While there are a number of different scenarios that might cause you to lose data from your Android phone or tablet, most Android users lose data as a direct consequence oftheir own actions.
For example, when deleting old text messages, it’s easy to select a text message that you don’t want to delete and realize your mistake only when it’s gone. In fact, you can accidentally delete important text messages and other data without even holding your device in your hand. There are many desperate cries for help online published by people who have accidentally wiped out all text messages from their Android device while keeping it in their pocket.
In addition to accidental file deletion, Android users lose data because of:
Android devices store data in internal memory or on a removable microSD card. In a similar fashion to many other modern operating systems, a deleted file is not immediately removed from the device. The storage area occupied by the file is marked as empty, allowing new data to be written on it.
Until that happens, the original data can be recovered using a data recovery software application like Disk Drill. That’s why it’s important that you stop using your Android device as soon as you notice that important data is missing. If you continue using it, you will increase the chance of overwriting the deleted data and making its recovery impossible.
Yes. Deleted text messages are not physically removed from your Android device. This fact enables them to be recovered by connecting the device to a computer and using data recovery software. The software will treat the Android as a disk on which it can restore deleted files including text messages.
This answer depends on the carrier that you use. The text message detail is kept anywhere from 60 days to seven years based on your cellular provider. The actual contents of the messages are only kept by a few carriers, with the rest of them not retaining this information at all.
Yes. Images that are sent as attachments to text messages can also be recovered using data recovery software. Since an image takes up more storage space, there is a greater possibility that the space it had occupied has been overwritten, making it impossible to restore the photo.
You can try a few different methods to recover without a computer.
Possibly. If you have backed up the messages to the cloud you may be able to download them to a new phone. You may also take advantage of any apps that your carrier provides to view metadata concerning previous messages, though the content will probably not be available. Backups are important!
Here’s how to permanently delete messages from your Android: