Can You View Archived Text Messages on Android Phones?


Quick Answer

Archived text messages can be viewed on Android phones using the message backup app used to create the archive. SMS Backup +, G Cloud Backup and SMS Backup and Restore are popular apps with this functionality.

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Third-party apps are required to archive and retrieve messages. Android's built-in text messaging app does not include a function to archive messages for future retrieval. To retrieve a deleted message from Android's stock text messaging app, use third-party software such as Android Data Recovery immediately. These deleted messages are only recoverable for a short time.

Using text message retrieval software on another person's phone without consent is a violation of federal law. Always obtain permission before reading another person's electronic communications.

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