How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from Android

By Emily Watson, Thursday, December 21, 2017

Summary: Today we are going to show how to recover deleted text messages from Android. If you are looking for a simple guide about how to find deleted text messages on you mobile Android phone, this page will help.

There are many unfortunate events that can seamlessly lead to accidentally deleting text messages that you hold dear without any notice - one wrong move, navigating too quickly or an evil bug. But not all is lost! Actually, deleted text messages are temporarily saved in the virtual space. Though you cannot see them, you can regain them with a computer and a program called FonePaw Android Data Recovery.

Also See:
Recover Deleted SMS from Samsung Galaxy S7/S8/S9
Get Text Messages from Damaged Galaxy Phone/Tablet

Coupled with simple operation and efficiency, FonePaw Android Data Recovery is qualified enough to retrieve deleted text messages on Android. With this program, you can easily recover your deleted Android SMS including name, date, and detailed contents. Moreover, the program works perfectly in most of popular Android brands, such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony, Google Nexus, OnePlus, ASUS, HUAWEI, Xiaomi, etc.

How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on Android

Now just free download the text message recovery software - FonePaw Android Data Recovery on your Windows PC or Mac computer and then follow the steps to recover deleted messages on Android .

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Note: Do not continue using the phone once data loss happens, or the deleted SMS will be overwritten by new data.

Video Tutorial: How to View Deleted Text Messages


Step 1. Connect Android to Windows

First of all, launch Android Data Recovery. Link HTC or Samsung Galaxy S7/S8/S9/Note 8 to Windows with a USB cable. Don't worry about any hacking. The phone is under protection during the whole procedure.

Connect Android to Windows Computer

Step 2. Turn on Android USB Debugging

Turn on HTC. Follow the steps below to enter USB debugging mode and then click the "OK" button.

Tips for USB Debugging:

For Android 4.2 or newer (including Android 7.0/8.0/9.0): Hit "Settings" > "About phone". Tab "Build number" for 7 times till the dialogue box "You are under developer mode" occurs. Then go back to "Settings" > "Developer options" > "USB Debugging".

Allow for USB Debugging

Turn on USB Debugging for Android Device

Step 3. Select Messages to Recover

When you have conducted a successful connection, it is high time you can choose your wanted files types. Tick the box followed by "Message" and click "Next".


Apart from recovering deleted text messages, this program can also recover media files, such as photos, videos and music. Learn how to recover deleted photos from Android.

Select Deleted Messages to Recover

Step 4. Analyze Device and Get Privilege to Scan Files

Android Data Recovery needs to get privilege to scan SMS data. Please go to the Android phone and tap "Allow/Grant/ Authorize" on the pop-up window.

If there is no such prompt on the device, click "Retry" to try again.

Analyze and Scan Android Device Files

Step 5. Preview and Recover Text Messages from Android

Before recovering text messages from Android, you are allowed to read deleted text messages on Android. You can view names and dates of all the SMS. Click the name, you will get detailed information of all the messages from that contact.

Deleted messages are written in red font while the existing ones are black. If you are inclined to set to display the deleted SMS only, just tap the "ON" icon. Click the items you want and then the "Recover" button; the program will help you save them on your PC.

Recover Deleted Text Messages from Android

See also: How to Retrieve Deleted Messages on iPhone

Does phone need to be activated to recover deleted texts?
As for Android phones, when you recover the deleted messages, it is in need to activate your phone since you should enable USB debugging before recovery and the device needs to allow  the program to access the phone data.

Recovered Messages Presenting

If you wonder how to show the messages, you can check the retrieved results. The recovered messages will be saved on your computer in CSV and HTML formats. You can open the CSV file in Microsoft Excel or in text editor like Notepad. It is small-sized and easy to be printed out.

Recovered Messages on PC

And HTML file will display the recovered messages in more organized and clear manner. So if you just want to read the messages, HTML might be a better choice for you.

Recovered Messages in HTML Format

Warm Tips for You:

1) Recovered Android text messages will be saved in CSV/HTML formats.

2) Remember to backup Android sms regularly. So you can deal with most loss data situations.

The Android text recovery tool - FonePaw Android Data Recovery has done a great job to help you recover deleted messages from Android, right? Besides text messages, this software is able to restore all deleted multimedia and text messages from Andorid phones. It will show you a satisfactory result.

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Above is the whole guide to retrieve deleted messages from Android. If you have any problem when following the steps, please let us know by dropping a comment below!


Thank you for providing feedback!

  • FonePaw

    Dear friend, Actually, not all Android phone should be root to use FonePaw Android Data Recovery. For some device, FonePaw should be get privilige to scan Android, so it needs to be rooted.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • cecelianolan

    what if my phone cant be rooted will this still work?

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • FonePaw

    Dear Customer, Have you rooted your phone and failed?

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • disqus_HaFNICEwao

    When I ask Only to display the deleted items it give me a warning The filtration is empty, please reset the filter conditions. What does that mean and how do I do it?

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • FonePaw

    Dear Customer, To your case, can you send screenshot of this problem to our product manager? Please send the detail to . Our team will try to help you.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • disqus_3kqLcXAyII

    sort of works, it found some deleted messages, but not all...and not the ones that I am in need of. One number in particular its not recovering messages from. Why is this?

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • Dlappin

    so what was the answer for this? This is what mine is saying too. Not showing ant deleted at all.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • disqus_u6wdLGegTD

    I tried rooting my Samsung galaxy S3 with Kingo Root and it failed. What should I do now.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • shermainelai

    I tried, it managed to connect to my phone but when i turn it "on" it shows "The Filtration is empty, please reset filter conditions". What does it means.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • disqus_COGJAKBKrf

    i need help I don't know what kind of phone I have .... its from boost and its a lg volt that's all I know can someone help

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • disqus_COGJAKBKrf

    Im just trying to get my text messages back after i deleted them .... and i dont know what 2means at all and i will look at 3

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • FonePaw

    Just download the recover tool and try to use it. It will not affect your phone, and it will boot normally.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • disqus_r2EtytEiDI

    "the filtration is empty, please reset the filter conditions" I get this message when I am trying to see the deleted texts. I don't know what this message means and how to fix it. please help.

    2015-05-22 01:38

  • FonePaw

    Hi, When FonePaw Android Data Recovery analyse your phone, did you see this interface and you just click "Continue Scanning" but not "Manually Root"? If yes, may I ask you to choose "Manually Root"? Actually, the program will scan data in a more in-dept level after your phone rooting. Here is the guide to root Android phone:

    2015-05-22 01:38