Is there any way to recover deleted SMS messages on the iPhone 4?

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  1. charlenec123 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2011
    Saratoga, CA
    So I was on my iPhone today and I got a message from a random person and I wanted to delete it. So I swiped my finger across the first entry in my Messages folder and hit delete. Then I looked at my screen and saw the same message, still there. Then I realized that I deleted the wrong one. I had deleted the entry for one of my friends who I've been texting for years now. I don't know how to get all our messages back. Is there any possible way? Please tell me there is.
  2. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2009
    Don't think so. A device like that doesn't usually have a "Trash" directory like a computer. Once you delete something it is marked as free space.

    It's possible you could take it to a data recovery place and have them recover the messages, but that would be expensive.
  3. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    contact your provider? :confused: Thats kind of tough man
  4. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    if you've backed up your phone via iTunes, all of your messages will still be there as of that point. Hopefully you do it often and wont lose many of the new ones..
  5. Orion126 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010
    As long as the deleted text hasn't been overwritten by other data you can use Undelete SMS on a jailbroken iPhone. It's not a free program but you should be able to copy/pasta onto your notepad.

    Hope that helps!
  6. -YK macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2011
    That's the way I have done it before. Definitely the most simple.
  7. h4lp m3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2011
    New Orleans
    I paid $7 for that app and it didn't work!
    They DO NOT give refunds either :mad:
  8. johnfoster macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2011
  9. mtreys macrumors member

    May 22, 2012
    College Station, TX
    While you won't be able to restore any deleted messages, look for a program that will backup your messages in case you accidentally do this again. I use PhoneView from eCamm...I think that's who made it. It cost me $20 and has been the best app I've bought recently. It will save all of your messages and will allow you to export them to PDF or CSV file. It also saves your call logs and voicemails. It's a wonderful app and one that I absolutely swear by now.
  10. TriJetHero macrumors 601


    Oct 13, 2010
    Works on my 4S 5.1.1
  11. wiliswene macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2013
    It's not a free program but you should be able to copy/pasta onto your notepad.[​IMG]
  12. sheels macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012

    There is a Software named Dr.Fone for iPhone 4 which can recover deleted iPhone text messages. It did a decent job recovering my iPhone 4 SMS without even any iTunes backup. :)
  13. Ajaes macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2012
    I don't think you it recovery deleted messages from an ios device.
  14. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    If you back up to iCloud or iTunes, and have not backed up since you deleted the messages, you can restore the backup and they will come back.

    Caveat: You will lose all changes made to the phone since the last backup. Whether this is acceptable is entirely up to you.

    Simply "erase all content and settings" and restore from the backup.
  15. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY

    Folks, SMS text messages are backed up with the iPhone - whether it's locally or to iCloud. If you've already written over the backup that had them (as in, backed up after the delete) then they're gone.

    If you still have a backup available from a time where you had the messages on your iPhone, all you have to do is erase the iPhone and restore from that backup. Simple as pie.

    In fact, I just went through that recently, and it worked without a problem. Only things I lost were some photos in the camera roll (taken after that backup) but they were up in Photo Stream anyway. :)
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