5 Ways to Retrieve Deleted Chat Messages From Signal App

Users who value online privacy increasingly use Signal, a safe and private messaging app.

However, you might wonder if there is a way to recover important messages if you unintentionally deleted them from the app.

Using a third-party tool or restoring a backup are some techniques that could be used to recover deleted messages.

We’ll look at a few techniques in this article that you can use to get back deleted messages from the Signal app.

Can Deleted Signal Messages Be Recovered?

Here are the five (5) ways to retrieve deleted signal messages.

Method 1. Signal Chat backups

If you had previously enabled chat backups in Signal, you could restore a backup containing your old Signal conversations.

To check if you have enabled Signal chat backups;

  • Open the Signal app
  • Go to <Settings> and click <Chats>
  • Ensure you see <Enabled> under the <Chat backups> option.

To restore your old Signal conversation;

  • Install a new copy of Signal
  • Select <Restore from backup> during installation.
  • Point to the local chat backup file to restore.

The backup file is a BIN file with a filename format like this “signal-yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.backup”.

Method 2. The Person You are Chatting With

Sometimes the fastest way is to approach the person/s you are communicating with to ask if they can re-send the file (image or video) or even the entire message to you.

If this is a Group or Channel, plenty of people can assist you in forwarding the lost message, image, or video you wanted.

Unless you intend to do this discreetly, this method is the most straightforward solution.

Method 3. Linked Devices

Signal has a feature called “linked devices.” It refers to extra devices connected to a user’s Signal account and can access messages and other account data.

This is very useful for users who want to access their Signal account on several devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

To recover deleted messages, you can use this feature to see all messages and transfer them between devices without losing their chat history or other account information.

Method 4. Use of Data Recovery Tools on SD Card

This method only works for Android devices.

If your signal messages, images, and videos are stored on an external microSD card, retrieving them back using third-party data recovery software such as Recuva is possible.

For iOS devices, you can consider using Stellar iPhone Data Recovery and iMyFone D-Back for iOS.

For Android devices, you can use EaseUS MobiSaver for Android and TenorShare for Android.

Method 5. Use of Forensic Tools on Phone

If you can afford or have access to mobile forensics software tools, this method is the best for you.

It would be best if you considered the following tools;

These companies invested heavily in the research & development (R&D) of gaining access to modern-day phones, developing support for thousands of mobile apps, recovering lost messages and files, and displaying them nicely in an intuitive interface for their users.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *