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How to recover deleted text messages on iPhone: Steps to follow

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Recovering deleted text messages on iPhone is possible in a few ways. We all receive multiple text messages on a daily basis that are not useful. For this, most of us select multiple messages on our iPhone and delete them in one shot. Along with removing junk and spam, this process sometimes takes away important messages. There are also scenarios where you accidentally delete an important text message and can’t find an easy way to get it back on your iPhone.

Apple has enabled the iPhone with iCloud integration to store backups of content, including text messages. But getting texts from iCloud backup requires some prior knowledge. There isn’t even a standalone option provided by the iPhone manufacturer to simply restore the deleted messages in one go.

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Using iCloud Backup

Below are the steps you can take to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone using iCloud backup. Before starting the process, it is important to point out that you need to enable Messages as a part of your iCloud backup in order to restore your previous text messages from the cloud.

  1. go for Adjustment And then tap on your Apple ID profile at the top.

  2. to open iCloud > manage storage > backup And then select the backup that was taken before the date you deleted your text messages that you want to recover.

  3. Scroll down to find Message backup and make sure it is shown with some data.

  4. Now, you need to reset your iPhone. This will delete all the stored content and data. Therefore, you should proceed only if you have those available in the backup file that contains your deleted messages.

  5. If you’re sure, go Adjustment > Mango > Transfer or Reset iPhone > erase all content and settings.

  6. Your iPhone will now reboot and will take some time to come back on. Then it will ask if you want to recover from backup. From there choose the right backup.

If you don’t want to erase all your content and data from your iPhone but want to restore messages stored on iCloud, you can retrieve them by logging into iCloud.com. Below are the steps on how you can do this.

How to Recover Text Messages on iPhone Using iCloud.com

  1. Log in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password.
  2. go for original message And look for the ones you want to restore. The text message option will only appear if you have turned on backup for your texts.
  3. Now, you have to close messages Back up by going to iCloud Settings Adjustment And then your Apple ID profile. You will see a list of the content that is being backed up to iCloud. just tap messages There to turn off text message backup.
  4. You will now be prompted to download your text messages locally to your iPhone. Choose Disable and download messages From a pop-up message. This will download all existing messages – including those you’ve deleted from your phone.

It’s worth pointing out that this option only works if your iPhone hasn’t been backed up to iCloud recently. Otherwise, you will not be able to retrieve the deleted messages as they will no longer be available on iCloud.com and will be replaced by the new messages you have received on your iPhone.

For users who don’t use iCloud, Apple allows backups via iTunes or the Finder – depending on the operating system you’re using on your system. In this case you have to physically connect your iPhone. It also – like the iCloud backup method – deletes existing content and data so that you can restore the old backup.

There are also third-party apps that are claimed to allow you to restore deleted text messages on your iPhone. However, Gadgets 360 does not recommend those as it may cause privacy concerns.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360 based out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, internet services and telecommunications development. Jagmeet is available on Twitter @JagmeetS13 or email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send your leads and tips. more

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