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3 Ways to Retrieve Blocked Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

DoubtUser Concern

“I accidentally blocked a contact and deleted all the messages send from the contact. Want to know how to retrieve blocked text messages on iPhone deleted by accident?”

Actually, block some person's contact will prevent him from calling or sending text messages to you. In other words, you will never see the messages delivering to your iPhone.

Yet in some cases, you may miss some important messages sent by the person. Or if you have mistakenly blocked some contacts, how would you retrieve blocked messages on iPhone?

Can You Retrieve Blocked Messages on iPhone?

Once you have blocked a contact from the contact list, his or her text messages will never be delivered to your iPhone. Unlike Android devices, there isn't a "Blocked Messages" folder for you to save all blocked text messages. If you are particularly keen to check the blocked messages, you have to ask your friend for help.

There is one more important thing you need to know. Although there is no opportunity to retrieve blocked text messages on iPhone, there is a great chance to recover deleted text messages on iPhone before blocking.

Retrieve Blocked Messages on iPhone Before Blocking (FREE & Paid)

Before blocking messages, you can easily recover not only text messages, but also SMS messages and iMessages from your iPhone.

Recover Deleted Messages via iTunes

As long as you have synced your iPhone with iTunes, iTunes will keep the backup file of your iPhone data so that you can easily retrieve deleted text messages by restoring iTunes backup.

  • Connect your device to computer and iTunes will run automatically.
  • If iTunes doesn’t run itself, just open it.
  • Tap on your device icon located at the top of the interface.
  • Click on Summary from the menu.
  • Then tap on Restore Backup.

The iTunes backup that contains the deleted messages will be restored to your iPhone. However, the existing data on iPhone will be erased after the restoration process.

restore via itunes backup

Note: It's not worthy trying if you have never backed up with iTunes before. And the recovery rate is about 50%.

Get Back Deleted Messages via iCloud

iCloud also has the feature of "Backup & Restore" for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. If you have turned on the iCloud backup feature, you can get back deleted text messages by restoring from iCloud backup. However, some data may be lost and you are required to sign in some apps again after restoring from iCloud backup.

  • Go to iPhone Settings and click on Apple ID at the top of the Settings interface.
  • Hit on iCloud and scroll down to select iCloud Backup.
  • From here, you can check whether there is a backup before the test messages are deleted.

icloud backup

If you find an iCloud backup before the text messages being deleted, follow the steps below to restore messages from iCloud backup.

  • Click on General from iPhone Settings.
  • Scroll down to click Reset or Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  • Then click on Erase All Content and Settings from the popup confirmation menu.

erase all content and settings

When the iPhone data being erased, you can set up the device as it’s a new one.

  • Follow the instructions on the iPhone screen and you will reach the Apps & Data interface.
  • Click on Restore from iCloud Backup and enter the iCloud password.
  • Select an iCloud backup from the list of the iCloud backup files and the deleted messages shall be recovered.

restore from icloud

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup

A 3rd-party software is worth to try if you are not used to backing up your iPhone data using iTunes/iCloud. As one of the most popular tools to recover lost data for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is capable with the exclusive features of recovery data from iOS devices without backup.


It Is user-friendly to help users recover lost photos, messages (iMessages), contacts, call history, videos, voice memos, notes, etc and wins much reputation. And it offers different versions for Win and Mac computer. Follow the steps below to recover blocked deleted messages from iPhone without backup.

Step 1. Launch the Program and Connect iPhone to PC

Firstly, download the right version of this iPhone Data Recovery according to your computer system. On the main window of this software, select "Recover from iOS Device" and then connect your iPhone to the computer using USB cable.

connect iphone

Step 2. Select Data to Scan & Recover

Once your device is detected by the program, you will see all the file types you can recover. Here, you can select "Messages" and any other data you would like to get back. After that, click the "Scan" button and the program will start to scan your iPhone data.

start scan iphone

Step 3. Preview and Recover Blocked Messages

When the scanning is complete, all recoverable files are listed in category. If you want to view deleted messages in detail, you need to click "Messages" and the deleted and existing messages/iMessages will be displayed in the right penal. Find the blocked messages that you want and tap on "Recover" to save them on computer as the format of html or csv.

preview photos ios

How to Check If You Mistakenly Block Someone & Unlock Them

There are some scenarios when you block someone from your contact list by mistake and make it fail to receive their text messages.

How to Check If You Mistakenly Block Someone

  • For Phone: To check blocked contacts from phone, go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification
  • For Messages: To check blocked contacts from Messages, go to Settings > Messages > Blocked.

Unblock Someone on iPhone to Receive Messages

Here's how you can unblock someone's phone number or contact to receive their text messages.

  • On the settings interface of iPhone, find and click "Phone".
  • Click on "Call Blocking/Identification" and choose one contact.
  • Hit on "Edit" and swipe to the left to unblock the contact.

unblock someone from contact

Now, you must know whether it is possible to retrieve blocked text messages on iPhone, and how to recover deleted text messages without backup. Hope that this article will help you get what you want to know.

Edwin J. Parke

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.

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