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How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from Android


"Last night I unintentionally deleted my mobile phone data, but recognized that I should've do a new backup. Wonder if there is any way for me to recover the deleted text messages from my Samsung Galaxy S5. Thanks in advance.—Jonathan"

There are two ways that I will share with you. One is to use Android Data Recovery and the other is to use FonePaw Android Data Recovery. Both of them can help you restore text messages on Android 2.3 or latter, including Android 5.0. The situation above is not the only one they can be applied to. More cases, caused by rooting failure, ROM flashing failure, deletion and other unknown reasons , have all being taken into consideration by the designers. Besides, iPhone Data Recovery is another tool can restore deleted text messages from iPhone.

Android Data Recovery and FonePaw Android Data Recovery are excellent tools used for data recovery. Text message is one of the retrievable types. By the way, contacts, and call logs can also be recovered. Besides, most Android devices are supported: Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, to name a few.

Tips: Turning off your data immediately will do you good regarding text messages retrieving. Because those old data are still stored in the phone and can be restored with proper methods. But, once your new files write over them, the process is irreversible.


Tutorial 1: Recover Messages from Android with Android Data Recovery


Step 1. Have a Free Download and Connect Your Android to PC
Make sure your phone is left with over 20% power before you connect the phone and the computer.

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Step 2. Enter Setting and Enable USB Debugging
The processes should be different on different Android operating systems. And in case you don't know how to do it, we list them below. When it is done, press "Start".

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" < Click "Applications" < Click "Development" < Check "USB debugging"
2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"
3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" < Click "About Phone" < Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"

Enable USB Debugging

Step 3. Tick File Types Which You Want to Restore
When you have done step 2, the software will ask you to choose what to scan. We can check Messaging and WhatsApp messages & attachments. And then click Next.

Select Data Model

Choose one of the modes. Usually we can use the first one "Scan for deleted files". And now tap on Next. (You can press Back if any mistakes take place.)

Select Storage Scanning Model

Step 4. Allow the Superuser Request and Start to Scan
If you have root the Android device, the software may prompt that Android Data Recovery should be granted authority to continue Scanning. Then, tap Allow on your phone until it does not pop up again.

Tap Allow Until It Disappear

Step 5. View the Details and Restore the Ones You Select
Messages can be preview in the interface. Highlight them and you will see the contents on the right side. Tick your lost SMS or simply all of them, and click Recover to restore lost text messages on your PC.

Retrieve Data to Computer

Tutorial 2: Restore SMS from Android with FonePaw Android Data Recovery

Here we go, you can download FonePaw Android Data Recovery on your computer to start the free trial version first.

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Step 1. Connect Android to Computer Using USB Cable
Download and install FonePaw Android Data Recovery. Connect your phone with a USB cable.

Connect Android to PC

Note: For the detail operation to enable USB debugging, you can check it on the Step 2 that we've mentioned in Tutorial 1. Just choose the compatible one according to your operating system.

Step 2. Choose Text to Scan
After enabling USB debugging, you are allowed to choose the data type and scan. As the below windows shows, click "Messages" and "Messages Attachment" if you have MMS on your Android and want the attachment in your SMS restored. And then click "Next" to allow the program to scan your Android for deleted text messages.

Select Android Messages

Step 3. Allow Super Users Request
After that, there will be a window saying "The software needs to get privilege to scan deleted files, please try as below:". Just click "allow" on your Android device. If it fails, please click "Retry".

Tap Allows on Android

Step 4. Scan and Recover Android Deleted SMS
Now, you've come to the last but important step. All your deleted text messages will be listed in categories. The deleted SMS will be in red color. Preview and choose whatever you want and click "Recover" on the lower right button. Within several seconds, your SMS will be retrieved and saved on your computer.

Extract Android Text Messages

Note: You can restore your deleted Android text messages with ease by following the steps above. Besides extracting SMS, FonePaw Android Data Recovery also allows you to recover deleted contacts from Android, call logs as well.

With these two different methods, you can recover your data, especially get text files like deleted messages extracted from Android. Please feel free to choose the one which fits your need the most and contact us if you have any other problem on Android Data Recovery or FonePaw Android Data Recovery.


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Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Android-Recovery Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.

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