2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2014 6:43 PM by bruncewat
MBS1983 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I can't figure out how to restore the text messages that I have accidentally deleted. Is there any way to get the text messages from my iCloud restored to my mac or iPhone 4. I just got a new iPhone 5s and I want to figure out how to get it restored to my Mac so I can choose what I want on my new iPhone. Really I just need anyway to recover the pics, emails, and most importantly text messages. I already have the emails. Thanks.


iPhone 4, iOS 7.0.3
  • 1. Re: restore deleted text messages
    pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,685 points)

    iCloud backups include SMS/MMS text messages.  To get them back, you must restore them from the icloud backup (this assumes you've been backing up to icloud).

     

     

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    Go to Settings>General>Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings.  This will erase your device.  Then you will go through the setup screens again as you did when your device was new, and when given the option, select Restore from iCloud Backup.

     

    This link gives another overview of backup and restore:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4859?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

  • 2. Re: restore deleted text messages
    bruncewat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    pvonk wrote:

     

    iCloud backups include SMS/MMS text messages.  To get them back, you must restore them from the icloud backup (this assumes you've been backing up to icloud).

     

     

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    Go to Settings>General>Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings.  This will erase your device.  Then you will go through the setup screens again as you did when your device was new, and when given the option, select Restore from iCloud Backup to recover deleted SMS from iPhone.

    If the messages exist in the backup, then they can definitely be recovered. Now there are 3 things you can do retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone:-

    1 - Go to 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 iPhone SMS recovery software and would definitely recommend it. There are other options though, like the one Pvonk has suggested, but they are just too expensive. It does the exact same thing for much less.