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Sometimes you just wake up and realize that you need to recover deleted messages from that pizza delivery asap. Or it’s actially serious, you need to provide your text messages in a court hearing as evidence.

This article will help you figure out how to recover deleted messages on an iPhone.

Choose one of the 3 ways to recover deleted text messages:

TIP: We strongly recommend you always have an up-to-date backup of your phone in order to prevent any unpleasent suprises.

Restore messages on an iPhone with CopyTrans Shelbee

This method is the easiest one to retrieve deleted messages. Just like other methods, it requires to have a recent backup that contains the deleted texts, but unlike other methods, it doesn’t require overwriting the data on your phone, just the text messages. Let’s start recovering your deleted texts!

  1. Start with downloading CopyTrans Shelbee. If you need help installing the program 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 on 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. Here you can select the backup location. When selected, click “Start”.

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

  9. And it’s done! This is how to easily restore deleted messages on iPhone. Thank me later.
    Restore was successful

Restore deleted texts from an iCloud backup

It’s exactly that moment when these annoying iCloud backup notifications can actually save your life.

This method will explain how to recover deleted texts from an iCloud backup, however it will require overwriting the contents of your phone, meaning that all the messages sent and received after the date of the backup will be lost, along with the newest pictures, contacts, etc. If you are OK with that, continue reading this article.

  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 iCloud 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 how Apple works. 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

Restore text messages on iPhone with iTunes

iTunes also might be helpful in restoring your deleted messages. Though, by doing so, your data will be overwritten just like with the iCloud method. If you want to restore deleted messages to iPhone without overwriting the device data, use CopyTrans Shelbee method.

  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, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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By Ksenia CopyTrans

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.