Recovering deleted data in your phone is an easy task if you create period backups on a cloud storage service. But things can get tricky if you haven’t updated the backup in a while and you need access to recently deleted data. While some users make it a point to create a fresh backup of images, videos, and documents every week, they may choose to not include text messages in that list. So what happens if you accidentally deleted an important text and can’t access it? In this article, we bring you the top ways to recover deleted text messages on your Android Phone.
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Restore messages from Recycle Bin
While the default Google Messages app may not have a ‘Recycle Bin’ to store your deleted messages, some smartphone manufacturers like Samsung do have it. The Recycle Bin on Samsung smartphones stores your deleted messages for 30 days before permanently removing them from your device. Here’s how you can recover deleted text messages from the recycle bin on a Samsung smartphone.
Step 1: Launch the Messages app on your Samsung smartphone and tap on the ellipses (three dots) on the right side of the screen.
Step 2: Select ‘Recycle bin’.
Step 3: Long press the text message you want to recover.
Step 4: Select the ‘Restore’ option at the bottom of the screen.
Check the Archived folder in Google Messages
While Google Messages may not have a recycle bin, it does come with an archived folder. Swiping right on your message archives it, removing it from the inbox. If you cannot find a particular message in the inbox, chances are that you archived it by mistake. Here’s how you can unarchive texts on Google Messages.
Step 1: Launch the Google Messages app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Tap on the hamburger menu icon at the top right corner of the screen. You can also swipe right from the edge of the screen to access the menu.
Step 3: Tap on ‘Archived’.
Step 4: To unarchive a message, long-press it and tap on the upward arrow icon at the top of the screen.
Use data recovery software
There are several data recovery software that can help you restore deleted messages, images, videos, and documents on your device. Software like FonePaw, DrFone, and TenorShare can easily retrieve deleted text messages on your Android phone without needing to root the device. Here’s how you can recover deleted texts using TenorShare UltData for Android.
Step 1: Download and install the UltData for Android tool on your PC.
Step 2: Enable ‘USB Debugging’ on your smartphone from the Developer options.
Step 3: Connect your smartphone to your PC using a USB cable. Select ‘Recover lost data’ on UltData.
Step 4: Once the UltData for Android tool is able to detect your phone, choose the file types you want to recover. In this case, select ‘Messages’. Hit ‘Start’.
Step 5: After the tool completes the data recovery process, preview the files you want to save. Hit ‘Recover’ to save the files on your computer.
These are the three best ways to recover or retrieve deleted text messages on your Android phone. If your text messages are included in your data backup, you can recover them from Google Drive. However, this method will not work if you haven’t backed up your messages. In order to avoid a situation like this, it is recommended that you periodically create backups of your data.
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