Have you ever accidentally deleted a file, folder, or photo from your phone? Or maybe you've accidentally deleted messages in your phone from platforms like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, and more? You know yourself that those especially aren't easily recoverable, but luckily, there's a couple ways that you can at least retrieve most of your lost or deleted files.
The iPhone itself has a couple of ways that you can recover deleted files. And if those ways don't work, you can use a third-party tool to recover data. Either way, we're going to show you all of the ways how you can get your deleted files back from the iPhone. Let's get started.
Photos and videos
If you accidentally deleted a photo or video, it's easily recoverable. When you delete a photo or video, it isn't actually permanently deleted. It's sent into a Trash bin called Recently Deleted. You can access this by going into the Photos app and into the Albums section. Scroll all the way to the bottom, and you'll see the Recently Deleted folder.
Tap it, and then you'll see all of the photos and videos that you deleted, whether accidental or on purpose. You can highlight or select those photos or videos, and then you can press the Recover Files button to return them to your Photo library.
Messages, files, and everything else
Recovering messages on the iPhone is pretty much an impossible task. Apple just doesn't have a native way available that makes it easy to restore your text messages or iMessage. You could completely reset your iPhone, and then restore to an iCloud backup, but that's a long and arduous process.
And you certainly can't go to another device you have attached to your Apple ID -- with iCloud, messages are deleted across all devices attached to that ID, unfortunately.
That's where UltData comes in -- a quick and easy way to not only restore your files, but text messages, iMessages, and messages through other platforms like WhatsApp and WeChat.
To get started, you will want to download UltData on your Windows or Mac machine. You can grab it here for free, but they do have a Pro version that unlocks more and restore features. It actually works with both the iPhone and iPad.
After UltData is downloaded, you will connect the iPhone up to your Mac or PC through a USB cable. Once that's done, in UltData, you'll want to select the menu item that says Recover Data from iOS Device. Right after that, you can press Start Scan to preview your recoverable files.
Under your recoverable files, you can click on the Messages section in the left navigation to preview all of your text messages that are recoverable. You can select them individually, or check the box next to the Messages category to select them for recovery.
While you're in this navigation menu, you can choose to recover data from other apps as well, like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, and so many more options.
Go through and check what data and messages that you want to recover, and then you can press the big green Recover button at the bottom right of the screen. This will restore any data that you selected, which you should be able to view on your iPhone or iPad like normal after the restore is complete.
From iTunes and iCloud Backup File
UltData also allows you to try and restore data from iTunes and iCloud backup files. You'll just need an iTunes backup file that you can upload to the program, or your iCloud account details to retrieve data that way. UltData makes it really easy for the layman to scan and recover files through either of these methods, if the former doesn't work.
It's worth noting that the program isn't just about recovering messages. UltData can be used to recover data from all sorts of platforms -- Windows, Mac, Android, and obviously, iOS.
As you can see, there are a ton of different ways that you can recover lost files on the iPhone. There are a lot of options for using the iPhone's built-in settings to recover files, as you can see, but there are some files that the iPhone just loses after you delete -- like messages.
That's where UltData comes in -- to make it easy to retrieve those files that just aren't easily recoverable. With UltData, you'll be able to retrieve those important conversations that you thought were lost forever.