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Recuva for Android: Does Recuva Work on Android Phones?

author Emily Watson
date Thursday, Jaunary 9, 2020

Speaking of data recovery software, many people will think of Recuva, a free data recovery program that recovers lost files from Windows, disks, external hard drives, SD cards, USB and so on.

Some users wonder: does Recuva work on Android phones? Well, the answer is no. There is no Recuva app for Android and it cannot scan and recover the deleted files on Android phones directly.

Fortunately, we have a great alternative to Recuva: FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window).

With it, you can recover contacts, messages, call logs, photos, videos, music, audios, documents, etc. from Android. Just download, install the software and connect your phone to the PC then you can begin the recovering process. The steps are as easy as a pie.

Read this passage and know more about Recuva and FonePaw Android Data Recovery.

Recuva Data Recovery for Android

Although Recuva can't be used to recover data from Android internal memory, if your Android phone has an SD card and the deleted data have been stored on the SD card, Recuva can help you recover deleted files from the Android SD card.


Tip: If you need to get back files from Android phone memory, forget about Recuva and recover files with a dedicated Android data recovery application (opens new window).

Here are the tutorials:

Step 1

Remove the SD card from your phone and insert it into the card reader. Connect your card reader to the computer.

Step 2

Download, install and launch Recuva first.

Step 3

Click Next when the Recuva Wizard appears.

Step 4

Choose the file types and the Android SD card you need to search for. Click Next.

Recover Files with Recuva

Step 5

When the scanning finished, tick the files you need and click Recover.


  1. If you cannot find the files you want, click Deep Scan.

  2. It has 3 colors that stand for the condition of your files, check it in the Advanced mode:

  • Red: Files are severely corrupted.

  • Yellow: Files can be recovered partially or fully.

  • Green: Files are intact.

    Recuva Files

Recuva Alternative for Android

Although Recuva is free and practical, it can recover data only from the SD card of an Android phone, not the internal memory of the phone. It is a little inconvenient when you are going to recover the data for Android.

If you lost data on your phone or you didn't insert SD into it before, a professional Android data recovery program is more helpful. Take FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window) as an example.

It can recover contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, audios, and documents, etc. from Android phone at a quick speed. More than that, it works both under Windows and Mac.

Follow the instructions below:

Step 1

Download, install and launch FonePaw Android Data Recovery on your computer.

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Step 2

Connect your phone to the computer via USB cable. Open USB debugging on your phone.

Allow Debugging

Step 3

Select the data types you need to scan then click "Next".

Step 4

Authorize FonePaw App on your phone before scanning. Tap "Allow" on your phone and "I have authorized" on your computer.

Authorized FonePaw

Step 5

If you cannot find the data you want, click Deep Scan to scan more data.

Deep Scan

Recover Deleted Messages on Android


Deep Scan might take a little time. Read more details about Deep Scan.

In all, Recuva and FonePaw Android Data Recovery are both professional data recovery programs. But it is slightly different between them.

  • Recuva only has the Windows version while FonePaw Data Recovery can run under Windows and Mac.
  • If you are going to use Recuva to recover data from your Android phone, you need to remove the SD card from your phone first and prepare a card reader, which is inconvenient especially when you cannot find an SD card reader.

After reading this post, you already knew how to use Recuva and FonePaw Android Data Recovery to get your data back. Now, just download and try them free!