Get back deleted messages on iPhone [Video guide]

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Losing text messages can be really frustrating, especially if they contain important information or mean a lot to you. Fortunately, there are several ways to get your messages back on an iPhone.

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  • 00:14 Method 1: Recover deleted messages through Recently Deleted
  • 00:31 Method 2: Retrieve deleted messages with an iCloud backup
  • 00:52 Method 3: Recover messages with an on-device backup
  • 01:25 Method 4: Get back your deleted text messages using Disk Drill 
  • 02:12 Method 5: Recover data from backups with AnyTrans for iOS 
  • 02:53 How to remove duplicates using Gemini 
  • 03:14 How to simplifying 2FA with Step Two
  • 03:41 Why you may need Setapp

What is it about?

In this video, we'll show you how to get your deleted text messages back. Additionally, you'll learn how to clean up storage space painlessly and protect your device better. 

Basically, we describe five easy methods to recover texts you've lost. 

You must know that messages you delete from your iPhone don't disappear right away. They go into a kind of trash bin where they stay for 30 days before being permanently deleted. That means you can recover your conversations for at least a month! 

Try iCloud backup if you don't have a Recently Deleted folder on your phone, or if you want to restore messages that are more than 30 days old.

Note that you can also use the existing backup stored locally on your Mac. If you have a Mac running macOS 10.15 or later, your backup is handled by the Finder. For older macOS, iTunes handles the backup.

Did you know that dedicated apps work best in this situation, especially if you need to recover a text message you received more than a month ago? Сheck for yourself using the app called Disk Drill. By the way, it works not only with messages but also with files of other formats (e.g., photos). 

Another handy tool you may like is AnyTrans for iOS. It allows you to extract data from old iCloud or iTunes backups without overwriting them. 

We also have a few bonus tips for you to clean up storage space painlessly and protect your device better. For this, we recommend apps like Gemini and Step Two. 

All apps mentioned in the video are available on Setapp and free to try for seven days without any limitations. 

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