Restoring messages: iOS 12 -> 11

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by traveltoromantis, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. traveltoromantis macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2017
    Yesterday I quickly and excitedly updated to the iOS 12 beta. Before doing so, I only backed up the most important things (photos and videos).

    After updating, everything seemed fine and there was no noticeable data loss. Then, I immediately discovered that one of my most often used functions of the phone, sending pictures in the messaging app, was changed in iOS 12. I feel like it adds more unnecessary steps and makes it worse when using a third party keyboard.

    After deciding that this function being changed was annoying me enough to go back, I halfhazardly and stupidly went back to 11.3.1 without making any backups. After going back to 11, it seemed like I had lost pictures and contacts, but they slowly indexed their way in. However, I haven't been able to get messages back.

    While I have older backups of messages on my computer, I don't have any from this year. It won't be completely devastating if I can't get them, but I would prefer to. My messages take up a fairly reasonable amount of space, and even though my messages aren't appearing, my phone storage hasn't changed drastically (before, during, or after 12). I think it's possible that they're on the phone, but I'm not sure how to go about recovering them. I've tried the standard recovery apps, but to no avail.
  2. traveltoromantis thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2017
    Any suggestions? I also just realized that all my messages are still showing up on my apple watch, so they must be on here somewhere, just not readable by the phone.
  3. Minorite macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2018
    Any chance that messages synced to iCloud while you had iOS 12?

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