhone users receive 5GB of free iCloud space. If you’ve upgraded your account, it is likely that all of your text message data is stored safely.

  1. First, check to see if there’s a backup from before the messages were deleted. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups (Note that anything added to your device after the backup you select will not be restored and will require its own backup).

2. Once you find the right backup, you’ll need to reset your device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

3. Your device will ask how you’d like to set up the device. Select to restore it from an iCloud Backup.

4. Your device will then restore its data to the selected backup and the lost messages will be recovered.

How To Restore Deleted Text Messages Using Third Party Apps

Just because you clicked “delete” doesn’t necessarily mean your message is gone. If you don’t use iTunes or iCloud to keep your data backed up, you may be able to recover deleted iPhone data using a third-party data recovery app. These apps also work with Android devices. There is a large market for data recovery apps that don’t actually work very well. If the companies don’t have a clear explanation of how recovery will work or any contact information on their websites, it’s best to stay away. Two companies with good reputations are Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery and PhoneRescue by iMobie.

Avoid Headaches with Regular Backups

It’s always a good idea to maintain an up-to-date backup of your important data and messages. That way you never have to worry about accidentally deleting an important text message.

Don’t Use Your Personal Phone

Every day we hear from customers who use their personal phones for business matters. This is tempting, especially if you’re a small business owner on a budget. But while this may be convenient at first, it soon becomes hard to manage. It can also lead to costly mistakes if you delete important business messages when all you really meant to do was remove yourself from a group text you’re not interested in. If you’re sending texts for a professional purpose, it’s best to use a business texting service instead.

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