Last Updated on March 11, 2019 by Husain Parvez
It is possible to accidentally lose text messages after a reset, system crash, or even an accidental delete. This is always unfortunate because text messages are an important part of communication. However, SMS messages are possible to recover and it helps to know exactly how to do so.
Using an app to recover deleted messages is an easy and great option. Despite the fact that Dr. Fone has “phone” in its name, it is not a phone app; it is a desktop application. Dr. Fone is compatible with Windows, so it should be available to most people.
To start, a USB cord in needed to synchronize the Android device to Dr. Fone. This should have come in the box with the Android upon purchase. Installed drivers may be needed as well. This process can be done without it, however, Dr. Fone must establish a connection to the Android first.
Then the USB Debugging mode must be enabled on the Android.
After Dr. Fone has been started and the USB has been attached, a pop-up should appear with Superuser access request on the screen. Tap it in order to enable the app to access the Android’s memory which is what stories the text messages.
Now, the device needs to be scanned to locate the deleted messages. Select scan to search the phone for the messages. The entire process should take up to 5 minutes.
When complete, go to the messages section of the application. A list of all deleted data should be present, including the text messages currently in the phone.
The current text messages in the Android can be hidden by selecting the option “only display deleted items” and then view the deleted messages.
The list given will show the content of the retrieved SMS messages and the deletion/modification date. The search box can be utilized in order to find specific information
In order to save the deleted messages, check the boxes next to the needed information from the list and select recover.
FonePaw Android Data Recovery
This is a program that is very similar to Dr. Fone. In short, it is a program that can locate deleted text messages from the Android phone memory and recover them. It is easy to use – all that is needed to do is connect the Android to a computer and follow the on-screen step-by-step instructions that follow.
Connect the Android to Windows with a USB cable.
Launch the Android Recovery program on a computer.
Allow the USB Debugging mode on the Android and select “ok”. Select “Settings” and then go to “About Phone”. Hit the tab button on the computer 7 times until a dialogue box appears that says, “You are under development mode”.
Go back to “Settings”. Next, select “Developer Options”. Lastly, select “USB bugging”.
Once the computer and phone are in sync, the program will allow the user to select which data to recover from the Android. Select “Messages” and then “Next”.
Before the program can access deleted messages, it will require permission to be granted from the user. A pop-up will appear on the Android asking the user to grant access. Select “Allow/Grant/Authorize”.
The program will scan the device to locate both the existing and deleted text messages. The existing text messages will be in black font, while the deleted text messages will appear in red.
To access only the deleted messages, switch on “Only display the deleted items”.
Select all the deleted text messages that should be restored, and then select “Recover”. The program will then restore the deleted messages to the computer.
The messages are saved to the computer in CSV or HTML format, and users can open this in Microsoft Excel or a text editor.
Unlike the programs before, Disk Drill is accessible through utilizing a Mac computer. This program can access and recover files located not only from the internal memory of the Android, but also the SD card on Android devices. The earliest possible time users are able to use this program, the better chance there is for all deleted data to be accessed.
Download Disk Drill and connect the Android to the computer running the application. Because the phone will likely appear as an MTP device on the computer, users will need to enable USB debugging mode on the Android.
Once Android is connected to the Mac, allow Disk Drill to access and connect to the Android.
Follow the on-screen instructions prompts until Disk Drill has connected.
The available partitions and disk should be visible on the Android.
Depending on which application the user was utilizing for their text messages, the file type or method of storage will look different for each.
Once these files are found, the user can analyze them using their own judgment and move them to where they are originally supposed to be located on the Android. Users can then view the messages directly on the Android.
Restore Backup to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android Without Using a Computer
Since Android allows users to back up their messages, these can be fairly accessible via Google Drive. This method can be used if users have previously backed up the Android phone’s data without using a computer.
On Android phone, go to “Settings” and then to “Backup and Reset”.
Select “Factory data reset” in order to wipe out all Android data. Following that, the Android should reboot.
When the Android reboots, Set up the phone and sign in with the Google account. The phone will provide the user with the option to restore the latest backup.
Keep in mind that, if the data on the Android had not been backed up before the Factory Reset, the user will lose all data.
Although losing text messages can be frustrating, there are options that specialize in restoring them. Furthermore, with the way that the Android is designed, those messages are typically never really permanently lost. The next time text messages are accidentally deleted, one of these restoration options will be a great way to solve that issue.