A lot of people have the habit of keeping old messages on their iPhone for a long period of time for different reasons. Some of us still have text messages from 5 years ago that hold important information or they’re from people that we care for, therefore deleting them is not an option. But after a while you might notice that messages are taking up a lot of storage space.
There’s an option that allows users to establish what messages they want to keep on their iPhone, by choosing to automatically erase messages that are older than a specific date. Although by default this date is set to “Forever”, it can be modified by going to “Settings”, “Messages” and “Keep Messages”.
Let’s assume that you decide to erase a part of these text messages in order to free up some space. Once you delete them, they are gone for good, unless you backup your iPhone before.
What’s the point of using iTunes and iCloud?
There are two possibilities of recovering deleted text messages, by using iCloud or iTunes services. By default, iPhones sync with iCloud every time the device is connected to a power source, to a Wi-Fi network and the home screen is locked. To be sure that your messages are safely saved on the iCloud servers, is best to back up manually right before you proceed to delete them. It’s recommended that you also back up your iPhone data via iTunes, which saves the backup file directly into your Mac or PC.
Recover Deleted Text Messages from iTunes and iCloud backup files
After creating the backups, it’s safe to delete the text messages without worrying that they’ll be lost forever. The tricky part comes when you decide to extract them from the backup files, and restore them back into your iPhone.
You have to set the iPhone to factory settings before restoring the iCloud backup file. On your iPhone, go to “General”, “Reset” and then tap on “Erase All Content and Settings”. When the phone opens up again you’ll have to log in to your iCloud account. Choose to restore from an iCloud backup file, and tap on the one that contains the messages that you wish to recover.
While it may sound perfect, it isn’t, for one simple reason: everything that’s stored on your device at that point will be overwritten by what’s contained in the backup file. The same thing happens when restoring an iTunes backup.
How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from Backup Files without overwriting your iPhone
If restoring is not a solution that satisfies your needs but you still need to recover deleted text messages, download a data recovery software. The most innovative tool available on the market at this point is called Enigma Recovery.
After installing it on your computer, it will help you extract text messages from iTunes and iCloud backup files, without damaging your current data or the backup file. You’ll be able to choose what text messages to transfer to your computer and restore to the iPhone by using the free Restore App. The software can be used on both Windows and Mac, and it only takes a few minutes to finish the process. A detailed tutorial on how to extract text messages without losing any data is available on their official website. Learn more about it and decide which option works best for you.