When you delete a text message from your cell phone, it is not gone forever -- at least not yet. The data that composed that message does not instantly disappear but gets marked by your phone's internal computer as data that may be overwritten once new data arrives, such as a new text message. If you act quickly it may be possible to get this data back before it gets replaced.
Determine if your Verizon phone has a SIM card by removing the device's back panel. It should be easily accessible with a screwdriver or just your fingers. The SIM card is a small rectangular piece of plastic with one corner removed, like a page folded at the corner. It will have a metal chip in the center. If your phone doesn't have a SIM card, see the warning at the bottom of this article.
Purchase a SIM card reader designed for Verizon phones. Depending on the phone, the reader can be as low as $10 or less. An easy way to do this is to search "SIM card reader" on electronics retailers' websites.
Remove your phone's SIM card by opening the back panel as per the instructions in Step 1. The card should pop out easily.
Insert the SIM card into the SIM reader.
Insert the SIM reader into your computer by way of the USB port. The device should come with a built-in installation package that will allow your computer to read it and transcribe its data.
Follow the SIM card reader's installation instructions, which will pop up on your computer screen upon insertion. Once installed you will be able to read and manage your text messages, including any erased ones that have yet to be overwritten. Your SIM card's stored memory will appear differently on your computer screen depending on which model of reader you own. Generally, a SIM card data manager comes as part of the installation package. When you open the manager you'll see your phone's SIM data including phone numbers, photos and text messages.
- SIM card readers are a great preventative measure as well, allowing you to save all the data off your phone onto your computer, including text messages. If you back up your text messages onto a computer, you'll never have to worry about retrieving erased ones.
- Some Verizon phones don't have SIM cards. In this case, retrieving erased text messages is a bit trickier. You may be able to call Verizon and request a printout of recently sent and received texts, though the company only store customer texts on its servers for a limited period of time. You could also try a data recovery company such as Sensei Enterprises, though such services can cost hundreds of dollars. In any case, the quicker you act, the better chance you have of getting those texts back.
Items you will need
- SIM card reader
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