It can be nervous if you accidentally deleted some text messages on your Samsung phone. Those texts you exchanged with your loved ones in the past months or years are now disappeared.
Fortunately, it is still possible to retrieve deleted texts on Samsung and today we are going to share with you several different recovery methods to do so.
Note: some methods may not apply to your situation. If so, just skip it and go to the next one.
Method 1: Retrieve Deleted Texts from Samsung Cloud
Samsung Cloud is an online backup service built into every Samsung phone or tablet. It simplifies file management so you can back up and restore your files in case of data loss. The app allows you to keep all your settings, layouts, and apps and their associated files.
When you delete text messages on your Samsung phone, do not panic. The first step is to check whether you’ve backed up your phone to Samsung Cloud.
If yes, you can easily retrieve those deleted texts by following these steps:
- On your phone, find Settings, tap Accounts and backup.
- Tap Backup and restore.
- Tap Restore data, select your Samsung phone, then select the content (i.e. text messages) you want to restore.
- Tap Restore.
Note: If needed, just download your backup data following the on-screen instructions.
Method 2: Restore Text Messages via Samsung Smart Switch
Similar to Samsung Cloud, Samsung Smart Switch is a backup app that was originally designed to back up your old Samsung device and restore the data to a new one. But you can also use the app to create a backup of all your text messages, contacts, media files, and more and save it to your computer.
If you’ve made a backup, congratulations! It’s super easy to restore your texts and other files via Smart Switch.
Check out this video tutorial or this Samsung support article for how to do it.
No backup? No worry! Read on to find other methods below.
Method 3: Retrieve Text Messages from Your Service Provider
Many of you don’t know that your cell phone carriers or service providers (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) actually keep copies of your personal data, including text messages you receive and send out.
First off, log into the website of your service provider online, and navigate to the message section to look up historical data. Some providers may list your text messages sent and received in the previous billing period.
If you couldn’t find them, contact customer support to see if they can pull it up for you.
Note that if you’re located in the United States and your phone carrier is AT&T, you’re in luck because you can easily restore your messages via this portal – AT&T Messages.
Method 4: Use Third-party Android Data Recovery Software
If the above methods didn’t work or do not apply to you, your last option is to try a third-party Android data recovery software. Read our detailed roundup review here for more.
Here’s a quick tutorial using a third-party recovery program to recover your deleted or lost Samsung text messages:
- Install the software on your computer (PC or Mac).
- Connect your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet to the computer.
- Launch the program, follow the instructions to enable USB debugging, and select the file type to scan.
- Now the software will scan your device for any recoverable text messages. Be patient as it may take extra minutes.
- Preview and recover your messages after the scan is complete.
These days text messages are often more valuable than other types of data, and we can’t afford to lose them. But accidental deletion can happen now and then and when that happens, it can be really nerve-racking. However, those deleted texts may still be recoverable and I hope the above Samsung SMS recovery guide has helped.
Don’t forget to back up them on a regular basis! Samsung Cloud and Smart Switch are great options, you may also use other third-party backup tools.
If you’ve managed to retrieve your texts, that’s great! If not, leave a comment below and let us know your situation, we’ll try our best to help.