Text messages or what we familiarly refer to as the Short Message Service (SMS) may have taken a beating at the hands of Instant Messaging services like Viber and WhatsApp but it still possesses the ability to make the reader sit up and take notice of what is being conveyed.
SMS stands apart because they are becoming less and less common for personal chatting purposes. But often professional and formal messaging is still accomplished through this tried-and-tested medium.
Text messages, however, do not possess the ability to back themselves up periodically. Once a thread is deleted, it is gone for good from one’s inbox, and it takes with itself all the important information and contact details received.
Recovering or undeleting a text message is not possible without the intervention of a third party application. And Dr. Fone is the easiest and most versatile of these solutions available in the market. Boasting the ability to identify and scan more than 2000 different makes and models, it is the leading data retrieval app for Android smart devices.
A Little About Preparing Your Device to Recover Deleted Text Messages
Dr. Fone restores data literally in a few clicks. But there are a couple of preparatory steps that must be kept in mind to facilitate a succesful recovery.
- It is strongly advised that users stop working with their Android device as soon as a message is accidentally deleted. This prevents overwriting the device with new information.
- The phone should have at least 20% charge in its battery before it is subjected to a scan.
- The device needs to be in USB Debugging mode to allow a deep search by Dr. Fone. If you do not know how to activate this operation, simply:
- Choose the Settings icon from under the Applications tab.
- Scroll down to reach the Developers Options.
- Tick the checkbox next to the USB Debugging option.
A screen will appear with illustrated instructions on the sequence of steps to be followed to activate USB Debugging for various Android OS versions in the market.
Actual Steps to Recover Deleted Text Messages Android
Step 1: Connect Android Device to Dr. Fone
As soon as data loss is detected, the device must be connected to a PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. This is accomplished through the USB power cord provided.
The following screen greets the user upon the launch of Dr. Fone application.
Do note that there are three milestones on top (highlighted in blue) that must be covered before the scan can commence.
Step 2: Dr. Fone will Identify Connected Device
If the device is already connected and in the USB Debugging mode, then the application can start the identification process right away. It tallies the phone details against its database of supported makes and models and then gives the thumbs up to progress to the preliminary preparations for the scan.
Returning users need to hit ‘Allow’ on the Super-user Authorization pop-up on their device screen.
Clicking on ‘Start’ kicks off the identification! It generally takes up to a few minutes.
The following screen shows successful completion. Pressing the ‘Next’ button takes the user to the next phase.
Step 3: Choose Data Type & Scan Mode
Dr. Fone can recover everything from images and audios to documents and call log. For the purpose of this tutorial, SMS or text messages need to be retrieved. So the checkbox next to the appropriate option Messaging should be ticked.
Clicking ‘Next’ pulls up the scan mode selection page.
It prompts the user to choose a scanning mode. Dr. Fone can either scan those deleted data only or you can opt for all data found on your device.
Selecting ‘Scan for deleted files’ under the Standard Mode is what the user needs to do. Advanced Mode is for more technical users.
As always, pressing the ‘Next’ button lets you proceed to the next process.
Step 4: Dr. Fone Applies a Root
Applying a ‘root’ allows the application to search the OS setup without violating its warranty.
At this stage, important device and version information like name, type and number will become available. Keep it safe.
Step 5: Recover the Individual Items
With the root in place, the actual scan starts. The total time taken for it to complete is indicated by the progress bar.
As it goes underway, a directory appears on the left. This directory has a number of nodes. Each node refers to one data type that Dr. Fone will recover. In the case of this tutorial, since only Messaging was selected in Step 3, it is the only option visible. By clicking on ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’, the scan can be paused mid-way or stopped before completion time to recover items on the fly. When the scan concludes satisfactorily, all the recoverable files and data are displayed to the right of the window.
Individual messages can be recovered by ticking its individual checkboxes. There’s an option on top to only display deleted items. The master checkbox picked out in red can be used to select items in bulk. The search bar to the extreme right allows the user to pull up messages by keywords or sender name.
Clicking the blue ‘Recover’ button will prompt the following pop-up.
With the ‘Browse’ option, users can choose the exact location where they wish to save the retrieved messages as HTML files.
Hitting the ‘Recover’ button one last time completes the retrieval process. The data can now be reinstated to the original device or to any other smart device.
Recapitulating the steps to recover deleted text messages Android:
- Connect the device to Dr. Fone in USB Debugging mode.
- Allow Dr. Fone to identify the device.
- Choose data type and scan mode.
- A ‘root’ must be applied to the device.
- Choose and recover individual items after the scan finishes.