How To Search Through Text Messages on the iPhone

Many of us get so many different text messages over a few weeks or months that it can almost be impossible to find a particular part of a conversation. We could spend hours scrolling and scrolling through messages trying to find it, and never even get close. But what if we told you there was a better way? Gone are the days of having to manually search through your text and iMessages. Now, there are a number of different ways to automatically search through your messages and only spend seconds doing something that would’ve taken you hours in the past.

In total, there are three different ways to search through your messages on the iPhone. The first way is to directly go into the messages app and search for them. Next up, you can use the Spotlight Search feature which is built into the iPhone. And if you have accidentally deleted the message or messages that you wanted to search for, there is even a way to do that (but it will involve the use of a third party piece of computer software). Without any further ado, let’s take a closer look at these three methods.

Searching Messages Directly in the Messages App


Step 1: Tap the Messages app on your home screen.

Step 2: Once you are in the main messages app (not in a conversation), simply swiping your finger down will expose a search box at the top of the screen

Step 3: Enter the keyword(s) that you are looking for in the box and then messages that contain that word or phrase will be shown.

Step 4: Once you click on the conversation that features the message, it will take you directly to that message and highlight it.

Using Spotlight Search to Search Messages


Step 1: Before this guide and steps can even work, you need to make sure that Spotlight Search is turned on and that you have it available to search through messages. All you have to do is hit Settings > General > Spotlight Search and then hit the toggle on Messages.

Step 2: On the home page, simply swipe to the right, which will bring up your widgets.

Step 3: At the very top, you will have a search bar. In that bar, simply select the word or phrase you want to search through your messages for, and then it will load up the messages that contain the words.

Searching Through Deleted Messages

If the conversations containing the messages you want to look for have been deleted, things get a little bit more difficult. This will require you to download an use a computer program. There are many different ones available such as FonePaw and PhoneRescue. Download the program and follow the prompts to eventually find your old messages. See, when we delete messages off of our phone, they actually stay on the phone for a while longer in the background, until space is needed.

So there you have it, by using one of these three methods, you should have no problem whatsoever trying to find old messages and conversations with ease. It is also a good idea to do you best to not delete messages, as the process to discover and search through deleted messages takes quite a bit longer, as you can see. Saving screenshots of important information and messages is also another way to help you avoid the entire text message search process altogether.


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