I was deleting 2 SMS messages, I did long press on the 1st until the blue tick appeared then selected the 2nd SMS. I then quickly went to the top 3 dots to select 'Delete' and the next thing I saw is blue ticks by every SMS and 'Deleting' message on the screen. The screen refreshed and it was blank - all SMS messages deleted :-(
What are my options to recover them? I have looked at apps like Fonedog & Dr Fone but after they connect they state root is required.
My phone details; Model: Mi 5 Android version: 8.0.0 OPR1.170623.032 Android Security patch level: 2018-10-01 MIUI version: MIUI Global 10.2 Stable 10.2.2.0(0AAMIXM)
In Developer options: OEM unlocking is greyed out but it says "Bootloader is already unlocked" underneath (see screenshot below) Mi Unlock status says "Unlocked"
Phone has been left turned off.
If the bootloader is already unlocked - could I try to root the device (with low risk of data loss) then try Fonedog & Dr Fone recovery again? When I first got the phone I tried Kingo-root and similar apps but they failed to root the device. I didn't take it any further at the time.
OR is there a way I can dump the internal memory flash (NAND?) to pc and use data recovery to find & restore my SMS?
Your help and suggestions greatly appreciated - I had some sentimental messages I would definitely like to recover. I have removed the SIM, turned off Wifi, turned on aircraft mode and phone is turned off unused.