Android Data Recovery: How to Recover Lost or
Deleted SMS, Contacts, Photos and Videos
from Android Phones and Tablets?
Currently, there are three popular operating systems for mobile devices on the market: Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Window Phone. More than 70% of smart phones and tablets are running the Android operating system. However, for users of portable devices that running Android OS, one question can not be ignored is: due to improper operation or by accident, they often lost important files, such as SMS text messages, contacts, pictures or videos from their Android devices. The purpose of this article is to help users safely and quickly retrieve these lost data from the Android handsets or tablets. Note: to restore lost data from Android devices, it needs not only the right way, but also enough patience.
Note: currently, there is no Mac version.
Android Data Recovery Software Can be Used When Encounter
the Following Situations:
Accidentally delete files, such as contacts, text messages, pictures or videos from Android devices;
Lost all data due to Android device rooting;
Lost all files after the factory settings restoring, ROM flash or unlocking;
Lost files due to virus infection;
Can not read the files due to system errors;
Carelessly erased files from the memory card of the Android phone;
Files are gone due to pulling out the memory card without switching your Android phone off;
Card formatted, card error or inaccessible;
Lost files because of other reasons.
Is it Possible to Recover Lost Data from Android Devices?
The files of Android mobile device are either stored in the internal flash memory, or in the memory card (such as SD card). The related information of these files, such as storing addresses, storage methods, is recorded in the file system. When a user deletes a file, Android system only deletes the related information of it in the file system, while retaining the real data of this file. Real data of the file will not disappear until new data is written to the space it occupying currently. Therefore, once accidentally deleted or lost precious files from Android devices, it is recommended to immediately stop operating the Android and perform Android data recovery tool as soon as possible.
The Android Devices Supported
Android Versions Supported
The File Formats Supported
Tutorial: How to Recover Lost Files from Your Android Device?
(1) From unrooted Android device, you can only recover pictures and video. If you only want to restore the images and videos, it is not need to root your Android device.
(2) From rooted Android devices, you can restore all data, including SMS text messages, contacts, call histories, pictures and videos. If you want to recover lost SMS and contacts, you need to root your Android device firstly.
Step 0: Download and install Android data recovery program.
Note: do not install this Android data recovery application on your Android devices, but on your computer which is running Windows.
Step 1: Connect Android device to your computer.
Connect your Android device to computer via a USB cable, and then start the Android data recovery utility, you will see the following software interface.
Step 2: Enable USB debugging.
Follow the steps on the software interface to enable USB debugging according to the Android system software version.
Step 3: Turn on USB Storage.
“Turn on USB Storage” according to the methods on the software interface.
Step 4: Scanning.
After a few clicks, the software will automatically scan your Android device to find the lost files.
Step 5: preview files found.
After scanning finished, you can preview the Android file found, such as contacts, text messages, pictures, videos and more.
Step 6: restore and save the files.
Select the files you need to recover or choose all the files found. Choose a path to save the recovered items.
Tips: How to Avoid Data Loss from Android Devices?
1 The best way to prevent data loss is to regularly backup important data, such as contacts, text messages, pictures and videos of your Android devices on your local computer or cloud servers.
2 When you delete an important file in the Android device, it is needed to confirm twice.
3 It is recommended to back up important files before rooting, unlocking, factory settings restoring of your Android device.
4 Do not connect the Android device to the computer infected with viruses.
5 Once accidentally deleted or lost important file from Android devices, you should immediately stop operating your Android devices, which is helpful to avoid “real data” of the deleted files be overwritten by new generated files. At the same time, you should immediately download and install the Android data rescue software onto your computer and retrieve lost files from your Android devices ASAP.