While there exist few applications or SIM readers that can help retrieve deleted SMS messages from your SIM there isn’t any such application for iPhone, since it is storing the messages in phone memory.

There is just one option of retrieving the deleted messages from iphone which is available only if you have backed up or synched iPhone using itunes.

Data from iphone is backed up in your computer but that is not in a simple readable text file, usual path where the iPhone backup is stored in folder C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ i.e. for Windows XP

You will need to search all the files present in this folder and sub-folders for text ‘newest_message’
Download and install Notepad++ for free (or use Ultra Edit in case you have it) and use it advanced search in files menu for searching the files at the given path

It will return you with couple of files, open them up using Notepad ++ and there in between, what will appear to be lot of junk characters, you will find parts of your deleted text messages.


14 comments untill now

  1. Hey, what should I do if I have a Mac and no windows?
    Thanks so much

  2. Is there a program (or app) to decode the confusion that comes up on Notepad?

  3. Is there a program to decode the MDDATA or MDINFO files?

  4. where is the file on Windows Vista?…..Thanks

  5. or the folder rather?

  6. my boyfriend bought me the i phone and hacked it. he read all my deleted texts, how can i get it un-hacked?

  7. hey how did he do that

  8. saucefanmc @ 2010-01-25 06:41

    Kim: you can’t get it unhacked, he will forever have complete access to your phone. you’re phucked.

    p.s. you dumb , did you read the OP? DONT LET HIM HAVE PHYSICAL ACCESS TO YOUR PHONE. you idiot c, i’m sure you’re cheating on him and want to hide it, but everyone is smarter than you, he will find out.

  9. @mitch
    On Windows Vista the location of Backup is \Users\(yourusername)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

  10. HELP!! at the end of each line it says warning cannot open…. what can i do??

  11. hey can you let me know how to see them on a mac as the phone is synced with a mac only

  12. Tasha Spurlock @ 2011-03-09 03:52

    I’m completely lost! I have wIndows and I can not figure out how to find the deleted messages. I’m not that great with a computer as u can tell. Im having trouble finding the folder. Please walk me through it. Thanks so much

  13. can someone help me step by step please, iv found my partners i phone on our lap top. can i read his old tex messages from this and if so how? its just a load of letters. ta

  14. mayjohnson @ 2015-02-16 14:51

    Text messages are saved in your last iTunes or iCloud backup. You could retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone using one of those backups, and get the messages that were on the iPhone at that time with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

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