“I deleted all my text messages on my iPhone 8, but I didn’t mean to! Is there any way to recover deleted messages on iPhone even if I have no backup? Thanks!” — Lucy
If you often use your iPhone to send or receive messages, you are likely to encounter the same trouble – accidentally deleting all text messages on iPhone and having no backup. In fact, apart from accidental deletion, your text messages may also be lost due to iOS update or jailbreak failure, broken device, stolen or lost device, etc. Text messages may be not used as frequently as before, but sometimes they are still crucial. Thus, you would be eager to recover deleted text messages without backup when you realized this mistake. Whether you have a backup or not, this article tells you four ways to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone Xr/Xs/X/8/7/6/ with or without backup.
The data on the iPhone, including text messages, are saved on a database called SOLite. When you delete the text messages intentionally or by accident, they are simply moved from “Allocated” to “Unallocated”, and the actual messaging data are not removed from the SQLite database. However, when you create or receive new messages, the entries in the space for “Unallocated” will be occupied first and overwritten with new data. Thus, you can recover deleted text messages before the new data overwrite them.
If you don’t have any backup of your iPhone text messages, you can retrieve deleted text messages by contacting your phone service provider. Usually, they will keep a record of your SMS messages (not including iMessages). However, to protect the privacy of both sides participated in the conversation, the cell phone carrier will offer you these messages only when you obtain a court order. Moreover, some providers only keep the information for a few weeks. Therefore, if you lost important text messages, you’d better contact your cell phone carrier as soon as possible. Although this method is not as easy as you think, it is worth trying.
If you can’t get any help from a cell phone carrier, you can use a third party recovery software to find deleted messages on iPhone. Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery is an excellent bet to realize iPhone message recovery (both SMS and iMessages) even if you don’t have any backup. Just follow the steps below to recover deleted text messages on iPhone without backup:
You can also sue Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery to restore text messages from iTunes or iCloud backup selectively. You can read on to learn more about it.
Restoring iPhone from an old iTunes will overwrite all the current data on the device. If you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes before, you’d better make sure the lost messages are store in the backup. How can you do that? Luckily, Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery can help you to view and selectively recover deleted text messages from iTunes backup before you restore your iPhone. It also allows you to save your messages as html, csv or txt files onto your computer:
If you want to restore these text messages back to your iPhone, and ensure that you have the iTunes backup containing the text messages you want, then continue with the following steps:
Please note that it is risky to restore deleted text messages from iTunes directly, as the data in the backup file will replace all the existing text messages on your iPhone as well as other data. So be prudent when choose the method.
Restoring iPhone from iCloud backup will erase all your iPhone data first. If you have backed up your iPhone to iCloud, you’d better see what’s inside the backup. Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery can also help to view & retrieve deleted text messages from iCloud backup:
If you want to restore these messages back to your iPhone from the iCloud backup, you can use the first three steps to make sure which backup is a valid one for you and follow the procedures below:
This method is similar to restoring deleted text messages from iTunes backup. It will also overwrite the existing data on your iPhone. But you can use it when you have no computer available.
In this article, we have introduced four ways to help you recover deleted text messages on iPhone with or without backup. If you have a good habit of backing up iPhone regularly, it is not a hard work to retrieve the deleted text messages from iTunes or iCloud backup. If you don’t want to affect other vital data on the iPhone, you can appeal to a third-party recovery tool to selectively extract text messages from the backup. If you have no backup or your backup is corrupted, you can ask the Phone Provider Server for help or use the third-party recovery tool to recover deleted text messages from iPhone directly.
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