How to Add Text Message App Back on iPhone

Have you ever accidentally deleted an important app and couldn’t figure out how to get it back? It’s frustrating when this happens, especially if the app is something you use regularly. This is a common issue that iPhone users face, especially with the Text Messaging app. In this blog post, we’ll go over several methods for adding the Text Message app back onto your iPhone. Whether you accidentally deleted the app or it disappeared after a software update, we’ve got you covered.

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What’s Needed

Before we dive into the methods, here’s what you will need:

– An iPhone with a compatible operating system
– Access to the App Store
– A stable internet connection
– Your Apple ID and password

What Should I Pay Attention to?

Before we start, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

– If you have recently updated your iPhone’s software, it’s possible that the location of the app has changed.
– Double-check to make sure that you didn’t accidentally move the app to a different location on your iPhone’s home screen.
– If you recently restored your iPhone from a backup, it’s possible that the app did not transfer over properly.
– If none of these methods work for you, it’s possible that there is an issue with your iPhone’s software that will need to be resolved by Apple.

Method 1: Search for the App in the App Store

1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
2. Tap the search bar at the bottom of the screen.
3. Type "Text Message" into the search bar.
4. Tap "Search" on your keyboard.
5. Look for the Text Message app icon and tap "Get" to download it. If the app is already installed on your phone, you will see an "Open" button instead of a "Get" button.

Method 2: Use Siri to Open the App

1. Activate Siri by holding down the home button or saying "Hey Siri."
2. Say "Open Text Message app."
3. If Siri is able to find the app, it will open automatically.

Method 3: Reset Your Home Screen Layout

1. Go to the "Settings" app on your iPhone.
2. Tap "General."
3. Scroll down and tap "Reset."
4. Tap "Reset Home Screen Layout."
5. This will reset your home screen layout to the default settings, which may restore the Text Message app icon to its original location.

Method 4: Restore Your iPhone from a Backup

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
2. Open iTunes.
3. Click on your iPhone’s icon in the top left corner of the screen.
4. Click "Restore iPhone" in the Summary tab.
5. Select the backup that you want to restore from and click "Restore."

Why Can’t I Find the Text Message App on My iPhone?

1. You may have accidentally deleted the app icon from your home screen.
2. The app may have been moved to a different location on your home screen.
3. The app may have been hidden from your home screen.
4. The app may have been deleted due to a software update or restore.
5. Your iPhone’s software may be experiencing a glitch.

Q: How do I unhide a hidden app on my iPhone?

A: To unhide a hidden app on your iPhone, go to the App Store and navigate to the "Today" tab. Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen, then scroll down to the "Hidden Purchases" section. Find the app that you want to unhide and swipe it to the left. Tap "Unhide" and the app should reappear on your home screen.

Q: I tried all of these methods and the Text Message app is still missing. What should I do?

A: If none of these methods worked for you, there may be an issue with your iPhone’s software that needs to be resolved by Apple. Contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Q: Will I lose any data on my iPhone if I restore it from a backup?

A: Restoring your iPhone from a backup will erase all of the data on your phone and replace it with the data from the backup. Make sure to backup your iPhone before you restore it, so that you don’t lose any important data.

Q: How do I backup my iPhone?

A: You can backup your iPhone by connecting it to your computer and opening iTunes. Click on your iPhone’s icon in the top left corner of the screen, then click "Back Up Now." You can also backup your iPhone using iCloud by going to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Backup" > "Back Up Now."

Q: How do I check if my iPhone is up to date with the latest operating system?

A: To check if your iPhone is running the latest operating system, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Software Update." Your iPhone will check for any available updates and prompt you to download and install them if they are available.


– Double-check your home screen and folders to make sure the Text Message app isn’t hiding somewhere.
– Consider resetting your iPhone back to its factory settings if none of these methods work.
– Contact Apple Support if you still can’t find the Text Message app on your iPhone.


Losing a frequently-used app like the Text Message app can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent problem. By following the methods listed in this blog post, you can quickly and easily restore the app to your iPhone. If you’re still experiencing issues, remember to check for software updates and contact Apple Support if necessary.