How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone 5/5S/5C/4S/4

What you should do first 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 the first thing you should do is to stop using your iPhone immediately after you find you've lost iPhone text messages. Any further operation on iPhone will make it impossible for you to find deleted messages on iPhone again. To get a better chance of retrieve deleted iPhone text messages, turn your iPhone off now!

2) Find a computer 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 iPhone. The sooner, the better. Software only running on a computer can help to recover deleted messages from iPhone. No app running on iPhone is available currently. If you see one, judge the risk of losing your iPhone data seriously before using it. It may makes the messages gone forever.

To get back deleted messages from iPhone, there are three ways for you: recover messages directly from iPhone, restore iPhone messages from iTunes backup and retrieve iPhone text messages from iCloud backup. Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is a professional iPhone deleted text recovery tool that tells you how to find deleted messages on iPhone and how to get back deleted messages on iPhone.

iPhone Text Message Recovery Software

Provides you with three ways to retrieve deleted text messages and iMessages from iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

3 Recovery Modes: Recover data from iOS devices, iTunes and iCloud backups.
18 File Types: Allows to recover messages, contacts, photos, video, notes, etc.
Various Data Loss: Recover data lost for deletion, factory resetting, jailbreaking failure, device lost/broken, etc.
Preview: Preview data to decide which item you want before recovering.
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3 Solutions to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from iPhone on 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 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS

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. For iPhone deleted text recovery, it'll work the same way as the normal way does.

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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 want to the computer. 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 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. When it's completed, you can scan it to find text messages directly.

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Step 2 Preview and recover iPhone messages

Once the scan stops, you can preview all contents in the iCloud backup file. Choose the one you want to tick it, and then save it to your computer by clicking on the Recover button.

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More about Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS

Supported devices Data available to recover
  • iPhone 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.

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It depends. If deleted data is overwritten, then you can get them back. Anyway, just download the trial version to see whether it can find any deleted data you need or not.
If dowlond this can I get from 2 or 3 months ago
Dr.Fone is a data recovery program, not a transfer one, but we'll consider it and make it available in the future if you have this need.
It shows all recoverable texts and existing texts on your iPhone.
Does it show all deleted texts or are some still not show?
OK. I recovered my text messages to my PC. I baught a new iPhone(5S)/ how do I transfer all my text messaged to my new iPhone? The whole reason why I baught this program to start with.
The text messages are in the category of "Messages", and the attachments are in the "Message Attachments". Check both of them after the scan. If you can't find them there, they may have been overwritten and gone forever.
Hi This is frustrating, I've successfully downloaded the free program connected my iphone 4s and it's gone through the analysis etc. But it only appears to have downloaded the current stuff I just want to get to deleted texts with attachments from on contact. can you advise.
Those can't be found may have been overwritten by new data and can't be retrieved anymore. In this case, you can try to find them in your iTunes or iCloud backup. If you want to recover the found items in the scan result, you only need to purchase a license key to register the program, and then you can recover any item from the scan result.
None of my Whatsapp texts have been recovered. Some of them were fairly recent. Is there anything I can to try to recover these?
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