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How to Recover SMS Message from iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S/4 and iPhone 3GS

Aug. 08, 2014 02:51 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iPhone Topics
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Deleted important messages on iPhone accidently? Lost all SMS information after factory settings restore? Chats (from iMessages, Tango or WhatsApp) disappeared after iOS 8 or iOS 7.1.2 update? You could also lose message conversations due to jailbreak, file corrupt, damage, etc.

In those scenarios, you can recover the deleted or lost data from your iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and even iPhone 3GS. Here we introduce 2 best ways for you.

Method I. Retrieve SMS on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 from Backup

With iTunes Data Recovery, it is easy to recover SMS on iPhone 5 (including iPhone 5S/5C), iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 by extracting iPhone backup. Normally, the iPhone backup is a kind of SQLITEDB file that cannot be viewed on our PC. Only by synch iPhone with iTunes, can the backup be viewed on iPhone. Of course, if you lost iPhone, this way is not workable. iTunes Data Recovery enables us to recover iPhone SMS even without our iPhone at hand. All that is needed is the iPhone backup, i.e. you have backed up or synched iPhone with iTunes before losing data from iPhone.

Note: Once you find data lost from iPhone, do not synch your iPhone with iTunes any more. Or you will get data on your iPhone overwriten, reducing the chances to recover data from iPhone.

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Step1: Choose iPhone backup

Download and launch the program on your computer and it will automatically find the backup of your iPhone. Select your iPhone backup and then click "Start Scan" on the bottom of the main interface.

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Step2: Preview and recover SMS from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4

As scanning finishes, you could get a list of all contents of the iPhone backup. On the left are their categories and on the right you could preview specific contacts, notes, photos, call history and more.

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Once you select SMS you need to recover, click "Recover".

The above steps only account for Windows OS, for Mac OS users iTunes Data Recovery for Mac is the right version to choose. And all the rest steps are the same as that on Windows.

Method II. Recover Messages on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 without Backup

iPhone Data Recovery is the tool that helps us recover SMS on all iPhone models, including iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 without iTunes backup. It recovers messages directly from our iPhone. As a result, you must be sure that your iPhone is at hand when we do the text message recovery. Connect our iPhone to the computer and launch the program.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone and Scan

Connect your iPhone with your computer and click "Start Scan".

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Step2: Preview and select files to recover

Like in method I, you can preview before recover SMS from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

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Step3: Recover text messages from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

In the end click "Recover" button to recover contacts from iPhone 5, iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 to your PC.

By the way, if you have ever backed up your iPhone with iCloud, iPhone Data Recovery also provides a way to restore SMS from iPhone 5S/5/5C/5/4S/4. See how to do it in this guide.

In the end, I'd like to remind you back up iPhone regularly. Because by doing so, you can still have your data even you lost your iPhone. If you still have your iPhone, I think the best choice is to recover from iPhone with the help of iPhone Data Recovery.

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