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How to recover text messages on iPhone X without backup

face Blake Sullivan Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:52 PM

The deletion of text messages is a common smartphone operation, whether you did it on purpose or by mistake. Undeniably, removing messages from your iPhone X is a great way to save more storage space for new files. Well, there are times when you want to recover text messages on iPhone X that you've already deleted, only to find out no iCloud or iTunes backup files have ever been created. How frustrating it is!

While many people are afraid that it is hopeless to get those deleted text messages back on iPhone X without iCloud or iTunes backups at hand, some others fear that they can't use data recovery tool to restore iPhone X texts that were deleted a long time ago. So, are there any fast and hard rules that define whether the deleted texts can be recovered on iPhone X without backup?

Actually, the text messages (including MMS, SMS, iMessages) you deleted on iPhone X are not truly gone. Instead, they are hidden somewhere on your device's memory until they are overwritten with new data. Technically, it is not the question of "how long" but the question of "how much new data has been added to the space where the missing messages used to be".

You can take advantage of this fact mentioned above to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone X even if there are no backups within iCloud or iTunes. We tried several a variety of programs from the web, and iOS Data Recovery is the one we had the most success with.

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It is a reliable and easy-to use tool that anyone can use it without any trouble, and works well on both Mac and Windows machine. It can quickly search for lost & deleted files in iPhone memory including contacts, SMS, iMessages, MMS, call logs, documents, Safari History, notes and pretty much anything. You then can preview the detailed information on an elegant user-interface and selectively recover whatever file has been deleted. It also acts as an iPhone extractor that gives you options to restore messages and other files from an iCloud or iTunes backup if you've done.

Once you've downloaded the program and installed it on your computer, it's time to scan your iPhone X and get the text messages back. Let's begin.

Steps for iPhone X Text Messages Recovery without Backup

Step 1: Launch the software and scan the iPhone X

Launch iOS Data Recovery on your computer and you will get an intuitive interface where there are three recovery options you can choose from, namely "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Since we'll be getting back messages on iPhone X without backup, then choose the "Recover from iOS Device" mode.

restore messages on iPhone X without backup - scan the iPhone X

Next, use USB cable to connect your iPhone X to the computer.

Proceed to select "Messages" and "Messages Attachments" options and then Start Scan to search for deleted texts on iPhone X. When it is complete, you're going to see an overview window. That helps to easily locate and preview files.

restore messages on iPhone X without backup - select Messages option

Step 2: Preview the deleted messages individually

This iPhone X messages recovery software app comes with a preview function, which makes it easy to preview the deleted files you need. In our case, simply click the "Messages" category on the sidebar and you are able to view the full conversations with each particular contact. Do the same for "Messages Attachments" to preview videos, photos, links attached in the messages.

restore messages on iPhone X without backup - view the deleted texts

Step 3: Restore text messages on iPhone X and save to computer

Select the text messages you want to bring back, and click the Recover button at the bottom right corner. When a dialog box appears, choose a path to save the results on your computer.

restore messages on iPhone X without backup - export texts and save to computer

Now you're good to go—hit the Recover button again in the dialog. This program will begin recovering deleted text messages from iPhone X memory (without backup) and exporting them to your chosen folder on the computer.

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Texts Restore from Backup If Have

For those who have backup of messages on iPhone X using iCloud or iTunes, you can easily get your deleted texts back. Please note that a backup is just a copy of data at a particular point in time. Once you restore iPhone X messages from iCloud backup or iTunes backup, any new or changed file will not be kept and gone from the device.

iTunes Restore

  • Launch iTunes and connect iPhone X to computer.
  • Click iPhone X icon on the iTunes window and go to Summary section.
  • Select Restore Backup.
  • Pick an iPhone X backup archive, and click Restore. Your texts will be back to iPhone X.

iCloud Restore

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • On Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
  • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and passcode.
  • Select a backup from a list of available archives.
  • Wait for restoration process to complete.
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