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Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android

You might have come under the situation where some of your important text messages were deleted and didn’t know how to recover the same! The situation like this would make you lose important information from your device so that the information you lost could not be accessed from anywhere.The longer you wait,the probability of recovering the text messages are decreasing.So that you should take a quick action to take back your lost text messages from your android phone.Here we are going to see how to recover text messages on android device.

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You may be thinking that how could it be possible to recover deleted messages? The answer is simple,Any data that we are deleting from an electronic device which has a memory chip installed in it, will store the deleted data temporarily at a predefined storage area and it will be deleted only after some days so that a computer expert can decode the data again which has been deleted.We are not that kind of experts but we can seek the help of certain tools that are freely available on the internet that can do the job for us.

Tools to recover deleted text messages

The process of recovering the text messages could be made possible only through a PC and your android device should be connected to your PC via the USB cable.

Here i will be showing two different tools that works perfectly on both Windows PC and MAC that can be used for the process.

The particular tool you choose will depend on your personal preference, but they all do the same thing: Scan your Device’s memory, Identifies and Recover your ”deleted” text messages. They will 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. The programs that you should try outy include.

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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 any one (Wondershare) of the programs above. Open 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.

 

recover-text-messages-2Connect 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.
  • 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.
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Click ‘SMS’ or ‘Messages’ in the left-hand pane to view both deleted and non-deleted messages on your device.

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.

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.
recover-deleted-messages-5                              SMS Backup & Restore is clean and simple to use.
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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.
  • 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.

  • 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

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


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