How to recover deleted text messages on Android without root


While most people have shifted to messaging apps like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, there are still millions who use conventional text messaging for communication. Unfortunately, it is easy to accidentally delete these text messages or lose them when  performing a factory reset of your device.

Thankfully, there are a few ways which you could recover accidentally deleted text messages. This would prove incredibly valuable in cases of critical information or personal details stored in one of your conversations.

Here are a couple of methods with detailed steps on how to recover deleted text messages on Android.

Method 1: Using dr.fone Android recovery

When you delete text messages from your Android phone, only the space occupied by the messages would be deleted while the messages would still be stored in your phone’s memory –unless it is overwritten by some new data.

So, for maximum success rate on recovering the deleted messages from your Android phone, make sure not to install or delete or copy anything new to your phone until the recovery process has been completed.

Follow the below steps to recover deleted messages on Android using dr.fone Android recovery tool. The trial version of the software could be used for free for the first 30 days after which you may need to pay for the full version.

This software does not require your Android device to be rooted for recovering your deleted text messages.

Step 1:

First, download and install the dr.fone Android recovery tool on your PC.

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Step 2:

If USB debugging is already enabled on your Android phone, the tool will automatically detect your device.

If you have not enabled USB Debugging on your device, then head over to the settings app on your phone and then enter into the About phone page. Here, tap on the build number information multiple times until the developer options enabled message appears.

Now, go back to the main settings page and enter into the developer options page. Here, find the USB debugging option and enable it.

Step 3:

In the next page, select the messaging option and then click on the next button to proceed.

Step 4:

Select the scan for deleted files option on the next page and then click on next to proceed.

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If you want the dr.fone recovery tool to perform an advanced scan, then select the scan for all files option. But this option would take longer to complete than the first one.

Step 5:

Now the scanning process will begin and after a few minutes, the software will display the deleted messages it has recovered from your Android phone.

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You can now preview the deleted messages and then select the ones you want to recover before clicking the recover button to proceed.

Step 6:

Once the recovery process has been completed, all the deleted messages from your Android phone would be retrieved and saved to your PC.

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You can now access them whenever you want and take a backup of these recovered messages just to be safe.

Method 2: Using FonePaw Android Data Recovery tool

Follow the below steps to recover deleted text messages on Android using FonePaw Android Data Recovery tool. Remember, your device may need to be rooted for this method to work accurately.

Step 1:

First, download and install the FonePaw Android Data Recovery tool on your Windows PC.

You can download the Mac version of the tool from here.

Step 2:

Now connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable and open the tool.

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Step 3:

Follow the instructions above in Method 1 to enable USB debugging on your Android phone, if you haven’t already.

The FonePaw tool would also display the instructions to enable the USB debugging option on your Android phone.

Once you have enabled USB debugging on your device, it will be detected by the FonePaw recovery tool.

Step 4:

In the next screen, select the messages option and then click on next. If you want to recover attachments like images or videos along with your messages, then select the messages attachments option as well.

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Step 5:

Now your phone will ask you to allow root access to proceed. Just click on allow/grant the root access.

If you do not get any request just click on the retry option in the recovery tool or disconnect and reconnect your USB cable and try again.

Step 6:

The FonePaw tool would now start scanning your Android phone for the deleted messages and once the scan is complete, you can choose the messages you want to recover and then click on the recover button.

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The selected messages would now be successfully restored to your PC in both CSV and HTML formats and you can access or transfer them to your Android phone if you want.

Note: While this method might recover your deleted messages even if your Android phone is not rooted, having root access is recommended as it helps the recovery tool to perform a deep scan of your device and recover as many deleted messages as possible.

While there are ways to recover deleted text messages on Android, it is recommended that you take regular backups of all your text messages and other important data on your Android device regularly.

As these methods might not work perfectly for everyone and it is always better to keep a backup of all your data safely stored somewhere as you can quickly restore them whenever you want. Here are some of the Best Android backup apps to safely backup your data.


  1. Can you share a video on the process and how to use this tool? Many would like to see for sure or thus it really work. Also how many days or month can this tool recover deleted files.


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