How to Recover Recently Deleted Messages on iPhone [iOS 16]

iOS 16 is a big upgrade for compatible iPhones bringing a flurry of useful features to the default apps, including the Photos app, Maps, Mail, Health, and more. The update brought some welcome changes to the Messages app too, users can now edit messages, undo send, mark messages to unread, SharePlay Music and FaceTime, Recover Deleted Messages, and more. Yes, you can now retrieve recently deleted messages on your iPhone running on iOS 16. Read along to know how you can recover deleted messages on your iPhone.

The Messages app on iOS 16 gets a new “Recently Deleted” place in the filters section, that collects or saves all messages you’ve deleted in the last 30 days. If you’ve deleted any message after reading it, but for some reason, you need it back, then you can now retrieve it back, thanks to the new feature.

There’s no need to pay for third-party services to recover the recently deleted stuff if your iPhone is running on iOS 16, then you can recover any message deleted in the last 30 days easily. All you can do is within the Messages app on your iPhone.

Let’s take a look at the steps.

How to Recover Recently Deleted Messages on iOS 16

It’s been two months since iOS 16 is available to the public and many iPhone users had already updated to the new OS, if your iPhone is running on the older version of iOS, then you can update your iPhone to the new version to get the benefit of the useful features like Recently Deleted in the Messages app. If your iPhone is already running on iOS 16 and you want to know how to recover recently removed messages, then you can follow these steps.

How to Recover Recently Deleted Messages on iOS 16
  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone running on iOS 16.
  2. Tap on the blue-colored Filters option available at the top left corner.
  3. In the Filters section, Select Recently Deleted, now choose the chats or conversations which you want to recover.
  4. Once selected, tap on the Recover option available at the bottom right corner, then tap Recover again for confirmation. You can recover deleted messages within 30 days of their removal. (Note: you’ll see the remaining days on the right side of the conversation.)
  5. That’s it.

Just in case, you want to permanently recover any message, then you can do it by navigating to the Recently Deleted section, then select the message which you want to remove permanently, then tap on the Delete option listed at the bottom left corner. The messages will be removed completely from Apple’s servers in 40 days.

As I said earlier, the Messages app on iOS 16 packs up with a bunch of useful features, including the anticipated edit a message and undo send. If you want to know how to edit or undo send any message on iOS 16, then make sure to check out this story.

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