It may come as a surprise, but deleted text messages aren't always gone for good. According to a study by the University of Colorado, mobile devices often retain data even after deletion, offering a potential recovery window. For phones with SIM cards, this means that with the right tools, you can retrieve lost information. A report by Data Recovery Digest suggests that the success rate of recovering deleted messages can vary, but with prompt action, the chances are significantly higher. Understanding how to recover deleted text messages involves using specialized software to extract and decipher the residual data on your SIM card, a process that can be crucial for retrieving important information.
The reason that it is possible to recover deleted text messages is that when a message is deleted, the data is not completely erased at that time. While it does disappear from the message queue on the cell phone, the information is still there. In effect, the technology of the SIM card is marking the space occupied by that message file for overwriting. Until that space is actually needed for a new message, it is possible to retrieve the data. This means that for someone who does not send a lot of text messages, it may be possible to get deleted text messages back for several days before the space is eventually overwritten.
In order to recover deleted text messages, it is necessary to use a device known as a SIM card reader. This device is able to access all the memory on the card, including the space that currently holds recently deleted data. From there, the reader can use a software program to extract the deleted data and copy it into a format that the software can open. At that point, it is simply a matter of searching through the recaptured data and finding the accidentally deleted text messages that you want to recover.
It is important to note that SIM card software not only makes it possible to recover deleted text messages, but also recently deleted information like telephone numbers and logs of inbound and outbound calls. In addition to readers that are equipped with the software, there are also free programs that you can download and use to retrieve the deleted data. For mobile phones that have Internet capability, it is often possible to download the software directly onto the device. If this is not possible, the card software can be downloaded to a desktop or laptop computer that is then connected to the phone via a USB cable. Since some of the free products will only work with certain types of SIM cards, make sure your card type is included before downloading and attempting to retrieve the data.