How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android Using Dr. Fone

Submitted on 09/03/2018

SMS can often get deleted by accident or after a hard reset; even if you are aware of what you are doing you can forget about some important information those messages contained (passwords, addresses, etc.).

If you don’t back up your text messages, you can lose them from your phone as well as any other type of data. Likewise, SMS are not deleted physically; they get marked as “available for overwriting”, which means that there are chances to recover them, no matter how minimal.

Summary

This guide will help you recover deleted SMS on your Android device using  Wondershare Dr. Fone app.

  1. Step-by-step guide:
    1. Install Dr. Fone
    2. Connect your phone to the computer
    3. Enable USB Debugging mode
    4. Scan your phone’s memory
    5. Preview results
    6. Save retrieved SMS
  2. What to do if your messages didn’t get recovered
  3. Answers to users’ questions

1. Download and install Dr. Fone

Despite its name, Dr. Fone for Android is not a mobile app which you run on your phone but a desktop one. Dr. Fone is compatible both with Windows and MacOS, so its settings and sequence of steps are the same for all versions of this tool.

Download Dr. Fone

And so, you just download, install and run Dr. Fone.

2. Connect your phone to the computer

To connect and synchronize Dr. Fone with your phone you’ll need a USB cable (it comes in the box with your phone) and installed drivers suitable for your mobile device. However, you can do without them but firstly, see if Dr. Fone is responding to the connection.

3. Enable USB Debugging Mode on your phone

When Dr. Fone has been started and the USB cable connected to the phone, you should see a pop-up window with Superuser request on the screen. Tap Allow to allow the access, otherwise the app won’t be able to access your phone memory which stores the text messages.

If you already have a root app installed on your phone, you need to allow Superuser access in the same way.

4. Scan your device (to find deleted messages)

After you’ve taken all the described steps, tap Start to scan your phone memory. The whole process usually takes up to 5 minutes.

5. Preview deleted messages before saving them

When scanning is over, navigate to the Messages section of the app. You will see a list of all deleted data, including the text messages you currently have in your phone. If you don’t need the latter, hide them by sliding the toggle “Only display deleted items" and view deleted messages.

The given list shows the content of the retrieved SMS and deletion/modification date. The search box can be of use if you are looking for specific information: put in the text itself or key words.

6. Saving recovered data

To save recovered text messages in Dr. Fone you just need to check the box with the needed elements from the list and tap Recover.

What to do if Dr. Fone doesn’t help

  1. Look through the Answers to users’ questions.
  2. If this way of getting back text messages doesn’t work for you, try testing some other soft: we don’t claim Dr. Fone being a heal-all.
  3. If it hasn’t helped either, I’m afraid you have to accept your loss. 

Answers to users’ questions

If you have questions referring SMS recovery, leave them in the Ask the Expert section. But before asking your question, please have a look at the answers we’ve already given, you could come across a case similar to yours.


My Android phone is z150. I accidentally deleted all my text messages. How can I recover them on my phone so I’ll be able to read them?

Answer. The version of Android on your Acer Liquid Z5 (or z150) is 4.2.2. Consequently, to get your SMS back you need to gain root permissions (what is it?) and enable USB Debugging. After you do it, follow the steps above.


1. Can I recover old text messages (from 2012) and how?

2. Could you tell me if I can get back my incoming messages deleted in December 2015? My phone is Asus ZenFone Selfie.

Answer. Even suppose you are still using the phone where your deleted text messages had been stored, chances to recover them are tiny. For the last 4 years the data on it must have been overwritten loads of times, be it firmware replacing, Android upgrade, installing apps to the device’s memory, etc.


I need to urgently recover deleted SMS from two phones (Android SE and Windows Nokia) dated by last November. Will I be able to retrieve them? Could you suggest effective software for Android which can do it? I downloaded Tenorshare utility but it doesn’t recognize my phone.

Answer. As an alternative try Wondershare Dr. Fone for Windows. Remember that you need to:

  • gain Android root privileges 
  • enable USB Debugging on your phone
  • download the full version of the app in case a demo one didn’t find your SMS

Another SMS recovery tool for Android is Coolmaster Android SMS. It is a slightly less expensive than Dr. Fone and has identical features.


How to recover messages deleted from my old Samsung phone over the last month if the software can’t find the driver for Samsung when it’s connected to the computer?

