Have you deleted some important files on your phone and you need them back? Don’t worry. You can recover deleted files from your android device.
Hey wait, this shouldn’t begin this way.
I know, you are reading this blog because you have deleted, a precious picture or your friend’s number or your favorite song or a file that should be sent to your boss, by mistake (“I assume”) and you’re in a panic mode.
Relax. Take some deep breaths. Stop using your phone immediately. You can get them back.
Attention, please! This won’t be boring. When you delete a file, whatever it may be, a music track, a picture of any format, anything, it seems like it is deleted, but it is not, at least, not for some time.
There is a location storing system called “pointers”, that keep track of the memory locations, that are occupied and that are free.
So, when you delete a file, the file is not immediately deleted, but its location is marked free to make it available for new files when they come. The deleted data will be floating somewhere in the storage.
As far as you don’t use your phone frequently, your phone won’t get rewritten with a new data and it is possible that you recover deleted files. Phew! Why such a big story?
To emphasize the point, stop using phone over and over again. Because that is what you do when you’re in panic, searching for the deleted file with a floodlight.
And when you do it, the phone will be overwritten with the new data, and you might lose it forever.
Check if you have a backup
If you have taken a backup, then you don’t need to worry at all. In the terror of losing your important file, you might have forgotten that you’ve taken a backup of it.
Once you’ve taken some deep breaths, you’ll remember that you’ve taken a backup.
Then what, just restore them back which is pretty easy. If you haven’t taken a backup, advance to how you can recover deleted files.
How to recover deleted files
There are a plenty of recovery software that help you recover deleted files from your android device. The procedure that is involved in them is pretty much the same.
So, I present here a generalized procedure that will suit a lot of recovery tools you’ll find in the store.
Only that, the designation of the labels will be different; like in one tool will say “continue” and the other will say “proceed”. You can always have a handle on it.
It’s as simple as this:
Step 1: Download an android recovery software tool on your Windows or Mac.
There are a lot of such recovery tools, some for free and some with a free trial.
Confused on which one to select? In the last section of this write-up, a list of top android recovery software is given.
You can make use of it. Install in on your computer.
Step 2: Connect your mobile phone to your computer with a USB cable.
Step 3: Once you connect your android to your computer, enable USB debugging. Your software tool will show the routine to enable USB debugging. In case that’s not given,
For Android Jellybean 4.1, go to Settings. Select Developer options and then click USB debugging.
From Android Jellybean 4.2 to the latest version, go to Settings. Select About Phone.
Tap Build number for seven times. In Android 6.0.1 and newer, you will find the Build number under Software info.
A dialogue box will appear prompting that “You are under developer mode”. Again go to Settings. Select Developer options and hit USB debugging.
Step 4: The program will need some root access to scan your device. Give permission to your software program to access your device by clicking on Allow or Authorize or Grant.
Step 5: Once your device is matched, you will see a catalog of file types and will be asked to select the file types of the files that want back. Are you not quite sure of the file type? Here’s the help.
Pictures – .jpeg, .png, .gif
Audio – .mp3, .wav, .aac
Documents – .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pdf, .html, .zip, .rar
Videos – .mp4, .3gp, .avi, .wmv, .flv, .mov
Contacts – .vcf, .csv, .html
Text messages – .csv, .html
Calls – .html
Select those file types you want and select Next(it should be something like Next or Proceed) .
Step 6: Allow the software to scan your phone. This will take some time.
Step 7: After sometime, you will see a list of files that the software has recovered for you. You can also see the preview of the files that are recovered.
Select the ones you want and then click Restore. This will save the restore the data and save them in your computer.
You can then transfer them to your phone using a USB cable.
Now, that’s the method how you can recover deleted files from android.
Though lengthy it seems, it is a lot easier when you actually do it.
Based on users’ review, ease of use and users’ satisfaction, here’s a list of top android recovery tools.
Note that none ranks first. Different users find different tools as easier. The order of appearance is not based on efficiency but on popularity.
- FonePaw Android Data Recovery
- Wondershare Dr.Fone
- MyJad Android Data Recovery
- Undelete for Root Users
- MobiKin Doctor
- Jihosoft Android Phone Recovery
So, these are the widely held android data recovery tools that you see can online. Download one of these. Don’t get confused to select one.
Any one of the above will definitely work, in the above mentioned procedure. Try it and let us know which one you tried and how easy that was.