Life is along with accidents. Things can happen that you accidentally deleted important text
because of a wrong tap, or find all your messages lost after a system crash, Android update,
kily, that’s not the end of the earth. The good news is, you can still recover the deleted texts
from your Android device so long as they are not overwritten by new data. And this post is going to
answer all the questions you may have about how to retrieve deleted text messages on Android.
You May Ask: Can I Retrieve Permanently Deleted Text Messages?
The answer is YES.
Although there is no
recycle bin on Android phone
(except for some phone models
like Samsung Galaxy which does have), nor there is a undo button to undelete text messages on
Android, text messages can be recovered after being deleted from Android.
Know About the Principle of Deleted Message Recovery on Android
The truth is, after you delete a text message from your Android phone, the phone
doesn't immediately delete the message from its memory space. Instead, it
changes the space the deleted messages occupied as "unused". So, when you continue to use the
phone and create new data, the new data will overwrite the deleted messages and occupy the
space. This gives you a chance to retrieve deleted messages before they are overwritten.
I'm not gonna lie to you, although it is possible to recover deleted text messages from Android,
it is not easy to actually get the deleted text messages back
For one thing, the location of
the deleted messages is hidden in the phone storage. There is no
normal way that enables you to access the folder that contains the deleted messages, even with
the best file manager app. Only by using
SMS recovery software
can you access the deleted Android messages.
For another, if you continue to use the Android phone after deleting the messages, there is a
chance that the deleted messages have already been overwritten by new data and
become unrecoverable, especially when the messages have been deleted for days or even months.
So, after you lost your Android data, please note that:
Stop using the device to prevent the newly written data from overwriting the lost
data and affecting data recovery.
Try to recover the deleted text as soon as possible.
Keep enough battery & prepare for a USB cable (usually needed when you use an SMS
Best Solution: Use Android SMS Recovery Software🔥🔥
As mentioned above, although permanently deleted messages can be recovered on Android, it’s hard
to do it by ourselves. FonePaw Android
Data Recovery is a PC-based application 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
text messages that you need.
What can FonePaw Android Data Recovery do?
(Know more about FonePaw Android Data Recovery)
Easily recover deleted Android SMS and MMS on Android phone;
Shows you details of each text message -
texts, the sender of SMS/MMS, and the date;
Provides you a preview of deleted text messages so that you can select
what you need
Saves the recovered Android messages in HTML, CSV to better view the
deleted ones on the computer;
retrieving Android files
from Samsung Galaxy (e.g. Galaxy
S10/S9/Note9/S8/S7/S6/S5), HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony, Google Nexus, OnePlus, ASUS,
Huawei, Xiaomi and more, covering most Android brands;
recover WhatsApp messages
call logs, contacts, and other data on an Android phone.
Able to retrieve deleted text messages and more data from
Android SD card
and even SIM card besides the internal memory.
Advantages of FonePaw Android Data Recovery
Recovery Success Rate
Supported Android File Types
Customer Satisfaction Rate
Free download FonePaw Android Data Recovery on your computer and get started with the deleted
STEP 1. Connect Android to Windows
First of all, launch Android Data Recovery on the computer. Connect your Android device to it
with a USB cable. The program will immediately detect your Android phone and prompt you to
enable USB debugging on the phone if you haven't.
It doesn’t matter if you have no knowledge of USB debugging. There will be a clear instruction
STEP 2. 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 messages, photos, WhatsApp messages, contacts, videos from Android or just select all.
In this case, choose Messages and click Next .
STEP 3. Install FonePaw App
The program will try to scan your Android phone for deleted messages. To gain permission to
access your phone data, the FonePaw app needs to be installed on your phone. Therefore, the
Android Data Recovery program will ask you to enable Install via USB.
Follow the on-screen instruction to enable the option and tap Install when you
see the following pop-up on your Android phone.
STEP 4. Give Permission to Scan Deleted Messages
Once the FonePaw app is installed, you can give permission to Android Data Recovery to access
your deleted data. When FonePaw asks you to allow its access to read messages on your phone,
tap Allow . Otherwise, the program is unable to find deleted text messages from
your Android phone.
After you have granted all privileges, click Scan Authorized Files to scan out
STEP 5. Preview and Recover Text Messages from Android
The program will first perform a standard scan on your phone. If you can't find the missing
messages that you need after the standard scan, click Deep Scan to find more
After the deep scan, deleted messages will be displayed in red font. 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 the 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.
That’s all about how to retrieve deleted text messages with FonePaw Android Data Recovery.
Considering you may still have confusions, we also collect some tips and frequently asked
questions and come with detailed answers. Hope this can help you about your Android data
Extra Tip: How to Find Archived Text Messages on Android
Sometimes, things can also happen that you thought you deleted text messages on your Android
phone, but actually you have only archived it and cannot find it (If you swipe a message in the
Messages app, it will archive a message according to the default setting, so you will not see it
from the Home screen ). So here shows how to find and recover the archived text messages
on Android for you to do a double check before the recovery.
Step 1. Open Messages app on Android.
Step 2. Tap the three-dot menu at the top right corner of the
Step 3. Select Archived to view the archived messages on your
Step 4. Long tap the text message you want to unarchive and then tap the
up-arrow icon at the top menu to recover.
You can also try to send a message to an archived conversion, then the conversation will
automatically return to your Home screen.
If there’s no archived text messages from your Android phone, you may need to think about
retrieving the deleted ones