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This article will help you figure out how to restore text messages on an iPhone.

Here are 3 ways to go:

Sometimes you just wake up and realize that you need those deleted SMS from pizza delivery with that juicy promocode even though you’ve decided to eat healhty. But… Not today

Or it’s actially serious, like you need to use your conversations as evidence in court of law. I hope it never happens to you, but still. I strongly recommend you have an up-to-date backup of your phone in order to prevent any unpleasent suprises.

To do so, download CopyTrans Shelbee, make a backup of your device and trust me, one day your bacon will be saved: Download CopyTrans Shelbee

So, how to restore even deleted text messages back to your iPhone? I’ll show you 3 pretty easy ways.

1. Restore messages on iPhone using CopyTrans Shelbee Custom restore

This method is the easiest one and all your data won’t be overwritten, just the text mssages.

  1. Start with downloading CopyTrans Shelbee. If you need help installing here’s the installation guide for you.Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Run CopyTrans Shelbee, plug in your phone and click “Custom restore”.Click on “Custom restore”

  3. Click the pencil to choose the backup you want to restore from.Choose the backup you want to restore from

  4. Here you should select the iPhone backup, which contains your messages.Select the iPhone backup

  5. Now you need to select “Messages” and click “Next”.

    NOTE: To make sure that all your messages are transferred, we recommend selecting “Accounts” along with the “Messages” during this step.
    Selecting Accounts will overwrite the already existing mail accounts and any associated cloud account information (contacts, calendars, notes, iMessages) on the destination device.

  6. Please, keep in mind that existing messages on your phone will be overwritten. Click “Next”.

  7. Tip

    Before restoring we make a temporary backup just in case something goes wrong. Who knows what can happen next? Zombie Apocalypse? Ragnarök? You probably won’t wait until the restoring process is finished. So go ahead, unplug your device and try to save the world. But still, it is better to wait.

  8. Here you can select the backup location. When selected, click “Start”.

  9. That’s pretty much it. Get a cup of coffee and wait until the restoring process is finished.Restoring is in process

  10. Yawn! Wow, it’s done! This is how you easily restore deleted messages on iPhone. Thank me later.
    Restore was successful

2. Restore deleted texts from an iCloud backup

Okay, back to Apple, next stop is restoring the messages from an iCloud backup. Don’t be mad at Apple for all their reminders to back up your device. It’s really a good thing, especially when you need to restore deleted text messages to your iPhone.

  1. First of all, open “Settings” on your iPhone and tap on your name.Tap on your name

  2. Tap on “iCloud”.Tap on "iCloud"

  3. Select “Manage Storage”.Tap on "Manage Storage"

  4. Now select “Backups”.Tap on "Backups"

  5. Now it’s high time to remember which of your backups may contain the messages you are looking for.Your backups

  6. To restore your iPhone from this backup go back to the “Settings” and choose “General”.Go to the Settings menu

  7. Scroll down and find the “Reset” tab.Tap on "Reset"

  8. Here you need to choose “Erase All Content and Settings”, then “Erase now”. Yes, exactly. This will overwrite all your data, sounds terrible, I know. But that’s what Apple does. But don’t worry, you will set up your iPhone right after reboot using one of the old backups.

  9. Select "Erase All Content and Settings" Select "Erase now"
  10. Then your iPhone will reboot and take your through the set up steps. At the step when you get the option to restore your device from an old backup, choose wisely, make sure you don’t forget which backup you need.Setting up

3. Restore text messages on iPhone using iTunes

iTunes also might be helpful in restoring your deleted messages. Though, by doing so, your data will be overwritten as well as when you restore from an iCloud backup.

  1. Start with connecting your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes. Then click on the phone icon in the upper left corner.Click on the phone icon

  2. Click “Restore Backup”.Click on "Restore backup"

  3. Choose the backup you want to restore from. Yes, again you need to recall where your messages can probably be.Choose the backup you want to restore from

  4. Okay then, restore is in process. Wait until it’s finished.Restoring is in process

That’s the happy end of our story, folks. Don’t forget to keep your backup up-to-date! Hope it was helpful for you, and if it’s not, let me know what you think in the comments below.That's all Folks!

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Ksenia is obsessed with food photography, video games and computer science. She could probably fix your laptop as well as she cooks the Neapolitan style pizza. Now she is open to share her knowledge of CopyTrans products with you, but remember: Ksenia doesn't share food.