You accidentally deleted some messages from your Huawei smartphone and now you're desperate because you don't know how to recover them? From what I understand, you didn't make any backups of the SMS messages in question, did you? Then you just have to cross your fingers and hope that the portion of memory that was hosting the messages you'd like to retrieve hasn't been occupied by other data, in which case, using apps or data recovery programs, you might be able to do it. If not, I'm sorry, but you're going to have to give up the idea of being able to recover messages and take this lesson as a lesson and start making regular backups of the data on your smartphone.
But now don't worry before you break your head: take a few minutes off, analyze carefully the solutions I'm about to propose and try to find the one that's best for you. So follow the directions I'm about to give you and cross your fingers that your messages are still there, ready to be retrieved. As you can easily guess, the less you use your smartphone, the less likely you are to go and overwrite the portions of memory on which the SMS messages were deleted, so please don't download apps, surf online or perform other activities with your mobile phone before attempting to retrieve the SMS messages.
All clear? Well, then I would say that it's time to put aside the chatter and take action by seeing how to recover deleted SMS from Huawei. I used a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0 for the tutorial, but the solutions indicated in the tutorial are valid for all the smartphone models of the Chinese company and for all versions of Android. Happy reading and good luck for your "mission" today!
Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, you should make a couple of important clarifications. First of all, some of the data recovery solutions I'll tell you about during the tutorial need root, which is the procedure that allows you to "unlock" Android devices by bypassing the standard system restrictions and allowing you to perform operations and apps that normally would not be allowed (including the recovery of deleted data from the smartphone memory).
The procedure in question is not difficult to implement, but it is quite long and, more importantly, it can lead to the deletion of data on the device (if you have to unlock the bootloader), as well as the forfeiture of the warranty. If you want to know more, read my tutorial on how to unlock a Huawei device.
Another important thing to underline (or rather, to reiterate, since I already told you about it at the beginning of the post) is the fact that using your smartphone, you risk overwriting the messages to be recovered, then going to occupy with other data the portion of memory on which the deleted SMS were hosted. This means that using data recovery apps that work directly on the smartphone is more "risky" than using PC software (although even the latter can add new software on the phone). Having said that, I'd say we can really take action!
App to recover deleted SMS from Huawei
If you want to recover deleted SMS messages from a Huawei smartphone without having to connect the device to your computer, here's what you need - apps that you can install and use directly on Android.
Among the many data recovery apps that I have tried, EaseUS MobiSaver is one that gave me the best results. Mobile counterpart of a popular computer data recovery software, it allows you to recover not only messages, but also photos, contacts, call history, WhatsApp chat and other data, unfortunately it is not free.
EaseUS MobiSaver allows you to recover JPG and MP4 files for free but, as far as SMS are concerned, it only allows you to view them and not to export them. To export them, it requires an in-app purchase of 6.49 euros. The root is not essential for its operation with regard to SMS, while it is useful for the recovery of photos and videos (as it requires a "deeper" scan of the phone memory).
Having done this, open the Play Store page dedicated to EaseUS MobiSaver on your Huawei smartphone and press the Install button. Then start the app and, if you have a terminal that has undergone the root procedure, press the Grant button to give it administration rights (and then perform a "deeper" scan of the device memory).
At this point, press the SMS button, allow the EaseUS MobiSaver to access the SMS by answering the alerts that appear on the screen and wait a few seconds until the scan finishes.
Once the scan is complete, you can read the conversations found by the application, tap on their titles, and export them by pressing the Recover button located in the top right corner (this operation is available only after purchasing the full version of EaseUS MobiSaver).
Programs to recover deleted SMS from Huawei
Now let's move on to computer programs that allow you to recover deleted SMS messages from Huawei devices by communicating with them. What does it take to use them? The USB cable supplied with the phone and some free time!
iReparo for Android (Windows/macOS)
iReparo for Android is a program for Windows and macOS that allows you to retrieve messages, contacts, WhatsApp chats, photos and videos from Android devices. It doesn't need root to work, but it costs $49.95, but it is available in a free trial version that allows you to preview all the recoverable SMS (without being able to export them).
