How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android
You can accidentally delete important text messages because of a wrong tap or lose all the messages after a factory reset, system crash, rooting. But the good news is, you can still recover the deleted or old text messages so long as they are not overwritten by new data.
This article will show you everything about text message recovery on Android. You'll learn how to restore deleted text messages on Android devices with or without computer step by step.
For those who google "how to retrieve deleted text messages", "recover deleted texts", hoping to recover deleted text messages on iPhone, go to How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone.
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- Can You Retrieve Deleted Texts?
- Introduction to FonePaw Android Data Recovery
- How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android
- How to Retrieve Deleted Texts on Android Without Computer
Can I recover deleted text messages? You may have doubts since there is no button to undelete text messages on Android and no trash folder to hold the deleted texts.
The truth is, after you delete a text message from your Android phone, the phone doesn't delete the message from its memory space, instead, it changes the space the deleted messages occupied as "unused" and when you continue to use the phone and create new data, the new data will overwrite the deleted messages and occupy the space.
So to retrieve your deleted texts, the rule number one is - TURN OFF wireless/mobile data on your phone and DO NOT USE the phone, especially not use it to download files, install apps, etc. Then you'll need a text messages recovery program that can find deleted text messages on Android as the deleted messages are stored in the system folders that cannot be easily accessed. Here we recommend FonePaw Android Data Recovery.
FonePaw Android Data Recovery is a program that can find deleted, old text messages from Android phone memory and get them back. It is very easy-to-use: all you need is connect your phone to a computer and follow the on-screen instruction of the program to restore the deleted texts messages that you need.
Easily recover deleted Android SMS, MMS on Android phone, including the texts, contacts information, date.
Provide a preview of the deleted text messages so that you can select the needed texts to recover;
Save that recovered Android messages in HTML, CSV to better view the deleted messages on computer.
Supports Android text/data recovery on Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony, Google Nexus, OnePlus, ASUS, Huawei, Xiaomi and more, covering most Android brands.
Also can recover WhatsApp messages, photos, call logs, contacts and other data on an Android phone.
Free download FonePaw Android Data Recovery on your Windows PC or Mac and then follow the steps to recover deleted messages on Android.
STEP 1. Connect Android to Windows
First of all, launch Android Data Recovery on a computer. Connect your phone (Samsung Galaxy S7/S8/S9/Note 8) to a computer with a USB cable.
STEP 2. Turn on Android USB Debugging
The program will immediately detect your phone, if USB debugging is off on the phone, it will prompt you to turn it on so that the computer can communicate with your Android phone. Enable USB debugging mode on your phone and then click the "OK" button.
For example, if your phone is running Android 4.2 or newer (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".
For a mobile phone on Android 4.1 earlier, refer to the tutorial on how to enable USB debugging.
STEP 3. Choose to Restore Text Messages
Once the computer and the phone are connected, the program will show the below screen and you can choose what kind of data you would like to recover from Android. You can choose to recover deleted photos, WhatsApp messages, contacts, videos from Android. In this case, choose "Messages" and click "Next".
STEP 4. Analyze Device and Get Privilege to Scan Deleted Messages
Before Android Data Recovery is able to scan out the deleted data, it needs to get the privilege to access deleted SMS data. As shown in the screenshot, there will be a pop-up window on your phone asking for your permission. 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.
STEP 5. Preview and Recover Text Messages from Android
The program will begin to scan your phone and display both the deleted and existing text messages that it find. Deleted messages are written in red font while the existing ones are black. If you want to look at the deleted SMS only, just tap "Only display the deleted items" to ON.
Click the text messages you want to restore and then press the "Recover" button; the program will recover the messages to PC.
As it is shown in the following screenshot, FonePaw Android Data Recovery saves the deleted messages on your computer in CSV and HTML formats. You can open the CSV file in Microsoft Excel or in a text editor like Notepad. It is small-sized and easy to be printed out.
And HTML file will display the recovered messages in a more organized and clear manner. So if you just want to read the messages, HTML might be a better choice for you.
A few people want to find a way to recover deleted messages on Android without computer. There are two ways you can try.
Pull up deleted texts from backups. Every Android phone supports data backup and restore. So when you lose important text messages, you may go to Settings > Backup & reset and check your last backup. If there is an available backup, you may restore the backup and get the deleted messages back. However, by restoring a backup, everything created after the backup will be erased.
Android SMS recovery app. There are apps to recover deleted text messages on Android without computer. However, downloading and installing the app on your Android phone will create new data on your phone memory space and could potentially cover your deleted messages and deleted them permanently. That's why we would suggest you recover deleted texts on Android with a desktop program like FonePaw Android Data Recovery, which is more effective in recovering deleted data.
Video Tutorial: How to View Deleted Text Messages
One More Thing
It is a good idea to backup Android SMS regularly. You can have an extra copy of the important text messages in case they are deleted by mistake.
Above is the whole guide to retrieve deleted messages from Android. If you have any problem, please let us know by dropping a comment below!
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