How to recover deleted SMS

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From ForDataRecovery, we want to explain how to recover deleted SMS. We will show you the steps to do it on Android, from any cell phone with any mobile phone/operating system, with backup, without downloading applications... In many ways. If you want to recover your Files, just read the post.

How to Recover Deleted Messages

Have you ever accidentally deleted a text message from your phone? Well, I guess yes, it can happen to anyone, no one is perfect. But when this little inconvenience happens with the "wrong" messages, those that contain important information or have a particular emotional value, it can turn into a real tragedy. That's why today I want to explain how to recover deleted sms on various operating systems and smartphone models.

By following my instructions, you should be able to limit, at least in part, the damage caused by accidental deletion of messages. Before you misunderstand me, it is good to clarify a fundamental point: the operation is not always possible. On the contrary, if before the "catastrophe" you have not planned to make at least one backup copy of your messages, the thing is at the limits of feasibility. In any case, it never hurts to try.

So if you are really interested in knowing how to proceed to recover deleted SMS from your smartphone, I suggest you roll up your sleeves, take your phone and immediately try the various solutions that I'm going to show you. So, are you ready, yes, very well, let's forget about it and move on!

RECOVER DELETED SMS FROM ANDROID (Samsung, Xiaomi...) from your Mobile Phone

Depending on the operating system in use on your smartphone, the procedure to implement to recover deleted SMS is different. Here's how to do it for Android devices.

SMS Backup and Restore (Android)

If you want to know how to recover deleted SMS and you use a smartphone equipped with the Android operating system, the most sensible and effective thing you can do is, as I have already discussed, to avoid accidental deletion of messages by making backups. To help you with this, I suggest you use SMS Backup & Restore, an excellent free app for Android that allows you to create backups and restore SMS in a very easy and fast way. Here's how to use it.

To recover deleted SMS on Android, connect to the Google Play Store page dedicated to SMS Backup & Restore by clicking here directly from your smartphone, tap the Install button and then the OK button to install the app on your phone.

Once completed, go to the home screen of your device and start the app using its icon that appears in the Android menu, tap the Let's get started button and answer all the warnings that appear on the screen to grant the app all the permissions it needs to work. Then tap the Set a backup button, choose whether to save only the messages or also the call history, move forward (by pressing the corresponding button located at the bottom right) and select the location where to save the backup: you can choose between Google Drive, Dropbox, This phone (not recommended) or an external SD card (provided you have not set it as the primary storage drive of your device). Finally, if you want, set a daily, weekly or hourly recurring backup and click the Start backup button (bottom right) to start copying messages.

Once you have made the backup, you can restore all your SMS messages on your smartphone by simply starting SMS Backup & Restore, tapping the ? button at the top left and selecting Restore from the menu that appears on the side. Then select the backup file to restore by choosing between a local backup path, a Google Drive path and a Dropbox path and tapping the Restore, OK and Serial Switch buttons (to temporarily set SMS Backup & Restore as the default app for message management, without which SMS restore cannot take place).

If you do not want to restore all messages, but only those received and sent from a certain day, before pressing the Restore button, tap on Advanced Options, check the Restore backup only from option and specify the desired date in the menus below.

Note: Once the SMS restore is complete, you can restore the Messages app as the default app for managing messages on Android by simply opening it and replying affirmatively to the message that appears on the screen.

EaseUS MobiSaver (Android).

Don't have any backup of your SMS? Don't despair, there's still a chance you can recover your accidentally deleted messages - how? By installing EaseUS MobiSaver- an app that allows you to recover deleted SMS, contacts, photos, WhatsApp messages and other data from your smartphone. It is very easy to use and, at least in my tests, it worked very well. It works even without root (at least as far as SMS is concerned), but it is not completely free: it allows you to view deleted messages and recover files in JPG and MP4 format, but to export SMS it requires an in-app purchase of €6.49.

It is available on the Play Store, so to download it just connect to the latter and press the Install and OK buttons. Once the download is complete, to start searching for deleted messages with EaseUS MobiSaver, open the app by tapping on its icon on the home screen or in the drawer (the screen with the list of all the apps installed on your device) and presses first on the Grant button (to grant root permissions, assuming you have an unlocked device) and then on SMS.

Then authorize the app to access the messages and wait patiently for it to finish scanning. When you see the messages you're interested in, select them for a full preview. If you have purchased the full version of EaseUS MobiSaver, you can also export SMS messages by selecting them and clicking the Recover button at the top right corner.

iRepair for Android (Windows/MacOS)

You do not have a backup of your SMS and your smartphone is not rooted? If so, all you have to do is connect your device to your computer and use data recovery software to try to recover your accidentally deleted messages.

Among the many data recovery programs available on the market, most of them paid, I recommend iReparo for Android, which is also paid (its full version costs $49.95) but you can download a free trial version that allows you to view the text of all recoverable messages. The program is available for both Windows and macOS, and besides SMS, it also allows you to recover WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, etc.

To download iReparo for Android on your computer, go to the official iReparo for Android website, click on the Windows or Mac tab (depending on the operating system you are using on your computer) and click on the download button at the bottom of the page. Next, if you are using a Windows PC, open the iReparo installation package (e.g. JIHO_iReparo_AR_Trial8.exe) and click the Yes and OK buttons in sequence. Check the box next to I accept the agreement and click Next four times in a row, then Install and Finish to complete the setup.

If you are using a Mac, to install iReparo for Android, you have to open the pkg package of the application and click twice in a row on the Continue button and then on Install. After that, you have to type the password of your macOS user account (the one you use to log in to the system) and you have to click in sequence on the Install software and Move buttons.

