So what’s happened?
You were mad at your partner and deleted the entire text message history? Instead of pocket dialing, your hip went on a rampage against your SMS folders? Or your phone just plain crashed and took everything with it?
Regardless (well, mostly regardless) of how your text messages are deleted there’s a way to get them back. Actually there’s multiple ways and some just happen to be easier than others. I prefer the technical nerdy stuff of digging into the underbelly of your phone because I love how programming mixes creativity and technical knowledge.
But if you want to recover deleted text messages on your Android without any of the fun stuff (and by that I mean click a button and have it done) then the TextRar deleted text message tool is probably the way to go. It’s what I used originally and it works but I wanted something with a bit more flexibility and ideally something I can run from the phone itself.
With Textrar you’ll need to connect your phone to the computer and install the software there. I used it on Windows so I’m not sure what the Mac version is like and Linux – well you guys are probably reading this page in binary so you can figure it out. By default your phone doesn’t give access to that kind of data over the USB so you’ll need to enable the debug mode.
Enabling debug on Android is going to vary based on the type of phone you have but their tool talks you through doing it with most major version. If you get stuck you can always Google it or pull something up on YouTube but as a rule of thumb it’s going to be in the settings page.
You can skip this step if it looks too technical (it’s really not) but doing so grants your computer access to the phone in order to find the old messages.
The ‘why’ you can restore deleted messages when they’ve been deleted is what makes it interesting. In order to actually delete anything an Android phone isn’t going to waste time overwriting everything the whole time. Instead they’ll basically ignore that there’s any data there in the first place. It won’t show on the phone and they’ll let anything write over that memory.
It’s pretty much your phone sticking its fingers in its ears (or speaker?) going ‘nya nyaa I can’t hear you’ and freezing out the deleted text messages. It makes the phone run faster, it means it doesn’t take forever to delete stuff when you want to and (best of all) it means you can recover the messages if you need to.
Again if you don’t want the technical mumbo jumbo then go use their tool. It’ll do pretty much everything for you as long as you have access to a computer or Mac. It’s the best way to recover deleted texts and the only reason I’m working on an app is I wanted a project to work on.
If you’re using it with an app you also need to jailbreak your Android device. There’s a few apps on the Google.Play market so far that claim to be able to do it without but I haven’t seen evidence of them working so far. I’m using my old HTC as the test device since I think that’s suiting. I try not to install random apps onto my Note (which is advice we should all follow).
The app is getting there but isn’t in a launch-able state just yet. You can technicality use it to retrieve deleted text messages if you’re using the basic default text app and you have a lot of time to go through data manually. Once I can automate it or even type up a guide on how to work it (my tools are always messy) I’ll upload a beta version.