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iPhone Messages Disappeared? Here Are 6 Methods for You (iOS 15 Supported)

iPhone messages disappearing is a common issue nowadays. If your iPhone messages disappeared, have you ever thought about getting them back?

Don’t worry about that, you can fix the ‘text messages disappeared from iPhone’ issue with the potential methods below.

Part 1. Common Issues on Text Messages after iOS 15 Update

The Message app always stops working when you update your iOS version. In addition to ‘iPhone messages disappearing’ issue, here are other issues that you may encounter:

  • The send icon may not respond when you click on it.
  • The content on Message app may be blank. It means that all the text messages have disappeared.
  • Failed to send or receive new messages.

Part 2. Theory of Recovering Disappearing Text Messages form iPhone

iOS data recovery is based on backups that exist on your iPhone or iPad. Like any other file system, the text messages are not disappearing immediately after the user clicks the delete button on their iPhone. The deleted data will still exist in the backup database for a while.

And the chances of getting back deleted text messages and other data are very large. Don't lose any precious time. Try these tutorials to find deleted text messages from your iPhone.

Part 3. How to  Get Messages Back That Disappeared on iPhone

1. Hard Restart iPhone

Here are the most basic troubleshooting procedures you can try.

iPhone 8 /8 Plus、iPhone X、iPhone XS:

Press the Volume Up button and release it quickly, then press the Volume Down button and release it quickly. Next, hold down the side button until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone 7 / 7 Plus:

Press and hold the side button and the low volume button for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone 6s and earlier models, iPad or iPod touch:

Press and hold the Home button and the top (or side) button for at least 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo.

turn off and turn on iphone

2. Turn Messages Off and Then on Again

This method has helped numerous of users get back text messages from iPhone. To use this method, you need to follow these steps:

  • Go to iPhone Settings and click on Messages.
  • Disable both the option of iMessage and MMS Message.
  • Wait for several seconds and enable the 2 options.

enable mms message

3. Get Disappearing Text Messages from iPhone via iTunes Restore

After suffering from the problem of iPhone messages disappeared by accident, you can get them back by restoring from iTunes backup. Inconveniently, the backup will wipe out all the existing data on your phone. And the entire content saved in the iTunes backup will be restored to your iPhone rather than only restoring the disappearing text messages.

Step 1. Open the iTunes software on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your device to the USB port on your computer with the iPhone charging cable.

Some Macs don't have an USB port, you can use an USB adapter to connect to your device.

Step 3. Click the "Device" icon. It is located in the upper left corner of the iTunes window and the icon looks like an iPhone shape. Click on it to open the Summary page.

Step 4. Click ‘Restore Backup’ tab and turn off the "Find My iPhone" feature before proceeding to the next step If prompted.

restore ios system

Step 5. The program will prompt you to click on the dialog next to "iPhone Name" and a drop-down menu will appear. Choose an iTunes backup and hit on ‘Restore’ to move the entire iTunes backup to iPhone.

4. Restore Disappeared Messages from iCloud Backup

The disappeared iPhone messages can also be restored from iCloud backup. But you should wipe out the iPhone data first and then reset the device to default settings.

Step 1. Head over to iPhone settings and General. Then click Reset and then tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

erase all content and settings

Step 2. Turn on your device after erasing all the data and select ‘Restore from iCloud backup’ on the setup interface.

recover data from iphone via icloud

Step 3. Choose your desired backup file according to the backup file date. When the iCloud restore process is completed, you will check the disappear messages on your iPhone.

5. Messages Disappeared on iPhone? Get Them Back without Backup

After reading the content in 1st part, you may understand that the disappeared text messages and other data are still stored in the backup database of your iPhone. What you require is a proprietary tool to extract them from the database. The tool that we would like to introduce to you is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery.

This iPhone data recovery tool has the highest data recovery rate than other competitive tools in the market and it is fully compatible with iOS 14. It is always be useful for users who have lost text messages, photos, videos, notes, voice memos, voicemails, call logs, contacts, etc.


Step 1. Download and run the data recovery software and select the [Recover from iOS Device] mode. This mode can effectively help users who do not have the backup,

iphone recovery

Step 2. In the main function interface, there are 22+ commonly used application software such as text messages, voice memo, contacts, photos, videos, WhatsApp chat history for everyone to choose, click the [Messages] icon that you need to recover.

start scan iphone

Step 3. On the recovery interface, the disappearing text message will be displayed. Check the SMS message you want to get back and click ‘Recover’ to directly recover the SMS to your computer.

preview photos ios

6. Check ‘Automatic Messages Deletion’ Option

Messages may disappear for the reason that iPhone deletes them automatically. To ensure that, you can do the following:

  • Click on iPhone Setting and Messages.
  • Click on ‘Keep Messages’.
  • To ensure that the messages stay forever, you need to select ‘Forever’.

keep messages forever

You must learn how to recover disappeared text messages from iPhone with or without the backup file. You can try them one by one until the disappeared text messages are back.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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