How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone
Solution 1: Directly recover SMS from iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS
Directly scanning your iPhone and recovering deleted messages from it, you need to have an iPhone message recovery tool like Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac), or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows). It allows you to scan your iPhone and recover deleted text messages on the iPhone in 3 steps. First, download the trial version below for free. Then let's check how it works for your iPhone.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer
First of all, connect your iPhone to the computer and run the program after installing it. The primary windows for iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S and iPhone 4/3GS will be different.
For iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S users, there is only a Start Scan button on the main window. After connecting your iPhone, you only need to click the button to scan your iPhone.
For iPhone 4/3GS users, you'll see the window below after connecting your device. You need to download a plug-in by clicking the Download button.
Step 2. Enter your iPhone's scanning mode to scan it
For iPhone 4/3GS users: After downloading the plug-in, you need to get into the device's scanning mode before scanning. You can directly follow the description on the program's window or the steps below:
- Hold your iPhone in your hand and click the Start button on the Dr.Fone for iOS software's window.
- Then press the Power and Home buttons on your iPhone simultaneously for 10 seconds.
- After that, you can release the Power button and need to keep holding the Home button for another 15 seconds.
After that, you'll get a message saying that you've successfully entered the system, and the software begins scanning your iPhone.
For iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S users: You'll see this scanning window immediately after clicking the Start Scan button.
Step 3. Preview and recover deleted text messages from iPhone
When the scan finishes, all found data will be listed in clear, organized categories. Choose Messages to preview the detailed content. Mark those you want and click Recover to save them on your compute with one click.
You also can watch the video tutorial of recovering deleted text messages on an iPhone below.
Note: You also can use this software to recover iPhone contacts, photos, video, notes and more, if you have such a need.
Tips: There is also another way for you to recover deleted messages from an iPhone in Windows or Mac OS: use PhotoRec, a free data recovery program. There are some limits if you use PhotoRec, like only jailbroken iPhones, no previews, etc. Learn more from the comparing chart below.
|Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS||PhotoRec|
|Devices Supported||For all iPhones||For only jailbroken iPhones|
Directly scan an iPhone;
|Directly scan an iPhone|
|Data Recovery||Recover iPhone messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, call history, iMessages, calendars, reminders, voice memos, Safari bookmarks, etc.||photos, videos, contacts and other files.|
|UI||Interface friendly, available for all people with any computer level.||No image interface, users asked for certain computer skills.|
|Price||Paid software with a trial version.||Free of charge.|
For using PhotoRec, you can download it and learn the guide here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Recover_data_from_an_iPhone
Screenshots of Wondershare Dr.Fone and PhotoRec: the left one is for Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, and the right one is for PhotoRec.
Solution 2: Recover deleted iPhone messages via iTunes backup
If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes before, or just can't recover deleted text messages directly from the iPhone,you can try this way: to recover deleted messages from iTunes backup. There are also two ways for your option.
|Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS||Restore via iTunes|
|Devices Supported||For all iPhones||For all iPhones|
Preview iTunes backup content before recovery;
|Cons||Paid software with a trial version.||
Wondershare Dr.Fone lets you extract, preview and recover messages from iTunes backup in only 2 steps. Not only iTunes backup files for the iPhone, but also those for an iPod touch and an iPad. Let's check steps below.
Step 1. Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS
After installing and running the program, move to Recover from iTunes Backup File and you'll get the interface as follows. All your iTunes backup files have been found and displayed. Choose the one for your iPhone and click Start Scan.
Step 2. Preview and retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone
When the scan finishes, all the content contained in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories as Photos & Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History and Notes. You can preview the detailed content of any of them before you perform the messages recovery for iPhone.
To recover deleted SMS from iPhone, you only need to check the Messages option and hit Recover to save all the messages on your computer.
You can also watch the video tutorial below.
For more about Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac), you can read the details here: User guide of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac).