How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from Android

As smartphones become more and more integrated with our lives and we rely on text messages more we tend to keep more important information on them. Is it really safe to store the text messages, as well as other data like contacts, photos, videos, etc. in an Android phone?

You don’t need to worry if you have deleted one of your important SMS or text message from an Android device. Wondershare Dr. Fone for Android is a professional Data Recovery tool which is especially designed and developed to recover lost or deleted data from Android duo to mistakenly deletion and corrupted systems. with it, you can retrieve your deleted text messages from android with ease!


Download it below and follow the step by step guide

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Note: Before recovering, you’d better confirm the battery of your device is more than 20%.


Step 1: Connect your Android device to your computer

Install and run the software. You will get the main window below asking you to connect your device, just do it via an USB cable to begin the recovery process.



Step 2: Enable USB debugging

In this step, you need to enable USB debugging on the phone at first. Follow the way below to do it (If you have enabled USB debugging on your device before, you can skip this step):

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



Step 3: Analyze and scan your Android mobile

Click “Next” button on the window to begin the data analysis, which will only take you a few seconds.

By then, you will see a pop-up on your device requesting you to allow your device to be in super user mode. Just click “Allow” on it and then back to your computer click “start” on the window to continue the process.



Step 4: Select the text messages to scan

In this step , there will be list data file like gallery, video, messaging, contacts, etc. Just mark “Messaging” to scan, of course, you can select all, then click “Next“.


Next, you can choose to scan for “deleted files”, “all files” in Standard Mode or Advanced Mode as you need.



Step 5: Preview and recover text messages from your Android device

The scan will take some time. When the process of scanning is finished, it will present you a note. Then you can begin to preview and check those messages in detail. Choose those you need and click “Recover” to save them on your computer.



Tip: This SMS Recovery enables you to recover data more than text messages, you also can use it to recover lost videos, audio, photos, contacts and other documents you saved on your Android device.

Download it and have a free trial now.

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16 thoughts on “How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages from Android

  1. tom Reply

    I tried using the trial version, I was unable to get to the second part of step 4.

    • MJ Post authorReply

      Can you send me a screenshot of where you are getting struck?
      So I can assist you.

    • MJ Post authorReply

      Yes it does work with all Android Cell Phones

  2. Abeer Reply

    hello, i tried it to recover deleted items on mobile from 2014 but it recovers only the messages and items from 2015
    how can i make it recover everything that have been deleted ?

    • MJ Post authorReply

      I doubt Abeer as the old data might have been overwritten. So the chance of getting the old data back is very low.
      Good Luck

  3. dada Reply

    Can i restore the messages if i reset the factory setting?plss help me thanks

    • MJ Post authorReply

      Nope you can’t restore the message if you reset to factory setting as everything will be erased.
      You can restore it using our software so do try it now.

      • Nayak Reply

        Hi sir,
        Last week formatted my phone to factory setting.
        Is it possible to recover text sms of last one month.

        Please reply asap.

        • MJ Post authorReply

          Hi Nayak,
          I can’t confirm as it is already a month past. Nothing wrong it trying it as you can still get it if the data is not overwritten.
          Let me know if you need help.

  4. abhishek Reply

    Using a Samsung Galaxy J1 ace SM-J110H running on Android version 4.4.4.
    Device was detected properly, after scanning only existing call log & existing sms/messages are shown, none of the deleted sms’s are shown.

    i also tried by intentionally deleting a message and scanned, , , the deleted sms don’t show up.

    Is it because i’m using 15 days trial version.

    Thanks in advance.

    • MJ Post authorReply

      It will show the deleted file but won’t recover unless you purchase the licensed version.

  5. KAVIN Reply


    • MJ Post authorReply

      Hi Kavin,
      Download our software by going to the home page and start the recovery process

  6. Shirley Reply

    Got all the scanned then was a screen to pay $49 because retrieving text messages is not included in free trial.

    • MJ Post authorReply

      Hi Shirley,
      The free version shows you all the deleted data but to recover you will have to pay.

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