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The Complete Guide to Recovering Audio Messages on iPhone

The following guide will walk you through the process of recovering voice and text messages from an iPhone.   This guide works for all iPhone models.

The process is a little more detailed than what’s required to recover other types of data from an iPhone, but it’s not complicated. The main reason for this added detail is because text messages and voice mail are stored in different parts of the phone, so you have to follow two separate guides to make it work.

Though this is a long process, it works with most versions of the iPhone operating system, including iOS 6.

How to Recover Audio Messages on Iphone

You need to back up your iPhone before you do anything else. Follow this guide from Apple, as it will help you create a backup that you can use later in the process: How To Back Up Your iOS Device

Once you have a backup, go to iTunes and select your iPhone from the menu on the left side of the screen.

Click on the ‘This Computer’ link at the top-right of your screen to start a new backup.

Instead of clicking “Back Up Now” let’s click on the arrow next to it so we can tell iTunes not to back up certain data, like messages. If you don’t do this step now, all voice mail and text messages that you didn’t already save will be deleted.

You’re going to uncheck the following items: Call History , Contacts , Messages & Voicemail .

When you click on a category, checkmarks will appear next to all of the items in that category. To uncheck an item, simply remove the checkmark from the box.

When you’re done, click “Okay.”   The next time your iPhone backs up to iTunes, these data types will be omitted from the backup.

Once you’ve completed this step, it’s safe to continue with the process and begin recovering audio messages on your iPhone.

Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup using iCloud

iCloud is Apple’s online backup service that allows you to sync information between your iPhone, iPad and Mac. It also allows you to keep your data up-to-date if you’ve recently restored your device or had it replaced. This means that you can recover deleted text messages on iPhone without backup using iCloud by restoring your previous settings.

Go to the “Settings” app on your iPhone, then tap “Messages.” Under the “Message History” header, select how far back you want to sync your texts. You can either choose between 1 month or 30 days.

Tap the button labeled “Back Up Now.” This will begin backing up your text messages through iCloud. If you don’t see a pop-up indicating that the backup was successful, try again until you do.

If you’ve recently replaced your iPhone, you will need to back up your device using iCloud before restoring iOS 8 via iTunes. Follow this guide from Apple: How To Back Up Your iOS Device with iCloud

You can also restore any lost text messages on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Reset and tapping “Erase All Content and Settings.” Your iPhone will reset just like it was brand new, and iCloud will automatically restore any of your previous settings.

How to Restore iPhone with iTunes Backup when Deleted Text Messages are Lost

If you have backed up your phone recently, restore it with iTunes by following our guide: How To Restore iOS 8 on iPhone 6/6 Plus/5s/5c, 4s, iPad with iTunes

If you are unable to restore your device using an iTunes backup, it’s possible that your data was not properly backed up before the reset. This means that when you restore from an iTunes backup, the restored version of your device won’t have your messages.

To fix this, restore the device with iTunes but choose “Set Up as New” instead of “Restore from Backup.” You can then re-sync your messages after setting up iOS 8 on your iPhone.


Accidently deleted text messages on iPhone is not a big deal anymore. Or at least, you can get them back easily by using our methods. And if you want to recover deleted iMessages without backup, follow the methods in this article .

If you have any question, feel free to leave them below.