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How to recover deleted text messages on your phone

Have you accidentally deleted all the text messages from your phone? Don't panic! 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 let's get those text messages back.

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MobiKin Doctor for Android or iOS

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 you, which is our recommended method thanks to its speed and features. We'll walk you through the process with the software below, but you can go directly to the website if you want to see the company’s step-by-step guide.

For Android phones

For iPhones

Which phones are compatible with MobiKin for Android?

MobiKin Doctor for Android supports over 2,000 Android device models, 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. 

Popular device ranges compatible with MobiKin Doctor include:

By and large, this software should be compatible with any Android device, including the latest models. If you're not sure about this, it's worth running the free trial to check.

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.

Which Apple devices are compatible with MobiKin for iOS?

MobiKin Doctor for iOS is compatible with all generations of iOS devices, such as the iPhone X and new variants, iPhone 8 Plus/8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7/6S/6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5S/5C, iPad Air, the new iPad, iPod touch, etc.

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.
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Connect your phone to your PC to start the process. / © AndroidPIT
  • 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.
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MobiKin will recognize your device. You then decide what type of data you want to recover. / © AndroidPIT / © MobiKin

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.

  • Step 3:  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.
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After just 18 seconds (this may vary slightly), your lost or deleted data will appear. / © AndroidPIT
  • 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. 
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Select where you want your recovered text messages to be saved on your PC. / © AndroidPIT

Prevention is better than a cure

Whether recovering your deleted messages worked or not, it's always best to take preventative measures, so you don't lose them again. Some manufacturers like Samsung offer up to 15 GB free cloud storage, which you can you use to back up various phone data, including text messages. On most Android phones, however, you can simply use your Google account:

  • Go to Settings, then find Google (Services & preferences).
  • Tap it, scroll down and go to Backup.
  • Enable Back up to Google Drive. You will be asked to add an account to back up to. After that simply tap Back up now. This could take a while depending on how large the files are. Afterwards your call history, contacts and text messages should be safely backed up.
This is how your Google back up settings should look on most Android phones. / © AndroidPIT

However, if you specifically want to back up your text messages and nothing else, you could use a third party app instead. SMS Backup+ is a great way to do so and it's free. The app can back up call logs, SMS and MMS to your Gmail. Of course, you will need to connect your Google account to do so. After doing that you can choose when the back up is performed and what you want saved. You will find your messages in a folder usually named SMS in your Gmail - convenient and easy.

You can also play it even safer by regularly backing up everything that's on your phone. Here's our guide on how to do that:

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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  • R2D2 3 months ago Link to comment

    Hi, is this application support Huawei Nova 2i? Or should I need to root also my phone before using it? Please advise. Thanks in advance

    • Nicholas Montegriffo
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      2 months ago Link to comment

      In theory it should support all the Huawei phones. If you want to recover deleted contacts, call logs and messages, you need to root the phone first. But if you want to recover photos,music, videos and documents, it should be possible just by turning on usb mass storage and running the program. If you have issues with it, try the support page (https://www.mobikin.com/support/android-doctor-faq.html) or email MobiKin at support@mobikin.com to get more help.

  • After installing Mobikin Doctor and following the instructions found that it was unable to recover any deleted files. As such it is difficult to recommend Mobikin Doctor because it just doesn't function in the way advertised, a complete waste of time.

    • Nicholas Montegriffo
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      2 months ago Link to comment

      We checked with Mobikin about this and they asked to make sure that you didn't write new files to your phone after you deleted the files, or the deleted ones may be overwritten by the new data and may not be able to recovered again. If you still have any problems, try emailing support@mobikin.com and they can help you out.

  • dane 5 months ago Link to comment

    hi..i just want to ask if this is for free or is it a paid app for recovering messages?thanks

  • Kimmi 7 months ago Link to comment

    Will this app to recover text messages cost me anything?

  • Sorin 8 months ago Link to comment

    The easiest way is to use a microSD card reader...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

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