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How to Search Messages in iPhone

We send and receive many messages everyday which could be a serious challenges to search text messages on iPhone. Have you ever suffer from the trouble to search for specific text among a pile of messages or search the deleted messages on iPhone but don’t know how? This guide is all about the solutions to search text messages on iPhone and aims to teach you the way to search the deleted or lost messages on your iPhone as well.

Part 1: How to Search Messages with Spotlight Search


To use Spotlight Search to find messages, you need to turn on Spotlight Search for messages: Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search to Turn Messages on.

Step 1. On the iPhone home screen, swipe to the right to bring up Spotlight Search menu.

Step 2. Then, tap the search bar and enter the keywords you are searching for.

Step 3. When the search results appeared, swipe down to scroll through the list to locate the Messages section on your iPhone.

Part 2: How to Search Messages on iPhone in Message App


1. Tap Message app.

2. While viewing the Messages list swipe down with your finger to expose the search box.

3.Enter the search string/keywords/phone number in the search box and the results list will automatically update as you type.

Part 3: How to Search Deleted Messages on iPhone


To search deleted messages on iPhone, it is necessary with the help of the iPhone data recovery software names iRefone. As the professional iPhone data recovery software, this tool supports to recover deleted data like messages, notes, contacts, whatsapp, wechat and more. It not only enables you recover data directly from your iOS devices, but also extract from iTunes and iCloud backup.

Download the free version of the software to get to know how to recover deleted text messages from iPhone with iRefone.



First, run iRefone and connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. Then the software will detect the device automatically. Click on the “Start”.



Then, you will enter into the interface to ask you choose the data you want to scan. Choose and click on the icon of Messages to start the scanning and analysis of your iPhone.



Finally, when the scanning is finished, all of the messages in your iPhone will be displayed in the software, including these deleted messages. You could preview them one by one and select these messages you need. Click on “Recover to PC” or “Recover to Device” to recover deleted messages to your PC or directly transfer back to iPhone.

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