“My text conversation with a long lost friend visiting me disappeared today (i suspect it got deleted by mistake) and I don’t have the number saved in my contacts. How can I retrieve the number or text messages or get in touch with her? I cant find it on my icloud and I don’t mind going through any amount of trouble to find the number because she will assume I abandoned her if she does not hear from me and she has no where to go! iPhone 4S, iOS 7.1.2”
This is a post I read from Apple Community. When accidentally deleted an important text conversations or contacts like this user, never mind. We have ways to help you get back those erased text conversations or contacts on your iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5/4S.
Get back erased text conversations from iCloud or iTunes backup.
If you often backup your iPhone 6/ 5S with iCloud, you can try this way. Also, if you frequently sync your iPhone to iTunes, maybe it is possible to recover your lost contacts from the backup files. Otherwise, you need to try other methods to get back the erased texts.
Get back erased text conversations from Spotlight Search.
If you have not done any backup work and eagerly want to find the lost texts, you can try iPhone Spotlight Search. Spotlight searches certain text fields in the content of your device for text beginning with your search phrase. It is not case-sensitive, so you can search using uppercase or lowercase letters and get the same results. With Spotlight Search, you can choose the contexts you want to search by setting as the following: Settings>General>Spotlight Search. Learn more here.
Get back erased text conversations from iOS data recovery.
Sometimes, you cannot find your erased messages with the above two methods. At this time, a third party software can help you get back your erased data. There are dozens of iOS data recovery like iFonebox, Dr Fone, Fone Rescue, etc. Here,I want to take iFonebox as example.
iFonebox is a professional and powerful iOS data recovery, which is helpful to recover your erased texts, contacts, notes, reminders, photos, calendars, safari bookmarks, voice memos, call history. Plus, It is suitable to your iPhone 6 Plus/6/5S/5/5C/4S/4/3GS. Learn more about iFonebox.
- Download and install it. There are two versions: Windows and Mac. The free trial version is also available.
- Run the program. Connect your iPhone device to the computer. iFonebox will scan your iPhone device automatically.
- Preview and choose the erased text. After the automatic scanning, all data in your iPhone are shown in the interface box. Just preview and select the erased data you want to recover.
If you always sync your iPhone to iTunes, you can also use iFonebox to extract data from the iTunes backup files. Pretty convenient.