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In this guide, we will explore how to retrieve deleted texts on your Samsung device. Whether you accidentally deleted an important message or need to recover old conversations, we’ve got you covered. We’ll discuss the methods you can use to retrieve those deleted texts, from the built-in Recycle Bin to third-party apps. Let’s dive in!

Quick Summary

Here’s a quick summary of the key points in this article:

  • Understand the concept of deleted texts and why you might want to retrieve them.
  • Methods to retrieve deleted texts on Samsung:
    • Method 1: Using the Samsung Messages Recycle Bin.
    • Method 2: Recovering from Samsung Cloud.
    • Method 3: Utilizing third-party apps for text recovery.
  • Consider the availability of backups for an easier text retrieval process.
  • Additional tips to increase the chances of successful text recovery.

What are deleted texts and how do they work?

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Deleted texts are messages that have been removed from your messaging app, but they may not be entirely lost. When you delete a text, it is typically moved to a temporary storage area known as the “Recycle Bin” or “Trash.” This allows you to recover messages that you might have deleted accidentally.

Why you might want to retrieve deleted texts

There are several reasons you might want to retrieve deleted texts:

  • Accidental Deletion: You may have deleted a message by mistake, and you want to get it back.
  • Important Information: Some texts contain crucial information that you didn’t back up.
  • Sentimental Value: Text messages often hold sentimental value, like old messages from friends or loved ones.

Different ways to retrieve deleted texts on Samsung

Now, let’s explore the methods to retrieve those precious texts from your Samsung device.

Method 1: Retrieve deleted texts from the Samsung Messages Recycle Bin

  • Open the Samsung Messages app.
  • Tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner.
  • Select “Recycle Bin.”
  • Long-press the text message(s) you want to restore.
  • Tap “Restore.”
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Method 2: Retrieve deleted texts from Samsung Cloud

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap “Cloud and accounts.”
  • Tap “Samsung Cloud.”
  • Tap “Messages.”
  • Tap “Trash.”
  • Long-press the text message(s) you want to restore.
  • Tap “Restore.”
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Method 3: Retrieve deleted texts using a third-party app

If the previous methods don’t work for you, consider using third-party apps designed for text recovery. Here are some popular options:

  • Dr. Fone – Data Recovery (Android)
  • Tenorshare UltData for Android
  • FoneLab Android Data Recovery

To use a third-party app:

  • Root your Samsung device (be cautious, as this process can void your warranty).
  • Connect your device to your computer.
  • Run the third-party app, which will scan your device for deleted files, including text messages.
  • After the scan is complete, select the text messages you want to restore and click a button to recover them.

Ultimate Deleted Messages Recovery for Samsung Devices

It’s worth noting that notification history doesn’t have the capability to directly recover deleted text messages. However, it can be useful in certain situations where you want to view past notifications, including text message notifications. For instance, if you received an important text message that got accidentally deleted before you had the chance to read it, checking the notification history may help you retrieve some parts of the message. For this I’m using the samsung s21.

The first way to recover deleted text messages involves the following steps:

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notification history from advance settings
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  • Open your device’s settings.
  • Tap on the “Search” function.
  • Search for “Notification History.”
  • Select “Notification History” from the search results.

This is what it should look like:

notification history image of samsung device
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  • Tap on “Notification History” again.
  • If this feature is enabled, you will be able to view all your previous notifications, including deleted messages from apps like WhatsApp and text messages.

If you didn’t have the notification history feature enabled, here are alternative methods to recover deleted messages:

restoring texts and messages which are deleted image of samsung device
  • Check if you created a backup using the Samsung backup service or Google One. If you did, your messages should be stored there.
  • If you backed up your messages on your computer, they will be saved there.
  • Third-party apps available on Google Play can help you backup and restore messages. However, these apps can only restore messages if you previously backed them up using the app. Check if you have a backup in one of these apps.

Unfortunately, if you didn’t enable the notification history and didn’t create any backups, you might not be able to recover deleted messages.

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That’s it from GuruSamsung.com. The method you choose to retrieve deleted texts depends on your specific needs:

  • If you have a recent backup of your messages, that’s the quickest and easiest way to restore them.
  • If you don’t have a backup, you can try using the Samsung Messages Recycle Bin, Samsung Cloud, or a reputable third-party app to recover your deleted texts.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips to help you successfully recover deleted texts:

  • Act quickly: The sooner you try to recover a deleted message, the better your chances of success.
  • Avoid phone use: Minimize phone usage after deleting a text to prevent overwriting the deleted message with new data.
  • Choose reputable apps: If using a third-party app, select one with a proven track record for data recovery.

Now that you know to retrieve deleted texts on your Samsung device, you can keep your important messages safe and sound.

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