Question: How Far Back Can Police Track Text Messages?

Can Imessage be traced by police?

Apple says those logs are wiped every 30 days.

But because that data exists at all, police can use court orders to force the company to hand it over.

Apple emphasized that because iMessages are encrypted, the company is not able to give police access to the content of conversations..

Are all text messages saved somewhere?

This is definitely true. All those files are hidden somewhere in the hard drive, waiting to be retrieved… or replaced. This is exactly what happens with Android phones as well. Everything we delete, including SMS messages, sticks around until enough time passes by and/or the space is needed to store other data.

Can you get text messages from 2 years ago?

Unfortunately no, you would have to have a backup made prior to deleting the messages. Text message service is run by your network provider ask them. There are very few cell providers that retain text messages (MetroPCS is one of the few in the US) and even the ones that do would not retain them for 2 years.

Can police look up old text messages?

Keeping Your Data Secure So, can police recover deleted pictures, texts, and files from a phone? The answer is yes—by using special tools, they can find data that hasn’t been overwritten yet. However, by using encryption methods, you can ensure your data is kept private, even after deletion.

Can police read text messages without the phone?

In most of the United States, police can get many kinds of cellphone data without obtaining a warrant. Law-enforcement records show, police can use initial data from a tower dump to ask for another court order for more information, including addresses, billing records and logs of calls, texts and locations.