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How to Recover iPhone SMS messages from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS?

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March 10,2015

How to recover deleted text messages from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS

You can restore the iphone data, iphone data recovery and recovery is almost not the same, IPhone used instead of the traditional hard disk, recover a lot of trouble, and now can do this recovery rarely, but a professional iPhone data recovery software can recover deleted text messages. There are two ways to restore the SMS is restored from a backup in iTunes, one is directly from the iPhone in recovery.

So much to say how much, in a word, you can recover iphone SMS, just like a traditional hard disk can not be recovery.

There are lots of people asking for help to recover deleted messages. In fact, there's a way to recover deleted SMS directly from iPhone 4/3GS. Also, if you've ever synced your iPhone with iTunes before, there is also another way: to recover from iTunes backup for all iPhones including iPhone 5/4S. You just need the help from an iPhone text message recovery tool.

Recover iPhone SMS with iPhone SMS recovery software

You must download a professional iPhone data recovery software first: iPhone/iPad/iPod Data Recovery (Mac) (for Mac users), or iPhone/iPad/iPod Data Recovery (for Windows users).

Download the free trial version below to take a try. Choose the right version for your computer.


Next, let's try to recover deleted messages from iPhone with iPhone Data Recovery for Windows. If you're a Mac user, please read the guide here: How to recover iPhone SMS on Mac.

Part 1: Directly recover deleted photos from iPhone 5S/5/4S/4/3GS

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

First of all, connect your iPhone to the computer and run the program after installing it. An interface as follow will display. Then move to the next step.

Recover iPhone SMS messages

Step 2: Enter DFU mode and scan iPhone

Now, you need to get into DFU mode before scanning, according to the steps below:

  1. Hold your iPhone and click "Start" button.
  2. Pressing "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. After 10 seconds, release "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 10 seconds.

After that, you'll get a message saying that you've successfully entered the DFU mode, and the software begins scanning your iPhone.

Recover iPhone messages

Step 3: Preview and recover iPhone messages

When the scan finishes, all found data will be listed in clear, organized categories. Choose "Messages" to preview the detailed content. Mark those you want and click "Recover" to save them on your compute with one click.

Note: Data found here includes deleted data and those still on your iPhone. If you only want back your deleted ones, you can refine the scan result by using the slide button at bottom to only display deleted items.

Part 2: Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone SMS

Step 1: Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone 5/4S

After installing and running the program, move to "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and you'll get the interface as follow. All your iTunes backup files have been found and displayed. Choose the one for your iPhone and click "Start Scan".

Recover iPhone messages
Step 2: Preview and recover iPhone SMS

When the scan finishes, all the content contained in the backup file will be extracted and displayed in categories as Photos & Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History and Notes. You can preview the detailed content of any of them before you perform the SMS recovery for iPhone.

To recover deleted SMS from iPhone, you only need to check the "Messages" option and hit the "Recover" to save all the messages on your computer.

iphone sms recovery

Step 3: Do backup well

To avoid losing your important SMS messages, immediate backup is very important and useful. Do remember to backup them on your computer well.


Note:Dr.Fone for iOS support English, German, French, Italian,Spanish and Portuguese

If you want to recover iPhone lost Contacts,you can read this use guide about how to recover iPhone Contacts from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS.

If you use Mac and iPhone,and you need to recover iPhone SMS messages from Mac,you can read this use guides about how to recover SMS from iphone  in Mac?