How to recover deleted SMS messages on Android
Wednesday, 14/10/2015, 10:38 GMT+7
How to recover deleted SMS messages on Android
You never get used to that gut-wrenching moment when one realizes a very important SMS message or thread has just been deleted. What do you do now? Desperate users will go through anything to save those crucial messages if the trashed information is important enough. Recovering deleted messages is no easy feat, but jumping some hoops will definitely get you somewhere. There are some chances you can get those precious text messages back, and we can help you get to them!
Did you ever hear people say that files don’t necessarily disappear from your computer when you delete them? This is definitely true. All those files are hidden somewhere in the hard drive, waiting to be retrieved… or replaced. This is exactly what happens with Android phones as well. Everything we delete, including SMS messages, sticks around until enough time passes by and/or the space is needed to store other data.
A little about how deletion works
You may still be wondering how this is even possible. It’s actually not a very complicated concept once we understand how deletion works. In most cases, trashing a file (in this case an SMS or MMS message) doesn’t really erase it from the system; or at least it doesn’t do it right away.
Your device will simply mark this file as inactive. In other words, it is made invisible and replaceable. As you continue using your device and adding new files, these start replacing “deleted” content. In other words, it is best that you stop using your phone if you really need to recover that text message, because it may get permanently wiped out after some time.
Use data recovery software
So it’s all lost and you really, really want that text message. It may be possible to obtain it by using data recovery software, which can scan your phone for “deleted” content and retrieve whatever may still be in existence.
Doing a simple Google search will show you plenty of data recovery tools for Android devices. Some are free, some are not, but many of the paid ones still offer a free trial period. Some of the most popular ones are Android Data Recovery, Dr. Fone, Coolmuster Android SMS+Contacts Recovery and FonePaw Android Data Recovery.
0After you have the software, the process is pretty straight forward. Just install the program on your PC and run it. The only trick is that you will need to turn USB Debugging on. This option is under Developer Tools, in your Android Settings app.
Each software has its own specific steps. Some will require you to use an Android app to load everything to the computer, while other services can have the PC software do all the heavy lifting. Just make sure you follow instructions for your specific program.
After you let the program do its thing, you should be presented with all the files you can recover.
Making sure this doesn’t happen again
You just realized this whole retrieving deleted text messages isn’t exactly an easy feat. And it shouldn’t really be… you just got rid of the darn thing! You just happen to be lucky computing devices work a certain way. Regardless, the best way to solve something is to prevent it. There’s many apps that can help you backup your text messages, as well as other content. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Ứng dụng SMS Backup & Restore
Với hơn 5 triệu lượt tải về và được xếp hạng 4,5 sao, ứng dụng SMS Backup & Restore là một trong những ứng dụng sao lưu cho điện thoại được ưa chuộng nhất. Ứng dụng cho phép người dùng tải về miễn phí và cung cấp trọn bộ tính năng tiện ích.
Nếu bạn dùng gói cơ bản, ứng dụng có những tính năng như hỗ trợ lưu tin nhắn định dạng XML. Đặc biệt, ứng dụng cho phép lưu dữ liệu trên bộ nhớ điện thoại hoặc lưu trữ bằng công nghệ đám mây. Thậm chí, nếu sử dụng thêm ứng dụng bổ trợ thì bạn còn có thể lưu trữ dữ liệu từ Email, Google Drive và cả Dropbox. Chưa hết, bạn còn có thể đặt lịch để ứng dụng tự động cập nhật lưu trữ. Tuy nhiên, riêng với các tin nhắn SMS thì tốt nhất là bạn nên chọn cách tùy chỉnh để chỉ chọn giữ lại những tin nhắn quan trọng, tránh làm đầy bộ nhớ với quá nhiều nội dung không cần thiết.
Ứng dụng Easy Backup & Restore
This is among the most popular backup apps of its kind, with over 5 million downloads and a 4.5-star rating. And it’s no wonder the service managed to get such a good reputation – it is free to download and happens to have a pretty full set of features.
For starters, this application can store your text messages in XML format. It’s also very convenient that the software can save your data both locally and in the cloud. It supports Email, Google Drive and Dropbox (through an add-on app). To make matters even more exciting, users can even schedule automatic updates, making sure you don’t forget to store your SMS messages manually.
Sadly, there’s not much else we can do, unless you want to pay very hefty amounts of cash to data specialists so they can take your phone into a lab and dissect it. These tips should keep you pretty well covered, though. Just be sure to be a bit more careful next time, and use the preventive applications we told you about!
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