How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone and iPad

Published: November 10, 2017 - 9:00am EST

iMessage logo with trash can icon over top

Have you ever deleted an iMessage, only to realize that you accidentally deleted the wrong one? Wished you could recover the message you erased by mistake? In this article we’ll be telling you everything you need to know about how to recover iMessages.

Can you recover deleted iMessages?

Yes, there is a way to recover deleted iMessages. You can recover deleted data from your iOS device or Mac computer from saved backups of your device.You will only be able to recover messages that were on your device from your last data backup, so anything that wasn’t backed up cannot be recovered.

Now, let’s go over the instructions for how to recover these deleted messages. Before you do this, you’ll need to erase all of the content currently on your device. You can learn how to do so on Apple’s website here. After that, you can move on to these steps.

To recover deleted iMessages:

  1. Power up your device.
     
  2. Set up your device, and when you get to the “Apps and Data” section, tap Restore From iCloud Backup.

    Restore iPhone from backup
     
  3. Sign in to your Apple ID using your email address and password.

    Apple ID sign in screen
     
  4. Choose the backup you’d like to restore.

    Choose backup to restore
     
  5. Wait for your device to be restored.

    Wait for restoration to complete

All that’s left after that is to wait for your data to download on to your device. Depending on how much data you had saved to the backup you restored, it can take as little as a few hours or as much as a few days.

If you have any problems with restoring your iOS device from an iCloud backup, check out this page on Apple’s website for more help.

To make sure you’re good to go in case you ever need to restore your device and recover a deleted message again, it’s a good idea to set up your device to back up to iCloud automatically. We’ll show you how to do that now.

To back up your device:

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network.

    Connect to WiFi network
     
  2. Go to your device’s settings.

    Open iPhone settings
     
  3. Select iCloud.

    Select iCloud
     
  4. Scroll down and select Backup.

    Backup button
     
  5. You’ll see a switch beside “iCloud Backup.” Move the switch to the right to enable automatic backups of your device.

That’s all you need to do to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud. Regularly backing up your device can save you from frustrating situations later, so it’s definitely a good idea to set up automatic backup.

 

That covers everything you need to know about how to recover iMessages. Head on over to our iMessage course if you would like to read other helpful articles like this one.

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