Before we get into the recovery process, there are a few things that you can check for that may make this process easier for you. So start by identifying what kind of file you are trying to recover; if you are trying to recover a deleted MMS that you saved, you most likely can find that media file in your backup or your synced cloud accounts if you have any.
If the file you are trying to retrieve is an actual SMS text message, then it may require a few extra steps to recover. Keep in mind that not all Android phones will automatically perform a backup, so if you are manually backing up your phone, it may be even more difficult to recover lost or deleted files.
How to retrieve deleted text messages on Android Phones:
- Turn your phone on airplane mode. Like we mentioned before, texts are simply files that have been deleted from the device and marked as inactive. You can prevent new data from being stored on your device by merely switching on airplane mode.
- Go To Google Drive on a different device or desktop computer if you can. With most Androids, Google Drive is used to back up data on your device, so you will have to see when your SMS was last backed up by following these steps:
- Go to Menu (once Google Drive is open)
- Choose Settings
- Select Google Backup
- Look for the name of your device (it will appear as long as it has been backed up)
- Select device
- Look for SMS Text Messages (there will be a timestamp to indicate when the last backup took place)
- Choose the backup that happened before the text was deleted
- Reset your phone to factory settings. Only reset your phone to factory settings if you have found a recent backup. The downside of retrieving deleted texts is that they cannot simply be restored from Google Drive.
- Restore your last backup by following the prompts after you have factory reset your Android phone. Once you are signed in to Google Drive, you can restore your phone to the last backup.
Another way to retrieve deleted text messages on Androids is to use software recovery programs that are specifically designed to work on phones. Keep in mind that recovery software is not guaranteed to work, especially if you are not familiar with the technology behind the recovery process.