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How to Retrieve iPhone Deleted Text Messages after Factory Reset

As we know, restoring iOS device to factory settings will erase all contents and setings from them. So as to iPhone. But whether it means we cannot get back deleted data such as text messages just after iPhone factory reset? Surely not. With backup or data recovery tool in hand, you will be able to easily retrieve deleted text messages after factory reset for iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS.

1. Retrieve iPhone deleted text messages with backup directly

After iPhone factory reset, you can follow the Setup Assistant to set up your iPhone and restore the deleted text messages. There are two ways to recover the text data: Restore from iCloud Backup and Restore from iTunes Backup. Now, I will take the first one as an example.

Step 1: Find Setup Assistant and follow the steps on your screen to reach the Apps and data on your screen. Then tap the option “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

restore iPhone text messages after factory reset

Step 2: Login in your iCloud account with Apple ID and Password.

Step 3: Choose backup which you want to be recovered.

Step 4: Restore the text messages and other data and finish the setup process.

Surely, if you know deleted text messages have been backed up and contained in a backup, you can directly restore iPhone text messages from iTunes or iCloud backup.

2. Retrieve deleted iPhone text messages with iOS data recovery tool

However, at most of time, we cannot sure whether iTunes backup or iCloud backup includes iPhone lost text messages. So how do I retrieve iPhone text messages without backup directly?

At this moment, scanning iOS device or iTunes backup with iOS data recovery tool, iOS Data Genius would be a better choice. It will check all data in iTunes backup at first. Then you can choose which kind of data you want to extract and extract data from backup.

Step 1: Install and run iOS Data Genius on computer.

Dedicated to iOS data recovery, iOS Data Genius provides two modes to recover lost or deleted data for iPhone/iPad/iPod. One would ask you to connect your iOS device to computer, the other would not.

Step 2: Choose data recovery mode and decide whether connect iPhone to computer.

Recover from iOS Device and Recover from iTunes Backup File are two data recovery modes in iOS Data Genius. When you choose the first one, it would prompt you to connect iPhone to computer. If not, don't need to plug iPhone into computer and text messages will be recovered and saved on computer.

choose recovery mode for iPhone after factory reset

Step 3: Scan iPhone or selected iTunes backup file for iPhone.

scan iTunes backup for iPhone deleted text messages

Step 4: Preview iPhone deleted text messages in backup.

On the left side, you could see iPhone data type in backup. Once you click one of them, details will be shown in the right side. Now click Messages to preview iPhone text messages.

If you find the deleted text messages you want to retrieve are not in this backup, please click Home button and navigate to interface where you can choose another iTunes backup. Then continue to scan iTunes backup and preview messages before recovery.

preview text messages in iTunes backup

Step 5: Retrieve and save iPhone text messages on computer.

5-1 Select text messages after careful preview and check, and click Recover button.

5-2 In the new dialog, choose a folder to save deleted text messages prepared to retrieve on computer. Click OK.

retrieve iPhone deleted text messages and save on computer

5-3 Wait for Recover successfully message and click OK to go to folder that saves retrieved iPhone text messages.

successfully retrieve deleted text messages iPhone after factory reset


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