How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone

If you have discarded a text conversation on your Android phone by mistake, it is not easy to make that undone. Here we explain how to do this.

Did you accidentally throw away an important text message? Unfortunately, there is no recovery option in the settings of your Android phone. There are a number of apps available in the Google Play Store to recover your deleted messages, but they are not all equally effective, and if they work it is not sure whether everything really will be recovered. Learn how you can try yourself to recover your deleted SMS.

Why is it so hard to recover a deleted SMS? Why can not simply through the settings? Data from SMS messages is stored in a local database on your Android phone. Once it is changed, the data is gone. And if the memory is too full, the oldest messages are overwritten with text messages. In that case, it is quite difficult to retrieve your text messages.

To start, you need to be sure that it was a deleted text message and not have any other type of communications such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. because many of these services have their own (often easier) ways to retrieve deleted messages.

If you’re sure that it was indeed a text message, you can try to contact your mobile provider to see if your messages is anywhere on their servers. The chances are small, but it’s worth a try.

Use special software to retrieve text messages

Is that to no avail, then you will need to use special software because your Android phone itself does not offer recovery options. The annoying thing is that you should give such software often root access so that it can get access to your files. This may entail security risks, and in the worst case it may have the effect of your phone will be unusable.

Recover Android SMS

If you are willing to grant root access, you can use Android Data Recovery from FonePaw to search for deleted messages and restore them in CSV / HTML format.

The software is, unfortunately, pricy (49.95 US dollars), but you can do a lot more with it than just retrieve lost SMS. The software can recover all kinds of data, including contacts, call history, photos, audio and video files, and documents.

With the FonePaw software, you can recover more types of data.
If you restore a text message with the FonePaw Software, it not only restores the content of the message, but also when the message was sent, and the name and telephone number of the sender or recipient. More information can be found on the website of the developer of the software.

It is ultimately up to you to determine how important your lost messages are, as it can cost a lot of money and/or effort to recover them.