How to Access Deleted Text Messages

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How to Access Deleted Text Messages
Your SIM card stores your phone's text messages. (George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Losing your text messages can be a frustrating experience, but if you have a SIM card, know that your messages are not lost forever. This memory card backs up your personal information, even if you cannot access it on your phone. A SIM card reader--available at most electronic retailers or wireless carriers--allows you to retrieve those deleted messages.

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Things you need

  • SIM card reader software
  • SIM card reader USB

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  1. 1

    Download and install the SIM card reader software. Save the software to a folder on your computer's hard drive. Allow your computer to restart.

  2. 2

    Turn over your cell phone. Remove the protective cover. Take out the battery and SIM card; the SIM card is a microchip located in the corner. Lift it up with your fingernail to remove it.

  3. 3

    Insert the SIM card into the SIM card reader USB. Insert the USB into an available port on your computer.

  4. 4

    Wait for your computer to detect the device. Click the "New Hardware Device Found" message to install the components.

  5. 5

    Double-click the software's icon. Wait for the software to read your SIM card and retrieve the messages. Click "Archive" to save the messages back on your phone.

Tips and warnings

  • You cannot retrieve deleted text messages if you do not have a SIM card.

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