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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 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, 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.

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.

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.

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 5.0 or newer: Move to "Settings" > "About Phone" to tap "Build number" seven times for "You are now a developer!" signal. Then, move to "Settings" > "Developer options" to turn on "USB debugging"
2) For Android 4.2 to 4.4.4: Follow the steps as Android 5.0 until "You are under developer mode" appears. Then, tap "Settings" > "Developer options" > Check "USB debugging"
3) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" > "Developer options" > Tick "USB debugging"
4) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Follow "Settings" > "Applications" > "Development" > Tick "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

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 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.

Retrieve Data to Computer

Note: In this way, it is possible to restore SMS from locked phones.But you'll need to go to "More Tools" first, following the steps in the link.

Tutorial 2: Restore SMS from Android with Android SMS Recovery

Here we go, you can download Android SMS 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 Android SMS 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, 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. Two types of tools will be recommended here for your choices. The first one is apps like SMS Backup & Restore and SMS Backup +, while the second one programs on computers like Android Manager.

SMS Backup & Restore
You can get the app 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"

Backup Restore SMS

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.

SMS Backup +
As for this app, 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.

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.

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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".

Android Manager

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.

Export Messages

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 support@android-recovery.net.

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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