"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 S7. 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 Android SMS Recovery. Both of them can help you restore text messages on Android 2.3 or latter. 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.
Android Data Recovery and Android SMS 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, One Plus and Huawei, to name a few.
Tips: What to Do After Data Loss and Why They Can Be Recovered?
Stop adding files like videos and photos immediately will do you good regarding text messages retrieving because those old data are still stored in the phone. This is quite like the situation on a computer. When a file is deleted, the space it used to take up is marked as blank, waiting for the next file to be stored in. So, yes, they can be restored with proper methods. But, once your new files write over them, the process is irreversible.
After you download and install the program, please launch it on your computer. Then confirm your OS version and enable USB debugging on your Android. When it is done, press "Start".
Step 2. 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.
Step 3. 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.
Step 4. View the Details and Retrieve Deleted Texts 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.
Step 1. Connect Android to Computer Using USB Cable
Download and install Android SMS Recovery. Connect your phone with a USB cable.
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.
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".
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.
Note: You can restore your deleted Android text messages with ease by following the steps above. Besides extracting SMS, Android SMS 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 Android SMS Recovery.
Tutorial 3: Make Sure That Your Messages Will Never Lose Again
Though we have methods to undelete text messages, it is still risky without a backup file. Three types of tools will be recommended here for your choices.
Solution 1: SMS Backup & Restore
You can get SMS Backup & Restore by clicking on the link. With no doubt, it is one of the best, which works fast and displays its features in a straightforward manner. Everything you need, the buttons of "Backup" and "Restore" are all in the home screen.
Step 1. Click on the Backup Button
When you use the feature, there will be a pop-up asking you to confirm the file name for this copy. Change it if you want, otherwise, simply press "OK"
Step 2. View the Details
You can then use the button "View" and pick one of the files, see if there is anything wrong with it. If not, your text messages are then secured.
Solution 2: SMS Backup +
As for SMS Backup +, it has some unique feature, which is automatically backing up SMS, MMS and call logs to Gmail. It’s a good concept, but as some users have said, the app fails to meet their needs because sometimes new entries cannot trigger automatic backup and MMS messages cannot restore.
Still, it is proved useful by many people, and the operation is quite simply except that it only allows online backup. So, the process will not be described here. But if you have some problems, please leave a comment.
Solution 3: Android Manager
Android Manager is a great program which can save all you data including messages. When a phone is plugged in, you will be noticed to perform a backup if this hasn’t been done for a while. Also, messages can be sent with it on computer.
Step 1. Connect Your Phone to Computer
When the device is plugged in, drivers will be installed. And then you can see this interface, which shows the features and your phone. On the left side, file types are listed. Choose ""SMS".
Step 2. Pick Messages to Export
Tick the ones you need to save and use the button "Export". This is also an advantage that apps don’t have. Besides, dialogues are displayed on the right side, with a box for you to input and send text.
Bonus Tips: Retrieve Messages from Carriers for Legal Purpose
Many carriers are actually having a data retention for a certain period, which would store users' information like call logs, text messages, IP session, bill copies, payment history and so on. However, it's related to policies for the purpose of collecting evidences for crime or terrorism, so it stays safe and remains confidential only most of the time. Below you can check out the retention periods of major cellular providers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Nextel and Virgin Mobile).
In terms of text messages, it divided into 2 parts, say 'Text message detail' and 'Text messages content'. Different carriers supports a retention of different periods. If you want to retrieve text messages in this way, you might have to directly contact your carrier. However, I think it must be a hard time to deal with your carrier. Only by having a legal reason can you get lost text messages from your carrier. As far as I'm concerned, it seems a lot difficult for a normal citizen.
So, this is the end of the guide. Hope you find it useful. If all the information above cannot help you, post your questions or contact us via email@example.com.