Were you doing some cleaning up in the "Messages" app on Android and unwittingly deleted some SMS messages you cared about? Don't despair, you may still have time to recover them: if the portion of memory on which the messages were stored hasn't been overwritten yet, i.e. it hasn't been used to store new data, you may be able to restore your precious SMS.
All you have to do is turn to some solutions, such as the ones listed below, and use them to "scan" the memory of your device: if the messages are still present on it, you will be able to view and retrieve them in a few minutes. If not, I'm sorry, but you'll have to give up the possibility of finding them (unless you have made a preventive backup).
So, curious to know more? Yes? I was counting on it. Then I'd say put aside the chatter and get straight to the action: take a few minutes of free time, read the tips below and find out how to recover deleted Android SMS in the fastest and easiest way possible. I'm sure you'll succeed in one way or another. I have nothing left to do but wish you a good read and good luck recovering your SMS!
The procedures to follow to recover deleted SMS from Android are very simple, however many of them require root on Android: a procedure that allows you to remove the standard system protections and act on your device in a deeper way by performing operations such as searching for deleted files.
It's not difficult to implement, but it varies depending on the device in use and can lead both to data deletion (if you also need to unlock the bootloader) and to warranty forfeiture.
App to recover deleted SMS from Android
Do you want to try to recover deleted text messages from your smartphone without passing through your PC? Well, then here are some data recovery apps that might be just right for you. Keep in mind, though, that installing new apps on your device could lead to overwriting the portions of memory on which the messages you want to recover are located!
Whether you have submitted your smartphone to root or not, you can try to recover deleted messages directly from your device by using the EaseUS MobiSaver application, which allows you to retrieve messages, photos, contacts, WhatsApp chats and other data from Android devices without passing through your computer.
EaseUS MobiSaver is free for the recovery of JPG and MP4 files, it allows you to preview the recoverable messages, but to actually recover them requires an in-app purchase of 6.49 euros. The root is not essential for SMS, while for photos and videos it is very useful to access more data (i.e. to scan the phone memory more "deeply").
To install EaseUS MobiSaver on your device, open the Play Store app page and press the Install button. When the operation is complete, launch the app and, if you have run the root, press the Grant button to allow you to acquire administration rights.
Once this is done, press the SMS button, allow the app to access the phone's SMS and wait a few minutes for the device memory scan to complete. Next, tap on the message titles found by the app to view the full conversation.
To export the messages, select them by checking the box next to their titles and then press the Recover button in the top right corner. This operation, as already mentioned, is only possible by purchasing the full version of EaseUS MobiSaver.
Programs to recover deleted SMS from Android
If you prefer to act from PC, you can download the data recovery programs I'm about to recommend, connect your smartphone to your computer and follow the instructions to recover deleted SMS you find below.
EaseUS MobiSaver for Android (Windows)
The first software I recommend you try is called EaseUS MobiSaver for Android and it's the desktop version of the app I told you about earlier. It is designed to recover messages, photos, contacts, videos and music from mobile phones equipped with the Android operating system. It's only compatible with Windows and it's free, but it has the limitation of being able to export only one file at a time, which means you only have to select one message at a time, choose the folder on your PC where you want to save it and repeat the operation for all the SMS to recover. Alternatively, the Pro version of the software is available, which costs 36.95 euros and has no such limitation.
EaseUS MobiSaver for Android is very easy to use but to use it you need both root and USB debugging on your phone. Root is the process by which you get administrator permissions on your smartphone.
USB debugging, on the other hand, is a special mode for connecting Android devices to your computer. To activate it, go to Operating System Settings, select Phone Info from the menu that opens and press Buid Number seven times in a row. Then go to Settings > Development options and check the box next to USB debugging to complete the operation.
You can now switch to downloading EaseUS MobiSaver for Android. Then connect to the program's website and click the Free Download button, then open the installation package called emsa-free.exe and click Yes first and then OK.
Place a check mark next to I accept the agreement, press the Next button three times in a row and uncheck the Participate in the Costumer Experience Improvement Program option to avoid sending anonymous usage statistics to EaseUS. To finish, click on the Next, Install, Install and Finish buttons and the software installation process will be completed.
Now, start EaseUS MobiSaver, connect your phone to your computer via USB cable and start scanning your device with EaseUS MobiSaver for Android by pressing the Start button on the home screen of the software. If the phone is not detected, try expanding the Android notification menu (swipe from the top of the screen down) and select File connection mode (MTP) from the USB connection section.
Your smartphone screen will display alerts about the connection with your computer: tick the box next to Allow always from this computer and always press OK. Then, when the SuperSU (or SuperUser) alert appears, press Grant to allow MobiSaver to run with root permissions.
Good: now wait for the phone scan to finish, select Messages from the left sidebar and put the checkmark next to the title of the SMS to be recovered. Next, press the Recover button, choose the folder where you want to export the message and you're done. Repeat the operation for all the SMS you want to recover. The files will be saved as HTML documents that can be viewed with any browser.
iReparo for Android (Windows/macOS)
Should EaseUS MobiSaver fail to meet your expectations, you can try iReparo for Android, a program for Windows and macOS that allows you to recover deleted data from Android devices. It costs $49.95, but is available in a free trial version that allows you to view the text of all the messages on your device's memory.
To download iReparo for Android to your computer, connect to the official website of the program, select Windows or Mac and press the Download button. When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, open the .exe file you just obtained and press the Yes and OK buttons. Place a checkmark next to the I accept the agreement item and first click Next four times in a row and then click Install and Finish to complete the setup.
If you are using a Mac, open the pkg package of iReparo for Android and click Continue twice in a row and then click Install. Then type in your system administration password and complete the setup by clicking the Install software and Move buttons in sequence.
Now, start iReparo for Android and connect your smartphone to your computer. As explained in the previous chapter on EaseUS MobiSaver, you have to activate USB debugging in the Settings menu > Phone developer options. You do not need root.
At this point, click on the Contact, SMS, Call log button of iReparo for Android, answer yes to the USB debugging requests that appear on your smartphone and then press the Start button to start searching for deleted SMS. You'll have to wait a few minutes for your computer and phone to connect.
The iReparo for Android app will open on your smartphone: choose whether or not to back up your data and press Yes first and then Start in the program window on your computer, to start the actual scan of your mobile phone.
Once the scan is complete, select Messages from the sidebar of iReparo for Android and select the deleted SMS you are interested in (if any): this way, you should be able to view the complete conversation history and retrieve the information you need.
If you have purchased the full version of the program, by clicking the Recover button (bottom right) you can export the selected messages to your computer.
Note: Using iReparo for Android may result in the SuperSu app being deleted from the root devices. To resolve the issue, reload the app from the Play Store.
Other useful solutions
If you want to avoid such situations in the future, listen to my advice and install SMS Backup & Restore: it is a free application that allows you to create a backup copy of all the SMS on your phone and restore them if necessary.
On the screen that opens, choose to save messages and/or calls and go ahead. Then choose whether to save data to your mobile phone or to a cloud storage service (e.g. Google Drive or Dropbox), press Next, choose whether to schedule an automatic recurring backup and press the START BACKUP button (bottom right) to start saving data.
Then, to restore a backup made with the app and recover any deleted SMS, press on the button ☰ located at the top left, select the item Restore from the side menu, choose the path of the backup to restore, select the backup of your choice and press on RESTORE (bottom right) to start the data transfer. It will take a few moments to complete the operation.