How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Without Backup

In order to recover deleted messages on an iPhone with no backup, you can restore them from the Messages app or use a third-party data recovery tool.

While our iPhones can do a lot, one of the most common things I do on my device is text. Whether I am checking in with friends or family, or sharing important information, texting is a quick and easy way to stay in touch.

However, there have been times when I have deleted a text message that I wish I had kept for one reason or another. Thankfully, there are a few ways to recover these messages (even without having a backup), and this guide is going to look at them.

Key Takeaways

  • The first way to recover texts is through the Messages app itself. You can easily search through your recently deleted conversations and restore the one you need, as long as you do it quickly.
  • Another option is to use a third-party data recovery tool. There are many options out there, so make sure to do your homework and choose one that is legitimate and has good reviews from past users.
  • Instead of having to rely on restoring texts to save them, some ways to avoid losing messages in the future include keeping an updated backup, being careful about what you delete, and more.

Solution 1: Recover from the Messages App

The quickest and easiest way to recover deleted messages on an iPhone is to restore them from a menu in the Messages app. Open the Messages app and click Edit at the top left side of the screen. From the dropdown menu, choose Show Recently Deleted.

Here you will see a collection of the conversations you have deleted lately, and you can scroll through until you find the right one. Next, simply check off the box and click Recover to bring the message conversation back.

While this is a useful method to recover messages, keep in mind that they only remain in this folder for a short period of time before they are permanently deleted.

Solution 2: Use a Third-Party Data Recovery Tool

If the messages are already gone from this folder or aren’t showing up there for one reason or another, your other option is to use a third-party iPhone data recovery tool in order to bring the messages back.

There are many different options out there, so make sure to do some research to identify the right one for your needs. You should think about the company’s reputation, the reviews the tool has, the features it offers, and more.

While the exact process may differ slightly, the overall steps in order to use these tools are relatively similar from one to the next. After downloading the program, connect your phone to the computer and run the software.

After the tool works its magic, you can search through the messages it finds and recover the right ones. Try to recover the messages as quickly as possible, too. If you wait too long, the message data could get completely overwritten and be unrecoverable as a result.

How to Avoid Lost Messages in the Future

While there are ways to recover deleted text messages, it’s often easier to simply avoid losing them going forward. The best way to do this is to be careful about the things you delete

Instead of just mass deleting old messages once a certain amount of time has passed, consider going through conversations first to ensure that nothing potentially important is lost.

Another way to avoid losing messages is to ensure you have an up-to-date iCloud backup. This will ensure all of your apps, data, and information are protected in case your phone breaks, is lost, or you delete something you wish you didn’t.

Final Thoughts

Accidentally deleting important text messages can be a scary and worrying experience, especially if you don’t have a backup. But thankfully, there are a few methods you can try in order to get them back.

Did I leave something out that you think I should have covered/mentioned in this guide? If so, don’t hesitate to let me know about it in a comment.

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