How to Restore Deleted SMS/Text Messages on iPhone, Android & Windows Phone

by: - Last updated on: December 4th, 2013

The ability of sending messages using our smartphones plays a 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 that we cannot talk. Due to this fact, when we delete all our old messages and realize later that we actually needed some of them, we can be in a very complicated situation.

There are numerous reasons that may bring to this unfortunately 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.

How to Restore Deleted Text Messages

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Users have little ways to restore their deleted or lost text messages from heir 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 the apps and what guides are right for you, regardless of your device’s operating system.

On Android

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 life saver.

SMS Backup +


SMS Backup + is a software that can make your day better in case you accidentally deleted 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 directly email them through the app. In addition, it has the ability to backup 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 backup their messages daily at a particular hour or at every start-up of the smartphone. The process is very simple, 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.

If you are interested in using this app, go to the following link and download the free version which contains ads, or go here to download the paid no-ads version for ‎$2.49.

On the iPhone

The great thing with the iOS devices is that they permit users to sync all their data from the old iPhone to 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:

  1. 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 that can be found under the “Devices section. There, check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.” option.
  2. Then, connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable. The device should appear in iTunes’ Devices list in just seconds.
  3. Go to “File” and find your smartphone under “Devices”.
  4. Finally, just click on “Restore Backup” and wait for the restoration process to finish.


Another way to prevent this unfortunately events 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 that 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 to connect their smartphone to the PC via a USB cable and start the 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’s about of smartphones, but it has its own and well-deserved place on the market. In case 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:

  1. First of all, find and access the text messages section, which is usually represented with an envelope.
  2. Secondly, press the “Menu” button and select “Folders”.
  3. A list with all the available folders will appear and press on the “Deleted Items” choice.
  4. Locate the respective text message and then click “Menu” and “Move”.
  5. 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 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.

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  1. Hi there I would like to know if the SMS(text messages ) are deleted from a windows 8 phone ( nokia lumia 520) there should be some way of retrieving them ..

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  3. For android users, Jihosoft Android phone recovery is another great option to recover deleted/lost text messages

  4. To recover deleted text messages from iPhone, you can use more than 3 ways to do so. If you have iTunes backup files, you can run iTunes on your computer, then choose “Restore from backup”,once restored, all text messages will be back to you.

    But if you have no backups, don’t worried, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to scan all data, then you can recover them selectively.

  5. You can use more than 3 ways to do so. If you have iTunes backup files, you can run iTunes on your computer, then choose “Restore from backup”,once restored, all text messages will be back to you.

    But if you have no backups, don’t worried, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to scan all data, then you can recover them selectively.