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How to Recover Deleted Picture Messages from iPhone

How could I recover deleted picture messages from iPhone (iPhone 6 Included)?

As far as I can tell, the common way to recover iPhone picture messages is using the backup from iTunes. If you've recently synced your iPhone with iTunes, you can choose to restore your iPhone from the backup by right clicking on it on the left side of iTunes and selecting "Restore from backup". there's one thing you need to pay attention is that all your iPhone content will be erased and replaced by the backup content, but at least, your deleted picture messages come back. The other way is to directly scan and recover picture messages from iPhone.

If you want to keep your iPhone existing content and recover picture messages from iPhone, there's a way indeed. You need a third-party iPhone picture messages recovery tool, and here is my recommendation: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) (Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS(iPhone Data Recovery) (Windows).

The software also recovers deleted picture messages from iPhone by using your iTunes backup file. The difference is that it can help to extract your iTunes backup, letting you preview and selectively recover iPhone picture messages. It only takes you a few minutes. Moreover, both versions allows you to directly scan and recover data from iPhone 6 Plus/6/5C/5/5S/4S/4/3GS without backup files.

Download the free trial version of this software below and install it on your computer.

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Next, let's recover picture messages from iPhone with Wondershare dr.fone for ios (Mac) in steps.

Step 1. Extract iTunes backup for iPhone picture messages

Run the program after installing it on your computer. To recover iPhone picture messages, you need to select a recovery mode first.


Then all backup files will be automatically listed, if you've synced more than one devices with iTunes on your Mac. Choose the one of your iPhone where you lost your picture messages, and click "Start Scan" to continue.


Step 2. Preview and recover deleted iPhone picture messages

After a while, the whole content of the backup will be extracted and displayed as category. For your iPhone picture messages, you can select to preview the content of "Messages" category. Choose the message in the middle, you can read all details on the right side on the window, including text, photos, videos, and even audio files. Mark those you want and click "Recover" on the top, you can save them on your computer with one click.


If you only want to retrieve message attachments from your iPhone, you can select "Messages Attachments" for recovery. It contains all attachments from your messages.

If you're a Windows user, use Wondershare dr.fone for ios and perform the similar steps to retrieve your messages. Currently both Windows and Mac users can use the program directly scan your iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS and recover data from it if you don't have a backup.

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Further Reading

Recover iPhone messages: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover deleted photos on iphone: This article shows you how to recover deleted photos on iphone in different ways.
Recover iPhone iMessages: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.

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