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How to recover deleted iMessages + 7 More Useful iMessage Tips

This post explains how to recover deleted iMessages step-by-step. It will mainly focus on the two ways of recovery within the native Apple ecosystem. As I researched this topic, I found that many websites suggested an additional way of using third-party apps. They could be legitimate but I cannot guarantee the safety and security of them.

It is important to try one of the first two methods. If both don’t work, you might want to try to use a third-party app at your own risk.

How to recover deleted iMessages

There can be many reasons why you would want to recover deleted iMessages. Apple understands the need and they included text messages as part of back-up targets including apps, photos, videos, and more. This, however, gives users an inconvenience because you cannot select individual item to recover. This means that even if you want to recover a deleted iMessage, you will have to perform a whole recovery of your iPhone.

Keep this in mind and decide if you really want to start recovery. If so, keep reading through. For your reference, using third-party app seems to allow iMessage recovery only. I will introduce this in the later section.

How to undelete iMessages by iCloud

This is the first Apple-native way to recover your deleted iMessages. You can use iCloud to restore deleted text messages.

  1. Go to https://icloud.com and log in.
  2. Find “Text Messages“. If you cannot find the icon, that means you haven’t backed up.
  3. If you can find it, select it.
  4. Search the text message you want to recover.
  5. Now, go to your iPhone and Settings.
  6. Go to your name that appears at the top of the list and iCloud.
  7. Find “Messages” and make sure it is turned off. If it’s on, turn it off, which will show you a pop-up window.
    • In the pop-up window, select “Keep on My iPhone
  8. Now, come back to text messages on iCloud.
  9. Click “Merge” and wait. You will now see the once deleted messages appearing back on your iPhone.

If this doesn’t work out for you, try the next option.

How to undelete iMessages by iTunes

By default, every time you sync (or connect) your iPhone to your PC or Mac, it will create a backup automatically. And, you can use it to recover the deleted messages.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac, which will open iTunes.
    • If it’s not starting, open it manually.
  2. Select your iPhone on the menu.
  3. Choose “Restore backup”.
  4. This process will replace all your current data with the previous ones. As long as you have a backup before the deletion of the messages, you will be able to restore the messages.

Like the first methods, this option relies on your backup.

Video Guide: How to Recover Deleted iPhone Messages

If you found the written guide above difficult, try this video instructions. I hope you can restore the deleted messages after watching this.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Messages

How to recover iMessages by third-party software

Ok, if you are desperate to recover the messages, try this one. But, as I warned earlier, this is not a way that’s officially approved by Apple. To download the software into your desktop, use the link below.

If the links don’t work, check this website I referred.

  1. Once you installed the software in your desktop, connect your iPhone to your desktop and start the software.
  2. On the left side menu, choose the “Recover from iOS Device” mode.
  3. Select “Messages” and “Messages Attachment” if you want to restore the attached files.
  4. Click “Scan“.
    • It will initiate scanning of your iPhone’s SMS, MMS, and the others selected.
    • Once done, text messages will appear in the result.
    • If you want to see only the deleted messages, enable the “Only display the deleted item(s)” option¬†at the top left.
  5. Select the iMessages you want to recover from the list and click “Recover“.
    • This will save the restored messages in your local desktop.

7 More Useful iMessage Tips

Since you learned a trick for iMessage, I thought that you’d be interested in learning more. This section will share 7 more useful iMessage tips.

Turn off read receipt

Sometimes you read a text message and forgot replying it. Or you read it but don’t want to reply it right away. The problem is, by default, the sender may know if you have read the message or not. By not sending read receipts, you can have earn some excuse.

  1. Go to Settings -> Messages.
  2. Uncheck “Send Read Receipts”.

Use your email address to send text

On iMessage, yon can use your email account to send text messages instead of your actual phone number. This can be handy when you want to send messages on Mac or iPad without a SIM. Plus, you can send a text to someone who you want to hide your phone number.

  1. Go to Settings -> Messages.
  2. Go to Send & Receive.
  3. Make sure your Apple ID appears at the top. If not, log in using your.

See images or attachments in a thread

If you want to see the images and attachments in a thread in one spot, try this.

  1. Go to the iMessage thread.
  2. Click the person icon at the top and click “info”.
  3. You can see all the images and attachments as you scroll down.

See the messages only from the unknown people

If you want to quickly browse through the messages from those you don’t know. Try to use this filtering feature.

  1. Go to “Settings” -> “Messages”.
  2. Enable “Filter Unknown Senders”.

This can be useful when you have to search through a lot of messages.

Give a name to group thread

You can give some identity to a group thread.

  1. Go to the group thread.
  2. Tap on the group icon at the top and select “info”.
  3. Tap on “Enter a Group Name” above and type a group name.

Mute or leave a group thread

You can mute notifications from a group thread or simply leave the chatroom.

  1. Go to the group thread.
  2. Tap on the group icon at the top and select “info”.
  3. Tap on “Do Not Disturb” if you want to mute.
  4. Tap on “Leave this Conversation” if you want to leave.

Delete one message

If you sent a wrong message and want to delete it, you can simply do it by:

  1. Go to the thread.
  2. Tap on the message you want to delete and hold.
  3. Select “More” and tap on the trash icon at the left bottom corner.


We learned how to recover deleted iMessages step-by-step. Plus, you could learn some iMessage tips you may not know. I hope that by now you have been able to recover deleted messages.

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