Read Deleted SMS Messages from any Nokia Symbian Mobile

By | March 19, 2009

image So, you accidentally deleted the message that you enjoyed the most or was a message from special someone and now you are feeling sorry, well time to be alittle techie and get back your message, we cannot restore it back into your sms inbox but yes you can atleast see it and copy it down somewhere.

Requirements: Fexplorer Symbian Device file manager software which you can download from here, After downloading it transfer it to your mobile and install it.

Now follow these steps,


  • Open Fexplorer in your mobile.
  • Select drive C: or D: depending on the memory in which the Sms messages have been saved.
  • For example you selected c:, Then open “system” folder.
  • Then in “system” folder open “mail” folder.
  • Then in this folder you will see different folders (eg 0010001_s) and certain files (eg 00100000). These files are the actual messages. Browse through every folder and open all files till you get the sms you are looking for.
  • For opening the files don’t choose options>file>open as it will show format not supported rather choose options>file>hex/text viewer. By selecting the “Hex/ text viewer” you’ll be able to open and read the deleted SMS message.

Hope this helped you and saved you from the unnecessary trouble.

30 thoughts on “Read Deleted SMS Messages from any Nokia Symbian Mobile

  1. Vivek

    @jasdeep I told you , It works only for s60 phones like n6600,3230 and others for newer mobiles this technique does not work and I’ll inform you If i find some other solution.

  2. Vivek

    I doubt n ot, it basically works for the series 60 OS7 or the older mobiles, like 3230,6600,6630 etc.

  3. NokiaFan

    I thought Information Week is one of the most reliable sources of information. Thanks 🙂

  4. Dude

    So, how do u find most recent message ??? how do they get stored ??? i find several folders like a,b,c,d,e,f,0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 .. so in which directory i need to look for latest message???

  5. Penny

    Does it work in 7610? Cause I tried and though I saw these numbers and some srange letters I can’t see my original sms text and I can’t save them

  6. Ahmed

    hi dear,
    this is Ahmad had format my mobile nokia 7610 by pressing the key green 3 and * then make swith on i did this procedure susscessfully but i lost my all contacts and sms from the phone memeory could i get it back on mobile plz help me how can i get them .
    i shall be thanxfull for the same .


  7. mirza

    i m using nokia 3110 classic phone i lost deleted my all contacts and sms from the phone memeory could i get it back on mobile plz help me how can i get them .

    pls reply my mail



  8. boulos

    hey is there anyway i get read deleted msgs from my E72?? pleasee i need a fast reply

  9. mbs

    how I can restore the deleted txt msgs from nokia e71

  10. kenis

    hey, man this is unable to support for nokia 5800..can u help???? pls…

  11. sophie

    does this software work on nokia 6300 or 6310

  12. jo

    Really hope you can help me.

    My ex partner left and is now going back on promises made for financial support for me & our baby. My solicitor needs proof – he made these promises by text.

    As was trying to delete an angry response (before I sent it) to a nasty message from him today, I did so in Conversation mode & accidentally deleted the whole thread. Am gutted as need those texts to prove his responsibility & not loose our house. If can’t get them back don’t know what I’ll do.

    Checked with Nokia but N8 it seems doesn’t save messages to SIM but to phone memory, so SIM reader no good.

    Downloaded FExplorer above but not supported for N8.

    Please do you know of anyway to get into phone memory (c drive) and attempt to retrieve these deleted messages?

    Without them have no evidence for court.

    Really hope you can help am desperate.

  13. Joe Chow

    I try this on my Nokia 6300 but its not work, i cant find the ‘System’ folder….help plz

  14. bah

    could you please suggest a way to restore deleted conversation on nokia n8 please?

  15. akshya pant

    plz tell me how to recover deleted sms from nokia 3110c is this model a java?

  16. Julius

    Dear all I have had some issues on recovering messages as the thread is saying but this method does not work at all. First because the messages you are getting through that are most probably the ones you have in the system. So those you see are the ones that are not deleted. Second in order to get a deleted file you have to stop immediately using the phone turn it off and take out the memory card. Insert it in a computer with a card reader and scan the card with a good data recovery software. Once you find the deleted files which as shown in the main post have no extension then you can recover them and then you are opening a deleted file.

  17. sivaramaraju

    does this trick works on nokia c5-03

  18. zulfiqar


    i have nokia c2 03 mobile. i deleted my important text message from my mobile phone. is it possible to recover the deleted text message from nokia c2 03. kindly guide me.


  19. Peric Nemanja

    I managed to find a mail folder and files in it. But all the messages were the ones that actually are not deleted. Is it possible that the memory is somehow limited, or is it just a coincidence, and there are no deleted messages?

  20. rehmanaliali

    plz tell me the nokia n8 sms recover deta

  21. perry

    Accidently deleted mms picture messages from nokia model 6700c-1. How can i recover? Please help!

  22. Jasmine

    I downloaded FExplorer on my Nokia C2-01 but when I go into the C: drive I cant find the systems folder. In fact, anything that comes up I can’t even click on. Can you please help me, I would really like to retrieve some deleted text messages

  23. Jasmine

    I want to retrieve deleted text messages from my Nokia C2-01. I downloaded FExplorer onto my phone, but when I click on the C: drive I can’t find the systems folder, and I am unable to select anything that comes up anyway. Any help with this would be appreciated.

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