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[2021 Solved] Text Messages Disappeared from iPhone? Here're Fixes!


Dec 06, 2021 (Updated: Dec 14, 2021) • Filed to: iOS Data Recovery

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Text message plays an important role in our life as we use it to communicate with family, friends, colleagues, or other important people. Many iPhone users have experienced that their text messages disappeared from iPhone, which can be quite frustrating! There is no need to worry, as we have the solution to your problem.

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Part 1. Solutions for Text Messages Disappeared from iPhone

Here we list 7 solutions to get your disappeared text messages back, just keep reading.

1 Make Sure Your Messages are not Automatically Deleted

According to Apple, the texts messages' disappearance can occur because your message history is being automatically deleted, so before we get started, make sure that your phone isn't deleting your messages automatically. Here is how to check.

Step 1. Go to Settings.and tap Messages.

Step 2. Scroll down to Keep Messages.

Step 3. If Forever isn't selected, this can be the reason, then select Forever.

change the frequency of iMessage

If your iPhone's message history is already set in Forever, continue reading to find the solution for text messages disappearance!

2 Check If You Turn off iMessage/MMS Messaging

First, you need to make sure that you haven't turned off your iMessage or MMS Messaging on your iPhone. If not, then sometimes there can be some glitch that prevents your messages from being stored. You can always solve it by turning on and off the iMessage from the settings.

Step 1. Go to Settings, scroll down to Messages and tap it.

Step 2. Find iMessage, then turn off the iMessage and then turn it on. Do the same for MMS Messaging.

turn off and on iMessage

3 Restart/Reboot iPhone

If the above two options don't work, you can restart or reboot your iPhone. To do that, you can use the assistive touch on your phone. Go to Device > More > then touch Restart. You can do this manually as well by turning your phone off and then turning it back on.

For iPhone X and other later models

Step 1. Press and hold the volume button with side button for a while until the screen shows the slider of power off.

Step 2. Swipe the slider.

Step 3. After a few seconds, press the side button to restart your device.

restart iPhone X and later models

For iPhone SE2 and earlier models

Step 1. Press the side button for a while until the screen shows the slider of power off

Step 2. Swipe the slider

Step 3. After a few seconds, press the side button to restart your device

restart iPhone SE2 and earlier models

4 Reset All Settings on iPhone

If no method works, then it is better to reset all settings on iPhone. It will not delete your data but resets all the settings to default. You can do this by:

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Go to General.

Step 3. Scroll Down to Reset.

Step 4. Tap Reset All Settings.

turn off and on iMessage

Now that you know the different ways to stop your iMessages from disappearing, you must be thinking, what about the text messages that I have already lost? Well, there are different ways to bring them back, which takes us to our next part.

If your iPhone text messages disappeared after update, here are three methods that can help you recover your missing messages on iPhone:

5 Restore Missing Text Messages on iPhone with iSeeker

If you didn't have any backup for your text messages and have lost them, you can always restore them using WooTechy iSeeker!

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Follow the simple steps below to recover your missing messages with iSeeker.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and choose Recover from iOS Device.

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Step 2. Select the data types you need to recover, for example, text messages in this case. Then click Scan, and this app will scan for the lost data.

select and scan

Step 3. Select the data you need to recover, then click Recover!

select and recover

6 Restore from iTunes Backup

There are chances that you have made a backup for your iPhone data on your iTunes. The backup also contains text messages along with the other data. Below are the steps to follow to restore the data from the iTunes Backup.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

Step 2. Select the device when it shows up on iTunes, and click Restore Backup.

restore disappeared text messages from iTunes backup

Step 3. Enter the password, then click Restore.

7 Restore from iCloud Backup

iPhone automatically creates a backup of essential data on your iPhone if you have opened the iCloud backup, including text messages. You can restore them from iCloud backup by following simple steps below:

Step 1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap General > Reset > Select Erase All Content and Settings.

restore from iCloud backup on iPhone

Step 3. Once finished, turn on your device and select Restore from iCloud Backup on the Apps & Data screen in the setup menu.


Recover from iTunes or iCloud will replace all the current contents and settings of your device, however, WooTechy iSeeker can directly recover all your lost text messages from iPhone without overwriting the existing data.

Part 2. Why Do Text Messages Disappear from iPhone?

There are many reasons that can lead to text messages' disappearance on iPhone. We have listed some of the most common ones:

You either had an iOS upgrade or downgrade from your current version.

As mentioned at the start, your message history was being automatically deleted.

Your phone experienced a system crash.

The message settings weren't done correctly.

iPhone lost or stolen

Unexpected deletion of the text messages.

Part 3. How to Avoid Text Messages Disappearing from iPhone?

To avoid text messages disappearing from iPhone, we provide a few ways:

iCloud Backup

The simplest and most convenient way is keeping an iCloud backup. Although iCloud storage is limited to 5GB, you can either buy more storage or change the settings to keep the backup of only essential things like text messages, contacts, settings, etc. Text messages don't take much space, so chances are you will have the complete backup in the default iCloud storage.

iTunes Backup

Backup your data on your computer through iTunes will keep your data safe and secure and ready to be restored whenever you lose your text messages.

Change the Settings

Make sure that the frequency of your messages is not set to limited days and messages are not automatically deleted as mentioned earlier in the guide.


With methods mentioned above, you may not be worried about text messages or other data disappeared from your iPhone anymore. It is natural for users to forget to create a backup on iCloud or iTunes, while WooTechy iSeeker will rescue you from such frustrated situation of accidental deletion with simple and fast steps. In this way, you will get your data back.

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