How do I find erased text messages?

Answered by Willie Powers

Finding erased text messages on an Android device can be a daunting task, but with the right steps and tools, it is possible to restore them. One effective method is to use Google Drive, as it automatically backs up your data, including text messages. To begin, follow these steps:

1. Open Google Drive on your Android device: Locate and tap the Google Drive app icon on your home screen or app drawer. It is usually represented by a triangle with different shades of green.

2. Access the menu: Once you have opened Google Drive, look for the three lines button at the top left corner of the screen. This button will open the menu options.

3. Select ‘Backups’: In the menu, you should find an option called ‘Backups’. Tap on it to access your device’s backup settings.

4. Check for backups: Within the ‘Backups’ section, you will be able to see if your data, including text messages, has been backed up. If you have previously enabled backup for your device, you should see a list of available backups.

5. Restore the backup: If you find a backup that contains the text messages you want to restore, tap on it to select it. You will then be prompted to restore the backup. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

It’s important to note that this method is only applicable if you have previously enabled backup for your Android device. If you haven’t, or if your backup doesn’t contain the deleted text messages, there are other options you can explore.

One alternative is to use third-party data recovery software specifically designed for Android devices. These software tools can scan your device’s internal storage and attempt to recover deleted text messages. Some popular options include Dr.Fone, PhoneRescue, and DiskDigger.

Before using any third-party software, keep in mind that the success rate of data recovery depends on several factors such as the length of time since the messages were deleted, the frequency of device usage, and whether the storage space has been overwritten. It’s best to use these tools as soon as possible after the messages are deleted and avoid using your device extensively until the recovery process is complete.

If you have enabled backup for your Android device, using Google Drive is a convenient way to restore deleted text messages. However, if you haven’t backed up your device or if the backup doesn’t include the desired messages, third-party data recovery software can be an alternative solution. Remember to act quickly and avoid using your device extensively to maximize the chances of successful recovery.