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How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 1 month ago

If you've deleted your SMS inbox you have to act quick, because the messages are only until the portion of memory on which they are saved is rewritten. The longer you wait, the higher the likelihood that deleted text messages, app updates or who-knows-what will be obliterated forever. Here's how to recover deleted text messages on Android.

Tools to recover deleted text messages

There are a couple of different PC and Mac-based tools to help you through this part of the process which we've detailed below.

The particular tool you choose will depend on your personal preference, but they basically do the same thing: scan your Android's memory, then identify and recover your ''deleted'' messages. They'll all walk you through the process, which is usually only four steps long: connect, scan, preview, recover. The process works for other data besides text messages as well. Some programs worth trying out include:

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Wondershare has a free trial that lets you recover deleted text messages. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to recover lost text messages on Android

Depending on which program you choose, the steps may be different, but the process is very similar (I'll use Wondershare for illustration purposes):

  • Download and install one of the programs above. Launch the program on your computer.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your Android phone. To do this, you need to have access to the Developer Options in your main Settings menu. If it's not there, just go to About Phone, scroll down to Build Number and tap it repeatedly until it tells you that you have developer access.
  • You'll now get access to Developer Options in the main Settings menu (just above About Phone). Go into Developer Options, scroll down to USB Debugging (or Android Debugging, depending on your ROM) and check the box.
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First you need to enable USB Debugging on your Android smartphone. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Connect your phone to your PC with USB Debugging enabled. / © Wondershare
  • Follow the prompts in the recovery program to scan or analyze your Android's memory.
  • Once the process is complete you can browse and preview the deleted and undeleted data on your Android device. As long as the particular part of memory on which it was originally stored has not been saved over, you can still retrieve the data. This is why it's important to act quickly if you've lost data.
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You can filter the data you want to recover: in this case, text messages. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • Next, open the 'Messages' folder in the left-hand pane, select the messages you wish to recover, then click 'Recover' at the bottom right to put them back on your device or save them to your computer for safe keeping.
Click 'SMS' or 'Messages' in the left-hand pane to view both deleted and non-deleted messages on your device. / © ANDROIDPIT

Note: if you want to complete this process without a PC, chances are you will need root access on your device and more than likely a paid recovery app. In any case, it's easier and free to use a computer.

How to never lose a text message again

Maybe you've learned your lesson, maybe you haven't. If you're not into paying for any of the programs above or simply don't like the free options, your best bet is to ensure you don't have to use them again. This means backing up your messages from now on. The good news is, it only takes five minutes.

I use a free app called SMS Backup & Restore. It's straightforward, looks nice and works perfectly: basically all you need for this type of operation. Check out the screenshots below for the walkthrough.

SMS Backup & Restore Install on Google Play
  • Once you've downloaded and installed SMS Backup & Restore, open the app then tap 'Backup'
  • Next, choose what exactly you want to create a backup of, then - crucially - tap 'Local Backup and Upload' if you want to send your backup to Google Drive, Dropbox or an email address. When you're ready, tap OK.
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SMS Backup & Restore is clean and simple to use. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Hit Backup, select what you want to save and where, then tap OK - simple. Restoring your backup is explained clearly too. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • To restore your backed-up SMS messages, tap Restore on the app's home screen, then on the Restore Backup page you can just tap the backup name in the list to restore it if it's stored locally.
  • If your backup's stored in the cloud, tap the menu icon (three dots) at the top right, then 'Load from' and select whichever cloud service it's stored on.
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You can back your messages up to cloud storage, then restore them easily. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • There are plenty of extra options in SMS Backup & Restore, such as scheduled backups and password protection. You can find these by tapping the menu icon at the top right of the app's home screen, then 'Preferences'.
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Take advantage of the opportunity to schedule backups and more. / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you ever lost your text messages by accident? Did you manage to recover them? How do you protect your text messages?

Updated by Robert Zak on July 15, 2015

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Menka K. 3 days ago Link to comment

    Recently, some important SMS's (mostly business related chats) got deleted from my Samsung Galaxy S6 while installing a custom ROM on it. I gave a try to almost all these data recovery apps to retrieve my lost text messages but only this one: found 10 threads of DELETED text conversations from total 14 threads. But I still I consider myself lucky because partial data recovery is better than the no recovery.

    I'm sure there is no data recovery product guarantees 100% recovery of your lost data.

  • Carli Lloyd 4 days ago Link to comment

    Steps of recoverring android text message can be found on here ( I hope it can help everyone, too.

  • Lar fious 1 week ago Link to comment

    I personally used the Mobiledic Android recovery program ( ) to get back my lost messages that deleted 5 months ago, it has been integrated with advance QFSCI algorithms that allow you to perform recursive scanning of damaged Android drives and searching the lost files. In just few minutes, it extracts the data, and displays the complete recovered files in hierarchical structure. If offers the trail version for scanning the deleted data, I think it's worth a try.

  • Carli Lloyd 1 week ago Link to comment

    Alisa Nancy, why don't you purchased samsung galaxy s6 edge?

  • Alisa Nancy 1 week ago Link to comment

    Hey Kris,
    Great article. Thank you very much for sharing this.
    I just purchased my first Android phone Samsung Galaxy S 6. And I have been using iPhone for more than 5 years. So I am not that familiar with Android. I always operate my Android phone thinking I am using an iPhone. So the yesterday, I deleted my text messages with my friends and I really want to get back the text messages. Then I searched on google and find your article and many others. I just get back my text messages. Thank you very much.

  • Jose P 1 week ago Link to comment

    Whether you deleted or lost text messages from your phone, you're recommended to try not to use your phone for SMS receiving and sending to avoid data overwriting. That's a pain to have some of my messages lost forever. Go to find a professional recovery tool for help.

  • Menka K. 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Stop using your Android wouldn't going to increase your chances of data recovery.

  • Carli Lloyd 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Menka K. is right. Many software are not free. So he haven't the software key.

  • Menka K. 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Please guys stop sending me messages in my inbox for the software key. I can't share/sell it.

  • Lily Heye 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    There are also more easy solution to recover your deleted SMS messages on the internet.

  • Carli Lloyd 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    I just recover my deleted text messages by this one( You can have a try. Hope it help.

  • Menka K. 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Recovering deleted text messages isn't that easy especially if you keep using your device.

  • Lar fious 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    When you made the mistake that accidentally deleted important files from your Android phone, you may very be anxious and want to get back the lost data. In fact the data deleted on your phone still are recoverable. To save your time, suppose you don't know how to recover deleted messages.
    This is a user guide:

  • Haru Chan 4 weeks ago Link to comment

    well, the wonderfoneshare contains malware..

  • Menka K. 1 month ago Link to comment

    I've used Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 and Anti Malwarebytes to scan Wondershare but they couldn't found any malware or virus in these programs.

  • Vivian Lee 1 month ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing. It really helps.
    I think it is always wise to regularly backup your android phone to avoid the data loss.

  • Little Stacy 1 month ago Link to comment

    Why not make backups regularly or automatically? All my data can be synced to my Onedrive. So I will never lost my data.

  • Chloe Moretz 1 month ago Link to comment

    To be honest, it isn't a nice idea to recover deleted text messages by this way. I recover my SMS from IPhone 5S successfully by following this guide(

  • Menka K. 1 month ago Link to comment

    This is certainly the hottest topic of Android Pit.

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    hello everyone i thought i had lost all my important contacts and data till i found a site and then i got all my contacts and data back. i'm so happy to share this miracle with everyone, you should contact him if you have the same problem- i can't post the site on here so visit

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