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How to Recover Text Messages from iPhone, iPad and iPod?

2014-03-14 13:41:19 /Updated by Jerry Cook to Apple Devices
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It happened again! You accidentally deleted that important iPhone text message inadvertently. SMS history or text messages history is important for some people who may want to refer to it in future. It could be frustrating if those text messages are not backed up on other place and can't be recreated.

If this is the case, you should find out an effective method to recover SMS from iPhone, iPad, and iPod as soon as possible. If you have ever synced your device with iTunes (iTunes will generate a backup file automatically), fortunately you can retrieve lost files by extracting data from backup with iTunes data recovery software.

iTunes Data Recovery and iTunes Data Recovery for Mac are two pieces of iTunes backup data extractor software that you can rely on to recover deleted, lost or missing text messages, iMessage from iPhone, iPod and iPad. It supports all generation release to date: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 (iPad mini with Retina Display), iPad with retina display (iPad 4), iPad mini, the new iPad (iPad 3), iPad 2, iPod Touch 5/4 and previous models.

If you don't have such a backup file since it is corrupted or unintentional deleted, you need to turn to another solution. That's iPhone Data Recovery which empowers you to recover text messages from iPhone, iPod and iPad without backup file.

Well, let's check the tutorial below to learn how to restore text messages from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch within several steps.

Part I: How to Recover SMS from iPhone, iPod or iPad from iTunes Backup?

Before recovery, please make sure that you have synced your device with iTunes before. Here we recover text message from iPhone, iPod and iPad with iTunes Data Recovery. If you are using a Mac, please get the Mac version of this program.

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Step 1: Select iPhone, iPad or iPod Backup File

When you start this program, select your iOS device backup file on the main interface and click "Start Scan".

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Step 2: Select Text Messages from iTunes Backup

After scanning, all the recoverable files are listed by category like "Contacts", "Messages", "Call History" and etc. Select "Messages" which includes text messages, iMessage, and then preview details of them so as to check if they are your lost text messages. Click "Recover".

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Step 3: Save the Recovered SMS

After scanning, all the recoverable files are listed by category like "Contacts", "Messages", "Call History" and etc. Select "Messages" which includes text messages, iMessage, and then preview details of them so as to check if they are your lost text messages. Click "Recover".When a windows pops up, you need to navigate a folder to save the recovered text messages.

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Part II: How to Recover SMS from iPhone, iPod and iPad without Backup?

If you don't have backup file in hand, you can turn to iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted, lost or missing text messages from iPhone, iPod and iPad without backup.

Download iPhone Data Recovery Software:

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Step 1: Start to Scan Deleted Text Messages from iPhone, iPad or iPod

Connect your device to your computer and ensure it it powered on. Click "Start Scan" to start to scan your device for lost text messages.

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Step 2: Preview and Select Lost SMS

It will take several minutes for scanning. Now you can preview all the lost text messages: Choose "Messages" on the left and select the messages you would like to recover on the right. And then click "Recover". Here you need to select a location on your computer to save the recovered messages.

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Tip: How to Backup SMS from iPod/iPad/iPhone to Computer

Anyway, it's better late than never. In case of text messages loss again, you can backup your SMS to computer with iPhone Data Recovery. Just connect your device to computer (for both Mac and Windows), and follow the above steps, select the contencts you want to backup, click "Recover" and save them to any place on your computer.

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By the way, if you have ever backed up your device with iCloud before, iPhone Data Recovery also provides a way to restore SMS from iPhone/iPad/iPod. See how to do it in this guide.

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