Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2013 9:41 PM (in response to Willmason)
I just went to settings/general/spotlight search.
Just uncheck whatever you don't want to show up in spotlight.
They are probably still in there, but someone has to go through those same motions to put them back to where they are visible.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 5, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to Willmason)
If the messages exist in the backup, then they can definitely be recovered. Now there are 3 things you can do:-
1 - Goto Apple Genius bar and see if they can help
2 - Restore from the backup:- This will get you all the messages you want, but will wipe out everything that came into your phone since the backup date
3 - Get a backup recovery software:- I have used Total Saver from MyPhoneData and would definitely recommend it. There are other options though, like the one Daiya has suggested, but they are just too expensive. Total Saver does the exact same thing for much less.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 11:49 PM (in response to Willmason)
If you sync your iPhone before restoring, your iPhone's backup will be overwritten with whatever is available on your iPhone.
If you restore before syncing, your iPhone will be restored from your iPhone's backup that is available from the last sync.
Solution from: Any Data Recovery
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 3:30 AM (in response to Willmason)
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 16, 2013 8:53 PM (in response to Willmason)
i just stumbled onto this myself (4s with up to date ios) and am shaking my head at the lack of simple solution. the question has persisted for 3 years it seems. the same as many others, i am not satisfied with the uncheck solution that so many think is just brilliant. why doesn't apple get that we want it gone? so the real answer right now is: i have to do a full reset of the phone and then sync? a simple sync of the doesn't seem to make any difference in my phone. the jailbroken solution doesn't help me.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2014 5:28 PM (in response to Willmason)
Have you accidentally deleted them from your iPhone 5? I did the same thing a couple weeks a go. Here is the solution I found:
If you have back up your text messages, you can restore from the backup.
Look at this tutorial from Apple:
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Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2014 5:27 PM (in response to Willmason)
Actually, there's a way to restore deleted SMS directly from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS.
If you've ever synced your iPhone with iTunes before, there is also another way: to recover from iTunes backup for all iPhones including iPhone 5 and iphone4S.
Solution 1: Directly recover deleted photos from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS
1:Connect your iPhone to the computer
Connect your iPhone to the computer and run the recovery program after installing it.
2:Enter your iPhone's system and scan it (iPhone 5/4S users can skip this step)
After downloading the plug-in, you need to get into the device's scanning mode before scanning. You can follow the steps below:
1)Hold your iPhone and click the "Start" button.
2)Pressing the "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
3)After 10 seconds, release the "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 15 seconds.
3: Preview and recover iPhone messages
When the scan over, choose "Messages" to preview the detailed content. Mark those you want and click "Recover" to save them on your compute with one click.
Solution 2: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone SMS
1: Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS
After installing and running the program, move to "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and you'll get the interface as follows. All your iTunes backup files have been found and displayed. Choose the one for your iPhone and click the"Start Scan" button.
2: Preview and recover iPhone SMS
Only need to check the "Messages" option and hit the "Recover" to save all the messages on your computer.
3:Do backup well
In order to save your important SMS messages, immediate backup is very useful and important.
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Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2013 3:07 PM (in response to Willmason)
I don't understand how it is that people don't get what the problem is... you aren't reading the original post and comprehending what he is saying. He (and I) are NOT trying to recover messages. We don't want to sync or go to the cloud and obtain all our deleted texts. I don't want to go to settings and hide the messages in spotlight search.
I want text messages gone and to NOT appear on spotlight. For those that don't understand, enable spotlight for messges out of general settings and then enter various common words and scroll down and see how many deleted messages are found. the links don't take you anywhere but you get to read the sender of the message's name along with two lines of the message that was long deleted.
I am not a message pack rat. The fact that i am unable to remove them is mostly an irritation however it should be something that can be effectively done. Nothing has changed with ios7. Deleted messages get found on spotlight search and i have no idea how the system chooses to preserve these messsages. The list of kept messages seems limited and it seems to focus on more frequent contacts.
There is no fix without a wipe of the phone apparently. Limited interest because it's a low level problem.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2013 5:36 AM (in response to gped17)
@gped Here's the method that i used. it works, but its a pain in the ***. For me it was worth it because they were bunch of texts from my ex :p
A lot of people have had issues with removing SMS from spotlight search, especially deleted ones. This method should help.
1. Download iFunbox to browse your phone's contents.
2. After connecting device and running iFunbox, click on "Raw file system" in the left pane.
3. Navigate to private/var/mobile/library/spotlight/com.apple.mobilesms
4. Locate the file "smssearchindex.sqlite". Right click it and select "copy to pc" save it where you please.
5. IMPORTANT! MAKE A COPY OF THIS FILE ELSEWHERE IN CASE YOU SCREW UP! I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU GO DELETING THE WRONG STUFF!!!
6. Download SQLite administrator.
7. Open the file you saved to your computer using SQLite admin (you may need to change the "files of type:" option to "any file" when opening in order to locate it).
8. In the left pane click "ZSPRECORD" then click the Edit Data tab.
9. There should be a drop down menu that says Filterfield. Click to bring up the options.
10. From here you can choose how you want to filter the SMS. If you want to delete everything from a single person , select ZTITLE. If you want to delete individual messages, select ZSUMMARY.
11. In the filter box just to the right of the the drop down menu, type in the name of the person, or the first part of the message to filter your messages.
12. Clicking any of the cells in the spreadsheet of the filtered messages and clicking the minus button (-) right above the drop down menu will delete the message from your spotlight search.
13. Protip: if you are deleting a ton of SMS from a single person, you can click a cell in the spreadsheet of filtered results then click the minus button like normal. Except, if you hold down the return key, you will rapidly delete everything in the filtered spreadsheet.
14. After you've made your adjustments, close SQLite admin. Now just drag and drop your new file back into the same folder using iFunbox and you should be good to go!!
If you found you've made a mistake just replace your new file with the backup file i told you to make earlier and you should be back to square one.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2013 9:43 PM (in response to Nindo)
Hi Nindo - can you provide the link for the SQLite Admin you used? I had downloaded from
sqliteadmin.orbmu2k.de/ - but get an error "qAdmin: Cannot perform this operation on a closed dataset." when trying to open smssearchindex.sqlite
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2014 5:26 PM (in response to Willmason)
Hi, even though it is an old thread. I am still willing to share with you my recent experience about recovering issue.
I lose most of my data while I connected my phone with the PC as it auto went to restore mode.
I was shocked and felt helpless. Then later I calmed down and try every mean to search some program for recovery.
Thank God I backup my phone every week.
Hope that would help!
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Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2014 5:25 PM (in response to Willmason)
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:
1. From your home screen, tap Settings
2. Tap General
3. Scroll about halfway down the screen and tap Spotlight Search
4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Messages to uncheck it
When you don't want to retrieve deleted text messages on iphone, you should not deleted wrong.
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