Different from traditional SMS/MMS messages, iMessage is a great feature available among Apple devices. It allows you to send unlimited free text, picture, video, voice memo, and share location, contact and other types of messages over Wi-Fi or cellular-data networks. However, many users have reported that they accidentally deleted iMessage conversations, some of which are precious to them. Luckily, there are always ways to get deleted iMessages back on iPhone, even without a backup. Here, we’ll give you 4 options to recover deleted iMessages on iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Mac/XS/XR/X/8/7/SE/6 or iPad.
When we deleted or lost iMessages by chance, we don’t always have a backup to restore them. But there is still a chance to retrieve deleted iMessages on your iPhone or iPad. Deleted or lost messages on iOS devices will be hidden in the built-in SQLite database until newly-generated data overwrite them. In this case, you could use some third-party iMessage recovery tools like Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery to extract recently deleted iMessage texts from the SQLite database before they are overwritten by new messages. This app lets you access, view and recover deleted iMessages on iPhone. Besides iMessages, it also helps you recover deleted text messages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, and more on iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Bonus tips: Chances are you have old backup of the deleted iMessages in iTunes or iCloud, you can always use the Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery to view and retrieve old iMessages history from iTunes/iCloud backup:
Thanks to iCloud, iMessage can sync between your iPhone and other devices you activated with the same Apple ID or iCloud account. That means you may access deleted iMessages on other Apple devices. If you delete an iMessage conversation on iPhone, go to your Mac or other iOS devices and find the message there. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud and turn off the Messages Sync feature to download iMessages and SMS texts back to your iPhone or iPad. If you fail to recover deleted iMessages from other Apple devices, try using a backup or iMessage Recovery software.
Apart from iCloud, people can back up iPhone data to computer through iTunes or the Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15. Yet this method will result in current data on your iPhone being overwritten with backup contents. So please make a copy of your data added after the last backup once you decide to restore your iPhone from a backup on your computer.
Before you start: If you want to preview the iTunes backup contents previously, you can freely download and use the Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery introduced in Option 1. It also enables you to recover deleted iMessages selectively.
The only way to recover deleted iMessages without computer is to restore your iPhone from iCloud backup. The prerequisite is that you have an iCloud backup and the iCloud backup includes the deleted iMessages. And you have to pay attention that restoring your iPhone from iCloud backup requires you to erase all current data on the device, and these erased data are unrecoverable. So you need to back up your existing data before performing a restore on the iPhone.
Note: This method may not work for those who have activated the “Messages in iCloud” feature as iMessages won’t be saved in the backup section.