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SMS Recovery - Galaxy S3

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Tomahawk, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk Lurker
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    Need a recommendation for a proven recovery app for deleted SMS's on a Samsung Galaxy S3.

    There are a lot out there and they all seem shady in one way or another. Looking for personal experiences if possible.


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  2. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    You can't recover files on an Android phone without rooting it. That voids the phone's warranty.

    Most of the file recovery programs aren't "shady", but there's no guarantee in recovering deleted files in a computer, any computer, due to the nature of computer storage. If another file was stored in the place the SMS file used to be before it was deleted, the SMS file can't be recovered. And whether that happened is purely a matter of chance. So you could root the phone, buy an app (there are no free ones that will recover more than picture and/or music files), then find that the messages you want aren't there.

    In the future, use an app like SMS Backup+ to back your messages up on a computer or in the cloud or both. (Any file you don't want to lose should be backed up to at least 2 different devices.)
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  3. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk Lurker
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    Thanks Rukbat for your answer.

    I've rooted a few devices before but not recently - I've never done an S3. Can you point me towards a tutorial or some instructions for the s3?

    I understand that deleted SMS files are eventually over-written. But I lost all of them so recovering even some, will be a huge benefit.

    And if anyone has a preference on or a quality experience with a recovery app, I'd love to hear you share your wisdom.


  4. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk Lurker
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    Did I mention that the phone underwent a factory reset all by itself after it was dropped in a bucket of water?

  5. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator

    I decided to move this thread to the Galaxy S3 forum since you are looking for specific experiences with this device and people with more experience with your device might be able to assist you the best :)
  6. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk Lurker
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Forum

The Samsung Galaxy S3 release date was May 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.8" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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