Messages App: Recover Deleted Message on iPhone

In newer Apple operating systems, such as iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.1, deleted chats can be recovered as well as a single deleted message. It's pretty quick, which is why this guide is a shorter post. Did I forget something or do you have a question? Then please leave a comment!

Recovering a deleted message or conversation in the Messages app works with the current systems on iPhone and iPad. Here you will find the corresponding instructions.

Recovering a deleted message or conversation in the Messages app works with the current systems on iPhone and iPad. Here you will find the corresponding instructions.

Restore message or chat in Messages app on iPhone/iPad

Messages and conversations deleted in the Messages app on iPhone or iPad can be recovered within 30 to 40 days. Apple points this out in the support document, among other things HT213105 there. And this is how you proceed if you want to retrieve deleted content:

  1. Opens the News App on the Apple iPhone
  2. Tap in the top left Edit
  3. Choose from the menu Show "Recently Deleted". from
  4. Highlight individual messages or threads and tap at the bottom Restore
  5. Tap on restore allto get back any deleted history/message
This is what the instructions look like as a screenshot.

This is what the instructions look like as a screenshot.

Here is another guide for the app: Recall, edit messages and more.

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