Recover Missing Text Messages While Upgrading iPhone

By | January 19, 2016


Recently I upgraded phones from 5s to the 6 Plus. All of my text messages within the past year are missing.  How can I retrieve them? iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 9.2

It is quite common when upgrading from old iPhone to new iPhone 6 Plus, some text messages are missing. Sometimes, it is because the new iPhone data base system is a little different from that on old iPhone. So data loss like messages is unavoidable when restoring backup to new iPhone from old iPhone backup, just as the above iPhone user. He lost some text messages when upgrading iPhone. So is there any way to recover missing text messages while upgrading iPhone? Keep reading.

Cannot miss: Selectively recover lost messages from iTunes backup to iPhone 6

When upgrading iPhone, during the restoring process, you lost all text messages. Don’t worry. We have methods to help you extract and recover only text messages from iTunes backup to your iPhone without wiping any data on your iPhone. Yeah, you need the help from iFonebox, which is a professional iPhone backup extractor. With it, you can not only extract and recover missing messages from iTunes or iCloud backup selectively, but recover missing contacts, notes, whatsapp messages, etc, from iPhone and iPad directly. Attention, you can transfer recovered messages back to your iPhone directly. Well done.

How to recover missing messages while upgrading iPhone? 

It is necessary to download and install iFonebox on your computer firstly. There are two versions accessible: Windows version and Mac version.

Launch iFonebox. Choose Recover from iTunes Backup mode. All iTunes backup files will be detected by iFonebox, just select one containing your messages to scan. Remember to plug in your iPhone 6 to the computer so as to recover messages back to it.

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Scan messages from selected iTunes backup. Click on Messages item to start automatic scanning and analysis process.


Preview and choose lost messages to recover. Now you can select those messages you need and then, click Recover to Device button. Once clicked, all selected messages will start transferring to your iPhone. Follow the reminders pop-up from the software. You need to turn off Find My iPhone in advance. After restoring, your iDevice will be restarted. PS: before recovering to iPhone, it is highly suggested turning on Airplane Mode just in case messages transferring fail because of new text messages received during the process.


That’s it. This is how to recover missing text messages when upgrading iPhone via iFonebox.


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