Can You Retrieve Cell Phone Text Messages After They Have Been Deleted?


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Shane Richardson Profile
Yes, it is possible to retrieve deleted messages on your cell phone. However, there is a catch to it. What usually happens is that when you delete a message, it will not be visible on your phone but you would not have deleted it completely. This makes it possible for you to retrieve it.

This is possible if the space occupied previously by the message does not have any data or text. Sometimes, you could also retrieve it even if it has been occupied. It’s not an easy procedure but the results are there and just like in most procedures, there are requirements.

To begin with, you will need a USB SIM card data recovery program which can be downloaded online. You will also need a USB SIM card reader and a computer. The SIM card reader is a device used to link the SIM and the computer. With the data recovery program software already installed in your machine, you can proceed with ease.

Just like the data recovery program, the SIM card reader is also available online. You can buy one on Amazon, Ebay or online retailers. These two requirements are primary to retrieving any deleted data or text messages on your phone.

The rest is simple. Open your recovery data program on your machine; this will automatically recognize your card reader and all the information and data on the SIM. The information will include current information and what has immediately been deleted.

So next time when you want to retrieve deleted messages, do not rely on your service provider. In most cases, they will want to have the easy way out and tell you that it is not possible. This is understandable considering the fact that they do not want to meet the cost of having to buy a card reader and downloading the software. It can be both time consuming and tedious yet they may have other pressing issues that need their attention.

If you are like most people and accidentally delete an important message, do not despair. You could also use the above mentioned to monitor your child’s phone just to get a wind of what they are doing.
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Anonymous answered
Yes, you can see any deleted text message..just because it is not visible on your phone doesnt mean its not visible to your cell phone provider they can show you a list of text messages you would like to see, they sometimes use text messages as evidence for any given situation but it does come with privacy issues.
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Anonymous answered
I am looking at my account on line for my cell phone and would like to retrieve the text messages, how do I do that?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
All you people are stupid , you can see deleted messages
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Anonymous commented
Ok...please tell me how. What is required.
Anonymous commented
How can you see your deleted messages.
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iPhone Recovery commented
Unless a professional iPhone data recovery is used, you cannot see deleted messages. I know software to recover iPhone deleted text messages so that you can get the messages again.
You can try Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery
Christine Profile
Christine answered
No, a cell phone text message or SMS is only stored on the cellular device's in-box with no additional storage memory. There is no deleted box like with email, once it is deleted... It is gone.
Gena Lorainne Profile
Gena Lorainne answered

Depends on the APP you're using. Some apps delete the messages in your inbox only.

If by any chance you sent it while offline and then deleted it, then no the other party won't receive said message.

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Siu PoNing , It is possible in Android phone , answered

If you are using Android phone, you can use Android data recovery software. It is widely available for Android, but unfortunately not for iOS

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Carmen Johnsoni , Recover deleted text messages on Android, answered

Hey, friend, first stop using your cell phone to avoid data overwriting, then get a data recovery tool to get back the deleted files. There is a free trial version that you can have a try: Android Data Recovery. Besides, if you don't know how to use it, you can refer to the step-by-step guide of Android sms recovery.

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Alan Smith
Alan Smith commented
Hey, thanks for your answer. It's really useful. talking about android recovery program. I still recommend you to use Aiseesoft FoneLab for Android. It's one of the best one to get back deleted data from Android phone to computer. Learn more about it here:
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james miller answered

Yeah, it’s highly possible. If you are on iPhone, then you can easily restore those deleted text messages from iTunes or iCloud backup. This  is the same applying to the Android phone if used similar backup apps. The last is to use Data Recovery programs to directly scan and recover lost files from your phone.

Tutorial: How to recover deleted sms on android

Verified on Galaxy S5

Leslie Carter Profile
Leslie Carter answered

If you send and receive messages on your Android everyday, then you should have encountered the same problem. Messaging help you easily communicate with others. But due to certain reasons like deletion, formatting, rooting, update crash, software failure, virus attack, etc some or all of your saved messages on Android can get lost/deleted. Don’t fret. You can get them back with great chances of success. What you need is a professional Android data recovery.

There is a mass of different data recovery tools available to recover photos and videos from Android SD card, but free recovery software supports SMS recovery from Android. Here I recommend you Android data recovery, which can help you directly recover text messages from Android and also help you on How to recover sms from Samsung galaxy/note. All popular Android brands are supported, such as, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, and more. Just download its free trail version and give it a try.

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Anonymous answered

Windows Data Recovery for the recovery of your data and files from any of the storage device which has windows file system. It is so smartly programmed application for the recovery of your data from FAT and NTFS file system.

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Alan Smith answered

If you want to get back a deleted message from Android phone, you need to use Android Data recovery program. It can scan your Android phone and SD card deeply to find the deleted messages for you. You can preview the messages before recovering any of them. Learn how to retrieve deleted text messages on Android phone here.

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Anonymous answered

Yes, Gihosoft Android Data Recovery offers an easy way to retrieve your deleted or lost text messages from all kinds of Android smartphones and tablets, like the latest Samsung Galaxy S9/s9+/S8/S8+/S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge/Note 8/Note 5/J7/J5, HTC U11 , LG V30, Google Pixel/XL, Motorola, Sony, Huawei, OnePlus, ZTE and many more.

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paul stewart answered
No once you have deleted a message .... It is gone...I mean delete permanently...
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Anonymous commented
This is so far from the truth, your phone is like a computer , it has some type of hard drive. Why do you think when there is an investigation they can bring up, all your text msgs and deleted photos, and videos. Every computer divice has an imprint. Way.. do you actually think our authorities or government would allow us to us any kind of technology without ways to monitor them.
Please dont give me a privacy act speech or freedom speech. Do your complete research before you think you know what your talking about. Find a hackers website and ask them.
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Shumaila Sadia answered
Yes, its possible if your service provider can provide you with message logs. But generally these call logs are not available to general public.

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