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How to Search Text Messages on iPhone?

iPhone users are using Messages app to communicate with others. They receive hundreds of text messages and iMessages every day. How to find the text messages they want to check? Actually, you can search text messages on iPhone to find the text messages faster. So you don’t need to go to Messages app, find the conversation, slide up and down to find the text messages.

You can use the search function in Messages app on your iPhone to search text messages on your iPhone. If you want to search and preview deleted text messages on your iPhone, you need to use spotlight search function or iPhone Data Recovery software. The spotlight function can only search and preview your deleted text messages once. So if you want to search deleted text messages on iPhone, you need to use iPhone data recovery. It can scan your iPhone and enables you to search and preview text messages on your iPhone. You can even save the deleted text messages on iPhone to your computer.

Please read the following steps to learn how to search text messages on iPhone according to your need.

Method 1. How to search text messages on iPhone with Messages app

This is the easiest way to search text messages on iPhone. But you can only search the text messages on your iPhone. If you want to search deleted text messages on iPhone, please read the Method 3 directly.

Turn on your iPhone and go to “Messages” app. At the top of the app, you will see the search function tab here. Just enter the keywords of the messages you want to search, the app will return you all the text messages containing the keywords.

search function in messages app

Method 2. How to use spotlight to search deleted text messages on iPhone

Spotlight search function is the easiest way for iPhone users to search anything on their iPhone. So you can search text messages on iPhone using it. However, for messages, you can even search the deleted text messages on iPhone with spotlight. You can only do that once. The second time, you won’t find the text messages/iMessages with spotlight.

Slide down on iPhone screen on the home page; you will enter the spotlight search function. Easily input the keywords of the text messages you want to search. The spotlight will find all the data related to the keywords you entered. You can find and preview the deleted text messages on iPhone once.

spotlight search text messages

Tips:
If you want to adjust the settings of spotlight, you can go to “Settings”>”General”>”Spotlight search”. You can choose the data you want to show when you use spotlight search.

Method 3. How to search messages on iPhone with iPhone data recovery

iPhone Data Recovery software can help you to search text messages and iMessages on iPhone. It can search both the deleted messages and the messages on your iphone. And there is no limitation when you search deleted text messages on iPhone.

Step 1. Run iPhone Data Recovery

Free download, install and run the iPhone data recovery software. You will see the following interface.

iphone data recovery

Step 2. Scan your iPhone

Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable. The software will recognize your iPhone easily. It will load the basic info of your iPhone on the interface.

connect iPhone

Click “Scan” button, the software will scan your iPhone to analyze and find the messages on iPhone for you. Once it finishes the scanning, it will list all the data in your iPhone on the interface, including messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, reminders and so on.

scan result

Step 3. Search text messages on iPhone

You can easily go to the “Messages” section. You will see all the messages are listed here. Use the search tab on the upper-right to search the text messages you want to find. If you want to search deleted text messages on iPhone, you need to open the filter of only show deleted text messages. Then you use the search tab, you will get all the deleted text messages related to the keywords you searched.

text messages interface of the scan result

iPhone data recovery software can also help you recover deleted text messages on iPhone and save them to your computer. Select all the text messages you want to recover and click “Recover” button, you will get all the selected text messages on your computer.

Just like the messages, iPhone data recovery can also help you to search notes, reminders, calendars, whatsapp messages, call logs, safari bookmarks and other data on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.