How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages
It’s happened to all of us. We’ve deleted a text message only to realize a short while later that we either deleted the wrong message, or we need to retrieve information off one of the deleted text messages. We then frantically search out ways online how to retrieve deleted text messages hoping to find an easy solution. We pour through websites pulling our hair out because we can’t find an easy solution.
Ultimately we walk away dismayed because either we were not able to find any solutions on how to retrieve deleted text messages, or the solutions we found seemed to require so much “detective” work, that the solution itself should be on a an episode of CSI.
Are there really any “easy” ways to retrieve deleted messages?
The good news is that YES, there are a couple options that do exist which enable anyone to easily retrieve text messages, and both are not only very affordable, but both work exactly as advertised.
Before we dig into the solutions, there is one solution that is often discussed, which does not work, although many people do still talk about it.
What does NOT work?
Going to your own phone carrier is not going to be a viable option. Yes, they are required by law to keep records of your communication (SMS, call, etc.), but they are not required to turn over their logs to you, unless requested by a court of law. You cannot call up AT&T, Verizon or Sprint and tell them you want to retrieve a deleted text message from last week because there is something really important within the contents of the message. It just wont work.
The only information AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or any other cell phone carrier is going to provide you is the number, date, and time of a call or message. You can plead all you want, but they will not be able to do anything, so it’s not worth your time to attempt this approach.
What DOES work?
There are actually two options available for anyone who is looking for information on how to retrieve deleted text messages. These options rank from the “quick and easy” to the more difficult, but also the most effective.
1) Quick & easy method.
The ‘quick & easy method’ is to buy a SIM card reader, often referred to as a SIM card spy device. This device looks like a USB reader, and the way it works is you remove the SIM card out of your phone, and then place the SIM card into the SIM card reader, and then plug the reader into your computer. Using the included software (of the SIM card reader), you’ll be able to immediately retrieve and read deleted text messages.
The time frame will vary, based on what new information is overwritten on the SIM card, but you’ll at least be able to retrieve and read the last 15-20 messages and scan through your call history and contacts, even if they were all deleted.
Positives of this approach?
- Very easy.
- Enables you to quickly recover deleted messages.
- Does not require software to be installed prior to the message being deleted.
Negatives of this approach?
- A bit costly.
- Limited cell phone support.
- Does not work on CDMA networks.
2) More difficult, but most effective method.
The more difficult, but most effective method’ is to purchase a spy phone software that is often used to monitor teen cell phone use, track cell phone location, and locate missing or stolen cell phones. These spy apps are often used by people who want an easy and convenient way to back up and store all their own personal cell phone data.
The reason why this method is fast becoming a popular way to back up their own personal cell phone data is because everything happens automatically. There is no “syncing” required, or any buttons or settings to worry about. Your cell phone data (text messages, call history, etc.) are automatically backed up every single day. This means if you ever delete a text message, and then need to quickly recover it, all you have to do is log onto your account and then in just a few clicks, you’ll have full contents of every message that was either sent or received from your phone. In addition, you’ll get access to all your call logs and contacts.
The reason why this is a more difficult method, is because it requires that you download the software from your cell phone’s web browser and install the application on your phone. Not everyone is comfortable downloading cell phone apps from the internet using their phone’s web browser. However, once you do complete the download, the actual installation is similar to installing an app on your computer. If you are willing to roll the dice and go with this method, you’ll be very happy with the results. It’s essentially a real time person back up solution that requires absolutely ZERO work on your part. Everything is done for you. The only drawback with this approach is that it does require you to install the software BEFORE you delete the text message that you want to retrieve. This means you need to be proactive and install the software ahead of time.
Positives of this approach?
- Extremely effective.
- Full contents of text messages are retrieved.
- Large amount of cell phones are supported, including the popular models such as Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, and more.
Negatives of this approach?
- Can be difficult if not familiar with installing cell phone apps.
- Software must be installed prior to message being deleted.
- Requires a data connection such as 3G or Edge
- May increase data fees if a large amount of text messages are sent on a daily basis.
There you go. Now you know how to retrieve deleted text messages using a couple different approaches. The next time someone asks you how to retrieve deleted text messages, you’ll know what options exist, and which one is the best for that particular situation.