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You can recover deleted text messages on your iPhone 12 (Pro, Pro Max, Mini), using iCloud backup, iTunes backup or third-party app.
Messages app shipped with iPhone is there for instant communication but in case you discover that you lost conversation or accidentally deleted messages when freeing up space of the inbox, you might wonder if you can get them back.
The answer is YES. You can use your recent backup to retrieve deleted text messages via iCloud, iTunes or Finder. This renders your iPhone 12 restored to factory settings with the newer data deleted.
The article will guide you through how to restore the deleted texts from iCloud backup, and how to recover deleted messages on iPhone 12 if no backup has been taken.
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iCloud is a robust service to back up iPhone and restore missing messages later if needed. If you've backed up your iPhone 12 to iCloud prior to the date when you deleted the text messages by mistake, you should be able to recover the messages by restoring your phone. You will not only get back the deleted texts, but also the photos, videos, and attachments. Here's how.
Should you use iCloud backup to recover deleted messages. You need to first head to iCloud settings and check if the last iCloud backup is before the deletion of text messages from iPhone 12 device.
If the last successful backup was made since before those deleted messages were deleted, proceed with the next step of restoring your iPhone 12; otherwise, you need to skip to next method.
Now you're ready to erase your iPhone 12, reset it to factory settings, and then set it up using the iCloud backup to get back the deleted messages. Bear in mind that your device will return to the previous stage where those deleted text messages still existed, but you will lose all your data since after the backup and have to verify your Apple ID when sign back into some apps.
When everything is done, go to Messages app and check to see if your deleted texts are retrieved. At this point, you will lose all data that hasn't been backed up in iCloud.
This could be sometimes ridiculous as Apple doesn't back up SMS messages to iCloud for all users in all territories, and for all phone operators - due to local laws.
If the text messages were backed up to iCloud, you will find an icon for messages on iCloud website once signed in. Then, apply the instructions to restore your deleted messages without resetting iPhone 12.
Have got a backup of your iPhone 12 ready on computer? This is your option. As with the previous method of restoring deleted texts from iCloud, you need to have an iTunes backup prepared, and make sure the backup predates the time when the text messages got deleted. Any data newer than the backup will be lost when restoring.
Follow these steps to restore iPhone 12 to get back deleted text messages.
Open Settings app, tap your Apple ID at the top, choose Find My. Then tap on Find My iPhone and turn it off (or make sure it's already turned off.)
Your deleted text messages should return to your phone only if you didn't make a fresh copy after those items being deleted.
What if you don't have backup? Or you only to find that your backup was made since deleting text messages from iPhone 12, right?
Where to find your deleted messages?
Luckily, iOS Data Recovery makes it possible to recover deleted text messages from iPhone 12 without backup. It adopts comprehensive searching algorithm to dig into the flash memory and find out any data files that have been potentially deleted.
Plus, the software includes a smart feature that grants users to selectively restore deleted texts from iCloud or iTunes backup. This also requires you to back up your messages before deletion. Take it easy; it will not overwrite any data that's currently on the device when performing the recovery.
Note that it's not 100% guaranteed that the software is able to get back your deleted messages; it's likely that they're overwritten by the data you added to the flash storage. So to prevent the overwrite of the deleted text messages you want to recover, simply stop using your iPhone once the deletion occurred.
1. Start iOS Data Recovery utility on your PC or Mac
2. Choose Recover from iOS Device.
3. Connect iPhone 12 to your computer. When detected, click Start Scan.
4. After the scanning process is finished, select the SMS messages or iMessages you need. You can determine which thread of conversation to recover.
In addition to all these different ways to recover a deleted iMessage, you may also try contacting your phone operator. Some cellular service providers keep the content of your SMS text messages and MMS messages for time periods ranging from a few days to several months.
You may access them by going to your service provider's website and sign in with your account, or call into customer service and request a record for texts details. Either way, it's still possible to get your texts back.