How to Retrieve Text Messages From Someone's Phone

by Palmer OwyoungUpdated September 28, 2017
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Text messaging is one of the most commonly used features on a cell phone. Billions of text messages are sent each month in the United States alone. If you would like to retrieve messages from a phone then you will need a text messaging recovery device. This will allow you to download the texts from the subscriber identity module (SIM) card to your computer. This way you can back them up for later use.

Boot up your computer and insert the CD-ROM into your computer. It will ask you if you wish to install the program. Click “Yes,” agree to the terms and conditions and click “Next.” This will initiate the installation process. Once it has completed click “OK,” and restart your computer.

Turn your mobile phone off and take out the battery and remove the SIM card. Insert the SIM card into the USB reader and connect it to the port in your computer. Wait for it to be recognized by your computer's operating system, which should find the drivers that you installed.

Go to the “Start Menu” and find the application and open it. Go to “File” and “Download Text Messages.” This will fill the application window with messages from the SIM card. They are now saved to your computer.

Close down the application. Remove the USB device and take out the SIM card. Put the card back into the phone.


A SIM card reading kit will connect your SIM card to the USB port of your computer, which will allow you download and read messages. As of 2010 these kits cost between $65 and $225.


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Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.

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