Recovering Deleted MMS from iPhone

MMS or Multimedia Message Service is an evolved form of SMS that allows users to send longer texts, pictures, videos and even emoticons leveraging the data carrier of the connection. The good thing about MMS is the fact that it can be compiled directly from the short message service application that comes built into the iPhone. You do not need to switch apps to avail of the many benefits of the format.

However, when an iPhone suffers liquid damage, device trauma, virus corruption or processor heating, MMS are just as susceptible to loss as their plain text SMS counterparts.

In the event of this kind of inaccessibility, Dr. Fone from Wondershare proves to be extremely useful. Recovering deleted MMS from iPhone can be done in three exhaustive modes including a thorough iOS device scan.



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Before Starting a Dr. Fone Scan


There are a few considerations to keep in mind.

1. If the iPhone body is going to be searched for recovery of MMS, then the scan process must be initiated as soon as the data is rendered inaccessible. Delays or prolonged use may trigger apps to overwrite existing data causing permanent information loss.


2. An iPhone has to be in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode for Dr. Fone to apply the root and probe its contents. DFU can be activated by:

  • Pressing the Power button for 3 seconds
  • Long pressing both Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds
  • Releasing the Power button but keeping the Home button pressed for 15 more seconds




A blank screen should alert you to the DFU mode. Dr. Fone also offers an animated guidance screen, complete with instructions to help users reach DFU because the countdown has to be fairly precise.


3. If the PC/laptop supporting Dr. Fone also happens to have an iTunes account associated with it, then automatic data synchronization with the iPhone has to be disabled. This can be achieved by choosing the option ‘Preferences’, scrolling to ‘Devices’ and then ticking ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.


Recovering Deleted MMS from iPhone in 3 Modes

Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device


This can prove to be a tedious recovery mode if Dr. Fone from Wondershare is not used for the process. As such, in its presence, it takes only 5 simple steps to retrieve the MMS.


1. Put the iPhone in DFU mode and connect it to the PC or laptop supporting Dr. Fone through its USB cord.


2. Launch Dr. Fone and choose the first option – Recover from iOS Device on the welcome screen.


3. Allow the system to analyze the connected iPhone. It checks the model for compatibility with its scan settings and abilities. When everything is a match, the ‘Start Scan’ button appears. Dr. Fone is capable of scanning the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus among other Apple devices.




4. A scan that is underway is characterized by a progress bar that has the time to scan completion noted below it. To the right of this bar there are two buttons – ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’. Both can be used to halt a scan before completion. This is generally done to recover items on the fly.

The directory to the left of the screen has multiple nodes where each node stands for a particular data type and the number next to it represents the files of that category available for retrieval. You can use these nodes to peruse the repository of recoverable data by pausing the scan and reinstate MMS back to the connected iPhone.



5. When a scan completes without interruption, the display screen comes on. The option ‘Message Attachment’ from the directory gives you access to the MMS selection panel. Here you can choose MMSs in bulk or individually by ticking the appropriate checkboxes. You can also use the search bar to bring up MMS by recipient/sender name or keywords. Once all the right items are checked, hitting the blue ‘Recover’ button completes the process. Files are saved as HTML files to the drive of the PC/laptop or directly restored to the iPhone.




Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File


iTunes has been around for a long time. And before server-based storage through the iCloud was a reality, iTunes happened to be the only reliable way to create and save backup containers.


1. Connect the iPhone to the PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. Next choose the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File.


2. This will give you access to all the iTunes files saved to the hard disk of the computer. From this array, choose the backup that is the most likely to hold the MMS you’re looking for. Use qualifiers like file name, file size and date of creation to zero-in on one option. Click the ‘Start Scan’ button.




3. Allow the scan to run its course. You may also Pause or Stop it for speedier recovery. When the files are marked using corresponding checkboxes, hit the ‘Recover’ button.



Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File


iCloud is the online peer of iTunes and has been enthusiastically adopted by most Apple users. Scanning the contents of its backup files requires you to access the Apple servers through an Internet connection.


1. Launch Dr. Fone and choose the third option on the home screen – ‘Recover from iCloud Backup File’.


2. Input the iCloud login credentials to gain access to the data in the iCloud vault assigned to you.



3. Select the backup container that has the highest probability of holding the MMSs you seek to recover. Use file attributes like file name, file size and date of creation to facilitate the process. Click ‘Download’ to start saving the required information to the Dr. Fone system.



4. From the pop-up, tick the option ‘Message Attachments’. This ensures that only MMSs are downloaded from the Apple servers. It reduces the scan time.



5. From the display screen, select the files that are needed. Recover them to the PC hard disk or restore them directly to the iPhone.



And that is how recovering deleted MMS from iPhone becomes a breeze. Recapping the process:

  • Connect the iPhone to Dr. Fone from Wondershare.
  • Select the scan mode that is the most convenient on your end.
  • Choose the right backup file if needed.
  • Allow the scan to run its course.
  • Recover the MMS back to the iPhone or to the hard disk of the PC/laptop.


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