How upset would you be if you accidentally deleted photos of your daughter’s first steps?
What about an audio file of the last time you were able to hear your grandmother’s voice?
Maybe you jotted down some notes on your phone about your epiphany regarding the cure for cancer, but that same son or daughter got a hold of your phone and thought games were more important.
There are some pretty valuable things on your phone, right? But now they’re gone…forever?
Not necessarily. Using these methods, you should be able to recover your files in a matter of minutes. We will discuss some of the latest file recovery solutions. We will also address different types of situations, such as data being lost due to reformatting, a virus, a corrupt SD card, or your adorable three-year-old that just blew our shot at beating cancer.
From this point forward, do not save or download anything else aside from the recovery program. You could overwrite the very files you are trying to recover.
Do not turn your device off. We are not trying to be bossy; we are trying to salvage your files.
Do shut off your Internet connection once you have downloaded the recovery program so that no automatic updates take place. Odds are that your files aren’t gone. But if you deleted them, your phone has designated the location where they are being stored as free space for other files to make their new home. Don’t give them that opportunity. Recover your accidentally deleted files on Android instead.
Method 1: DiskDigger Photo Recovery
Time: 5 Minutes
How can I recover deleted files from Android? Use DiskDigger. This app is available in Google Play. I actually used it last week to help my father-in-law find some lost vacation and family photos. Rooting is not mandatory, but can make recovery more effective. The free version works for photos, but there is also a paid version for rooted devices that is more comprehensive.
Download and install DiskDigger.
No PC is necessary to use this app.
The free version is great if you are only looking for photos. For other types of files consider paying for DiskDigger Pro.
It will need access to your Photos/Media/Files because that it was we are trying to find.
DiskDigger is compatible with both tablets and phones, but only those that use Android 2.2 or greater.
Choose your scan.
A “Full Scan” is only available for phones that are rooted.
If your phone isn’t rooted (and it probably isn’t if you don’t know what “rooted” means) select the “Basic Scan.”
You can still root your phone at this point, but it is somewhat of a risk. That process could store files where your deleted files are residing, among other inherent rooting risks.
If your device is rooted, DiskDigger should ask you to specify which memory partition it should scan.
DiskDigger will let you know how many files it found. Tap the OK
You can tap each file to select its checkbox, or utilize your menu (represented by three vertical dots) to:
Select all photos (upper right-hand corner of app screen) or to
See recovery options specific to each file (upper right-hand corner of file icon).
Filter your files with the Options button (gear icon).
Recover and save the files.
After you tap Recover you will have three choices:
Save to an app (Examples of apps would be email or a program like Dropbox)
Save to device (Internal memory or SD card)
FTP upload This can only be used if you have access to an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server.
Method 2: Wondershare Dr. Fone
Time: 10-20 Minutes
Dr. Fone for Android works on smartphones and tablets to restore lost or deleted contacts, photos, audio files, documents, etc. It works best with rooted devices. It can recover data in every type of situation we’ve discussed so far.
Dr. Fone works on Windows, Mac, and Android platforms. You can try it free, but you will have to pay if you want all features and functionality. You can use it to recover deleted files on an Android that is unrooted, but it will be more effective on rooted devices.
Download and install Dr. Fone for Android.
You will need to install it to your PC, not your Android device.
It’s OK to allow to make changes to your computer. You want it to.
You will have to agree to its terms and conditions.
It is optional, but it might be a good idea to register.
Recuva offers both a free and paid version of its app as well. The free version actually works nicely though. However, if the files have been overwritten, even good software may have a hard time restoring them.
This is another way you can recover deleted audio files on Android. You can also use this method to recover deleted files from Android phone SD card. This is an easy and effective way as to how to recover deleted files on Android.
Download and install Recuva.
You will need to download Recuva from their site to your computer.
While this type of file has potential to harm your computer, this one shouldn’t, so tell your computer to keep the file and allow it to make changes.
You will have options about whether you want to have a desktop shortcut for Recuva.
Select what you are interested in and click on Next.
Click Finish when you are through.
Connect your device to your PC.
If the files you want to recover are on a SD card, you may need to mount the SD card if you aren’t using a card reader.
From “Notifications” tap USB Connected.
Select Connect USB Storage.
On your computer, choose Open folder to view files.
Now you will see a wizard here to help you through the process. You don’t have to use it, but it is very helpful.
Click the Next button.
Select the type of file you would like to recover.
You can choose All Files to show all files or conduct a narrower search.
Choose which location Recuva should scan.
Click on Start.
Check the box next to Enable Deep Scan to be more thorough.
Select the file(s) you want to recover.
Advanced Mode can make it easier to find the files.
Keep in mind that even if a file is displayed, it may not be recoverable.
Try to save the files on a different device (such as the PC) than the one on which they were lost.
If you are looking for a free app to get your photos back, DiskDigger is hard to beat and very easy to use. My only caution would be to really watch where you put the recovered files, because you may have to go on a treasure hunt of your own to find them if you don’t. Keep in mind, also, that all files below one gigabyte are sent to the Recycle Bin when deleted. So this would be a good place to resort to and doesn’t even require any app.
If that didn’t work for you, or you need other types of files recovered, look into Wondershare’s Dr. Fone. Although you can try it free, it probably won’t be a lot of help to you unless you are willing to pay for it. You can at least preview what the app can recover before you actually shell out any money.
Piriform’s Recuva actually does an outstanding job with the free version, and you can have even more if you are willing to buy. Recuva’s free version will try to add in more unrelated software during setup if you agree to it, so watch for that and decline it if you don’t want it. The program offered to me was CCleaner, though, which isn’t a bad app for optimization.
Which file recovery app works the best for you? Are there other apps you have found that work just as well or better? Check out the link below and send us your thoughts on all of these topics.