Unpleasant situations sometimes arises in life. For example, you accidentally deleted a message from your phone, which contained important information. Or you are suspicious that someone have been deleting their text messages just to prevent you from reading. Or you had a very strong evidence to prove someone wrong in your text messages then to later discover that you mistakenly highlighted this message when deleting junks, and now, it’s gone!
Well, whatever your situation may be, in this article I’ll be showing you how to retrieve deleted text messages on android device. This tutorial should take an average of 7 minutes to implement.
In android, there is no provision for the recovery of deleted text messages (SMS) by default. However, this does not mean that they disappear without a trace. Just as in Windows remote files, they may be restore as long as they have not been overwritten by other data. This means, when you mistakenly delete an important SMS, it is highly recommended to stop using the device immediately until you have successfully retrieved the deleted text message otherwise the deleted data will be completely overwritten by your new activities and this will make it impossible for you to recover. So do not waste time and follow these instructions and all of your deleted messages will returned.
Steps by Step guide to Recover your deleted Text Messages on Android
Step 1. Download Wondershare’s ‘Dr. Fone for Android’ on Your PC or Mac
Install on your computer (Windows or Mac) the software named Dr.Fone for All Android. It is designed to recover deleted data (contacts, messages, call log, photos, documents) on devices running Android OS.
Please note that the free version of the program will only show you the deleted data, but to restore them, it will ask you to buy the full version. Since we just need to get information from the deleted message, it suits us.
After starting the program, connect your smartphone to your computer.
Step 2. Enable USB Debugging
You must enable debugging on your phone via USB. This procedure may vary slightly depending on your Android version. After connecting Dr.Fone for Android in most cases the mobile device and determine if it is necessary to set the correct driver. Then you need to note the flags which data the program will look for. This will help reduce the scan time.
Below is a quick tip on how to enable USB debugging on different versions of the Android Operating System;
Android 2.3 (Ginger Bread): Enter “Settings”> “Applications”> “Development” > “USB debugging”.
For Android 3.0 – 4.1 (Ice cream Sandwich and Jelly Beans): Go to “Settings” > “Developer options” > “USB debugging”.
For Android 4.2 – 6.0 (Jelly Beans, Kit Kat, Marshmallow): Go to “Settings” > “About phone”. Quickly tap the “Build number” for about 7 times till the dialogue box “You are under developer mode” occurs. Then go back to “Settings” > “Developer options” > “USB Debugging”.
The next step will be installed on the smartphone. The program requires root access, so Dr.Fone for Android can have enough privilege to access your device. After recovering the data, the software will return your device to its original state, so you do not have to worry about the loss of warranty.
Step 4. The Recovery Process
Next Dr.Fone for Android will scan the memory of the connected smartphone.The duration of this process depends on the amount of data available on the device. In my case, the scan took about 10-15 minutes. As a result, the program displays a list of deleted SMS and content, and I needed was to view and copy the important SMS that was retrieved.
How to Prevent the loss of SMS in Future
Now that you have learnt how to retrieve deleted text messages on Android devices, hope you know that you might not be always lucky to still have the deleted data on your device memory? Sometimes, you might not even know that you have deleted an important message until there is a need for you to retrieve it, and it might be too late by then as your other activities might have overwritten it.
The Program Dr.Fone for Android would be useful if you inadvertently deleted some data, and help recover them. It will be better if you have a regular backup of your important data, especially the text messages and contacts. When you take regular backup, you’ll be rest assured that your data is very much secured somewhere even when you mistakenly delete important data.
There are several useful apps in the Play Store that can be used to keep backup of SMS and contacts, for the sake of this article, I’ll be recommending one I personally have been using for some quite some time, SMS Backup and Restore.
SMS Backup and Restore is able to create backups of correspondences in the device memory or in the cloud services running on a scheduled time and is completely free.
You can download the application SMS Backup and Restore directly from the Play Store from below;
After downloading and installing the application, you can start backing up your text messages and contacts immediately following this simple guide
1. Open the installed SMS Backup and Restore application from your launcher and click on backup
2. Select what you want to backup, if you want to include your MMS messages or Emoji characters, this is where you make the selection, otherwise just tick the ‘all conversation’ box. Tick Local Backup and Upload (If you planned uploading messages to Dropbox, Google Drive or your email address). Click OK to start the backup process (Usually takes few seconds depending on your number of messages).
3. Restoring the backed up messages is as easy as backing it up. Simply open the application and click restore.
4. It will show you the list of backups that you currently have on the device, select the appropriate one you wish to restore and click on restore. And to restore from Dropbox, Google Drive or Email, you simply have to click on the top right men button and select your restore location.