Recovering your messages on Android
Whether recovering your deleted messages worked or not, it’s always best to take preventative measures, so you don’t lose them again. Some manufacturers like Samsung offer up to 15 GB of free cloud storage, which you can use to back up various phone data, including text messages. On most Android phones, however, you can simply use your Google account:
Go to Settings, then find Google (Services & preferences).
Tap it, scroll down and go to Backup.
Enable Back up to Google Drive. You will be asked to add an account to back up to. After that simply tap Back up now. This could take a while depending on how large the files are. Afterwards, your call history, contacts and text messages should be safely backed up.
However, if you specifically want to back up your text messages and nothing else, you could use a third-party app instead. SMS Backup+ is a great way to do so and it’s free. The app can back up call logs, SMS and MMS to your Gmail. Of course, you will need to connect your Google account to do so. After doing that you can choose when the back up is performed and what you want to be saved. You will find your messages in a folder usually named SMS in your Gmail – convenient and easy.
Recovering your messages on iOS
Apple also provides extensive backup tools based on your iCloud or iTunes account. If you have ever made a backup to either of these services, your text messages should also be available to be recovered from the backup.
iTunes backup and restore
By default, you should have created a backup of your phone’s data, including messages, every time you synced with your PC or Mac, so you can try recovering deleted text messages via an iTunes backup.Use the following method to do so.
1. Download Syncios iOS Data Recovery on your PC. ( Both Window and Mac computer compatible)
Or you can
2. Connect your iPhone to the PC/Mac with which you normally sync it. And then Jump to iTunes Backup Files where iTunes should open automatically (if not, open it manually by enterring the account and passcode.)
3.You should see your iTunes files appear. Select it. Or select those those you want to recover from.4. Now choose Restore backup.
All the data you previously backed up will now overwrite the data on your phone. It will take a few minutes and yes, anything you saved after the backup will be lost. As long as you didn’t back up via iTunes after deleting those messages, they should now be back on your phone.
iCloud backup and restore
If iTunes didn’t work, then there’s always iCloud, though specifically trying to restore text messages can be tricky.
When Apple introduced Messages in iCloud a couple of years ago, you need to be aware that while enabling this syncs your messages across all your devices which use the same Apple ID, there’s also a catch. Because if you delete your messages from one device with iCloud sync, those messages also get deleted from the other devices. Furthermore, messages are not included in an iCloud backup.
If you really need to restore your messages via an iCloud backup, you need to factory reset your iPhone and then restore it from an iCloud backup that was made before the text messages were deleted.
This is a drastic step, so first make sure you have such a backup in the first place by checking in Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. Note that the last successful iCloud backup time/date is always displayed right below the Back Up Now button.
If you do, then you need to factory reset your iPhone before restoring it via that iCloud backup. To restore factory settings on the iPhone, follow these steps:
Open the Settings menu
1. Scroll down to the General menu and tap it.
2. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap the Reset option
3. At this stage, you’ll be presented with a number of reset options, ranging from a simple reset of iPhone’s settings to resetting its dictionary or home screen layout. There’s nothing specifically called “factory reset.” The option you want is Erase All Content and Settings. Select it.
4. At this stage, you’ll be prompted for your passcode if you have one
iOS will warn you one last time. You can still cancel, or go ahead with Erase to proceed
It can take a few minutes to erase everything depending on how much data you have. But at the end of the process, your iPhone should restart just like new.
When it restarts, select to restore via the iCloud backup that contained your deleted texts.
If you are tired of the complicated process by this method, you can also use Syncios Data Transfer to recover the messages in your iCloud Backup. This tool is mainly recover the backups in iTunes and iCloud. While Syncios iOS Data Recovery is able to recover the lost and deleted files on your iPhone, iTunes and iCloud.
Have you ever deleted or lost your text messages by accident? Did you manage to recover them? Have you got a better way than with Syncios Data Recovery? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below.
- 3 recovery modes to retrieve data from your iDevice, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
- Recover photos, messages, contacts, as well as App data like WhatsApp conversations, iPhoto, Instagram etc.
- Preview what you’ve found before performing recovery.
- You can choose to extract found data to PC or put them back to device.
- Fully compatible with iOS 13