How to recover Messages
How many times the same story. Your little fingers seem to move on their own and… Oh no! Suddenly something disappears that you didn’t want to get rid of.
That or that one day you get to do “cleaning” and then you regret it.
Whether or not you accidentally deleted some or all of your smartphone’s text messages you don’t have to worry about, you have a 99% chance of recovering them successfully.
However, there is one factor you must take into account: time! If you delete messages from your inbox, you’ll need to act quickly.
SMS are retrievable as part of the memory and the memory is overwritten, so the longer you wait the longer you may receive other messages or application updates. The chances of retrieving text messages go down every minute. Hurry up!
Tools to recover deleted sms
There is more than one tool that can be used on a PC that can help you in this part of the process. Mac users are also supported.
In general, the programs are free, or at least have a free version that does the same work as the paid ones (except Android Data Recovery).
The tool you use is up to you, but it’s important to know that they all do basically the same thing: scan your Android memory, identify and retrieve deleted text messages. All provide guidance during the process, which typically has four basic steps: connect, scan, display, and retrieve.
In addition, the process works for data other than text messages. Here are three tools that would work for this tutorial:
- Coolmuster Android SMS+Contacts Recovery
- Wondershare Dr. Fone for Android (requires root)
- Android Data Recovery (paid)
How to recover deleted text messages in Android
Depending on the program you choose, the steps may vary, but in essence all you need to know and do is this:
- Download and install one of the above programs and open it on your computer.
- Connect your Android to your computer (with the recovery program open) and via USB cable.
- Enable USB debug mode on your Android. This requires access to the developer options in the phone settings. Settings > Device information > Quickly and repeatedly click on Compilation number. This will give us access to the developer options that are also in the smartphone settings. Enter them and check the box ‘USB Debugging’.
- Follow the instructions of the recovery program to scan and analyze the memory of your Android smartphone.
- Once the process is finished, you will have access to the browser and to the preview of the data stored in the device (both recently deleted information and the information that is still intact). As long as the specific part of the memory used in which the deleted data is stored and recorded is not overwritten, you will be able to retrieve your messages. And, I repeat, it is very important to act quickly.
- Now we will need to find in the folder of text messages, within the program, the SMS that we want to recover and once located, click on the button ‘recover’ to either add them back to the device, or save them on our computer making a kind of copy or backup.
Note: If you want to complete this process without a PC, you must have root access on your device. You may also need a payment recovery application. Anyway it is easier and cheaper to use the computer.
How to prevent it from happening again: SMS Backup & Restore
Well, maybe you’ve already learned your lesson, though you still haven’t. We already know that man is the only animal that stumbles twice on the same stone.
Or three… If you don’t want to pay for any of the above programs or go through the same stress as before, the best thing you can do is make sure you don’t need them anymore. This means that you will have to back up your SMS from now on.
The good news is that the process is so simple that it will take just five minutes and you’ll be rid of this problem forever. I use a free application called SMS Backup & Restore. It’s very simple and it works perfectly.
As soon as the application starts, you will be taken to the configuration menu. The application is intuitive and works in sync with Gmail, which obviously means you have a Gmail account.
There are also options for saving your messages and calls with Dropbox or on your own device, although the latter is not recommended.
You can choose what to save (SMS, MMS, call log). Synchronized messages can also be deleted automatically after a certain time.
The backup settings are interesting, you can configure different items, including how often the synchronization should be performed. Of course, you can also start the backup by pressing “Back up now” or restore your data by pressing “Recover”.
And now we just hope it doesn’t happen to you again. Or if you do it deliberately, think it over before you do it.