I have been using iPhone for quite a while now,and it is working fine. iPhone is indeed a good smartphone, otherwise there will not be over one billion people using it. The only problem we all seem to have with it is the occurance of data loss. At least I had one not long ago. The other day I turned on the phone as usual, and found that all my text messages were gone, leaving no trace at all. They were prettey important to me, so I tried as many ways as I could find to recover the missing messages from iPhone. Now that they are all back, I would like to share my experience, to save you from the troubles I have been through.
Losing text messages could be a headache, in fact, any kind of data loss is what we all want to avoid. Sadly it just keeps happening, so what we need to do is learn how to fight against it and minimize our lost. The most secure way is to backup your iPhone regularly or even on daily basis via iTunes or iCloud. No matter you are using iPhone 5, 4, 4S or 3GS, when it comes to recovering deleted text messages, the methods are same. So when you do have the backup files that can rescue your deleted messages, congratulations, just follow the steps below to retrieve deleted SMS messages from iPhone.
Method 1: Recover Deleted iPhone Text Messages from iTunes Backup
iPhone knowledge 101, always back up your phone via iTunes regularly. iTunes back up is the most secure way to keeping all your data. In fact, everytime you connect your phone to computer and run iTunes, it will automatically back up your phone and update the files along later sync. All you need to do is plug your phone to PC and wait it out. So for those who have iTunes backup, luck you, just retore your iphone from the backup:
First connect your phone to the PC and run iTunes, then click the File menu, then select “Device” and choose “Restore from backup”, and select the backup. The process will begin, when it’;s done, the deleted text messages will be back.
Method 2: Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone via iCloud
Personally I prefer this one to iTunes, for I don’;t need to plug my phone purposely to PC just for back up. Using iCloud, everything is done wirelessly. Back up occurs on daily basis through Wi-Fi when iPhone is on lock screen and connected to a charger. And all your backups will be stored in the “cloud”. What you need to is just restore the iCloud backup, as follow:
Make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, nothing works wiht iCloud if there is no Wi-Fi.
Then go Setting-> General, and hit the Reset button, and the last hit, “Erase All Content and Settings”.
Later the Set-up Assistant will pop up to ask you if you want to restore form iCloud backup. Then enter your iCloud account and password, select the backup you want to restore from, and done.
When the process is done, the deleted text messages will be recovered.
Method 3: Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone with iPhone Data Recovery
I know not everyone have the habit of backing up regularly, or have recent and available backups
when the data is lost. Though it seems impossible, we still can retrieve the deleted messages from your iphone, but with some help. There is a great tool that can help us out, iPhone Data Recovery. A very easy to use program that will recover the messages from your iPhone with ease. So this is for those who do not have backups, a simple guide:
Download the software and run it with your iPhone connected to PC. At the interface you will see two tabs, since we do not have backups, choose “Recover Data from iOS Device” and hit “Scan”. Then the scanning will begin, the process will take a few minutes, depending on your iPhone capacity. When it’;s done, your will be able to see the deleted texts are on the Message list. Check the messages you wish to recover and hit “Recover”, then save it to your PC instead of iPhone to avoid overwriting.
Then all your deleted text messages should be back as xlsx files. And now you should be able to relax.