Have you accidentally deleted some messages from your Huawei smartphone and now you're desperate because you don't know how to recover them? As I understand it, you didn't make any backups of the SMS in question, did you? Then you just need to cross your fingers and hope that the portion of memory where the messages you want to recover were stored has not been occupied by other data: in that case, using data recovery apps or programs, you might be successful. If not, however, I'm sorry, but you'll have to give up the idea of being able to recover the messages and take this lesson for good, starting to make regular backups of the data on your smartphone.
But don't worry before you break it: take a few minutes of your free time, carefully analyze the solutions that I'm about to propose and try to find the one that best suits you. So, follow the instructions I'm going to give you and cross your fingers that your messages are still there, ready to be recovered. As you can easily guess, the less you use your smartphone, the less likely you are to overwrite the portions of memory where the deleted SMS were, so I invite you not to download apps, surf online or do other activities with your phone before attempting to recover the SMS.
All clear? Well, then I'd say it's time to put aside the chatter and take action by seeing how to recover deleted SMS from Huawei. For the tutorial I used a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0, but the solutions shown in the tutorial are valid for all models of smartphones from the Chinese company and for all versions of Android. Enjoy reading and good luck on your "mission" today!
Before getting into the heart of the tutorial, a couple of important clarifications should be made. First of all, some of the data recovery solutions I'm going to talk about in the tutorial require root, i.e. the procedure that allows you to "unlock" Android devices by bypassing the standard system restrictions and allowing the execution of 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, can lead to the deletion of data on the device (if you have to unlock the bootloader), as well as the loss of warranty. If you want to know more, read my tutorial on how to unlock a Huawei device.
Another important thing to point out (or rather, to reiterate, since I already told you about it at the beginning of the post) concerns the fact that using the smartphone, you risk to overwrite the messages to be recovered, then to go and occupy with other data the portion of memory where 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). That said, I'd say we can really take action!
App to recover deleted SMS from Huawei
If you want to recover deleted SMS 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.
Of the many data recovery apps I've had a chance to try out, EaseUS MobiSaver is one of the ones that returned the best results for me. The mobile counterpart of a popular computer data recovery software, it allows you to recover not only messages but also photos, contacts, call history, WhatsApp chats and other data, but unfortunately it's not free.
EaseUS MobiSaver allows you to recover JPG and MP4 files for free, but as for SMS, it only allows you to view them and not export them. To export them, it requires you to make an in-app purchase of €6.49. Rooting is not required for SMS, but it is useful for recovering photos and videos (as a deeper scan of the phone's memory is required).
Having said that, open the Play Store page dedicated to EaseUS MobiSaver on your Huawei smartphone and click on the Install button. Then launch the app and, if you have a terminal that has undergone the root procedure, click on the Grant button to give it administrative rights (and thus perform a "deeper" scan of the device memory).
At this point, click on the SMS button, allow EaseUS MobiSaver to access SMS by answering Allow to the warnings that appear on the screen and wait a few seconds, until the scan comes to an end.
Once the scan is complete, you can read the conversations found by the application, tapping on their titles, and export them, by clicking on the Recover button located in the upper right corner (this operation is only available after purchasing the full version of EaseUS MobiSaver).
Programs to recover deleted SMS from Huawei
Now let's move on to the computer programs that allow you to recover deleted SMS from Huawei devices by connecting with them. What do you need to use them? The USB cable that came with your phone and some free time!
iReparo for Android (Windows/MacOS)
iReparo for Android is a program for Windows and macOS that allows you to recover messages, contacts, WhatsApp chats, photos and videos from your Android devices. It doesn't require rooting to work, but it does cost $49.95, but a free trial version is available that allows you to preview all of your recoverable SMS messages (but you can't export them).
If you're interested in trying the program, connect to its official website, click on the Windows or Mac tab (depending on the operating system you use on your computer) and click on the Download button that appears at the bottom: this will start the download of the software installation package.
Once the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, open the .exe file and click on the Yes and OK buttons. Check the box next to I accept the agreement and complete the setup by clicking on the Next button four times in a row and then on Install and Finish.
If you have a Mac, however, to install iReparo for Android you have to open the pkg package that you downloaded from the Internet and click first on the Continue button for two consecutive times and then on Install. Then you have to type in your macOS user account password and click on Install Software and Move to finish the setup.
Once the installation is complete, connect the smartphone from which you want to recover deleted messages to the computer and activate the USB debugging mode on the latter: if you don't know what it is, know that it is a special mode for connecting Android devices to the computer and, to activate it, you must first enable the display of "Developer Options" on your smartphone.
Go to Settings > About phone and tap on Serial number (or Buid number) seven times in a row. Then go to Settings > Developer options and tick the USB debugging option.
After that, start iReparo for Android on your computer and click on the Contact, SMS, Call log button of iReparo for Android. Your smartphone will display some requests for USB debugging: answer yes to them and check the option to save the choice. Then click on the Start button of iReparo for Android to start searching for deleted SMS.
After a few seconds, a backup request should appear on your phone's screen: choose whether to accept it or not, then go back to your computer and press Yes and Start to start scanning your smartphone's memory.
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 view.
If you have purchased the full version of the program and therefore you can also export the selected SMS, click on the Recover button (bottom right) to complete the operation.
Note: iReparo for Android can delete the SuperSu app from rooted devices. To fix this, simply reinstall the app from the Play Store or Recovery.
EaseUS MobiSaver for Android (Windows)
In case iReparo for Android doesn't meet your expectations, you can turn to EaseUS MobiSaver for Android, the desktop version of the smartphone app I mentioned earlier. It's only available for Windows and has the limitation of being able to export only one file at a time from the selected ones. (food you have to upgrade to the Pro version, which costs 36.95 euros). It also requires root. It allows you to recover not only SMS, but also photos, videos, contacts, WhatsApp chats and other data.
To download it to your PC, go to its official website and click the Free Download button. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file and click Yes and then OK. Then check the box next to I accept the agreement and finish the setup by 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 not send usage statistics to EaseUS.
Now all you have to do is connect your phone to the computer, enable USB debugging (as I explained in the chapter dedicated to iReparo for Android) and start EaseUS MobiSaver. When you see the name of the smartphone appear in the window of the program, click on the Start button, answer yes to the messages about USB debugging and root that appear on the phone and check the Always allow from this computer to store the choice made.
Once the smartphone scan is complete, select the Messages item from the EaseUS MobiSaver for Android sidebar, place a check mark 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 press Enter.
Other useful solutions
Whether you have managed 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. Therefore, I suggest you to take some time out and follow my tutorial on how to backup Huawei, in which I have recommended 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 when needed.
Among the best solutions of this type, I suggest you try first Huawei Backup for Android and HiSuite for Windows and macOS, which are the official solutions of Huawei for data backups. After that, I suggest you take a look at third-party solutions like SMS Backup & Restore (a great free app that allows you to backup and restore SMS, which I've told you about in detail in this tutorial) and Titanium Backup (an all-in-one app that allows you to backup apps and their data, which I've told you about in this other guide). Do this and you won't have to sweat anymore in case of accidental SMS deletion!