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Question about iMessage retrieval when messages are visible with "Search" feature

580 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 6:44 PM by randers4 RSS
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Feb 13, 2013 6:27 PM

Hello everyone,

Today when I got off of work, I noticed that over 1,000 iMessages from my girlfriend had been deleted, dating as far back as when I purchased my iPhone 4 in June. Of course, I am in the process of freaking out, as we had some great conversations in there that I would like to save. The last time I backed up my iPhone was in September.

The thing is, when I search for her name with the iPhone "Search" function, all of those conversations appear as if they should be in the iMessage list, but they are not. Is there anyway for me to exploit this and restore these iMessages onto my phone?

I'm an Air Force pilot in Texas and don't get to see her much, so I would love to be able to save these messages. I also went to school for electrical engineering, and I'm stumped.

tl;dr iMessages accidentally deleted but still appear in the iPhone "Search" function - is there anyway to restore them?

iPhone 4, iOS 6
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,585 points)

    Unfortunately, not that I'm aware of.  The cached data you are seeing in Spotlight search is separate from the messages data on your phone, and you can't restore from one to the other.


    Messages are, however, included in the iPhone backup (whether done with iTunes or iCloud).  If these messages were on your phone when you last backed up, restoring to the entire backup should recover them.


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