Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 7:07 PM (in response to frootloup)
Iphone 5. Latest Firmware..
I have Exactly the same problem as the Original Poster. I dont even have to type in a full word! Just single letters of the alphabet (certain ones) will pull out previews of texts I deleted months ago! And an Itunes synch does Not get rid of them, as some people have suggested on other forums!
This is my first ever iPhone. Apart from this issue I love it. Would of expected Apple to have sorted this out by now! Not good.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2013 10:55 AM (in response to Jaz100)
Today (Friday) went to Apple store for help ;-( Techie in store was not even aware of this issue and unable to help, suggested complete factory reset on phone. I explained i only want to remove text/call history from memory and he had a blank look of not understanding. Basically down to me to sort it. Might get away from iphone and go to samsung!!!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 8:06 PM (in response to gixxermike)
I found a solution that works on my 4s 32 gb . .
If it's really annoying as it is for me when I want to do a Spotlight search on my phone and all these annoying OLD Text msg. keep appearing .
Especially if it's someone that you are in a constant text messaging frenzy etc etc.. receive about 100 from that Friend .
What worked for me was : write down your contact on paper info etc.. etc.. then go to your address book on your Iphone and DELETE that contact . traces all seem to disappear. then go back and add them in manually and still no msgs appear .
P.S. By the way I don't like the idea of going into your settings an unchecking what you don't want to appear in Spotlight , this is not a viable solution for people trying to hide msgs , anyone knowing their way around an IPhone will simply reselect text msg. see all old msg etc... etc..
I hope this solution works for ALL facing this issue .
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 1:19 PM (in response to gixxermike)
I just started a discussion on How to Delete Messages in Spotlight Search History without Resetting or Syncing!!
So Go Ahead and Check it Out!!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 5, 2013 10:40 PM (in response to gixxermike)
So, I just to confirm with people who clearly know more about this than I do:
If someone buys a new phone and a new SIM card but then syncs their phone up with iTunes which has old info on it, deleted messages from a previous phone/sim card no matter how old can potentially show up in the spotlight search? Is that right???
Or can the spotlight search only show messages that have been sent to the current exact phone and/or sim card???
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2013 1:31 AM (in response to gixxermike)
I can still see the previews to old deleted texts when I do a spotlight search but when I try to access them nothing comes up. How can I restore these texts so I can actually read them?? Please help.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 3:56 PM (in response to gixxermike)
This potentially frustrating behavior is the result of an intricacy of how the iPhone deletes data. When you "delete" some kinds of items from the iPhone, they don't actually get deleted. Instead, they're marked for deletion by the operating system and hidden so that they appear deleted. But they're still on the phone.
Only when you sync your iPhone with iTunes are they truly deleted.
If you want to truly and permanently delete SMS messages from your iPhone.
Sync Regularly - Since syncing with iTunes is what actually erases items you've marked for deletion, sync regularly. If you delete an SMS on your iPhone and then sync your iPhone, the message really will be gone for good.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2013 10:01 AM (in response to gixxermike)
I deleted an important text message last night, when I found that it was lost this morning, I spent the whole morning to try to find the text message back, and then I found this:
I downloaded this software, and scanned my iPhone, then all the recent deleted text messages showed up, the one I was looking for included.
It’s horrible! Anyone can find the deleted messages on your iPhone with the software. The text messages weren’t truly deleted, maybe they were just hidden in some invisible place in the iPhone.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2013 1:19 AM (in response to gixxermike)
I was just reading online about how to extract iPhone text messages. I've followed the instructions and have found my messages. I used the instructions on this website: http://software.bigbigsoft.com/iphone-recovery-mac. (It was fairly straightforward and simple. After locating the file, I uploaded the file for it to convert it so it would be readable instead of computer garbage. I then downloaded it as a .pdf.)
The only problem is that the messages stop at the year 2011. They should go all the way up to 2013. There are A LOT of messages, more than 500 pages of text messages. Can anyone tell me if the iPhone after so many messages then starts to store them at another similar location instead of at: "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28"? Where are the ones from 2011-2013?
Thanks a lot,
Specs:iPhone 4 (GSM) Macbook Pro Mountain Lion
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2013 12:47 AM (in response to gixxermike)
As we know, every time you sync iDevice with iTunes, it will automatically make a backup of your iDevice contents including photos, SMS, reminders, contacts and more. Therefore, as long as you have ever synced your iPhone with iTunes, you can get the lost messages from iPhone backup files created by iTunes.
Do not connect your iPhone to iTunes again until the messages are recovered. Otherwise, the old backup file will be overwritten by the current content on your iPhone. Once it happens, the deleted messages will be gone forever.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 3:27 AM (in response to gixxermike)
2. Remove Messages from Spotlight Search - Your deleted SMS messages can't appear in a Spotlight search if Spotlight isn't looking for them in the first place. You can control what apps Spotlight searches in and which it ignores, so you can stop it from searching Messages. To do this:
- From your home screen, tap Settings
- Tap General
- Scroll about halfway down the screen and tap Spotlight Search
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Messages to uncheck it
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 11:22 AM (in response to gixxermike)
A large number of people on this and related posts seem to be misunderstanding the problem. The issue raised is that the iPhone does not delete the name and/or number to which text messages or iMessages have been sent. This is not a problem related to Spotlight Search. That is easy to fix and has been explained on here several times. Go into settings/general etc and uncheck "messages" and that does the trick, leastwise it should.
The problem here is that when you start a new Text message or iMessage (NOT an e-mail), the system pulls up a list of previous addressees not just from your current Contacts. For example, you once had a Contact called LS Dancing School but your kids now no longer go there, but you had sent the school text messages in the past. Now that your kids don't go there, you have deleted LS Dancing from your contact list. This has been backed up and synched with iTunes on your laptop several times. However, every time you send a text to a contact beginning with "L", up pops LS Dancing in the autotype list!!!
Apparently it is not possible to delete these old contacts from the autotype list. Whilst this is only irritating for many, it is a MAJOR SECURITY FLAW for the business world. For example, any contact with companies by text in the past, can be shown up this way. If that was unauthorised, or something similar, then there is no way of stopping that companies name showing in the autofill list thus recealing past contacts.
It seems that the only thing to do is a factory reset. This simply deletes all no-system data so you have to start again - but be warned, a back-up/restore will re-instate the problem.
I love my iPhone but this is a serious flaw which Apple seem to be ignoring. If they don't fix it I will end up with a Samsung and Android which would be a shame.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 11:49 AM (in response to gerry@manorfarm)
it is a MAJOR SECURITY FLAW for the business world. For example, any contact with companies by text in the past, can be shown up this way.
But you can look after your iPhone and not let others tamper with it. And if you did intend leaving it lying about, you can easily lock it to prevent access by others?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 12:30 PM (in response to tonefox)
Yes I agree but that is not really the point. The point is the phone should not store data that I beleive that I have deleted. It is only by chance that I discovered that this problem existed therefore I had not taken precautions. Also accidents do happen and phone get lost without locks being applied. It is not a perfect world and I would have thought that a company of the standing of Apple would move to fix such an obvious flaw and not leave it to customers to discover there was such a problem.