iPhone Messages Disappear after Restart? Here’s How to Recover

“Text messages on my iphone suddenly disappeared after I restart my iphone 6s plus. I am currently using IOS 11. Also, whenever I try to send new messages, the message that I sent and newly received sms doesn’t fall on the right order. It got mixed up. Please help me.”

Just like the Apple user reported, you may find your iPhone messages disappear after restart. Your Messages app works well, but after you restart your iPhone, some or all messages are just missing suddenly for no reason. In such case, you don’t know where they go and how to get them back. Therefore, in this post, we offer 6 free ways, which may be helpful to retrieve disappeared iPhone messages.

 6 Free Ways to Recover Disappeared iPhone Messages after Restart

1. Restart or force restart your iPhone.

Usually, performing a restart on iPhone is a simple and helpful tip to get your iPhone back to normal. So give it try and see whether missing messages are back again.

Restart: hold sleep or wake button, slide to Power Off and turn on device again.

Force restart: hold both home and sleep buttons for 10 seconds until Apple logo appears on screen.

Restart iPhone to fix iPhone messages disappear after restart
Restart iPhone to fix iPhone messages disappear after restart

 2. Restart Messages app

Step 1. Double click iPhone Home button to see your open apps.

Step 2. Find Messages app and swipe up to close it.

Step 3. Then, tap Messages app to relaunch it.

3. Check storage space on your iPhone

This iPhone messages disappearing issue probably relates to short iPhone storage. You can check your iPhone space by heading to Settings > General > Storage& iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. If your iPhone is out of storage, just delete some big files like unwanted songs or videos to free up more available space. Then, proceed to Messages app and have a check.

Check storage space on your iPhone iPad
Free up iPhone space – check iPhone storage usage

4. Reset all settings on iPhone

You can try to get back disappeared messages by resetting iPhone settings. This way may fix some bugs and won’t delete any data on your device. Just proceed to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Reset all settings on iPhone to recover missing messages
Reset all settings on iPhone to recover missing messages

5. Restore from iTunes/iCloud backup

If there is available iTunes/iCloud backup that contains your missing iPhone messages, you can get them back by restoring iPhone. But if your backup is old and you don’t make sure whether disappeared iPhone messages are included in that old backup, you’d better not to restore iPhone, because doing a whole restore will erase the newly-created contents on your device.

As for the detailed steps to restore iPhone, you can refer the two posts: how to restore iPhone from iTunes and how to restore iPhone from iCloud.

6. Rely on the third-party iPhone data recovery software

If above methods don’t work for you, you are suggested to try the third-party iPhone data recovery tools to retrieve missing text messages. You can search them online and pick up one of them to have a free trial. Some best iPhone data recovery software can scan and recover disappeared messages from iPhone directly, so that you still have a good chance to get lost messages back to iPhone without backup.

For instance, I’ve followed one app’s tutorial to undelete text messages on my iPhone, and it did find some lost texts from device. But notice that this kind of apps are not free.

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