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How to Retrieve Deleted Texts on Android/iPhone Without Computer

author Carrie Murray
date Friday, May 11, 2018

Many Android/iPhone users may encounter the mistaken deletion of the important files, such as deleting text messages which are important to you. In this post, we will show you reliable methods to retrieve your deleted text messages on Android/iPhone without computer. You can use these methods to recover deleted text messages on Galaxy S5, S6, S7/S8/S9, iPhone 6 and more without computer, even if you don't have a backup.

Part 1. Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on Android without Computer

Method 1. Restore backup to recover deleted text messages Android without PC

When unexpected data loss occurs on your Android phone, including your text messages, the first thing comes to your mind must be recovering your data from your backup at once. As we know, Android allows us to back up messages, contacts and other data to Google Drive. And if you use a Samsung phone, you can also back up data to Samsung Cloud via Samsung account.

So if you have backed up your Android phone before, you can restore the backup and recover deleted messages on Android without PC.

STEP 1. Open your Samsung, HTC, LG, Pixel or others, go to Settings > Backup & Reset.

STEP 2. Tap Factory data reset to wipe out all Android data. Your phone will reboot.

Factory Reset Android

STEP 3. Once the phone reboots, set up your phone and sign in with your Google account. The phone will provide you the option to restore the latest backup.

Restore Backup from Android

Although you can retrieve deleted texts on Android without computer in this way, you have to factory reset your phone before the restore, which means all data you create after the backup will be wiped. So if you don't want to reset your phone or you did not back up your data before, please move to method 2 to find out an answer.

Method 2. Use third-party Android data recovery app

If there is no available backup on your Android phone, you'd better use an Android data recovery tool in order to retrieve deleted text messages.

Actually, deleted messages are not gone but just hidden by the file system so they can be recovered. But if there are new data writing over the deleted messages, the messages will disappear permanently.

Therefore, you should avoid all possible operations that could cover the old data, for example, downloading new applications, receiving new texts, taking photos, etc. Thus it is a bad idea to retrieve deleted texts messages without computer since installing a data recovery app on your phone could overwrite the deleted data.

In this case, you should use a desktop Android data recovery program instead of a data recovery app for mobile phones. We highly recommend a desktop program that can easily retrieve your deleted text messages, called FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window)which is supporting both of Windows and Mac computers. It has the ability to restore most of the file types such as text messages, contacts, WhatsApp, videos, audios, photos, and so on. With FonePaw Android Data Recovery, you can easily retrieve deleted text messages on Android with simple steps. Here we'll show you a simple tutorial on how to use FonePaw Android Data Recovery.

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STEP 1. After launching FonePaw Android Data Recovery, don't forget to connect your Android phone to your computer with USB cable.

STEP 2. If you didn't allow USB debugging, the recovering process will be stopped. Therefore, you'd better open USB debugging on your Android device by following the instructions showing on the program's interface according to Android OS version.

Enable USB Debugging

STEP 3. To retrieve deleted text messages from Samsung, HTC, Sony or others, please check "Messages" and "Message Attachments" option. And then, click "Next" button.

Select Android Messages

STEP 4. The program will ask for permission to access deleted files on your Android. When you see the following notification, open your phone and tap "Allow" or "Grant".

Authorize Android Device

STEP 5. When the scanning ends, pick out the text messages you want to retrieve. After that, click "Recover" button to finish the recovery process.

Recover Messages from Android

Part 2. Recover Deleted Text Messages/iMessages on iPhone without Computer

Method 1. iCloud backup to recover deleted text messages on iPhone 6/7/8/X without computer

As for iPhone, there is no doubt that deleted text messages can be retrieved if you've made a backup through iCloud before. Therefore, you can easily retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone from iCloud backup without computer. However, it is important to note that your iPhone must be reset to the default state by erasing all your content and settings before you are able to restore iPhone from iCloud backup. And then, existing data will be replaced by the data from iCloud backup.

STEP 1. Open iPhone's "Settings", and then go to "General". Scroll down and select "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings" option.

Factory Reset iPhone

STEP 2. Enter iPhone passcode, if you have. Then Tap "Erase iPhone" for twice to set up your device.

STEP 3. Tap "Restore from iCloud Backup" when prompted. Then, enter Apple ID and password.

Restore from iCloud Backup

STEP 4. Tap "Choose Backup" > choose backup date.

STEP 5. After that, wait for the recovery process to finish.

Method 2. Recover deleted messages with third-party iPhone data recovery app

Just like recovering deleted text messages from Android, if you don't have a backup, you should stop using your iPhone and make sure you've turned off the internet connection so as to avoid overwriting deleted text messages with new data. Also, it is risky to use an iPhone data recovery app since installing a new app on your iPhone may overwrite the deleted messages. In addition, judging from their average ratings (which is below 2.0) in App Store, iPhone data recovery apps don't work very well in recovering deleted data from iPhone.

Therefore, a desktop data recovery is the best choice, for example, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (opens new window) is highly recommended. This desktop program cannot only retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone without backup but also extract missing messages from iTunes or iCloud backup so that you don't have to restore the whole backup. What's more, a few simple steps can bring you target messages back.

STEP 1. Launch FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

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STEP 2. If you don't have an iPhone backup: connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable. Choose "Recover from iOS Device" > "Start Scan". Select your needed text messages and click on "Recover" button.

Recover from iOS Devices

Scanning Device

STEP 3. If you've made a backup with iTunes: choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" > Select an iTunes backup file > click "Start Scan". Pick out target text messages. And then, click on "Recover" button.

Recover from iTunes Backup

STEP 4. If you've made a backup with iCloud: choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Enter your Apple ID and password to log in iCloud.

If you just need to extract deleted text messages for your iPhone 5/6/7/8/X, tick "Messages" to download only messages from the iCloud backup. Click on "Recover" button to finish.

Verifying iCloud Account

That's how to retrieve deleted text messages without computer from Android or iPhone. If you have more question, leave your comment below.