How to recover deleted SMS on Android

SMS messages are used less and less, but there are still some communications that reach us by this means, such as certain verification codes, bank notices or messages from that family member who refuses to buy a smartphone. Some even use websites to send free SMS to avoid consuming their mobile data rate. It seems unbelievable, but SMS is reluctant to disappear!

That said, did you have an important SMS stored on your mobile, but have you deleted it by mistake ? Next, we explain how you can recover it step by step.

How to recover a deleted SMS message on Android

The first thing to say is that in order to restore an SMS message it is necessary to have a backup copy . There are several applications for Android dedicated to SMS recovery (such as SMS Backup & Restore ), but they all have the same problem: they do not work “like hell”. That is, first you have to install the app, make a copy of the messages and then if that is the case, we can recover some of them in case of accidental deletion in the future. If you have lost an SMS and need to recover it hot, there is little you can do with this type of application.

Luckily in Android we still have a great advantage, and that is that as of Android 8 the operating system makes automatic backups of certain personal data, including SMS messages. That backup is stored in Google Drive, so it’s all a matter of taking a look and seeing if we have a backup of the SMS available for recovery.

Step # 1: Verify that a backup exists on Google Drive

To find out if Google has been making a backup copy of your SMS, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Google Drivewebsite (or open the app). Make sure you are signed in with the same main account as your Android device.
  • Go to ” Storage” and click on ” Backups “.
  • Select the backup that has the name of your phone and double click.
  • You will see a list with all the elements that the backup contains. If the SMS appear in the list, it means that there is a backup of the messages. From here you can also see the date of the last backup.

If the SMS are not in the backup then there is nothing we can do. The messages will be lost forever. Note: Of course, before giving them up for lost make sure you are looking with the correct Drive user.

Step # 2: Restore deleted messages

Unfortunately this is all the information we can see from Google Drive. There is no possibility to take a look at the SMS messages contained in the backup, so the only way to know if the message that we have deleted is there is to restore the backup copy in full .

More bad news: the “Messages” (SMS) application that comes from the factory in most Android devices does not allow controlled restores either.

And what does this mean exactly? Well, to recover the SMS there is no choice but to restore the complete backup from Google, and that in practical terms means that we must erase all the data on the phone and restore the system to its factory state .

  • Make a backup copy of all the information you want to keep.
  • Make sure the mobile is charged at least 50%.
  • Go to “Settings” and go to “System -> Recovery Options”.
  • Within the different recovery options select “Return to factory state (delete all)”.

The erasing process can take several minutes. After this, the phone will reboot automatically. Follow the initial setup instructions and make sure you use the same Google account. Restore the backup copy of the phone available in your Google Drive account and once the initial configuration is completed you will be able to access the recovered SMS messages from the backup copy.

Keep in mind that the restoration process is done using data or Wi-Fi, so you may not see any messages at first or only see a few. Give Google some time to update everything with the information available in the cloud.


by Abdullah Sam
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