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How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone/iPad?

First introduced in 2011, iMessage wins most Apple users’ heart after several updates. It is now the most popular message app for iOS and Mac OS X with group chatting, sending plain text, document, videos, photos, voice messages, syncing all your devices, totally free via Wi-Fi, etc. Showing you someone is in the middle of reply and interacting with Siri are just two little examples of iMessage on user-friendly design. Although Apple’s iMessage is thoughtful, it doesn’t provide users a practical solution when people delete their iMessages on iPhone and iPad. How to retrieve deleted iMessages? Read this tutorial on recovering deleted iMessages from iPhone, iCloud and iTunes.

To recover lost/deleted iMessages, you need iPhone iMessage Recovery software. It is designed to recover iMessages from iPhone, iPad and iPod. It provides you 3 ways to recover iMessages: recover iMessages from iOS devices, restore iMessages from iTunes backup files and retrieve iMessages from iCloud backup.

How to Recover iMessages from iPhone/iPad directly

I will show you the whole process of recovering iMessages from iPhone. It is the same when you recover deleted iMessages from iPad.

Step 1. Scan your iPhone

Run the iPhone data recovery software and connect your iPhone to your computer.

For iPhone 7 plus/7/SE/6s plus/6s/6 plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s users:
The iPhone iMessage Recovery will detect your iPhone and load your iPhone’s basic info on its interface. Click “Scan” button to start scanning your iPhone to find the lost/deleted iMessages on your iPhone.

load iPhone

For iPhone 4/3GS users:
After connecting your iPhone to computer via USB cable, the software will provide you two options to scan, Standard Mode and Advanced Mode. I recommend you choose the Advanced Mode. In this mode, you can find much more data than the standard mode. Choose the Advanced Mode and follow the tips on the interface of the software to enter the scanning mode.

iPhone 4 scan mode

Step 2. Find the lost/deleted iPhone iMessages

The more data you have in your iPhone, the longer it will take for scanning. In most cases, the scanning will finish in 2 to 5 minutes. When it completes the scanning, all the data on your iPhone will be displayed on the next interface grouped and listed on the left of the interface. The data is classified by the type. iMessage data is included in “Messages” along with SMS and MMS.

Go to the “Messages” and find the iMessages you want to retrieve and check them. Click “Recover” button to start the recovery.

recover messages from iPhone

How to Recover iMessages from iTunes Backup Files

Step 1. iTunes Backup Files

Every time you sync your iPhone with your iTunes, it will make a backup file on your computer by default. So you can use the iTunes backup file to retrieve deleted iMessages.

Run the software and choose “Recover from iTunes Backup Files”. You will see all the iTunes backup files on your computer. You need to choose the latest one of your iPhone and click “Scan” button. It will scan your iTunes backup file.

iTunes backup file list

Step 2. Recover deleted iMessages

The software will finish the scanning process quickly. Then you are allowed to find your lost/deleted iMessages. Go to “Messages”, you will see all the SMS, MMS and iMessages are listed here. And the deleted Messages are in red. You can preview the iMessages to check if it is the one you want to recover. You can also use the Filter to show the deleted iMessages only. In this way, you can find your iMessages much easier.

Check all the iMessages you want to get back and click “Recover” button. Soon you will get the iMessages on your computer.

How to Recover Deleted iMessages from iCloud Backup

You need to enable the iCloud service from Apple before you delete/lost your iMessages. Only in this case, you can recover iMessages from iCloud.

Step 1. Download your iCloud backup file

Launch the iPhone data recovery software and choose the last option “Recover from iCloud Backup”. You need to log in your iCloud account here to access your iCloud backup file. After you are log in, you will see the iCloud backup files made by your Apple account. Choose the latest one to download.

iCloud backup list

Step 2. Scan the iCloud backup file

Click “Scan” button after the downloading complete. All the data in the iCloud backup file will be displayed and you can even preview the data before recovering. Check out the “Messages” Colum, you will find all the iMessages you sent listed here. The red ones are deleted iMessages from your iPhone. So check the deleted iMessages and Click “Recover” button. Now, what can do is waiting. The software will take some time to recover the deleted iMessages from iCloud.

That’s all for how to recover deleted iMessages from iPhone. You can use the same way to recover deleted iMessages from iPad. The iPhone data recovery can also recover deleted text messages on iPhone, and also contacts, photos, call log, notes, etc. If you have anything to discuss, leave your messages below.