Recover Deleted iPhone iMessages Selectively

  • I accidentally deleted a 1-year message chain (iMessage). I need to recover the deleted messages from the iPhone. About a week ago I synced my iPhone to iTunes on my Mac. How can I retrieve these messages? By the way, I don’t want to restore my iPhone, I just want the iMessages back. Any suggestions?

  • In fact, it’s very easy. As you said you synced your iPhone to iTunes on your computer recently, it was automatically backed up everything on your iPhone through iTunes when you synced your device with it, even though you could not see the backup file or retrieve the iMessage content from it. However, with a program that recovers deleted files from the iPhone, you can do this. Of course, if you do not have a backup, you can still choose to scan and retrieve deleted iPhone messages directly through the device itself. There’s always a solution.

  • As for the software, here is our recommendation: Aiseesoft Fonelab for Mac or Aiseesoft Fonelab for Windows. Both allow you to extract the iTunes backup file, to view and recover deleted iPhone messages through iTunes backup selectively.
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Step 1: Download & install

Download the trial version of the Aiseesoft Fonelab program below and then you can install it on your computer.


Step 2: Select the iTunes backup of your iPhone to recover deleted messages from the iPhone

You will go to the main window below after running the program on your Mac. Here you need to select your device type and recovery mode to start the recovery process.

All backup files on your device will be automatically listed if you have already synced to iTunes on your computer. Choose the one from your iPhone (choose the one with the latest backup date if there is more than one) and click “Start Scanning” to start the process.


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Step 3: View and retrieve deleted messages from the iPhone, selectively

When the extraction completes, the complete contents of the backup file will be shown in detail. Select “Messages” on the right side of the window and you can view the detailed content of your messages and iMessage. Check the ones you want to recover and click the “Recover” button at the top of the window, you can save them to your computer with a simple click.


If you want to retrieve message attachments from your iMessage, you can select “Message Attachments” for retrieval. It contains all attachments to your iMessages.


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For Windows users, use Aiseesoft Fone to perform similar steps. If you don’t have an iTunes backup, use the “iOS Device Recovery”, which allows you to recover data directly from your iPhone 4/3GS.

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