We’ve all done it. You receive an important SMS, usually a shopping list from your wife and you dare not ask what you’re supposed to be picking up for the second time. Problem is, you got a little swipe-happy and deleted it. It’s gone, gone for good. Well, not quite.
A new jailbreak tool called UndeleteSMS offers some respite for those of us that are prone to deleting important SMS messages.
Available now via Cydia for a whopping $6.99, UndeleteSMS attempts to recover lost SMS messages by looking into your iPhone’s Spotlight index and SMS database. Once it’s found the information it needs, it can be pasted into an email, SMS, note or anywhere else for that matter.
Operation couldn’t be simpler – simply fire up UndeleteSMS and hit the OK button. The app then goes off and does its thing.
While no doubt an interesting tool, and one that could prove useful for some, it’s worth noting that UndeleteSMS does have a major drawback – there’s no guarantee it will work. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but don’t blame us if the app doesn’t recover your lost SMS’s at all, its God’s will if they’re lost.
Because of the way the app works and the methods used for recovery, it’s possible that the lost SMS messages could have already been overwritten by Spotlight, meaning recovery is impossible.
If you’re pretty quick though, we’d be quite hopeful of a successful outcome, but at $6.99, we think we’d rather just be super careful when deleting things. Why not check out the demonstration of the app below before making that purchase?
Of course you’ll need to have a jailbroken iPhone in order to install and hopefully take advantage of UndeleteSMS – You can follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 4.3.5 using Redsn0w (or PwnageTool), or on iOS 4.3.4 using Redsn0w or PwnageTool (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), or iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w, PwnageTool, Sn0wbreeze & JailbreakMe (that last one being the easiest). If you’re already using iOS 5 beta, you can jailbreak it using tools like Redsn0w (for Mac and Windows), or Sn0wbreeze.