How Long Do Deleted Text Messages Stay on iPhone?

Have you mistakenly deleted a message? Or maybe wondering if deleted text messages are really deleted. If so, don’t rile up just yet, you may be able to restore a deleted text message if you consistently back up your phone. If you haven’t backed up your phone on a regular basis, you may need to use backup tools or call your service provider for assistance.

In this post, we’ll go over how long do deleted text message stay on the iPhone? Scroll down and have  a look.

What Happens to Deleted Text Messages?

When you delete a text message from your iPhone, it does not go away forever. First, it is copied and sent to the network provider. The copy in your phone is then labelled as “deleted” by the iPhone’s internal archive rather than permanently deleted. Even though the message appears to be “deleted,” it has simply been transferred to a less usable region of the phone’s memory. Even this, though, is not permanent, and the message will be automatically removed later. The amount of time that an iPhone can hold a deleted SMS in its memory cannot be measured precisely. It can, however, vary depending on one major factor.

How Long Do Text Messages Stay on the Network?

Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick learned the hard way in 2008 that network providers keep track of lost text messages. His flirtatious and explicit texts with one of his aides were used against him in a trial for obstruction of justice and misconduct in office, among other allegations. However, since Kwame and his assistant were government officials, his phone, as well as his aide’s phone, were outfitted with special devices.

Text messages are only held for a few days on phones used by ordinary people on big networks such as Verizon and AT&T (the carriers that support the iPhone). AT&T, for example, only retains deleted text messages for 72 hours. Verizon retains deleted SMS messages for a period of up to ten days. However, you must obtain a court order in order to read these messages. They cannot be accessed at any time by the general public.

How Long Do Text Messages Stay on the Phone?

How long your deleted Text message can remain on your phone is largely determined by how often you use the SMS service. If you text regularly, for example, the deleted SMS messages will not be available for as long. This is due to the fact that “deleted” messages stored in the iPhone’s memory are deleted in the order of oldest SMS to newest SMS. The memory that holds the “deleted” texts is finite, and it must be cleaned out to make space for new messages.

According to Jesse Lindmar, Assistant Director of Computer Forensics at Sensei Enterprises, the iPhone appears to retain deleted text messages longer than other phones. He says that messages up to two years old can be retrieved, but this is uncommon. More often than not, the messages must be a year or younger in order to be recovered.

Recovery Method To Get Deleted Messages

There are several approaches for restoring deleted iPhone text messages. The first and most basic option is to recover your iPhone from a previous backup. This is possible in iTunes, but it can only restore deleted texts between the last time you synced your computer and now. When you attach your iPhone to your screen, do not sync it with iTunes. Otherwise, all of your previous synced messages will be deleted.

A SIM card spy tool is another alternative. Since the AT&T iPhone stores deleted SMS messages on the SIM card, this can be used for it. The Verizon iPhone, on the other hand, is incompatible with a SIM card spy tool since Verizon does not use SIM cards in their iPhones. Jailbreaking your smartphone and then installing a text recovery programme from Cydia, such as “Undelete SMS,” works for both carriers. However, jailbreaking the iPhone voids its warranty.

Paying a professional to retrieve your iPhone text messages is a much better option. Bring your iPhone to a  forensics lab near to you and ask for your deleted SMS messages to be retrieved. There is always a fee for this, but it works for both Verizon and AT&T iPhones and is a better alternative to jailbreaking the mobile.

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