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How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone

Update: New software solution added

Have you accidentally deleted all the text messages from your phone? Don't panic! Whether you're running Android Oreo, Nougat or an older version, you can actually retrieve your deleted messages with the right software - providing that this portion of the memory on your phone hasn't been overwritten by an app update, file download or something else. So grab your phone and read our article on how to recover those text messages after you've deleted them.

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We recommend recovering deleted texts 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 MobiKin Doctor for Android for you, which will quickly and effectively recover all of your text messages and any other data. 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?

MobiKin Doctor for Android supports over 2000 Android device models. This innovative software 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 this test.

You can use the software without rooting your phone, though MobiKin guarantees you'll still 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.

How to recover deleted text messages using MobiKin Doctor for Android

After installing the program on your PC and connecting the device, you will be prompted to allow MobiKin access to your phone. Within a few seconds, you should see a preview of your text messages on the MobiKin main screen, and recovering the data and backing it up onto your PC should be instantaneous. The screenshots below illustrate how the software works.

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

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

Step 2: Once it is connected, your phone's data will be displayed, such as model, system version etc. and you will be given the choice of what kind of data you want to retrieve. As you can see from the screenshot below, your have several options of things to recover: contacts, photos, messages, call logs, photos, videos, audio and documents. Select 'Messages' and click Next.

MobiKin will recognize your device. You then decide what type of data you want to recover. / © MobiKin

Step 3: Your data will be retrieved in a few moments and will be displayed as shown in the screenshot below. Here we have selected all the categories but if you've only selected 'Messages', you will only see that section. You can choose to only display deleted items (in case you have a ton of messages), which is easier for filtering. Either select each individual message or you can select them all by ticking the checkbox in the top bar.  Next, select Recover to retrieve the lost or deleted data.

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 directly onto your PC. Choose or create a folder where you want your messages to be saved. 

Select where you want your recovered text messages to be saved on your PC. / © MobiKin

Sponsored: FoneLab Android Data Recovery

Yet another professional software that will relieve your aching heart after losing important data from your phone is FoneLab Android Data Recovery from Aiseesoft. Extremely easy to use and a pleasure to have on your screen, the software will cure your Android blues. It can recover data from your Android phones and tablets as well as from SD cards. And you won’t have to worry about which data either: it can get it all back, from documents, contacts, call logs, text messages and message attachments, galleries, picture libraries, photos, videos and music. The software also has two extra features that set it apart from other software recovery programs: Android Backup and Restore and Broken Android Data Extraction. It is truly an all-in-one solution to sooth your woes. What’s more, it is compatible with most smartphone brands, like Samsung, Sony, LG etc. The complete list can be found on the product site. Let’s explore the software further.

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FoneLab is an easy way to retrieve lost files. / © Aiseesoft

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the software onto your PC, you simply need to connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer via your USB cord. The software will scan the contents of your device and present its findings in a clear overview, as seen below. You can select an entire category, or individual files, depending on what you want to get back. You will also get a preview of what the file is on the right-hand side of the screen. There’s the option of also just displaying the deleted items, making it easier to sort out. Specifically in terms of pictures, you can retrieve pictures you downloaded from online sites, images cached in your browser as well as photos stored in your phone’s camera roll. After you’ve chosen your files, just hit “Recover” on the bottom right corner.

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Sort through your deleted text messages and select those you would like to retrieve. / © Aiseesoft
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Also, images can be restored. / © Aiseesoft

As mentioned above, FoneLab Android Data Recovery also includes two further features: Broken Android Data Extract and Android Data Backup & Restore. These can be retrieved also from the very same software you have installed, no need to download anything else.

FoneLab comes with two more features: Broken Android Data Extraction and Android Data Backup & Restore. / © Aiseesoft

Make sure you never lose text messages again

If you want to avoid the panic of losing your messages again in the future, the best thing to do is to back up your text messages regularly. The good news is it only takes a few minutes to do this.

I use a free app called SMS Backup & Restore. It's straightforward, looks nice and works perfectly - what else could you ask for? 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 SMS Backup & Restore app is user-friendly and simple to use. © AndroidPIT

2. Next, choose what you want to create a backup of, whether messages or 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 backup set up with SMS Backup & Restore is easy and just takes a few clicks. © AndroidPIT

4. If you selected to save your data to Google Drive, you'll need to be logged on to your Google account. This requires a quick setup. You can also test if the SMS Backup & Restore app is working by using the Test function.

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Sign into Google to use Google Drive on the SMS Backup & Restore app. © AndroidPIT

5. After you've set up the Google Drive account, you can also select when a 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 backups should be done, either daily, weekly or hourly. In the advanced settings, you can schedule backups as well as disable 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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With the SMS Backup & Restore app, your data can be backed up automatically. / © AndroidPIT

Have you ever deleted or lost your text messages by accident? Did you manage to recover them? Have you got a better way than with Mobikin Doctor? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below.



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  • I have downloaded the Mobikin Doctor on PC and Huawei phone, it connects but, then asks me to scan the barcode which does not show on my PC? Please assist

  • Hi I want to print a conversation to .pdf which I normally do in SMS Backup & Restore but because it is a grouped recipient conversation SMS omits saving it.

  • Mark Alan 10 months ago Link to comment

    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 Dec 9, 2016 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 Dec 9, 2016 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 Nov 11, 2016 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

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