How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Free without/with Backup

As you know, iPhone Messages plays an important role in daily life. It delivers significant information among friends, family, colleagues even commercial partners. Messages loss or deletion often happens in daily life, however. What if you accidentally deleted iPhone SMS messages that contained valuable conversations? Here, we will show you how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone for free after mistaken operation, iOS upgrade/jailbreak failure or even iPhone got lost or stolen.

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Part 1. Why Deleted iPhone Text Messages are Recoverable
Part 2. Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone without Backup
Part 3. Restore Deleted iPhone Texts from iTunes Backup
Part 4. Get Back Deleted iPhone Texts from iCloud Backup

Why Are Deleted iPhone Text Messages Recoverable?

iPhone saves text message data (along with MMS and iMessages) on a database called SQLite. When you delete a specific message, it just changes from “Allocated” to “Unallocated”, but leaves the actual message data sitting there. Some day, when you receive or send new texts, the space for the “Unallocated” entries will be firstly occupied and overwritten with new information.

Why Are Deleted iPhone Text Messages Recoverable?

Therefore, you’d better stop using the Message APP and turn on airplane mode of your device before you take measures to reclaim the deleted texts.


Much Safer: Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup

If you just deleted SMS on iPhone without backup, it is much safer to retrieve deleted text messages using third-party software which can access to iOS SQLite database. iPhone Data Recovery is highly recommended to save your deleted texts on iPhone. It is a totally free yet useful iPhone SMS Recovery tool for iPhone 7 (plus)/SE/6s (plus)/6 (plus)/5s/5/4s/4/3GS users. Why not have a try?

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Download and install the free iPhone recovery software to follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Run the application and select “Messages”and “Message Attachments” on the first interface. Then click on Next.
  • Step 2. Connect your iPhone to PC and start to recover data from iPhone or iTunes backup. (If you don’t have backup, it can retrieve SMS from the device directly.)
  • Step 3. Scan your iOS device/iTunes backup. Finally, you can selectively preview and recover deleted text message conversations.
    Retrieve Deleted Text messages on iPhone

Alternatives: Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with iTunes/iCloud Backup

Option 1. Restore Text Messages from Previous iTunes Backup

If you regularly do backups through iTunes, you should have an iPhone backup stored on PC or Mac. However, it’s not sure if the deleted texts are there in backup before you restore iTunes backup back to iPhone. As the hashed backup file 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 (that’s SQLite Database) holds the messages, all you need is a third-party app like iPhone Recovery to extract and view the lost texts from it.

Steps to view and restore deleted texts from iTunes Backup:

  1. Launch iPhone Recovery software and check Messages & Messages Attachments.
  2. Next, click on “View iTunes backup”. All iTunes backups will be listed there, or you can also import from other folder. Select one to extract text messages.
  3. After scanning, you will see all the message threads in details.
  4. Find the deleted text messages to recover and save them onto computer.
    Restore Text Messages from Previous iTunes Backup

If you want to restore these texts from the iTunes backup to iPhone, learn what to do.Restore deleted texts from the iTunes backup to iPhone

Option 2. Restore Texts from an Old iCloud Backup

Another easy way is to retrieve deleted text messages from an iCloud backup. First, you need to check if your deleted texts are backed up to iCloud, however. Otherwise, the former tutorial is the better way to restore deleted text messages on iPhone without backup.

Follow these steps to find out:

  1. Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup. On your device, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Backups. You’ll see the date and size of its latest backup.
  2. Open the iPhone Recovery tool on PC and follow the onscreen steps. Click on “View iCloud Backup”.
  3. Sign in to iCloud with Apple id and password. Then select an iCloud backup to download.
  4. Finally, extract and recover deleted messages from the iCloud backup.
    Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone with iCloud Backup

If the method above doesn’t work, you can also try to restore from an iCloud backup.Restore Texts from an Old iCloud Backup

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