The ability to send messages using our smartphones plays great importance in our lives. Thanks to messages, we can communicate with our friends and family in a way easier than the classic voice call, especially when we are in a place where we cannot talk. Due to this fact, when we delete all our old messages and realize later that we actually need some of them, we can be in a very complicated situation.
There are numerous reasons that may bring to this unfortunate event, like virus attacks, software and hardware failure or even the situation when you mistakenly wipe your important text messages. That’s why we gathered a bunch of solutions for you to try to retrieve your text messages, which should work for any iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone.
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How to Restore Deleted Text Messages
Users have few ways to restore their deleted or lost text messages from their smartphone, either if it’s an Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device. Any smartphone has its own tricks and here you will discover some of them, including which are apps and what guides are right for you, regardless of your device’s operating system.
The Android OS stores all the text messages directly on the smartphone’s internal memory, so if somebody deletes one of them, it’s completely lost. Though there are some solutions to bring them back and most of them imply the installation of different applications. In the following lines, we will present some of these apps that may be a lifesaver.
SMS Backup +
SMS Backup + is software that can make your day better in case you accidentally delete some important text messages. The app connects to your Gmail account and automatically creates two new folders for your SMS and call history backup.
Depending on your settings, the app is able to send all your text messages to the defined Google account along with the history of the made, received, and missed calls. Also, it is able to restore the messages directly to your phone, so don’t wait anymore and download it for free from Google Play Store.
SMS Backup & Restore
SMS Backup & Restore is a very easy-to-use application that backs up your text messages and restores them whenever you want. The app saves all the messages in an XML format and permits users to email them through the app directly. In addition, it has the ability to back up certain conversations so that only the important messages will be saved.
A very nice feature is the one that permits users to set the app to automatically back up their messages daily at a particular hour or at every start-up of the smartphone. The process is very simple, and users have to access the app and choose the “Backup” section. Then, they have to choose the name and the destination folder of their file. To restore one of them, users have to follow the simple steps from the “Restore” section of the app.
On the iPhone
The great thing with iOS devices is that they permit users to sync all their data from the old iPhone to the new generation device in just minutes. This process is entirely made with the help of Apple’s application, iTunes, which stores all your important data (contacts, notes, calendars, text messages, settings, and camera rolls) every time you connect your smartphone to the computer.
So, if you mistakenly erased some of your text messages, not everything is lost because you may have a chance to recover them. Note that in order to work this, the lost messages had to be on the device when the last synchronization was made.
The following simple guide will help you through this process:
- First of all, you have to prevent the automated syncing of the program for the time when you will connect your iPhone with the deleted messages. To do this, access iTunes, select “Preferences,” and click on your device, which can be found under the “Devices section. There, check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.” option.
- Then, connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable. The device should appear in iTunes’ Devices list in just seconds.
- Go to “File” and find your smartphone under “Devices.”
- Finally, just click on “Restore Backup” and wait for the restoration process to finish.
Another way to prevent this, unfortunately, the event is to back up everything with iCloud and restore when something is accidentally deleted. To do this, users have to go to the “iCloud” section under “Settings” and access “Storage & Backup.” There, they have to check the “iCloud Backup” option, and that’s all.
Whenever they want to restore a text message, they will have that backup saved onto their iCloud account. Before beginning the restoration process, users have to go again to the iCloud settings and uncheck the “Text Messages option” even if it sounds crazy, you’ll understand in the following lines. A pop-up will appear, and select ”Keep on My iPhone.”
Then, go again to “Text Messages,” tap “Merge,” and in some minutes, your deleted messages should appear back, mixed up with your actual messages that weren’t saved onto iCloud.
You may also take a look at the following app, which is helpful for both Android and iOS users. The app is called Wondershare Dr.Fone, and it’s a program that can find your lost or deleted data from your Android / iOS device. All users have to do is connect their smartphone to the PC via a USB cable and start scanning for lost text.
Before buying the software for $49.95 USD (Android version) or $69.95 (iOS version), we suggest to try the free trial, in order to see if the program suits your needs. Note that the Android smartphone has to have the “USB debugging” activated, while the iPhones have to be in DFU mode (except the iPhone 5 and 4S) in order to be able to do the whole process.
On Windows Phone
The Windows Phone may not be the most used operating system when it comes to smartphones, but it has its own well-deserved place on the market. If you erased an important text message from your device, don’t despair because there are some ways to restore them.
Users of devices who run on the old Windows Mobile 6 have a solution at their fingers. This particular version of the well-known operating system has a great advantage over the others because when a user deletes a text message, it doesn’t really disappear, but it is transferred to another folder. So, if you accidentally deleted your text messages, just follow the next simple guide, and you’ll be fine:
- First of all, find and access the text messages section, which is usually represented with an envelope.
- Secondly, press the “Menu” button and select “Folders.”
- A list with all the available folders will appear, and press on the “Deleted Items” choice.
- Locate the respective text message and then click “Menu” and “Move.”
- Select “Inbox” or the folder you wish to transfer it to, and the message will automatically transfer to that certain box.
Unfortunately, for Windows Phone 7 and 8, there are no solutions to restore text messages. Once they’re deleted, they’re gone for good. The only thing you can do is restore your latest backup, which has to be anterior to the date when you accidentally deleted your text messages. Otherwise, you have your hands in ties.
So, go to “Settings” and select “Backup” in order to see when it was made the last backup and if it is favorable, reset your smartphone. When the process has ended, use the same email to log in to your account and you will be asked if you want to restore the latest backup, click “Yes” and all your messages, contacts, call logs and even social networks will be restored.