When you open your Messages app on your Android phone, chances are that the instructions suggest that you can’t retrieve or restore any text messages that you delete. Ideally, it is true to an extent but there are a few workarounds that can help retrieve the accidentally retrieved text messages on your Android smartphone without any hassle.

We will explore more on that in this detailed guide.

Ways to Restore Deleted Text Messages on Android

When you are thinking about retrieving the accidentally deleted text messages on your Android smartphone, there are a few options to ponder. Almost all of them are effective in restoring the messages that you didn’t intend to delete.

The most straightforward one is with the Google drive backup. Before you lose all your hope, let us walk you through a few options available.

Using a backup

One of the most effective and easy ways to retrieve deleted text messages is by using a backup. If you tend to accidentally delete items from your phone, we’d recommend switching on your Google Drive backup.

When you switch on the backup, it will store all your SMS and MMS, enabling you to keep a secluded record of all the vital information. However, it comes with one drawback. To retrieve the messages, you need to reset the phone to the factory settings. So, more or less all of your saved data will be gone.

So, before you access the backup of your text messages from the Google Drive backup, we’d recommend that you backup all of your important files first.

To start the backup process, here’s what you need to do:

  • Open the Settings app on your phone
  • Go to System at the bottom of the screen
  • Under System, tap on Reset Options
  • You need to click on Erase All Data (Factory Reset)
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset process

Once the reset process is done, restart your phone. When asked to log in using your Google account, tap on Restore all back-ups to get your deleted messages.

Without a Backup

If you don’t have a Google Drive backup for your text messages, there is a way to retrieve the deleted text messages. There are different data recovery applications available for the Android smartphone that you can look into.

Using these third-party applications allows you to scan through your Android smartphone and then retrieve the deleted text messages or other items on the phone. Typically, you have complete autonomy over which data you wish to retrieve.

However, we won’t suggest that you 100% rely on these apps since they don’t guarantee if you’d be able to retrieve the deleted text messages or not. In some cases, you might not be able to do that as proficiently.


If you haven’t enabled backup of your Android smartphone data, we’d highly recommend that you do that without fail. It will come in handy for you in the long run, especially enabling you to navigate through the shortcomings proactively.