[2020 update] How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on iPhone/Android With or Without Backup

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: September 25, 2020

Can you recover deleted text messages without backup?

"I accidentally pressed the delete button. This deleted all the text messages I’ve received from and sent to my colleague. I have important info there that I need them back. I already do backups of my data. But I have no idea how to recover deleted text messages with backup files. Please help.”

Video Guide: Text Messages Recovery with/without BackupPart 1. You May Lose Text Messages But They Are Easy to RecoverPart 2. How to Retrieve Deleted SMS from Android without BackupPart 3. How to Retrieve Deleted SMS from iPhone without BackupPart 4. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages with Backup for AndroidPart 5. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages with Backup for iPhonePart 6. Recommendations

Video Guide: Recover Deleted Text Messages with/without Backup

If you are interested in the steps in the video above of how to recover deleted text messages with backup or without backup, keep going!

Part 1. You May Lose Text Messages But They Are Easy to Recover

We know that your messages are important to you. They may be meaningful conversations with your family or discussions with your business partners. However, there are instances when you accidentally hit the delete button in a hurry to access your messages.

Viruses might have attacked your phone or you updated to the latest Android or iOS versions. Another possible cause is a factory reset. Here’s a piece of good news. Lost text messages are easily recoverable!Although messages have already been deleted, they are stored in the phone’s internal memory.

This is until new data becomes available and overwrites the old data. The key here is immediate action. Once you realize you’re missing some SMS you need, put your phone in airplane mode so you don’t receive any new messages. Refrain from using your phone so that no data will be overwritten.Whatever caused the loss of your SMS, at least one of our solutions will surely recover your deleted text messages.

Restore Deleted Messages

Recover deleted text messages with Backup

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from Android without Backup

There are available third-party tools that can recover deleted messages for you. It is up to you to look for one that is reliable, safe, and fast.one of the best in the market is FoneDog Toolkit - Android Data Recovery.

It has a 100% success rate in data recovery without overwriting existing files on your phone. You don’t need to think about compatibility issues because it can be used with over 6,000 Android devices all iPhone models to date. You just need your computer and a USB cable and you’re good to go.

The steps for Android devices to recover data using Android Data Recovery are as follows:

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Step 1. Run the Software and Connect Your Android Device

Download FoneDog Android Data Recovery and install it. After the successful installation, launch the program and connect the device to your computer.

Run the Software and Connect Your Android Device

Step 2. Enable USB Debugging on Your Computer

A prompt will appear to enable USB debugging. This is to allow for a direct connection between the device and the computer. Follow the instructions below according to your device’s operating system.

For Android 4.2 or higher

  1. Select Settings
  2. Click About Phone
  3. Click Build Number for a few times until a prompt saying “You are under developer mode” comes out.
  4. Go back to Settings
  5. Select Developer options
  6. Click USB debugging

For Android 3.0 to 4.1

  1. Select Settings
  2. Click Developer options
  3. Select USB debugging

For Android 2.3 or earlier

  1. Select Settings
  2. Click Applications
  3. Click Development
  4. Select USB debugging
  5. After the steps above, click OK on Android
  6. Recovery Software and OK on your device.

Enable USB Debugging on Your Computer

Step 3. Choose Text Messages Files to Scan

After your computer successfully establishes a stable connection to your phone, the software will show you different file types it can recover. Tick the box for Messages and then click Next to start the scanning process.

Choose Text Messages Files to Scan

Step 4. Selectively Restore Text Messages

Once the software is finished with scanning your Android device, it will display the list of SMS that can be restored. You can preview them one by one and choose only the items you need. Click Recover to save the files on your computer.

Selectively Restore Text Messages

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Part 3. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone without Backup

The good thing about FoneDog iOS Data Recovery is that you can also access your iTunes and iCloud backups using the software. It will allow you to recover deleted text messages with backup files. Just launch the software and connect your iPhone to the computer. After that, simply select either Recover from iTunes Backup File or Recover from iCloud Backup File.

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1. Run the FoneDog iOS Data Recovery and Connect Your iOS Device

Download FoneDog iOS Data Recovery and install the software. Launch it and connect the device to your computer.

Run the FoneDog iOS Data Recovery and Connect Your iOS Device

2. Choose Recovery via iOS Devices

On the left tab of the interface, select Recover from iOS Device. A list of recoverable file types will be displayed. Select Messages and Attachments and click Start Scan.

Choose Recovery via iOS Devices

3. Select Deleted SMS to Recover

Preview the text messages one by one and select the messages of your choice. Click Recover to save the files.

Select Deleted SMS to Recover

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Part 4. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages with Backup for Android

You deserve a pat on the back if you do regular backups of your phone’s data. You can reap the benefits of your backups by gaining access to them. To do that, know where you have backed up your SMS and follow the instructions below.

Option 1. Get back Lost Text Messages from Your E-mail

Some SMS backup apps save your text messages onto your Gmail inbox or other e-mail accounts. One widely popular example is SMS Backup+. Like in Google Drive, you can read your backed up text messages on Gmail anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.

  1. Log in to your e-mail.
  2. On the menu bar, look for the SMS label or you may also type in “label: SMS” on the search bar. A label is usually automatically created by the app when you backed up your messages. This is where all SMS have been stored to. Click on it and the list of saved SMS will be displayed.

Option 2. Retrieve SMS from Google Drive

When text messages are uploaded to Google Drive, they are saved as a text file. It’s convenient to do backups there because you can access all your files anywhere you go and with any device. Here’s how to get to your SMS.

  1. Access Google Drive via app or browser at https://google.com/drive
  2. On the search portion, type in “text” to have Google Drive display all text messages that were saved.
  3. Simply click on your desired file and hit Download.

Option 3. Recover Text Messages from Your SD Card

SMS backup apps are available for free on Google Play store. If you’re using one and you chose to save your back up files onto your SD card, then here’s how to get to your lost SMS.

  1. On your Android phone, open your File Manager or My Files
  2. Click on Search and type in “ZIP” or “XML” or “CSV”. This will display all files with those extensions. Backup apps save them under one of those extensions so you will be able to see the SMS you want to be restored.
  3. Click on the file and select Restore or Recover.

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Part 5. How to Recover Deleted Text Messages with Backup for iPhone

Option 1. Restore Lost SMS from iTunes

You can easily extract your backed up SMS from iTunes.

  1. Connect your phone to your computer where iTunes is installed.
  2. Open iTunes and you will see your device’s name in the top right corner of the interface. Click on it.
  3. Hit Restore Backup.

Option 2. Recover Deleted Text Messages from Backup to iCloud

Get your backups from iCloud and save them to your iPhone.

  1. Log on to your iCloud account. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. Click on Text Messages.
  3. Go to your iPhone’s Settings and select iCloud. Click on Turn off Messages.
  4. A prompt will appear. Simply select Keep on My iPhones.
  5. Go back to Settings under iCloud and select Turn on Messages.
  6. Click on Merge and wait as your iPhone downloads the backup files.

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Part 6. Recommendations

It is still best if you keep regular backups of your phone. Set scheduled ones on your phone so you won’t forget. With or without backups, FoneDog Android Data Recovery and iOS Data Recovery can help you out with recovering deleted text messages. You may also browse our website for more tutorials on how to recover other types of files. With FoneDog tool, you no longer need to worry about data loss!

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Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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