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How to read old text messages from a SIM card

Updated July 19, 2017

A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) is a plastic, thumbnail-size memory card used in some cellphones to store subscriber information, contacts, text messages, pictures and video. Deleting information from the SIM card blocks it from view, but it is not removed immediately. To read old text messages on a SIM card from your computer screen, get a data recovery program, such as Data Doctor Recovery, or a USB SIM recovery device, such as SIM Recovery Pro or Cell Phone Spy (see References).

Download the recovery software to your computer.

Insert the SIM card into the card reader. Click "SMS Messages" in the program's task list.

Click the scroll bar to find and read old text messages.

Choose to save, delete forever or cut and paste old text messages by using the program's taskbar.

Insert the SIM card into the USB recovery device. Start the recovery program by inserting the USB device into your computer port. If the program doesn't automatically start, click "My Computer" and double-click on the USB device.

Click "SMS Messages" in the task list of the program.

Click the scroll bar to find and read old text messages.

Choose to save, delete forever or cut and paste old text messages by using the program's taskbar.

Things You'll Need

  • SIM recovery software
  • SIM card reader
  • USB SIM recovery device (alternate option)
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Raene Kaleinani began writing professionally in 2009. She has also been writing numerous poems and short stories seeded within her Hawaiian culture since 1999. Kaleinani has earned degrees in English and Hawaiian cultural studies from the University of Hawaii.