Does iCloud Backup Deleted Text Messages? How to View and Recover?

When the network is not good or it is not convenient to send a call, we will choose to transmit important information by SMS. If some important text messages are accidentally deleted, how can we recover the deleted text messages? On this occasion, some users wish to get them back via iCloud. It begs the question: does iCloud backup deleted text messages? Now read on to explore the answers.

1. Does iCloud Backup Deleted Text Messages

To put it simply, if you happened to turn on the iCloud backup and the deleted text messages are not overwritten by new data, the iCloud will backup deleted text messages for later recovery. However, iCloud will not backup deleted text messages if iCloud backup was disabled previously or the deleted text messages are overwritten.

Don’t worry if you cannot find deleted text messages from iCloud backup. All data added on your iPhone are saved in the inbuilt database. When text messages are deleted from your iPhone, the deleted messages will be moved from the category of ‘Allocated’ to ‘Unallocated’ and they can be extracted with the tool of iPhone Data Recovery introduced below. Yet, when new data are added to the device after the data loss, the category of ‘Unallocated’ will be occupied by the new data, in other word, the deleted text messages will disappear permanently.

2. Case 1 - If iCloud Doesn’t Backup Deleted Text Messages

FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery can help you easily recover deleted text messages without iCloud or iTunes backup. It enables you to recover lost data in a variety of situations: iPhone is stolen or locked, password is forgotten, factory settings, accidental deletion, iOS system crashes, and more.

The core feature of this data recovery for iPhone is to recover from iPhone if there is no iTunes/iCloud backup, selectively recover data from iCloud backup, selectively recover data from iTunes backup.


Steps to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone without iCloud Backup

Keep it in mind that you need to stop using the device immediately after you become aware of the data loss. Any process after data loss can overwrite deleted or lost data, which can result in permanent data loss.

Step 1. Download and install this program on your PC. Use a data cable to connect your iPhone to your computer. Click "Trust this computer" on the iPhone. After the device is connected, click on “Data Recovery" on the left side of the window. Go to the "Recover from iOS device" window.

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Step 2. In the main window of "Recover from iOS device”, you can choose any one to scan. (For example, you need to select ‘Messages’ to scan if you wish to recover text messages)

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Step 3. Click “Next" to start the scan. The scanning can take a few minutes, depending on the amount of data on your iOS device. During the scan, if you see the deleted text messages, you can click "Pause" to stop the process.

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Step 4. The results will be generated and displayed after the scanning process is completed. You can select the file type on the left and preview the data found. You can also use the search function to find the files you need directly. Then Check the box to select the data to recover. Next, click on "Recover" at the bottom of the this window to export deleted text messages to computer.

3. Case 2 - If iCloud Backup Deleted Text Messages

Here are 2 ways to recover deleted text messages from iCloud backup.

Way 1. Selectively Recover Text Messages from iCloud Backup

As already noted, you have the ability to recover any data from iCloud backup selectively with FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, including text messages.

Step 1. Run iPhone Data Recovery, then click "Recover from iCloud Backup”. Log in to your iCloud account. Don't worry about the security of your account, the software will not collect your personal information.

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Step 2. After logging in to the iCloud, all iCloud backup files will be detected and displayed in the main window. Select the backup file from which you want to recover text messages from and click the Download button.

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Step 3. In the next new window, you will be asked to choose the type of file you want to download. It will shorten the download time to download target file type instead of downloading all files. After the downloading, click on “Next".

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Step 4. After scanning, you can see that the selected data are displayed in categories. You can select any data to preview and then perform recovery.

Way 2. Recover Deleted Text Messages from iCloud by Restoring the Whole Backup

If you want to recover your text messages from iCloud backup, you should erase the entire contents of the iPhone first. Here's how: Open the iPhone Settings - General - Reset - Erase all content and settings.

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After erasing the data and restarting the device, you will be taken to the “Applications & Data” page and select “Recover from iCloud Backup”. Then log in to the iCloud account, select the backup file, click Restore and wait for recovery to finish.

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iCloud will always keep the backup file of your deleted text messages as long as you have enabled iCloud backup in advance and they are not overwritten. To recover deleted text messages without iCloud backup, you will need iPhone Data Recovery to view and recover deleted text messages without any backup.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Aug 08, 2019, 22:40:52

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.