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How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android

Updated by Cedric on Jul 20, 2023
Written by Brithny
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It's possible to recover the deleted text messages from your device as long as you've backed your device to Google Drive. Didn't make any backup before? That doesn't matter because you can use some recovery tools to get your deleted messages.

Many people may feel broken and devastated when their important messages get lost or deleted for some unexpected reasons. To this I would say: No need at all!

Your deleleted messages are not gone for good. They just stay somewhere on your phone in "delete" state and wait for some newly-created data to replace them. Before they disappear completely, you still have the chance to get them back. So from now on, you'd better stop using your device to create any new data until finding the solutions to get your lost messages back.

Currently, there are two solutions for this purpose: restore your phone from Google Drive and restrieve messages only with a recovery tool. Both of which will be detailed in this guide. Apply either of them as your solution.

Part 1. Recover Deleted Text Messages Using a Recovery Tool
Part 2. Recover Deleted Text Messages from a Google Backup
Part 3. Backup Text Messages on Android

Part 1. Recover Deleted Text Messages Using a Recovery Tool

If you've never made any backup of your Android data to Google Drive or don't want to restore your device from Google Drive at the cost of losing all existing data, try this Android data recovery tool - EaseUS MobiSaver for Android. It can scan your device, find your lost messages, and then take them back without errors. Apart from basic functions, it has many outstanding features like:

  • It is Virus-free and malware-free.
  • It supports almost all Android data, including contacts, messages, videos, documents, etc.
  • It is compatible with almost all Android types.

To recover deleted text messages using EaseUS MobiSaver for Android:

Step 1. Connect your device to the computer with a USB and run EaseUS MobiSaver for Android. Proceed by clicking "Start."

Connect Android device to PC to recover deleted text messages

Step 2. MobiMover for Android will display all your deleted data it found from your device. From the displayed data types, choose "Messages."

Scan Android device to recover deleted text messages

Step 3. Select the specific message you wish to recover and click "Recover." Here the software will prompt you to specify a folder to save the recovered files on your computer.

Preview and recover the deleted text messages on Android

Tips: Apart from retrieving text messages, EaseUS MobiSaver for Android also does an excellent job in retrieving photos from Android.

Part 2. Recover Deleted Text Messages from a Google Backup

If you've previously made a copy of your device to Google Drive, you're in luck! In that case, you can directly restore your phone from Google Drive. But one drawback of this method is that it requires you to reset your device and remove all personal information before restoring. If this is not what you want, go back to use the method introduced in Part 1. 

Step 1. First of all, go to check if you've backed up your device to Google. If you are confident that you've created one, directly jump to Step 2.

  • Open the Google Drive app on your device.
  • Tap "Menu" (the three horizontal lines).
  • Tap "Backups."
  • Then you will see your device, select it.
  • From the new page, find the entry for SMS and check the date of the last backup.

Check if you have made a backup to google drive

Step 2. Reset your phone to its factory settings. Note that the steps may vary depending on your devices.

  • Go to the Settings of your phone, and select "Backup and reset."
  • Select "Factory data reset."
  • Confirm your choice.

Factory reset Android device

Step 3. Restore your phone from Google Drive.

  • Download Google Drive on your device and open it.
  • Tap "Let's Go" > "Copy your data" > Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
  • From the new screen, select "A backup from an Android phone."
  • Sign in to your Google account and then tap "I agree."
  • You will then see a list of backups, select the latest one you made and hit "Restore."
  • After that, you can follow its on-screen prompts to set it up.

Restore your phone from Google Drive

Part 3. Backup Text Messages on Android

It is very important to back up your data on Android. This can significantly reduce your data losses when tragedies like water damage, systems crashes, and update failures happen. There are two ways for you to back up your device: using AutoPlay or Google. Here's how each way works.

Option 1. Back up Android Phone to PC via AutoPlay

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to a computer. 

Step 2. when AutoPlay popups on the PC, quick to click "Open Folder" to view the data on your device. 

Step 3. Copy and paste the files and folders you want from your Android phone to the PC. 

Option 2. Back up Android Phone to Google Drive

Step 1. Go to the Settings on your phone.

Step 2. Tap on "Backup and reset."

Step 3. Check both "Back up my data" and "Automatic restore."

Step 4. Tap on "Backup Account" and add your Google account.

Step 5. Go back to "Settings" again. Under the Accounts section, tap "Google."

Step 6. Choose the data you wish to backup.

Backup your phone to Google Drive

The Bottom Line

By reading our guide, you may have known how to recover deleted text messages from your Android phone. Compared with the two solutions, using EaseUS MobiSaver for Android is more commended since it is easier to operate and quick to recover. But if you don't want to have any third-party software installed on your computer, try using Google Drive to get your lost messages back.

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