How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Your iPhone

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Then there are your text messages. I recently heard about a woman on my national radio show who accidentally deleted texts from her late husband. She was heartbroken. Luckily, there are ways to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone.

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Your best bet for recovering deleted messages is to access an old backup of your phone. You can do this through iCloud for your iPhone.

There is one big caveat you need to keep in mind: restoring your phone to a previous backup means you lose new data after that backup.

Now, it’s worth saying that these steps don’t always work. If you deregister yourself, you can try contacting your telephone company. It may be able to restore deleted messages for you.

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Got an iPhone? Activate iCloud and iCloud Backup

On an iPhone, you have access to 5 GB of free storage. You’ll likely need to upgrade to an iCloud+ plan to store multiple backups and all of your photos and videos. See prices and levels here.

To recover deleted texts on iPhone, you need to enable iCloud Drive and iCloud Backup. Here’s how to activate Drive:

• Enable iCloud Drive by going to Settings.

• Next, select your Apple ID.

• After that, tap iCloud.

• Lately, enable iCloud Drive.

After that, you need to activate iCloud Backup. Do this by opening Settings > Selection of your Apple ID > type iCloud and selecting iCloud Backup.

NOTE: You will lose all new data after this backup. Make sure those deleted texts are worth it.

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How to Recover Deleted Texts on iPhone

Remember that when you access an old backup, you reset your iPhone to the old settings. This could cause some problems. If you’re willing to take the risk, follow these steps to see if you have a backup available:

• Go to Settings.

• Select your Apple ID.

• Faucet iCloud > Manage storage space > Backups.

Then follow these steps to use that backup to restore your phone:

• Head toward Settings > General > Reset.

• Select Erase all content and settings.

• Faucet Restore from iCloud Backup.

Login with your Apple ID and press Choose Backup.

Your phone will revert to its old version. Now you can start browsing old texts.

This method will not work if you have never backed up your iPhone to iCloud.

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