[Fixed] Old iMessage Photos Not Loading/Showing [2022]

Updated to iPhone Data Recovery Tips by Robert on June 17, 2022 | Approved by Coletta Teske Whitehead

Old iMessage photos not loading on iPhone is a common problem, especially after iOS updates. This article tells you why do pictures disappear from text messages iPhone and how to fix old iMessage photos not showing. You can try the mentioned ways one by one. Generally, they’re workable. If not, try iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery to get them back.

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Part 1. Why do pictures disappear from text messages on iPhone?

Generally, there are two scenarios that old iMessage photos not showing.

Part 2. How to Fix iMessage pictures not showing 2022?

Solution #1. Fix Messages Cache Files are Corrupted

Sometimes, text message photos cannot be loaded mostly because the cache files get corrupted. In this case, you can try to clean up the text message app caches and data to solve iPhone's old iMessage photos not showing problem.

Ways 1: Make use of the Power button to clean up the cache

  1. Press and hold on the Power button until the shutdown interface appears, then release it;
  2. Press and hold on to the Home button for 5 seconds, then the iPhone will automatically return to the main interface. By doing this, the caches are cleaned up.

Ways 2: Clean up APP caches

iMessage pictures also take up your iPhone storage. Sometimes, lacking storage can also cause old iMessage photos not loading. So you can clear the app's caches to solve the problem. Since Apple's mobile ecosystem is restricted and puts users' privacy and security in the first place, users can only install apps through the Apple App Store. This is why it is quite different for cleaning up caches between iPhone and Android devices. Apple officially doesn’t offer any simple way to clean up caches on iPhone. However, you can still clean up caches and temporary data for most of the Apps on iPhone by following the way below.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Storage > Manage Storage.
  2. Click Messages
  3. Select Delete APP
  4. Download and reinstall the deleted App via the App Store

Solution #2. Toggle iMessage off and on to fix old iMessage photos not loading

Sometimes after updataing to the newest iOS, the apps are not ready for the new iOS. In this case, you can refresh the app, letting it work properly for the new iOS.

  1. Tap Settings on your iOS device.
  2. Go to Messages > Send & Receive.
  3. Sign out of your Apple ID.
  4. After then, sign in with your Apple ID again.

Solution #3. iMessage photos not loading? Check iCloud

Photos in iMessage disappeared after the iOS update can be a big problem for people if the text messages are really important for them. Actually, you can check out whether the attached photos are still somewhere on iPhone or on iCloud.

  1. Log in your iCloud with your iCloud ID first, making sure everything works and syncs well.
  2. Open iMessage or Message app. Click on the info icon at the top and scroll to the bottom. If it says [numbers] number of images in iCloud and there is an option to download them, then they’re the photos missing from iMessage and messages.

If you can’t find the photos disappeared from iMessages on iPhone, another way to fix it is by restoring your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud backup files. Unlike photos and videos, photos attached with iMessage or messages are backed up to backup files. If you restore iPhone with the backup files, then you can get them back.

Solution #4. Restore photos disappeared from iMessage with iCloud backup

  1. Tap on Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings. Wait until it powers on again, asking you to set up your iPhone.
  2. In the "App & Data" screen, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup". Sign in with your Apple ID and follow the built-in instruction to select an iCloud backup to restore photos disappeared from iMessage or messages.

Solution #4. Find photos disappeared from messages with iTunes backup

  1. Connect your iPhone with your computer. Launch iTunes and make sure it detects your iPhone.
  2. In the iTunes summary window, click "Restore" and follow the navigation to select an iTunes backup file to restore your iPhone.

That’s it! The above 2 ways are only workable if you had backed up iPhone to iTunes or iCloud before the photos disappeared from iMessage.

Part 3. Restore photos from text messages on iPhone without backup

There is another problem. You saved the photos from iMessages and Messages to your camera roll on iPhone, then you deleted the conversion and enabled the iCloud backup o your iPhone, after that only found the saved photos lost as well. That's the situation many iPhone users have encountered after updating to iOS 15. For this situation, you must make use of iPhone data recovery software to get back the lost photos from iMessages and messages as soon as possible.

iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software to find iPhone data, for example recover deleted text messages on iPhone, restore photos, vidoes, emails, documents, contacts, and more. Here are the simple steps for how to retrieve pictures missing from iMessage with the iPhone data recovery software.

Before starting, please download either the Windows or Mac versions for the iPhone data recovery software. After then, install it on your computer.

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*Please note that data recovery for iPhone can only work on computers. There is no application available to get back photos disappeared from iPhone messages because iPhone apps are not allowed to access to the data by Apple.

How to recover pictures from text messages on iPhone

  1. Connect your iPhone with your computer.
  2. Install and launch the iMessage recovery software
  3. Click "Recover from iOS" and click the "Scan" button.
  4. *Here, if you can not see your iPhone appears on the software, please reconnect it and make sure you have tapped the "Trust this computer" option on your iPhone.

  5. Get back disappeared iMessages pictures
  6. After scanning, you can see all found files are put into categories in the left panel. Select messages type and check the photos you want, finally click "Recover" to save them.

    *Please note that the photos missing from iMessage or text messages are not saved as separate photos. They’re the attachments for messages.

Currently, nobody can promise that you will never encounter the problem of the 'photos in iMessage disappeared, iMessage pictures not showing, or old iMessage photos not loading' issue. Actually, it has been a problem through the iOS 13 to iOS 15 updates. In this case, you should both back up iMessages conversions as well as the photos from iMessages. That's the best way to prevent the issue happen again.