How can I recover deleted message or contacts on my iPhone 4s?

Chann Ethan May 31, 2013

Last night, My son play my iPhone, and when he give my iphone back, I found that, my message/contacts were gone, It’s terrible thing.

I use the iphone anymore when lost the data, and I found many ways to recover the deleted messages/sms, and I found a guide, maybe useful for me:

But I don’t know if the app will damage my iphone 4s or get my data divulged, anyone can give me some suggestion? Thanks in advance.

  1. Artash A
    September 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    @Chann although I haven't used it personally but the chance to damage your iPhone 4S is very low! Also I have found another similar tool which is $34 cheaper than ''Wondershare Data Recovery''

    Besides SMS recovery this tool allows me to measure my chatting behavior as well with my iPhone contacts. Hope this helps


  2. Jimcreatttt S
    September 5, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Just check this step by step video guide to get back your deleted contact or message, music video from iphone:

  3. Ing R
    September 5, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I often try this way to recover the text messages on my iPhone, don’t know if this will also help you:

    you can also recover your contacts by using other resources on the site!
    Good luck!

  4. Gla D
    September 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Exactly, SMS text messages are backed up with the iPhone - whether it's locally or to iCloud. If you've already written over the backup that had them (as in, backed up after the delete) then they're gone.
    If you still have a backup available from a time where you had the messages on your iPhone, all you have to do is erase the iPhone and retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone with backup.

    If you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes, you can directly restore with iTunes.
    Here is the guide from Apple offical website:

  5. Jessica
    August 30, 2013 at 4:17 am

    You may take a look at this iPhone contact recovery video which helped me before

    hope this helps.

  6. Sandra Alan
    July 30, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I often try this way to recover the text messages on my iPhone, don't know if this will also help you:

    Of course, you can also recover your contacts by using other resources on the site!
    Good luck!

  7. Andrew
    June 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Hi Chann,

    I faced a similar situation, but fortunately, found this useful TUTORIAL:

    It helped me, I hope it does the same to u2.


  8. Angel Cole
    June 10, 2013 at 5:53 am

    If you are still looking around for help, the following 2 options could prove to be useful provided you had synced your iphone:-

    1. Plug in your iPhone to your computer and pull up iTunes. Click on Restore button and select the restore from such and such backup. You phone goes back in the past and you get everything back on your phone. The only drawback is that you'll loose all the info that you got after taking the backup.

    2. Get a backup recovery software which helps you extract data from the backup. I would personally recommend that you visit the following website and choose the one that suits you:-

    I have used the total one, which recovers everything including contacts and texts.

    Hope this helps!


  9. Scott Kupferman
    June 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I use a great app called PhoneView to back up my iPhone. When you connect, you can save your SMS messages as a PDF. It seems to have the ability to pull in messages that I previously thought I deleted.

  10. Zamira
    June 6, 2013 at 7:32 am

    You may try to use a third party recovery software like MiniTool Mac Data Recovery to recover your files.

  11. Linda Koppes
    June 1, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I would also recommend a third party tool. Decipher Text Message recovers deleted iPhone sms so I would give that a try. I think it all depends on what messages are in your last iTunes back up. They seem to have a free trial which you might want to start with.

  12. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 1, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Ideally you should have both the contacts and messages backup in your iTunes and with iCloud account. If you do, then you should be able to restore from there itself. You do not need any 3rd. party software, Apple itself has the solution.

    • null
      June 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

      I haven't backuped my contacts and messages for a long time, my backup is very old.. I think I need a third-pary app to recover them, thanks Rajaa..

  13. ha14
    May 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    If you synced with iTunes then perhaps you can recover from there
    There is also iPhone backup extractor search on google perhaps it does what you want

    • null
      June 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

      OK, I will try, thanks Ha14.

    • craig povall
      August 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      I believe in recommendations on any product, I have to rate these guys seriously good support and great product. I recovered all my lost and deleted contacts and call history and messages. they are a worth a look if your still stuck.

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