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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

Provides you 3 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.


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

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Hi, Dr.Fone for iOS can't find the text messages you need mostly because the text messages were overwritten by new data on your iPhone. If you had backed up your text messages to iTunes or iCloud before the deletion, you can try recover from iTunes or iCloud backup file.
Samantha
Hey, I downloaded wondershare…i spent forever searching through my texts. I even know the date the texts were sent and deleted and I STILL cannot find them. what do I do? It's almost like they are the only texts not there…of course the ones I'm looking for. PLEASE HELP!
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
Sorry to hear this. I'll tell our programmer, letting them check out what is wrong.
disqus_R6ViFnHIgg
I backed up whatsapp messages to my icloud but there is no "Whatsapp message" in the Dr.Fone for iOS window (if I choose the recovery from icloud backup).
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS supports the recovery of WhatsApp messages. Before using it to recovery WhatsApp messages from iCloud backup, you should ensure that you've backed up WhatsApp messages to your iCloud.
disqus_R6ViFnHIgg
It seems that Dr.Fone doesn't support the recovery of whatsapp messages from iCloud backup. When this feature will be added? Thank you!
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
I think you need Wondershare MobileTrans for help.
disqus_wFlrgbUyU5
my iPhone 4 recently stopped working and i now have a 5c ;( how do i transfer data for the iPhone 4 to the 5c
disqus_K95Ejrv1eo
Sorry, I think this isn't the quality issue about this program. You can keep it for use in the future. Besides using it to recover deleted files, you can also use it to extract data from iTunes and iCloud backup, which is very useful. It's a must tool for iPhone users.
mcord
:( is there any way to receive a refund in this case??

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