How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone Without a Backup

By Novak Bozovic / January 25, 2021

Our iPhones support different types of backups, which can be stored locally (via iTunes) or using cloud storage (iCloud). Without doing regular backups, some types of deleted data are impossible to restore. Luckily, this doesn't apply to text messages. In other words, there's a way to recover deleted text messages on iPhone even without a backup - and we are going to show you how that's done.

Before we jump in, keep in mind that you must use a third-party application for this purpose. Apple doesn't provide a tool for restoring your messages unless you have a backup. Therefore, we'll use a tool capable of performing a deep scan of your iPhone, as well as recover text messages (in addition to plenty of other types of data). So, let's jump right in.

6 Steps to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Any iPhone – Without a Backup!

We understand that realizing that you've deleted important texts can be frustrating. So, let’s waste no more time, and let’s explain the best method of restoring deleted texts. Here’s what you need to do.


Recovering text messages is a highly complex procedure, and there are no guarantees that you’ll manage to recover them. However, your chances go up if you want to recover recently deleted texts, as this data might still be available to recover.

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Recovering Lost Text Messages iPhone Dr Fone
Recoverable Text Messages via Dr Fone iPhone

Keep in mind that using Wondershare’s Dr. Fone, you can recover a wide range of file types, even if you’ve already deleted them from your iPhone. This includes messages and attachments, contacts, notes, calendar entries, and Safari bookmarks. With that said, we're sure you'll find this application to come in handy in numerous situations.


Make sure to avoid this situation in the future by backing up your iPhone regularly. You can do this via iCloud (Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup). Also, you can back-up your iPhone to your computer (locally) using iTunes. 

So, have you managed to retrieve deleted texts on your iPhone? Make sure to let us know via the comments section below. And finally – thanks for reading!

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