Does iTunes Backup Deleted Text Messages? How to View Them?

view-deleted-messages-in-itunes-backupI deldeted some messages on my iPhone but I realized that I need these messages. I have iTunes backup, but I am not sure if iTunes backup these deleted text messages. Can someone give me the answer?

Does iTunes Backup Deleted Text Messages?

There is no clear yes or no answer for this question; it depends on what you do as soon as you discover the messages have been deleted. To understand how this works, you need to understand just how the iPhone system stores data and what happens every time you hit delete to erase a piece of content or data from your device. When you delete data from your device, the iOS system will change the data from “Allocated” status to “Unallocated” status. But the data is not permanently removed from the device. It remains on the device until you add new data.

When you add new data, the old “Unallocated” data might be deleted to make room for the new data on the device. So, if you stop using your device as soon as you discover some of the data on it has been deleted, and then create a backup in iTunes, iTunes will back up the deleted data.

The opposite is also true. If your deleted text messages have been overwritten as a result of adding new data on to the device, then iTunes can’t back them up.

How to View Deleted Text Messages in iTunes Backup

If iTunes did back up your deleted text messages, there is no way to view them in iTunes. You cannot view them even if you restore the backup because your iOS device will only show the existing data, never the deleted data. But there is a way to view the deleted text messages on your iTunes backup file for free. You can use a data recovery tool, iRefone is the good choice.

-It recovers up to 16 different types of data from an iTunes backup, the iOS device or an iCloud backup. For example, you can recover WhatsApp from iPhone easily.

-It offers a very high probability of data recovery even if you dont have a backup.

-It is very easy to use with a simple and highly navigable user interface.

-It is compatible with the iPhone 8 and X and iOS 11.3.

Steps to View Deleted Text Messages in iTunes Backup

Step 1: Run iRefone and choose Recover from iTunes Backup as the recovery mode. All of the iTunes backup files which you have ever synced with iTunes on this computer will be automatically found and listed in the software. Click Select or double click the backup you need to access.

Step 2: Choose the data you want to scan and recover. Click the icon of Messages to start the scanning.

Step 3: When the scanning is finished, preview the messages in iTunes backup and pick out these messages you need. Then you could choose to backup them to your computer or transfer back to your iPhone.