iMessage is a great feature of Apple’s Messages app, especially when you sync all your devices together to access the long list of iMessage conversations. With the featured iMessage, you can send unlimited free messages over Wi-Fi to one person or to many friends at once along with photos, videos, locations, contacts or links attached. Compared with common text messages like SMS or MMS, iMessages has its unique advantages over the two common texting methods.

How to Differentiate iMessage from SMS and MMS

  1. The text bubble of iMessage is blue, different from green bubble of SMS.
  2. You can send an iMessage to one person or to many friends at once. When someone replies, everyone sees it.
  3. iMessage tells you if a message is read or received, so you can get a quicker response.
  4. When someone’s in the middle of a reply, iMessage shows you.
  5. iMessage is free and unlimited over Wi-Fi for anyone texting using an iOS device or Mac with iMessage. While, SMS and MMS are sent over an operator and priced based on per message sent.

How to Recover Deleted iMessages

“How can I recover deleted iMessages, attached photos, videos and contacts from an iPhone? I am not looking to put them back on the phone but be able to view them on a desktop computer. I appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks!”

If you carelessly delete the important iMessages with pictures your friends have sent to share with you, what will you do to recover deleted picture messages? If you have synced your iPhone with iTunes on your computer after you receive those iMessages, you can find them by restoring iTunes backup. However, if you have no backups, you can try the other way: recover deleted iMessages by directly scanning your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. All you need is a simple iPhone data recovery tool. It allows you to retrieve deleted iMessages as well as all the iMessage attachments, including photos, videos, contacts, etc.

Download the trial version of the iPhone data recovery software and learn how to retrieve deleted iMessages by referring to the 2 methods below.


iOS Data Recovery 

☉ Recover multiple deleted data directly from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

☉ Extract and export 12 types of files from previous iTunes&iCloud backup

☉ Back up 12 kinds of data on iOS devices to computer

☉ Recover data lost due to jailbreak, iOS upgrade, deletion, etc.

☉ Support iPhone 6s/6s plus, iOS 9.3, iTunes 12 & Win10

Get Mac Version

Download Windows Version Download Mac Version

Part 1. Recover Deleted iMessages from iTunes Backup

Step 1. Select recovery mode

After installing Leawo iOS Data Recovery on your computer, run it on your PC and enter "Recover Data from iTunes Backup" mode by clicking it.

Choose recovery mode

Step 2. Select iPhone backup for scan

After a few seconds, the program will display backups of different iOS devices you have ever backed up through iTunes on this computer. Just select the backup you want to recover deleted iMessages from and click “Scan” button to scan the backup for specific contents.

Choose iTunes backup

Step 3. Preview iMessages in iTunes backup

After scanning, 12 kinds of data will be listed on the left sidebar, containing Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Contacts, Messages, etc. Tap on "Messages" to preview all the SMS/MMS/iMessages, and click "Message Attachments" to preview all the videos, photos, etc, attached to iMessages. Then mark those messages and attachments you want to recover.

Preview iMessages

Step 4. Retrieve deleted iMessages from iTunes backup

After picking out the iMessages you want to recover, click "Recover" to continue, and specify a saving folder by clicking "Open" on the pop-up window, then tap "Go" to start recovering deleted iMessages from itunes backup.

Save iMessages

Note that the iMessage will be saved in .csv and .html formats when they are recovered and output to computer.

Part 2. Retrieve Deleted iMessages from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch Directly

Step 1. Connect the iDevice to the computer

After Part 1, you can directly click "Home" button on the left corner of the interface to return to Home interface or relaunch the software again. Then select "Recover from iOS Device" mode or click "Start" button after connecting the iPhone with the computer.

Step 2. Scan your device for deleted iMessages

Then the program will begin scanning the iOS device for lost data. Just wait for several minutes patiently.

Scan iPhone

Step 3. Preview and choose iPhone messages

When the scanning ends, all the 12 types of data on your iPhone will be displayed on the left sidebar. Click the “Messages” category to preview all the text messages, MMS, iMessages on your iDevice. Or check “Only display the deleted items" on the bottom-left corner of the preview interface if you need.

Preview iMessages

Step 4 Recover deleted iMessages from iPhone/iPad/iPod directly

Last step: Click "Recover" to go on, and click "Open" to select a saving location from your computer. You can choose to tick the option "Automatically open the output folder after finishing recovery". Then click "Go" to start recovering deleted iMessages.

Part 3. Video Tutorial for Recovering Deleted iMessages with iPhone Data Recovery