How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone[2017 update]

Last updated on Dec 10th, 2017 by Ian McEwan

Do you still remember how you spend your time with your first mobile?

In my case, I usually play Gluttonous Snake, check my phones continually, and text my friends with my Nokia 3310 all day long.

We use text messaging more than any other mode of communication.The Growth of instant message use is driven by affordable and advanced mobile devices. And Message has successfully replace handwritten letters and emails to be the main way of personal communication, in the past decade.People love text messaging because it’s fast, you can avoid nasty phone calls and come straight to the point, and also texting can deepen relationships.Emotional messages such as confession of love, caring words, pouring one’s heart out or birthday wishes can cultivate human relations.

Most of us will keep those messages for recalling the sweet moment.

text messages on iphone

But sometime you may accidentally deleted those you treasure, when you bulk delete the harassing business promotional SMS. Or lost your message because of a failing restoration

Check this out if you want to get back the messages you treasure

If you are lucky enough, you will have three choices just because you back up the phone regularly. Otherwise, you can only have to pick up the third choice.

Way to Recover Deleted Messages Time Consume Complexity Backup Sign in Your Apple ID Overwritten Selective Recover
iCloud 30mins-45mins Normal Necessary Necessary Yes No
iTunes 20mins-25mins Normal Necessary Necessary Yes No
Data recovery software Less than 10mins Easy Unnecessary Unnecessary No Yes

*Take a shortcut to recover your deleted/lost messages

Let’s see how it work.

Method One:Recover from iCloud backup

If you have ever back up the data of your iPhone to iCloud, you may recover your lost data according to the following advice.

First, you will need:

  • Your iPhone
  • A constant internet connection (Important!)
  • Make sure the battery level of your cell is more than 20% or above
  • Recall your Apple ID and password (Very Important!)

Then follow these steps:

  1. Check if you have a backup you want to recover from.
  2. On your iOS device, tap “Settings” > “Your ID” (which is on the top of the screen) >” iCloud” > “Storage” > “Manage Storage” (also you can tap “Settings” > “iCloud” > “Storage” > “Manage Storage”), then you can tap and see the information of the backups (including last backup time, backup size)

    iCloud storage iCloud backup
  3. Erase your iPhone(necessary but time consuming )
  4. On your iOS device, tap “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” (at the bottom of the screen)> “Erase all content and settings”> Enter your passcodes > “Erase iPhone” > Enter your Apple ID and password

    Reset iPhone Erase iPhone
  5. Reset your iPhone by choosing from a list of available backups in iCloud
  6. Turn on your iOS devices, connect your Wi-Fi > choose the backups you want to recover from, and wait for the progress bar to complete.

    restore completed restoring app and media


Your photos, videos, music, apps restoring in the background may take hours or even days to be normally used. And! The data during the period between the latest backup day and now will be overwritten

⚠ Learn more about Recover Messages from iCloud Backup.

Method Two :Recover from iTunes backup

If you have ever manually back up your iPhone to your computer, or restore a backup stored on your computer, you may recover your lost data according to the following advice.

First, you will need:

  • Your iPhone
  • An iPhone USB cable
  • A computer with ITunes installed
  • Recall your Apple ID and password (Very Important!)

Then follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Pc or Mac with USB cable.
  2. Lunch iTunes and follow the procedure on your iPhone screen (Mostly is “Trust this computer” or enter the password of your apple id).
  3. recover from itunes backup
  4. Select restore backup in iTunes and take a Look at the date and size of each backup and pick the most updated one.
  5. restore from itunes backup
  6. Click restore and wait patiently.


DO NOT disconnect your iPhone until it fully restore. Like the method of recovering from iCloud backup, the data during the period between the latest backup day and now will still be overwritten. Learn how to Extract iPhone Data from iTunes Backup.

Method Three:Recover from a Data Recovery Software Without Backup

If you have ever manually back up your iPhone to your computer, or restore a backup stored on your computer, you may recover your lost data according to the following advice.

First, you will need:

Then follow 3 simple steps:

  1. Lunch dr. fone on your computer with your iPhone USB Connected
  2. Scan your iPhone after selecting the type of data you want to recover, which save you a lot of time without overwritten other data.(no password needed)
  3. Select File Type to Scan
  4. Preview the result of the scanning and selectively recover your deleted/lost message.
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If you have back up your iPhone regularly, you can definitely recover your data from iCloud or iTunes. But it may takes a lot of time.

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Whats more, after you data recovery, you should learn how to back up your iPhone more regularly.

And here is an example you can learn more: How to Backup iPhone

Supplement knowledge:

Here is a digest of an interesting article -- 73 Texting Statistics That Answer All Your Questions by Kenneth Burke


Worldwide Texting Statistics

1. The number of monthly texts sent increased more than 7,700% over the last decade. (Statistic Brain)

3. 18.7 billion texts are sent worldwide every day, not including app-to-app messaging. (Statistic Brain)

4. (2017 Update) 15,220,700 texts are sent every minute of every day worldwide, not including app-to-app messaging. (Domo)

8. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger combine for more than 60 billion messages sent every day. (The Verge)

9. 4.2 billion+ people text worldwide. (MBA Online)

10. Text messaging is the most used data service in the world. (Nielsen)

U.S. Texting Statistics

11. 81% of Americans text regularly. (Pew Research Center)

16. America is responsible for approximately 45% of the world’s text volume. (CTIA & Statistic Brain)

17. Americans text twice as much as they call, on average. (Nielsen)

18. In 2010, almost 200,00 texts were sent every second of the year. (MBA Online)

Texting Statistics by Time and Rates

36. Texting is 10X quicker than phone calls. (Text Request)

37. Texts have a 99% open rate. (SinglePoint)

38. 95% of texts will be read within 3 minutes of being sent. (Forbes)

39. Average response time for a text is 90 seconds. (CTIA)

40. Texts have a 45% average response rate. (Velocify)

41. College students spend 94 minutes a day texting, on average. (Journal of Behavioral Addictions)

42. Texting takes up 33% of Millennials’ mobile usage. (RealityMine)

43. Text messages are read in under 5 seconds, on average. (SlickText)

45. The average adult spends 23 hours a week texting. (USA Today)

Texting Statistics by Preference

46. 33% of American adults prefer texts to all other forms of communication. (Pew Research Center)

47. Text is the most used form of communication for American adults under 50. (Gallup)

50. A third of Americans prefer text to phone calls. (Pew Research Center)

Business Texting Statistics

52. 78% of people wish they could have a text conversation with a business. (RingCentral)

54. Messaging is the #1 preferred customer support channel in the U.S. (Twilio)

55. 79% of bosses are supportive of texting for business purposes. (RingCentral)

57. 61% of contact centers have or plan to offer SMS support by the end of 2016. (Dimension Data)

63. Calls cost customer service centers several dollars per conversation. Texts cost pennies per conversation. (Forrester & ContactBabel)

66. Texting in the sales process with a qualified lead can increase conversions over 100%. (Velocify)

67. 72% of business professionals prefer texting to messaging apps. (eWeek)

68. Nearly 70% of employees think text should be used for interoffice communication. (Vitiello Communications Group)

69. 64% of consumers are likely to have a positive perception of companies that offer communication via text. (Harris)

71. Response rates from text are 209% higher than those from phone calls. (FranchiseHelp)

73. Text verification rates are consistently around 200% higher than email verification. (Nexmo)


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