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ZTE Data Recovery - Recover Deleted Data on ZTE Phones

By Emily Watson, Thursday, May 10, 2018

In the recent years, more and more people choose ZTE phones. Thus, there is an increasing demand for how to retrieve deleted text messages or photos on ZTE. For instance, you accidentally delete pictures from ZTE ZMAX Pro and now you want to undelete the photos.

On ZTE data recovery, the Rule No.1 is - stop using your ZTE device once you find out that important data are deleted or lost. Otherwise, you may be unable to undelete photos, messages or whatever you need on the ZTE device. Actually, when data are deleted, they still exist on the internal memory of the ZTE phone. But if you keep using your device after the deleting happens, new data will generate and could permanently wipe the deleted data.

So long as the deleted data remain on the phone memory, FonePaw Android Data Recovery can recover deleted photos, messages or other data on ZTE before they are overwritten. Follow the steps below to perform ZTE data recovery. And to prepare for potential data loss in the future, a ZTE backup and restore solution is introduced in Part 2

Part 1: Retrieve Deleted Text Messages/Photos/Contacts on ZTE

FonePaw Android Data Recovery is a software that can help you to recover deleted photos, videos, music, contacts, message and document files on your ZTE mobile phones and tablets, such as ‎ZTE Blade Z MAX/X Max/Max 3/Axon 7/Grand X4/Nubia Z17. You can restore deleted files easily by the several steps. After the recovery, all the contents on your device are orderly sorted by the Android Data Recovery and restored on your computer. 


Step 1. Connect Your ZTE to Computer

First of all, please run the Android Data Recovery, then connect your ZTE device, for example, ZTE ZMax 2, to PC with USB cable.

Connect ZTE to PC

Step 2. Debug USB on ZTE Device

After the ZTE is connected to PC, you need to open the phone and allow the USB debugging. Otherwise, it couldn't be detected by your computer.

Enable USB Debugging

Step 3. Choose File Types

When you finish the above two steps, you will see all the files types on the page. Tick the types of files you need to recover and click "Next". For example, for ZTE SMS recovery, tick the checkbox before Messages.

Select Android Files

Step 4. Authorize FonePaw App on Your Phone Before Scanning

The software needs to get the privilege before scanning to scan more deleted files on the device. If you can see a pop-up window on your device, please click "Allow". But if there is no such pop-up window on your device, please click "Retry" to try again. Once the Android Data Recovery gets the privilege, it begins to scan the data of your device. But the scanning may cost you some time, so wait patiently. 

On your computer, click "I Have Authorized". 

Read more details about how to authorize FonePaw on your phone.

Authorize FonePaw Scan

Step 5. Restore Deleted Files from ZTE

Standard Scan can only find out the files that already in your device. If you need to recover the hidden or deleted files, try Deep Scan.

When the deep scanning is over, you can see all the selected files items are sorted and listed in the left pane. Then choose the photos, messages, or other data you want to recover, click "Recover", you can restore deleted files of your device on your computer.

Deep Scan on FonePaw

If there are too many data on your ZTE phone, click the "ON" icon beside "Only display the deleted items" to check the deleted ones only.

Step 6. Review the Recovery

You can check the exported files on your computer one by one, and you will find out that the files are sorted out by categories.

Restored ZTE Data on PC

Part 2: ZTE Backup and Restore

Backing up important data is an essential way to keep the data on your ZTE safe. To backup and restore ZTE data, you have two options. One is to use ZTE's Backup & Restore app, which backs up your data on the phone memory or cloud storage provided ZTE. The advantage of this app is that you can backup and restore the phone without a computer, but the drawbacks are local backups could eat up your phone's internal storage and it provides only cloud backup for media data.

So that lead to the second option - back up ZTE phone to computer, which can save memory storage on your ZTE phone and protect the data whether the phone is broken, dead or stolen. FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore can back up photos, messages, contacts, call logs, videos and everything on your ZTE phone to PC or Mac. It supported encrypted backups, which requires a password to restore your backup.


To back up ZTE with the program, connect the phone to computer, select the data you want to backup and click Start to make a copy.

Select Data to Backup

To restore ZTE data, select one of the backups you have made, view and choose the needed data and click Recover to restore the backup to your phone or computer.

Select Backups

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