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Dec 13, 2011, 03:37 PM
Is there a way to recover deleted SMS (or iMessage) messages from the iCloud backup WITHOUT having to erase the whole iPhone and restore from factory default?

All the text messages for one correspondent accidentally got deleted by right swiping and tapping the red Delete button.

But doing a full restore is a hassle what with having to check that all passwords are filled in again and that all settings are back to the way they are...

Emails and voicemails both have trash bins where individual deleted messages can be recovered, it's too bad text messages don't?

Dec 13, 2011, 03:58 PM
All the text messages for one correspondent accidentally got deleted by right swiping and tapping the red Delete button.

How can you say that they all got accidentally deleted by right swiping and tapping the red Delete button? That was a conscious act by you.

Dec 13, 2011, 04:54 PM
^^^^ See this, that's not an accident.

And no, a restore is all, or nothing.

Dec 13, 2011, 07:39 PM
All it takes is one swipe and one unfortunately placed tap.

There's a number of ways that it could happen, such as:

1. Kids
2. Screen wasn't off when shoved in pocket, purse, etc.
3. Screen wasn't off when absent-mindedly holding the phone with idle fingers (especially if you have a tick, or have the swiping and tapping motions ingrained in muscle memory)

Any news whether a trash bin for text messages (or something equivalent) is in the works for a future iOS update?

Dec 14, 2011, 06:48 AM
Alternatively, perhaps the iCloud.com website can be updated to allow access to (at least the useful parts) of the backup datasets, such as your texts, pics, etc.

Or even a Web Services (WSDL/SOAP) interface for 3rd-party apps, a la Amazon AWS?

Feb 27, 2014, 08:46 PM
This really helps me a lot to get all my data back. Another useful way to recover lost iPhone data - you should back up iPhone data timely and frequently, for sake of data loss, it is a good habit for saving data.

Jul 17, 2014, 10:03 AM
When you set up a new iOS device or need to restore information on one you already have, you can restore deleted text messages (http://www.iphone-data-eraser.com/recovery/recover-deleted-text-messages-from-iphone.html) from iCloud easily.

1.On your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If a newer version of iOS is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install it.
You must update your device to the latest version of iOS to make sure you can restore from a recent backup of another device, such as a lost or broken device.
2.Make sure you have a recent backup to restore from.
Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then look at the bottom of the screen for the message Last Backup, followed by the date of the latest backup.
For information about backing up manually now, see Back up your iOS device to iCloud. If you don’t see a backup you expected to be there, see the Apple Support article iCloud: Troubleshooting restoring an iCloud backup.
3.Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap “Erase all content and settings.”
4.In the Setup Assistant, proceed to “Set up your device,” tap Restore from a Backup, then sign in to iCloud.
5.Proceed to “Choose backup,” then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.

More detail to read the apple support.