Now you have to launch iReparo for Android and connect the smartphone from which you want to recover deleted SMS messages to the computer. For the connection to be established correctly, you have to enable USB debugging on your Android: go to Settings > Developer Options on your smartphone and check the checkbox next to the corresponding item.

If you can't find "Developer Options" in the Settings menu, go to the Settings > Phone Info menu and tap 7 times on the Build Version or Serial Number entry: this will bring up "Developer Options" and you can enable USB debugging.

After enabling USB debugging, click the Contact, SMS, Call Log button in the main window of iReparo for Android, respond affirmatively to the USB debugging request that appears on the smartphone screen and, once the connection between the device and the computer is established, click the Start button to start searching for deleted SMS.

Once the scan is complete, select Messages in the iRepair sidebar and you should be able to see the messages you have previously deleted from your phone. If you have purchased the full version of the program, you can export the recovered SMS to your PC by clicking the Recover button at the bottom right.

If iReparo does not satisfy you, you can use Dr.Fone, another data recovery program. You can find more information about it in the iPhone chapter of this tutorial (the program supports both Android and iPhone devices).

Note: using iRepair for Android on rooted smartphones may lead to the removal of the SuperSu application. To fix this problem, just reinstall the application from the Recovery (or anyway following the procedure you originally performed when you rooted the device).


Even iPhone users can recover deleted messages from their device. How? Well, very simple: just take advantage of iTunes backups saved on your computer or iCloud backups saved on the Internet.

iTunes (Windows/MacOS).

To recover deleted SMS via iTunes, connect your device to your PC or Mac using the cable included in the device's package, wait for the software to start, click the iPhone button located in the upper left corner, click on the Summary item in the sidebar on the left and then presses the Restore Backup... button located at the bottom, under the Backup section. Next, you need to choose the backup you want to restore among the available ones and confirm the execution of the procedure. As you can easily guess, the procedure will restore all data and applications to the state they were in at the time of the backup.

If, instead, you want to restore a backup from iCloud, restore the iPhone through the menu Settings > General > Restore > Initialize content and settings and, during the initial system setup procedure, choose to restore a backup previously made on iCloud. For more details on both procedures, you can refer to my tutorial on how to backup iPhone.

iExplorer (Windows/MacOS).

If you want to recover deleted SMS from your iPhone without restoring the system, you can rely on iExplorer: a program for Windows and macOS that allows you to freely explore the memory of iOS devices and iTunes backups without restoring the system. It is not free, it costs € 39.99, but the function to view SMS messages in iTunes backups can be used free of charge.

To download iExplorer on your computer, go to the official iExplorer website and select the option for Windows or for Mac in the Download iExplorer menu, depending on the operating system you use on your computer. Next, if you have a Windows PC, open the iExplorer installation package(iExplorerSetup.exe) and click Yes and then Install to complete the installation. If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac, open the dmg package containing the software and drag its icon into the macOS Applications folder.

Once the installation is complete, start iExplorer and click on the Continue demo/Continue in demo mode button to continue using the trial version of the program. Then click the Browse iTunes Backup button, select the iTunes backup from which you want to extrapolate the SMS and click the Messages item in the left sidebar to display them.

To export the messages to your PC (a feature available only in the paid version of iExplorer), click the Export all conversations button and choose the output format you prefer between CSV, TXT and PDF.

Dr.Fone (Windows/MacOS)

If you don't have a backup of your messages, I hate to be repetitive but... recovering deleted SMS becomes a real challenge. However, you can still resort to the use of a special software thanks to which you can try to cope with it. I'm talking about Dr.Fone, which is available for Windows and macOS and allows you to restore any deleted file from the phone's memory or even from iTunes and iCloud backups. It is paid (its price ranges from 100 to 140 euros), but it has a free trial version that allows you to see (at least partially) recoverable SMS from your iPhone.

To download Dr.Fone on your PC, go to the official website of the program and click on the download button for the version of the program for iOS devices (it is also available for Android devices). Once the download is finished, if you are using a Windows PC, open the Dr.Fone installation package(drfone-for-ios_fullxx.exe) and click Yes and OK first. Check the box next to I accept the license agreement and click Next three times and then Finish to complete the installation. If you are using a Mac, open the Dr.Fone dmg package and drag the program icon to your Applications folder.

Now, launch Dr.Fone, click Recovery and wait for the program to recognize your iPhone (you must have iTunes installed on your PC). Check the box next to Messages and attachments, click the Start Scan button and wait for the program to show you all the messages available in the phone's memory (it may take several minutes).

If you purchase the full version of Dr.Fone, you can also select the messages and export them to your PC by clicking the Export button in the bottom right corner.


The messages you accidentally deleted from your smartphone are not normal SMS messages, but WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger messages? Not to worry. Some of the apps and programs I've suggested in this tutorial also allow you to recover those messages. Just select the appropriate options and follow the on-screen instructions.

On the other hand, if you've been forward-thinking enough to back up your conversations before deleting them from your smartphone, you can recover them using the backups you've made. For more information on both procedures, check out my tutorial on how to recover deleted messages, where you'll find all the information you need to recover messages from WhatsApp, Messenger and other popular messaging or email services.

Frequently asked questions and answers

Recover deleted texts from the back: Go to Settings; Backup and amplify; restart and check your last data backup.
If you have a free backup, you can restore the backup and recover your deleted text messages.

Step 1Launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your PC > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS device > Click button to scan your iPhone.
Step 2Choose the data you want to recover, such as Messages, Voicemail, WhatsApp, Line, Kik.

Compilation of frequently asked questions that our users have sent us and that our experts have answered.

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