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How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone

Most of the time, you're probably pretty good at using your smartphone but occasionally, you slip up and a terrible thing happens: you tap one wrong button and accidentally delete text messages from your phone! Whether you delete one or all of them, it's pretty annoying, but thankfully they can be retrieved with the right software - providing that this portion of the memory on your phone has not been overwritten by an app update, file download or otherwise. So don’t panic, stay calm, grab your phone and read our article on how to find those deleted text messages on your Android smartphone.

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Recover deleted SMS with MobiKin Doctor for Android

There are several programs that you can use to retrieve lost or deleted text messages, or anything on your phone for that matter. We tried out the software provided by MobiKin, that being MobiKin Doctor for Android, which will quickly and effectively recover all of your text messages. We'll walk you through the process with the software below, but you can directly go to the website if you want to see the company’s step-by-step guide.

Which phones are compatible with MobiKin?

You can use the program without rooting your phone, though MobiKin guarantees you'll be able to retrieve the full extent of your content if you do. To find out how to root your phone, you can follow the MobiKin method here. Please ensure that you also read our complete guide to rooting.

Another important feature to a text message recovery software is compatibility of the device you're using, and MobiKin Doctor for Android supports over 2000 Android device models. This innovative program can be used to recover deleted text messages on HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, Asus and many other brands. Check their list of supported Android devices to ensure your phone is compatible (under the Tech Specs tab). The list is extensive, so chances are your smartphone is compatible. We used a Galaxy S6 in the AndroidPIT office, and it worked flawlessly and quickly.

How to recover deleted text messages using MobiKin Doctor for Android

After installing the program on my Windows PC and connecting the device, I was prompted to allow MobiKin access to my phone in seconds. The preview of my text messages on the MobiKin main screen took just 17 seconds, and finally recovering the data and backing it up onto my PC was instantaneous. The screenshots below illustrate how the software works

Step 1: Once you plug in your phone, this screen will automatically start. It will detect your device, connect and let you know when the process is ready to go. You can also see from the start screen that MobiKin can be used for Android SD Card Recovery and as a Super Toolkit.

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Plug your phone to your PC to start the process. / © MobiKin

Step 2: Once it connects, it will display your phone's data, such as model, system version etc. and allow you to select which kinds of data you want to retrieve. As you can see from the screenshot below, you can retrieve contacts, photos, messages, call logs, photos, videos, audio and documents. Select Next to continue to the next step.

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Seconds later, MobiKin will have recognized your device. You then decide what type of data you want to recover. / © MobiKin

Step 3: Next your data will be retrieved in a few moments and will be displayed like in the screenshot below, divided into the various types of data. You can choose display only deleted items just in case you have a ton of message, which is easier for filtering. Either select each individual message, or data file, or you can select them all by choosing the checkbox in the top bar.  Next, select Recover to retrieve the lost or deleted data.

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After just 18 seconds (this may vary slightly), your lost or deleted data will appear. / © MobiKin

Step 4: Once your data is recovered, you will be asked to save it right on your PC. You need to choose a folder where you'd like to do this. 

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And the recovery takes next to no time. Press the button, and the data you have chosen can be saved on your PC. / © MobiKin

MobiKin Doctor for Android can be downloaded and installed on your computer by clicking on the links for either a Windows or a Mac computer to get back all of your lost or deleted text messages. 

Make sure you never lose text messages again

Maybe you've learned your lesson, maybe you haven't. If you want to avoid the panic of losing your messages, the best thing to do is to back up your text messages regularly. The good news is, doing so only takes five minutes.

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

SMS Backup & Restore Install on Google Play

1. Once you've downloaded and installed SMS Backup & Restore, open the app and tap Set up a Backup.

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The app looks good and acts even better. © AndroidPIT

2. Next, choose what exactly you want to create a backup of, whether Messages or Phone calls or both, and then select where you want to send your backup: Google Drive, Dropbox or your phone. Then hit Next.

3. Make your selection from the list that appears and then tap OK.

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The setup is also easy and is done in a few steps. © AndroidPIT

4. You need to be logged on to your Google account to access Google Drive. This requires a quick setup. You can aalso test the SMS Backup and Restore app to see if it works with the Test function. You are also allowed to select the deletion of backups after a certain period of time.

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Sign into Google to use Google Drive. © AndroidPIT

5. After you set up the Google Drive account, you can also select when backup should be done, either when only in WiFi or also when charging.

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Select where and when the backups should happen. © AndroidPIT

6. The app lets you decide when the backups should be done, either daily, weekly or hourly. In the advanced settings, you can set up schedule backups as well as disable the notifications. Once you have configured the app to your liking, select Back up now to actually backup your SMS or phone calls.

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Either daily or scheduled, backups can be done all the time without you lifting a finger. / © AndroidPIT

Have you ever lost your text messages by accident? Did you manage to recover them? Share your tips and experiences in the comments.

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  • Mark Alan 7 months ago Link to comment

    Hey,
    Is Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge supported by any of the programs above?


  • Are the programs compatible with Samsung S7 edge? I need to find a cheaper alternative, a free one would be even better.


  • golaok 9 months ago Link to comment

    I tried this tool. First it did not work, then I checked their guide I understood why. I didn't root my Android phone, I followed the steps and rooted my phone, then it works. Thank you so much for your sharing.


  • They all don't work.


    • Loffea 9 months ago Link to comment

      I downloaded the mobikin app, but which didn't detect my phone, I have an LG G4, and then I realized that it wasn't rooted. They told me the recovery function only works on rooted phone. Ok, after it was rooted, finally the phone was recognized. The process sometimes can be long, but you need to wait for a moment. Then, everything seemed well, the phone was detected and all the data were displayed on the left. I guess I have a lot of files in my phone, so it took a long time to display them all. Like it is introduced, the lost texts were in red, and they were listed at the top. There is one thing I am not satisfied with, the recovered data can be only saved to pc.


  • Ian Dacey 10 months ago Link to comment

    I downloaded wondershare Dr. fone and for some reason even though I followed all the steps, the download stops at 90% and continually restarts my phone. Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Please help!


  • When recovering deleted SMS texts from Galaxy S3, does it show on PC, or put back on phone?


  • I've long been using free little "SMS to Text" which saves selected threads as a *.txt or *.csv file that can be opened with columns in a spreadsheet. I don't need / want to restore them to the message app but to have available for future reference. Having all those saves in sequence in a single spreadsheet - to be searched or sorted by any column - works well for my purposes.


  • Rweethy Jul 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Recover messages from Android phone .You need to download and install it on your computer. All you need to do connect your Android phone to the computer through USB cable.


  • Both apps asked to register for a paid account to retrieve texts


  • The FonePaw is nice. How is the MobiKin Doctor?


  • I downloaded Mobikin but my phone wouldn't let me open it and I can't afford to get the other one right now so I guess I can't get back my lost messages. I seem to be losing messages a lot that I am not deleting. So I don't know why this is happening.


  • nice and great


  • Reyn Jul 4, 2016 Link to comment

    Good share.


  • When we lost texe messages by accidently, we’ll be unable to find the chat record, especially those from important people, such as our friends, important customers, and even the boss. I bet we won’t want to see this happen. Then we need to do something to restore your deleted text messages just like the article wrote.


  • lucyll Jun 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Recover lost text messages from android phone


  • Thanks for sharing, the text messagtes are not really deleted, in case you don't save many new data to your phone overwritten them.

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