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How to find and recover deleted text messages on your iPhone

How to find and recover deleted text messages on your iPhone

How to find and recover deleted text messages on your iPhone

This might surprise you, but if you’ve ever wanted to find and recover a deleted text message on iOS 15, there really hasn’t been a way. The only thing you could do was hope you had backup with that particular text and then return your own iPhonebut it is a laborious and painstaking process – for what should be a simple task

How to find and recover deleted text messages on your iPhone

Fortunately, that is now simplified iOS 16.

Instead of dealing with restoring a backup, you can now find deleted texts on your device and bring them back to the Messages app with just a few taps. The process is simple, but you need to know where to look before you can recover deleted text messages. Here’s how.

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First, find the deleted text messages

You can find all your deleted text messages in the Messages app. To find messages in the trash, open Messages and tap Filters option in the upper left corner of your text threads. Here you can filter your text messages by known senders, unread messages and more. However, the option we want is Recently deleted.

Recently deleted text messages on iOS

You only have 30 days to recover a deleted text message.

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A list of your recent text messages will appear with phone or contact numbers, the number of messages and the days remaining until they are permanently deleted. This will include both entire messages and individual texts that have been deleted. However, you’ll only be able to see (and recover) deleted messages if they’ve been deleted within the last 30 days, so you need to act relatively quickly.

Also, you can’t see the messages themselves, so you’ll have to recover them by recognizing the contact’s name or phone number. When you recover, you will be able to read texts.

Then recover your deleted text messages

If you want to recover a text message, touch the thread or message so that it is selected, press Get well in the lower right corner, then tap Recover the message in the pop-up window that appears. You can also recover all your deleted text messages at once – don’t select any message and then just tap Recover everything.

Deleted text messages on iOS

You can also recover all deleted text messages at once.

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Your recovered text messages will appear in sequential order from when they were sent or received, so you may have to go through your existing texts a bit to find them, especially if they’re old and you have a lot of new messages cluttering up your inbox.

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