Yes, it’s true the majority of users and businesses have moved to instant messaging apps like WhatsApp or Messenger; however, many still prefer normal text messages to receive real-time alerts or to stay in touch. Despite which phone you’re using, retrieving an accidentally deleted message is not straightforward.
It is true that Google offers the default Messages app on every Android phone, but OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) such as Samsung as well as OnePlus integrate a different messaging app into their devices.
What are your options for retrieving deleted text messages on Android?
There are several ways you can retrieve deleted text messages on Android. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone then you can dig through the built-in Recycle Bin menu to find deleted messages.
If you enabled Google Drive backup for Messages, then you require to perform a factory reset on your Android phone and set it up from scratch to find deleted texts. When none of the mentioned tricks help, you can choose to use third-party Android recovery software to get things done.
Recover deleted text messages on a Samsung Galaxy phone
The default One UI Messages app that Samsung provides on its Galaxy phones supports RCS along with a long list of features. Say you deleted a text message on your Samsung device, and the Messages app will send it to Recycle bin for 30 days. After a month, the Recycle bin will then permanently delete the message.
- First, open the Messages app on the Samsung phone.
- Tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right, then open the Recycle bin
- Look at the deleted text messages, and long-tap the message you wish to retrieve.
- Tap on Restore at the bottom, then check the same in the primary inbox
Check the carrier application
OEMs, aside from mobile carriers also offer text messaging apps on Android phones. AT&T has AT&T Messages Backup & Sync, whereas Verizon offers its users Verizon Messages, which backs up the texts & makes them available on the web as well as on other devices. If you happen to be using the carrier’s messages app, you can easily restore your deleted text messages.
Use third-party data recovery software
There is no shortage of third-party data recovery apps on the market that can get the job done. Software solutions such as Dr.Fone, PhoneRescure, along with FonePaw claim to be able to retrieve deleted text messages on your Android phone.
The apps offer features like quick scan and deep scan to find deleted data on your phone. Few of the features require you to root the device to work as expected. On top of that, several advanced features require you to pay a subscription, and the results are not guaranteed. Take a look at their money-back guarantee if you wish to proceed with any of such tools.
Note – When you root your Android phone it might void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Reach out to the sender
If none of the aforementioned tricks work to retrieve text messages on your phone, reach out to the sender. If the person happens to have a copy of the text message you are looking for, you can ask them to forward the message.
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