Retrieve iPhone SMS

How to Retrieve Text Messages from iPhone on Mac

Many iPhone users want to know how to recover iPhone text messages (Mac) in an effective and secure way. Fortunately, this article will show you a perfect solution: you can effortlessly recover your lost iPhone SMS directly from iTunes backup or from iPhone with iPhone Data Recovery (Mac). This Mac iPhone data recovery software currently supports SMS recovery from iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3gs, all iPads and iPod touch 4G/5G.

Now, You can download a trial version of iPhone data Recovery to process iPhone SMS recovery on Mac. Besides, iPhone Data Recovery (Windows) currently supports SMS recovery directly from iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3gs.

Note: If you're a Windows user, please read the guide here: How to recover deleted iPhone text messages on Windows.

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2 ways to perform iPhone text messages recovery on Mac

Tutorial 1: Directly Recovery Deleted iPhone Text Messages on Mac

This tutorial will show you how to retrieve lost or deleted SMS by directly scanning of your iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3gs.

If you found your SMS have been lost or deleted, we highly suggest you set your iPhone into Flight Mode.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone with your Mac

Launch iPhone/iPad/iPod Recovery (Mac) after installed it, then you will see a start interface, for iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3gs, you can click the "Start Scan" button to scan your phone directly.

Step 2: Scan Your iPhone by Entering Device Scanning Mode (For iPhone 4/3GS)

Here you can follow instructions on the program's Window to enter your device system, so that the program can be able to scan your device directly.
  • 1. Hold your iPhone and click the "Start" button.
  • 2. Pressing the "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  • 3. After 10 seconds, release the "Power" button, but keep holding "Home" for another 15 seconds.

Important Note: Please strictly follow the 3 steps on the window, otherwise you might not be able to start the scan.

Then iPhone Data Recovery will automatically scan your device for lost files, just as you can see from the window below.

Step 3: Selectively Recover iPhone SMS on Mac

When the scan is finished, the found data will be list in categories, including SMS, Photos, Contacts, Notes, Camera Roll and more.

Click Messages category to view details of the found SMS. You can select the data what you want to retrieve, then click Recover to save them on your Mac.

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Note: Both the lost/deleted SMS and the existed SMS will all be listed by iPhone/iPad/iPod Recovery. You can click "Only display the deleted items" on the top to view the lost SMS.

Tutorial 2: Recover iPhone Text Messages from iTunes Backup on Mac

This mode is useful if you have iTunes backup of your iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3gs on your Mac and it is the one you generated before your SMS was lost or deleted. You will even be able to retrieve inaccessible SMS on lost iPhone in this mode

Step 1: Select iTunes Backup for Your Device to Look for Lost or Deleted SMS

The program will be showed as the window below. iTunes backups of all iOS devices that have synced with your Mac are displayed. Now, you just need to select the one for your iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3gs and click "Start Scan" button.

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Step 2: Retrieve iPhone SMS on Mac from iTunes Backup

The found contents in your iTunes backup will all be displayed. Select Messages category and you will be able to preview the found SMS one by one. After checking and marking those SMS you are going to retrieve, you can now hit on Recover to save them on your Mac or transfer them back to device.

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Both the above methods can can help you to retrieve SMS in mac. Now you can download a trial version of iPhone/iPad/iPod Recovery to process iPhone SMS recovery on Mac

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