Answer. Install Android USB Driver for Windows and try again.


[Extracting data from SIM card]

I have a SIM card only and need to extract deleted text messages off of it. can i get deleted messages back, is there a way to do this? The phone isn't connected to the internet any longer but it still comes on.

Answer. You can do it via Sim Manager program and a special device called SIM card reader. A detailed instruction on how to recover data from a SIM card can be found here https://howtorecover.me/how-recover-deleted-sms-sim-manager.  


Is it possible that I see incoming txt messages on my bill but not in my phone? I installed dr. fone and scanned a device but did not recover anything. Is it possible that those txts just did not come?

Answer. Check other apps for recovering sms on Android. If it doesn't help, try to find sms on your sim card via Sim Manager (see the link above). Finally, you can just ask sms senders: maybe, they've saved the outgoing text messages. Unfortunately, there are no other ways.


1. I've reset my phone to factory default settings. Before doing it I transferred important data to a memory card. The question: can i retrieve deleted text messages after resetting to factory default settings (there were very important messages)?

2. I've read here about recovering pre-saved sms. Unfortunately, I haven't saved important messages before reflashing my phone and they are lost now. Please, tell me if there is any chance to get text messages back or should I stop looking for solution because it's impossible?

Answer. Most likely you won't manage to do it as your text messages could have been stored in mobile device internal memory and this user data is overwritten during a hard reset. A note for future use: create a backup copy of your messages via sms backup app before resetting your device.


I have a question. It's said that the program is good at recovering accidentally deleted text messages, but. How do I make it work without any problems on Samsung Galaxy DUOS?

Answer. Update Dr Fone to its latest version (which supports Galaxy DUOS) and enable root access. If it doesn't work, try other apps with similar tools.


My old Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo works with v8.20.27 version from the Market. Everything seems to be easy and works quite fine, but SMS chats are recovered randomly, not in the order they were before they were deleted, even though the order in sms-хх...хх.xml backup file is as it should be.

I didn't manage to find anything apart from the settings on the screen, but it's not what I need and it's not connected with the order of recovered chats.


This program works perfect on my old Sony Ericsson Ray. But it doesn't recover right chats with some certain contact on Xiaomi mi4s: it separates incoming and outgoing messages.

Perhaps, the matter of this problem arises from the fact that some contacts weren't recorded in the international format on my phone, but again it recovers everything in the form of dialogues on my old phone.


Tell me, can the program recover not only backed up sms but also deleted ones? I deleted important sms and now I'm thinking: if Dr. Fone program will help me or not?

Answer. Use the app you've created a backup copy with to recover sms messages from a backup. Actually Dr Fone works with data that hasn't been backed up. So yes, this program is suitable for recovering in such case.


The program can't find SMS on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro. I also used Acer and Lenovo and with them the program worked perfectly. I recovered 2 years history of messages which weighed more than 3 megabytes and everything was fine. Call history isn't as big as message history but also weighs quite a lot and again there was no problem. When I try to back it up it works with call history but not with SMS. If I uncheck the box with calls, I receive a message saying that no objects for backing up were found. In spite of the fact that all messages are stored in default folder and none of them has disappeared. Is there a glitch or am I doing anything wrong?

I can provide an answer myself: the problem was that "Security" app didn't permit access to SMS. After allowing access everything was fine.


Dr Fone doesn't want to undelete text messages on Android 6 Marshmallow. It creates three separate message threads on Android 6 when trying to recover one message thread containing 1500 thousand messages. I hope that new program versions will fix it and I'm waiting for this moment, because the device with Android 6 is kept in a drawer and I can't recover important chats.


I accidentally recovered sms twice and now I have two copies of every sms.

But it happened a long time ago and since that moment I have two copies of a lot of sms. I need to delete the ones that are duplicated and leave only one copy of each sms. How can I do it? Is there any program to help with it?

Answer. Install Deduplicate SMS app on your phone. It will delete the existing messages in one click.


Recovery process takes place up to a certain point, then stops, though the program continues to count the amount of recovered SMS.

Answer. Try Dr Fone newest version, perhaps it's a system glitch. Also check whether root access is enabled on your Android. This can be done via Root Checker app. If there is no root access, install KingoRoot or FramaRoot and then try to recover the messages again.

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