How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone XS/XR/XS Max

Can I recover my last month imessages. I want to view the past months imessage history. Is this possible and how do i do this. I have an iPhone X. I setup my icloud account a month ago

How to recover iMessages deleted by accident? The release of iOS 14 brought attention to the features of iMessage once again. A number of users gave up the usage of other apps in order to experience the differences brought by Apple's new features on iMessage. It's extremely easy to delete iMessages when you try to implement its new features. Is it possible to recover deleted iMessages after accidentally deletion from iPhone XS/XR/XS Max? it’s not easy to do, but it is possible.

3 Solutions to Recover Deleted iMessages

In reality, the deleted iMessages are not deleted permanantely, they are still stored in the internal database on the device. It is advisable to stop using your iPhone, iPod or iPod touch once you fond the iMessages get deleted immediately. As the newly added data will completely overwrite the deleted iMessages.

1. Recover iMessages from Other Devices

iMessage is closely related to Apple ID. In other word, the devices set up using the same Apple ID will receive the same iMessages. It's also the reason why the deleted iMessages on iPhone can be recovered from other devices.

If the Apple ID that you set up for iMessages is the same one among your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you'd better check whether the iMessages on iPad or Mac contain the deleted ones that you lose on iPhone.

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If this way is not working, an iMessage recovery tool can come in handy.

2. How to Recover Deleted iMessages with iMessage Recovery

FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery (iOS 14 Supported) is such a tool to view and recover deleted iMessages as well as other precious data on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch without backup. You don't need to worry about the data loss as your iPhone will not be restored to factory reset. You can choose to recover only iMessages in one click. In addition to recovering from iOS device, it also allows you to recover iMessages from iCloud backup and iTunes backup selectively.

Before going ahead, you will need to download the iPhone Recovery to your computer. Run it when the dowload is complete.


Step 1. Click 'iPhone Data Recovery' and you can view that there are three different recovery modes to choose from. Select 'Recover from iOS Device' and connect the iPhone that lost iMessages with ths computer via an original USB cable. When the iPhone is connected and recognized, click 'Start Scan' to continue.

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Step 2. The iMessage Recovery software will enter the status of automatic analysis and identification. You can preview the results at the end of scan. Click Messages, and the data in red fonts are all deleted message and iMessage content. Tick the iMessages that you want to get back and click 'Recover' button.

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3. Selectively Recover Deleted iMessages from iTunes Backup

This method is effective for users who keep an iTunes backup. The iMessage Recovery introduced above can also be regarded as an iTunes backup extractor to extract deleted iMessages from iTunes backup.


Step 1. Select 'Recover from iTunes Backup File' from the left penal. The backups that you created before will be detected and listed. Choose an iTunes backup file according to the data size and time, then click 'Next'.

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Step 2. After the scan, browser the iMessages that you deleted and undeleted. Select the iMessages you wish to keep and click 'Recover' to export them on PC.

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You will have a good knowledge on how to recover deleted iMessages. We don't recommend you to restore from iTunes and iCloud backup to save the lost iMessages, as you have to erase all content and settings of your iPhone, and there are some risks leading to data loss.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on Jun 06, 2018, 10:00:10

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.