9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2015 12:52 AM by Otheamed Branched to a new discussion.
hlb1999 Level 1 Level 1

Is there a way to recover deleted text messages

iPhone 4S
  • anilsudhakaran Level 4 Level 4

    Try restoring from backup.

  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    If they weren't backed up, then no.  There is no "trash" on the iphone

  • JackHuston Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, gdgmacguy is right. There is no such a thing like trash bin on your iPhone so that you can restore your deleted pictures.


    However, there is such an iPhone photo recovery software that can help you recover deleted pictures from iPhone 5, 4s, 4 and 3gs. I used Tenorshare iTunes Data Recovery. It worked.


    You can give it a shot! You can download it from http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/itunes-data-recovery.htm

  • annafromcapon bridge Level 1 Level 1

    Tenorshare software didn't work on my niece's iphone to recover accidentally deleted data.  And we have yet to get our money back even though their website says "money back guarantee."

  • Ghfan33 Level 1 Level 1

    How do you restore a back up?

  • gb1402 Level 1 Level 1



    i would like to retreive some txt messages i deleted. but i have never sync my phone with itunes. the problem is that i used several hardwares to retrieve the deleted messages. i found some text messages back but not the ones i needed.


    is there anyone who can help me with this?



  • Ariellej88 Level 1 Level 1

    Hey! What hardwares did you use to recover some of those texts??

  • Fionaber Level 1 Level 1

    (I know this is a somewhat old thread, but someone may stumble on it if they're in a similar situation!)


    It really all depends, unfortunately. When the messages are deleted, the database storing them marks it as "deleted" but doesn't actually destroy the information fully. Eventually the database will recompact the space, rearrange, and reuse, but until then the message could be found.


    With that said, from my own experience, sometimes the much older messages are the ones that happen to stick around, and the newer ones get overwritten first. It all just depends on how the space in the file gets compacted and reused I'd say it's worth a try to look.


    I am the main developer for Decipher TextMessage, which has a feature to recover deleted text messages from the iPhone backup files. The nice thing is that the software will scan for your iTunes backups of your phones (perhaps finding the message in an older backup before it was deleted!), show you all of the regular not-deleted messages, and then you can press the recover button to look for deleted information. I usually recommend running the program once to see what older information you have (always better to get the original not-deleted version when possible) and then make a new backup and run Decipher TextMessage again.


    I hope this helps someone out! If you want to send us some more questions directly, you can do so from our website http://deciphertools.com


    (Disclaimer: Clearly since I work for Decipher Media, the links I have made above to deciphertools.com may benefit me in the future.)

  • Otheamed Level 1 Level 1

    If you backed up the iPhone before you found that the text messages were lost, you can try to restore the iPhone with the iTunes or iCloud backups.

    If the backups were created long time ago, and you are not sure whether the lost text messages are included in the backup files, you don’t want to lose the data generated after the creation of the backups, use an iPhone backup extractor to extract the text messages from the backups of iTunes or iCloud.

    If you cannot find any backup files, you can still recover deleted texts from iPhone using an iPhone data recovery tool, which will scan the data on your iPhone as other data recovery tools for computers.