If you are interested in trying the program, connect to its official website, click on the Windows tab or Mac tab (depending on the operating system you are using on your computer) and press the Download button at the bottom, which will start downloading the software installation package.
Once the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, open the .exe file you got and click the Yes and OK buttons. Place a checkmark next to I accept the agreement and complete the setup by first clicking the Next button four times in a row and then click Install and Finish.
If you have a Mac, however, to install iReparo for Android you need to open the pkg package you downloaded from the Internet and first click on the Continue button twice in a row and then on Install. Then type in your MacOS user account password and press Install Software and Move to complete the setup.
When installation is complete, connect the smartphone from which you want to recover deleted messages to your computer and activate USB debug mode on the computer: if you don't know what it is, know that it is a special mode for connecting Android devices to your computer and, to activate it, you must first enable the display of "Developer Options" on your smartphone.
Then go to the Settings menu > Phone info and press the Serial number (or Buid number) item seven consecutive times. Then go to Settings > Development options and put a checkmark next to the USB debugging item.
After that, start iReparo for Android on your computer and click the Contact, SMS, Call log button of iReparo for Android. Your smartphone will display USB debugging requests: answer affirmatively to them and put a checkmark next to the option to store your choice. Then click the Start button on iReparo for Android to start searching for deleted SMS.
After a few seconds, a backup request should appear on your phone screen: choose whether to accept or not, then go back to your computer and press Yes and Start to start the smartphone memory scan.
Mission accomplished! Now you just have to wait for the end of the scan, select Messages from the sidebar of iReparo for Android and click on the messages you want to see.
If you have purchased the full version of the program and then you can also export the selected SMS, click the Recover button (bottom right) to complete the operation.
Note: iReparo for Android can delete the SuperSu app from root devices. To fix the situation, simply reinstall the app from the Play Store or Recovery.
EaseUS MobiSaver for Android (Windows)
If iReparo for Android doesn't meet your expectations, you can turn to EaseUS MobiSaver for Android, the desktop version of the smartphone app I told you about earlier. It is only available for Windows and has the limitation of being able to export only one file at a time among the selected ones. (food you have to switch to the Pro version, which costs 36.95 euros). It also requires the presence of the root. It allows you to recover not only SMS, but also photos, videos, contacts, WhatsApp chat and other data.
To download it on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the Download Free button. When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and click on Yes first and then on OK. Place a checkmark next to I accept the agreement and finish the setup by first clicking on the Next button four times in a row and then on Install, Install and Finish. Uncheck the item Participate in the Costumer Experience Improvement Program to avoid sending usage statistics to EaseUS.
Now you just have to connect your phone to your computer, activate USB debugging (as I explained in the chapter dedicated to iReparo for Android) and start EaseUS MobiSaver. When you see the name of your smartphone appear in the program window, click on the Start button, answer in the affirmative to the messages related to USB debugging and root that appear on the phone and check the item Always allow from this computer to store your choice.
Once the smartphone scan is complete, select Messages from the sidebar of EaseUS MobiSaver for Android, put a checkmark next to the title of the message you want to recover (in HTML format, i.e. as a web page) and click the Recover button. Finally, choose the folder where you want to export the message and send it to.
Other useful solutions
Whether you were able to recover deleted SMS from your smartphone or not, it is important that you do not make the same mistake again, risking losing important information forever. So I suggest you to take some time off and follow my tutorial on how to make Huawei backups, in which I've reported you a series of apps and PC programs that allow you to save the data of your device (both locally and in the cloud) and restore them if necessary.
Among the best solutions of this type, I suggest you to try first Huawei Backup for Android and HiSuite for Windows and macOS, which are the official Huawei solutions for data backups. Then, I suggest you to take a look at third-party solutions such as SMS Backup & Restore (a great free app that allows you to backup and restore SMS, which I told you about in detail in this tutorial) and Titanium Backup (all-round app that allows you to backup apps and their data, which I told you about in this other guide). Do it and you won't have to sweat in case of accidental deletion of an SMS!