How to Recover Deleted Files from Android

By Emily Watson, Monday, October 16, 2017

"Do you know how can I get back my lost document on my Android?" asked Richard, "I entered Settings> Application> Management application> All> Messaging. I ordered 'Clear data' and clicked 'OK'. Then tragedy happened! All my data are deleted! Worse than that, I don't have a backup. Can i restore these lost files on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?"

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Can I Recover Deleted Files from Mobile

The question has troubled many users. And the answer is definitely an yes. Actually, when you delete a file from your Android phone, the deleted file just disappears from your eyes, but still exists in somewhere of the phone memory. All you need is a tool that is capable of detecting the deleted file and get it back. FonePaw Android Data Recovery is the exact tool that you need. Besides, someone may ask "if I want to recover files pictures and messages from my old Android, should I do it to my Windows PC or my new Android phone?" In fact, you can do that on your PC/Mac to retrieve the lost data.

FonePaw Android Data Recovery, a cutting edge program, is designed to help Android users to recover deleted/lost data from Android phones which includes Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, LG, Sony, HTC, Motorola, Huawei, OnePlus, AUSU and ZTE. Only with several clicks, it is available to recover deleted photos, videos, music, text messages, WhatsApp, contacts, call logs and document files from Android phone.

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Warm Tips:

Be mind that, you are advised to stop using your Android once deleting happens. Otherwise, new data will overwrite the deleted ones.

Recover Deleted Files from Android (Take Samsung as an Example)

Step 1. Connect Android to PC

To start with, install and run the recovery app on Android, also called phone memory recovery for Android. Then connect Samsung device: Galaxy S7/S8/S9/Note 8 to PC with a USB cable that came with it.

Connect Android Phone to PC

Step 2. Allow for USB Debugging

Turn on the Android device and touch for USB debugging. Then, the computer can access the connected portable device.

For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings"> "Applications"> "Development" > "USB debugging".
For Android 3.0 - 4.1: Go to "Settings" > "Developer options" > "USB debugging".
For Android 4.2 or newer: Hit "Settings" > "About phone". Tab "Build number" for 7 times till the dialogue box "You are under developer mode" occurs. Then go back to "Settings" > "Developer options" > "USB Debugging".

Allow for USB debugging

Step 3. Choose File Types to Recover

When Samsung is successfully matched now, you will be asked to select files types that you are intended to restore. Tick whichever ones you want and then the "Next" button. Android Data Recovery will scan and check all your options in the connected Samsung.

Choose File Types to Recover

Step 4. Analyze Device and Get Privilege to Scan Files

In this step, the program will check device information and then try to get root permission. When the window as below occurs, turn on the connected Samsung. Then go the Samsung and hit "Allow/Grant/ Authorize" to make sure the root request is accepted.

Analyze Device and Get Privilege to Scan Files

Once the program gets root permission, it will enable a data scan. Scanning can take some time. During this process, please wait patiently for phone file recovery.

Scanning Files of Android Phone

Step 5. Preview and Recover Lost Files from Android

Scanning is done! All the selected items are orderly sorted and listed at the left pane. Choose your wanted contents. They will be exhaustively shown in the table. If there is too much information, tap the "ON" icon and set to display the deleted items only. After that, choose all or some of them. And click "Recover", all that deleted files will be retrieved and saved on your computer.

Preview and Recover Files from Android

That is how to get back deleted items from Android phones and tablets.

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Notes for Recovered Contents:

The deleted files will be recovered to your computer. The following are the recoverable contents of each file type and in what format they will be saved on your computer.

Recovered Contents and Exported Format

If you have files that are important to you, make sure you always have a good backup of them!

Have you successfully recovered all the deleted files on phone? We will be pleased if your answer is "yes"! FonePaw Android Data Recovery is not only good at retrieving deleted data, like contacts, messages, and call logs on Android but also can scan existing media files. With it, it is no longer thorny to regain deleted data. Any problems? Just leave them on the comments below.

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