How to Recover iMessages

iMessages are the lifeblood of iPhone users. They are messages which only Apple owners can exchange with each other by availing of a Wi-Fi connection or their mobile data pack.

This is why when an iPhone, iPad or even iPod storage and memory are rendered inaccessible, users stand to lose personal data that can’t be replaced.

The only way to get around this inconvenience is with the help of a recovery program like Dr. Fone. It is capable of retrieving information from devices that are corrupted, broken, wiped clean or otherwise compromised.




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A Few Things to Keep in Mind Before Starting a Dr. Fone Scan


1. First and foremost, the scan should be initiated as soon as data loss is detected. The probability of full recovery decreases if a user continues to operate other applications that might overwrite existing information.


2. Second, an iPhone scan is possible only if the device is in DFU or Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. To reach this state,

  • The power button has to be pressed for 3 seconds.
  • The home and the power button have to be pressed together for 10 seconds.
  • The power button can be released, but the home button has to be held for 15 more seconds.


At this point of time, the screen goes blank which is a good indication of DFU activation. Moreover, Dr. Fone also offers an animated instruction screen to guide users and facilitate the process.



3. Lastly, when an iPhone is connected to a device that has iTunes installed on it, there might be spontaneous syncing of data between the two. If Dr. Fone happens to share the same laptop/desktop as the iTunes account, prior to plugging the USB cable of the phone (iPad or iPod), users should choose Preferences from the iTunes dashboard, scroll down to Devices and select ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.


3 Modes How to Recover iMessages


Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device


This mode is quite complicated to tackle if a tool like Dr. Fone is not around.


1. Plug in the device to a PC or laptop that has Dr. Fone installed on it. This can be accomplished with the power cable provided by Apple.

2. Launch the utility and select the option ‘Recover from iOS Device’. Hit Start Scan to get started.





3. At this point of time, the scanning process initiates immediately if the device is in DFU mode. If it’s not, the animated screen shared above comes on for guidance.


4. A user can detect an ongoing scan by the presence of the completion bar that notes the time left to completion and the Pause and Stop buttons available to its right. The former is used to pause a scan and the latter terminates it prematurely.


As Dr. Fone scans a device for content, it gradually starts populating the directory to the left of the screen. In this directory, each node stands for a particular data type and the number next to it is indicative of the number of files available for reinstatement.



Users can easily “pause” or “stop” a scan and launch retrieval without waiting for completion. This leads to faster recovery.



5. Once the scan is finished, the display screen is presented. It is easy to search files by name (or keyword) by using the search bar to the top right. The On/Off slider on top is used to filter the results and just focus on deleted data. Users can either choose individual items or they can select files in bulk by ticking the appropriate checkboxes. Generally, to retrieve iMessages, the nodes ‘Messages’ and ‘Message Attachments’ are to be selected from the directory. But in some new versions of Dr. Fone, the separate option of Messenger is available to focus only on messages that are from Apple’s own chat platform.



With the needed files marked, hitting the ‘Recover’ button ends the process. Items can be saved either to the connected device or to the hard disk of the PC/laptop.





Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File


iTunes is the default backup system that Apple users have been enjoying for close to a decade now. It however requires a physical connection between the device and the account (through a USB cable) to work.


1. Start Dr. Fone and select the second option, ‘Recover from iTunes Backup File’ to gain access to the backup files available in the iTunes account.




2. Select the backup that is the most likely to hold the needed information on the basis of factors like file name, file size and date of creation. With the right item chosen, hit ‘Start Scan’ to initiate the scan.


3. Tick the required files from the right categories on the display screen. Recover the items to the connected iPhone/iPad/iPod or save them to the hard disk of the computer.




Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File


iCloud is the online backup platform that has been recently launched by Apple. It is convenient because it accepts data for storage without needing a physical connection between device and account.


1. Launch Dr.Fone and directly choose the third option from the welcome screen ‘Recover from iCloud Backup File’.


2. Use the account log-in credentials to gain access to iCloud.



3. Choose the backup file that is the most likely to contain the deleted iMessage. Users can rely on file name, size and date of creation to filter. After selecting the right backup container, hit ‘Download’.



4. Tick the option(s) ‘Messages’ and ‘Message Attachments’ from the pop-up to ensure that only relevant data is downloaded from the Apple servers and then click on ‘Next’.



5. The scan starts immediately after the download is done. Select the messages that need retrieval from the display screen and finish the process by hitting the blue ‘Recover’ button.




And that is how to recover iMessages easily from an Apple device. None of the modes require more than five simple steps to retrieve the desired data. Summarizing the process:


  • Connect the device to Dr. Fone.
  • Choose the right recovery mode.
  • Select the relevant backup file (if needed).
  • Tick the iMessage/s to be retrieved.
  • Hit the Recover button to complete the process.

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