(Solved) How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone and on Mac - 2021 Update

Last Updated on January 11, 2021 by Jason Ben

iMessage persists with most Apple fans, despite the popularity of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac or even iPod touch, you can easily log in iMessage (or signed in to the iTunes & App Store) with your Apple ID, then you are able to use iMessage to contact your friends (You must make sure that your friend is an Apple User and she/he have installed iMessage App on his/her device AND iMessage is activated).

With iMessage, we can send messages freely instead of using text messages via telecom providers, because of which iMessage is quite popular among iPhone users. With iMessage they communicate with each other, they share photos in iMessages and they share interesting Apps with each other. Taking that into consideration, losing iMessage history is definitely a disaster. We did lose our iMessage for accidental deletion, iOS Error or Factory Resetting iPhone.

Recover Deleted iMessage on iPhone

So how can you undelete those iMessages? here we will show you recover iMessages on iPhone and recover iMessages on Mac (MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro) separately.

#1 How to Recover Deleted iMessages on macOS

iMessage application stores chat information with three files named "chat.db", "chat.db-shm", and "chat.db-wal" in a directory like ~/Library/Messages or sometimes ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages/ on macOS. So when we are retrieving deleted iMessages conversation history on mac we are actually restoring these three files. To recover these three files, we have to turn to a powerful data utility tool for mac users - Mac Data Recovery. It is truly excellent and reliable tool for people who want to recover deleted or lost files on any Mac. Let's how it will assist us in this situation.

Step 1 Download, Install and Launch the program on your Mac.

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Step 2 Then you will be asked to choose the data types that you want to recover, you should select Others and select the startup disk to search.

Step 3 Wait when then the program is scanning your disk with Quick Scan mode.

Step 4 When the scanning is complete, find "chat.db", "chat.db-shm", and "chat.db-wal" on the scan result list and recover them back to your mac. If you can not find them, try to search with Deep Scan mode.

Step 5 Move those files back to the directory they used to be and launch iMessage application. You will see the deleted iMessage chats back.

Note: You are a loyal Time Machine user? then lucky you. You have an extra method to recover your iMessages on mac. While before you resolve to do this, please keep in mind that Time Machine.

#2 How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone

How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone from Device

Deleted important iMessages careless and you find that you don’t have a valid backup for it? How to recover iPhone iMessages without Backup? No panic, just stop frequently using your iPhone and follow steps as below, you will find back your deleted iMessages in minutes. Now Let’s start our work.

Step 1 Install our iOS Data Recovery as above on your computer, Install the latest iTunes or update iTunes to the up-to-date version.

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Step 2 Launch iOS Data Recovery on your PC with keeping iTunes turned off. Click on iPhone Data Recovery Module on the start interface. Here we gonna choose Recover from iOS Device.

Step 3 It is time for your iOS device, just connect your iPhone with PC and Tap to trust this PC on iPhone. Your iPhone will be detected and connected afterwards automatically.

Step 4 Once the connecting process is finished, you will see a form that let you choose data to recover. Just tick Messages & Attachments and keep others un-ticked. Then start to scan.

Step 5 It will take you sometime to analyze the device, and scanning process will start when it is done. Then finally you will have all your deleted messages listed, just select those you want to recover and click Recover. You will also find all lost iMessage attachments including photos, video and audios, XLS and PDF.

Easily you get all your lost iMessages back.

How to Recover Deleted iMessages from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up iPhone with iTunes or couldn’t find back iMessage via the method above. You should try to Recover iMessage from iTunes Backup. No iTunes backup? Try iCloud Backup instead as below. Want to Recover iMessage from iTunes Backup you must have installed iTunes and for better recovery rate, you should upgrade iTunes to the latest version.

Please do not plug in your iPhone to computer during the whole process.

Step 1 Install iOS Data Recovery, launch it and keep iTunes closed. Select iPhone Data Recovery (Recover data from your phone) > Choose to Recover from iTunes Backup File.

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Step 2 Pick a backup due to date and start scan.

Step 3 Select Messages on the left list and preview all messages, then choose message to recover by click recover button on the right bottom.

How to Recover Deleted iMessages from iCloud Backup

Is there a way to recover iMessage when fail to recover from iPhone and iTunes backup? Sure, you have iCloud, the best backup option for iPhone users. Now we will talk about how to recover iMessages from iCloud Backup.

Step 1 Install iOS Data Recovery, launch it and keep iTunes closed. Select iPhone Data Recovery (Recover data from your phone) > Choose to Recover from iCloud Backup File.

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Step 2 Sign In iCloud with your Apple ID. Fail to Login? And get and alert – “Verification failed, the internet connection appears to be off line.” You must turn off the two-factor authentication. Please Note that we take your privacy seriously and we Never keep records of any Apple account information or content during your recovery.

Step 3 Select a backup to download and choose only Message & Attachment to download.

Step 4 After downloading and analyzing backup file, you will see all your messages backed up. Just select those you need and click Recover to computer.

That’s it. I hope that you have get your deleted iMessages conversation back. If you have any further question during the whole process, please do not hesitate to leave me a message as below. I will read all messages that you leave and reply asap.