Updated: May 26, 2023
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by Oliver Maslou
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I must have accidentally deleted my messages on my iphone

i want to retreive them

Short summary:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone XR.
  2. In the conversation list, tap on the "Edit" button located in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Once in edit mode, you will see the option to "Show Recently Deleted" in the top-left corner. Tap on it.
  4. Now you will see a list of conversations that have been recently deleted.
  5. Select the conversations from which you want to restore messages by tapping on them. You can select multiple conversations if needed.
  6. After selecting the conversations, tap on the "Recover" button located at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  7. A prompt will appear asking if you want to "Recover Messages." Tap on this option to initiate the restoration process.
  8. The selected messages will now be restored and moved back to the regular conversation list in the Messages app.

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Customer Replay

I tried to check if the messages were backed up in icloud without success

Could I ask you if you are referring to your Messages app on some other Messanger?

Customer Replay

There was nothing i could find in settings to help retrieve messages
this an iPhone xR


Top answer

Noted, thank you!

  1. In the Messages conversation list, do one of the following:
    Tap Edit in the top-left corner, then tap Show Recently Deleted.
  2. Select the conversations whose messages you want to restore, then tap Recover.
  3. Tap Recover Messages.
Customer Replay

Is this in Settings

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You need to open the Messages app first and then follow the steps above.

Customer Replay

You are a genius ! It worked

Thank you so much, *****!

Customer Replay

Will do & a huge THANKYOU

I appreciate it!
I am so pleased to see your issue got resolved!

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