How to recover accidentally "deleted" text messages?
First iPhone I've had in quite a while, used it for about a month before fixing my old phone. Left it on airplane for quite a bit before I was going to take some screenshots off of it, and when I turned on the wifi to take the pictures it "updated" and deleted all messages past 30 days.
Are these text messages still somewhere on the phone? There were pictures in there I wanted to keep.
Any help is appreciated.
If you have any other devices that also use the same messages account, the messages will be on that device. If this phone is your only one that uses the message account, then they are permanently gone.
Gotcha, thanks. Luckily I was able to text her for the picture again!
Where would I look for that?
It was a borrowed phone I was planning on using shortly so I didn't set up iCloud. I'll try that website though :)
Yes, The deleted text messages are still in your phone. You can use some third party software to get back them. You need to use iPhone Data Recovery software. It can scan your iPhone deeply and find the deleted text messages for you. Learn how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone. Besides messages, it can also recover photos, videos, contacts, notes, Whatsapp messages and other deleted data from iPhone for you.
Are there any iTunes or iCloud backup files available? If you want to restore deleted messages, it would be highly possible to retrieve them from a backup. According to the "Restore from a Backup - Apple Support", you might try the followings.
iTunes: Connect water-damaged iPhone to iTunes, go to "File" > "Devices" > "Restore from backup…"
iCloud: Reset your iPhone via "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All the Content and Settings" > "Restore from iCloud Backup" after the reboot. Note: both method will overwrite current data.
If you have no backups, I suggest you to take a look at a guide on FORecovery, which shows how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone with or without backups, which is able to help you recover data from iTunes/iCloud backup or even without backups. I've read it once and that's a really good one.