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Then there are your text messages. I recently heard of a woman on my national radio program who accidentally deleted lyrics from her late husband. She was heartbroken. Fortunately, there are ways to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone.
The key to text message retrieval
Your best bet for retrieving deleted messages is accessing an older backup of your phone. You can do this via iCloud for your iPhone.
There is one big caveat to keep in mind: if you restore your phone to a previous backup, you will lose new data after that backup.
It’s worth saying that these steps don’t always work. If you swipe through, try contacting your carrier. It may be able to recover deleted messages for you.
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Do you have an iPhone? Turn on iCloud and iCloud backup
On an iPhone, you have access to 5 GB of free storage. You’ll probably need to upgrade to an iCloud+ plan to store multiple backups and all your photos and videos. View the prices and levels here.
To retrieve deleted texts on iPhone, you need to enable iCloud Drive and iCloud Backup. To enable Drive, do the following:
• Turn on iCloud Drive by going to . to go Settings.
• Then select your Apple ID.
• Then, tap iCloud.
• And last but not least, turn on iCloud Drive.
After that, you need to enable iCloud backup. Do this by opening Settings > Your . Selecting Apple ID > tap iCloud and select iCloud backup.
NOTE: You will lose all new data after that backup. Make sure those deleted texts are worth it.
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How to Get Back Deleted Texts on iPhone
Remember that when you open an old backup, you are restoring your iPhone to its old settings. This can lead to a number of 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.
• Tap iCloud > Storage management > Backups.
Then follow these steps to use that backup to restore your phone:
• Go to Settings > General > Reset.
• Select Clear all content and settings.
• Tap Restore from iCloud backup.
• Login with your Apple ID and tap Choose backup.
Your phone will revert to the previous version. Now you can browse old texts.
This method will not work if you have never backed up your iPhone to iCloud.
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