How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone (iPhone 6 Included)

Important!!! 2 Must Dos after losing text messages on iPhone

1) Stop using your iPhone immediately

When you accidentally delete messages on your iPhone, the text messages don't actually get deleted immediately. Instead, they only become invisible and wait to be overwritten by new data. So you should stop using your iPhone immediately after you find you've lost iPhone text messages. Any further operation on iPhone will make it impossible to retrieve deleted messages on iPhone.

2) Find a computer nearby for iPhone message recovery

Since you can't to do anything on your iPhone, you need to find a PC or a Mac to retrieve the deleted text messages from your iPhone. The sooner, the better. Software only running on a computer can help to recover deleted messages from iPhone. No app can do it now. If you see one, judge the risk of losing your iPhone data seriously before using it. 

Find text messages on your iPhone missing or have deleted text messages from your iPhone accidentally? Keep your shirts on! You can fix it! But keep in mind, the sooner the better result you'll get. Otherwise, you'll never see these deleted text messages again. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is a professional iPhone deleted text recovery tool that tells you how to get back deleted messages on iPhone. It offers you 3 options to recover your text messages: recover messages directly from iPhone, extract iPhone messages from iTunes backup and retrieve iPhone text messages from iCloud backup (iOS 8 iCloud backup file is not supported yet currently. The support version comes soon).

iOS 8/iPhone 6 Text Message Recovery

3 ways to retrieve deleted text messages and iMessages from iPhone

Support multiple devices: Besides support iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, and more former models, it supports iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest iOS 8New icon
3 recovery modes: Recover data from iOS devices, iTunes and iCloud backups.
Save messages to device or computer: Save recovered text messages directly to your iPhone or to your computer.
Preview supportted: Preview data to before you decide to recover it.
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3 Solutions to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone 6/5/5s/5c/4s/4/3GS

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS offers you 3 recovery modes to retrieve deleted texts on iPhone. You just need to download Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) on your computer and follow one of the following solutions to learn how to retrieve deleted text messages from iphone.

Solution 1: Directly recover deleted text messages from iPhone

Step 1 Find deleted messages on iPhone

To get started, connect your iPhone to your computer. Then run Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS and click on the Start Scan button appearing in the window to scan your iPhone. Don't disconnect your iPhone during the scanning process.

Note: For iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users, you also can switch to an Advanced Mode through the button at the lower-right corner. It's better for recovering media content.

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Step 2 Preview and recover iPhone text messages

When the scan is complete, you can choose Messages and Message Attachments to preview all of the found text messages one by one. Then selectively recover the items you need. When clicking 'Recover', a pop-up will ask you to recover to your device or computer. If you choose 'Recover to Device', then recovered text messages will be saved to your iPhone. Also, you can save them to your computer as well. Besides, the deleted iMessage contents can be found too, including text, emoji and attachments.

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Solution 2: Recover Deleted iPhone Messages via iTunes Backup

Step 1 Scan to Extract your iTunes backup

Choose the recovery mode of Recover from iTunes Backup File first. Then select the backup you want to recover text messages from in the list, and click on the Start Scan button to extract the backup content. All backup files existing on your computer are available for extraction.

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Step 2 Preview and retrieve messages for iPhone

The scan only takes you a few seconds. After it, you can preview and recover any messages in the menu of Messages and Message Attachments. When click 'Recover', you'll be asked to recover to your device or computer. If you keep your iPhone connected to your computer via the USB cable, then chooing 'Recover to Device' will save messages to your iPhone. If not, then the text messages will be saved to your computer.

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Solution 3: Restore Deleted iPhone Messages via iCloud Backup

Step 1 Download and extract your iCloud backup

Switch to the recovery mode of Recover from iCloud Backup File on the top of the program's window.

Then log in your iCloud account. After that, choose the backup file you want to download it. In the new pop-up, check 'message' and 'message attachments' to download. By doing this, it only download text messages and the attachments, saving you time.

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Step 2 Preview and recover iPhone messages

Once the scan stops, you can preview all the text messages in the iCloud backup file. Choose the text messages you need and click 'Recover'. Both 'Recover to Device' and 'Recover to Computer' are available. I suggest you connect your iPhone with your computer through a USB cable and choose the 'Recover to Device'. It's more convenient for you to view the messages on your iPhone than on your computer.

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More about Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS

Supported devices Data available to recover
  • iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2, iPad 1
  • iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4
  • Text content: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, WahtsApp History, Safari bookmark, App Documents
  • Media content: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Voice memos, Message attachments, WhatsApp Attachments, Voicemail, App Photos, App Videos

Tips about iPhone Group Messaging

How to enable/disable Group Messaging on iPhone

Group messaging on an iPhone is generally sent by iMessage if all recipients have enabled the iMessage. If not, the group conversation will be sent as MMS, even when the content is text only. It's very easy to enable or disable Group Messaging on iPhone.

Just go to Settings > Messages > tap to ON/OFF Group Messaging. You can disable Group Messaging in Settings > Messages.

How to leave the group chat on an iPhone

If you don't want to be bothered by useless group messages, you can easy leave a group message on your iPhone. Set it as follows.

1. Go to "Settings", and then choose "Messages".
2. You can see the "Group Messaging" under the "SMS/MMS" group there. Turn off the "Group Messaging".
3. Delete a group message of which you had previous been a part by opening the Messages application on your iPhone. Tap the conversation once and then the "Edit" icon in the top right corner of the screen.
4. Tap the "Clear All" button in the top left corner of the screen and then "Clear Conversation" in the pop-up window to delete the entire group message. This action is permanent and cannot be reversed.


Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

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To permanently delete message attachments, you should try the feature 'Erase Private Data' in Wondershare SafeEraser
sansy
hi how can I permantely delete the message attachments ?
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
I'm sorry to hear that, Alice. Would you please click the feedback on the program to submit more details about this issue. We'll figure out what is wrong and fix it. thanks very much.
Alice
The HTML files when opened are all images, these aren't text messages. I downloaded this program to save text messages and read them, not to just look at the picture attachments, because the message attachments are already saved to my computer.
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
Text messages can be saved as HTML or CVS files on your computer. After then, you can use a web browser to the HTML file, or Microsoft Excel to open the CVS file.
Alice
Hello, I recovered my text messages and imessages to my laptop, but I was wondering how I can read them? I saved them to my computer solely for the purpose to look back and reminisce as I no longer have the space to keep gigabytes worth of messages on my phone. When
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
Sorry, you can't. There is no technology to solve the problem once the data is overwritten by new data.
kary
Hi, I downloaded the trial version to see the what is recovered as to I am trying to recover a certain Text conversation. My question was, is there a way I can clear up the over writing so the whole conversation can be recovered? Delete some apps, texts, etc.
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
That's all the text messages that can be recovered. As for other text messages, they might have been overwritten by new data. You can't recovery them. That's why you should try to recovery files as soon as possible.
bugsy
my deleted text messages are missing large portions of the original text messages. is there a way to recover the entire message? or is that all I will get?
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