How to Recover Deleted Files from Android?

Living in this digital era of today, our phones have become our best companions. Whether it is an android phone, an iPhone, or a Windows phone, it always deserves our full attention anytime and anywhere. Our phone has our important files and videos, our identities, educational qualifications, photos, certificates, precious contacts, our thoughts, our notes, everything. This makes managing things quite difficult in case we part with our documents or our phones.

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However, for reasons more than one, we might sometimes have to part from our files. It does not matter whether it happened as a result of a blunder or due to a disappointing glitch of our phone but the loss of our important files makes it hard to keep up with everything. But it is important to know that in today’s world we can get back all we have lost from our phone without any hassles. Yes, we can do it most of the time, unless there is a critical case that we are unfortunately stuck in.

Therefore, if you are in a similar situation where you have deleted some or all of the files from your Android phone and are worried about the recovery of the same, then stop your worries! This is because we are here with all the processes that you can use to bring your files back to your phone.

So, go through this article to resolve your issue and not let that bother you anymore!

Here first we will learn where the files are stored on Android devices. So, let’s dive into it.

Where is the File stored on Android devices?

Before getting to the process of recovering the deleted files from your android, we must first be aware of the space where our files are stored.

Here, you should know that the files in your android phones are stored in one of these two ways. Yes, you can store them in your internal memory or external memory through one of the SD cards that you can get online or from a shop nearby.

Storage in the Internal Memory

To sum up your internal memory, it is basically your phone’s hard drive. This is helpful for storing a whole range of data that includes apps, music, videos, pictures, audio files, documents, notes, and more. Every phone available today has got a different storage capacity.  This you can check by visiting Settings and then going to the Storage option.

Storage in the External Memory

As we have already mentioned the external memory can be considered as a memory card or SD card. These offer extra storage space for your phone where you can store data, which includes pictures, music, documents, and some apps (there are apps that can’t be stored on SD cards).

To access the external storage space you need to just tap the Settings and then go to the Storage option. Now, you just need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the SD card.

Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Files from Android?

Android operating systems are designed specifically for mobile devices equipped with the touchscreen facility, such as smartphones and tablets. Therefore, deleting files by mistake is much a common issue in them. In fact, most of us delete something or others from our android devices with or without notice.

A possible instance might be summed up as an event when we try to delete some of our apps, files, or other data from our phone and end up deleting our important files after which we realize that we are missing some of our vital files.

As soon as we realize that we are missing our important files we think about how to retrieve them all quickly. Now, here it is important to note that in android devices if we delete files then these files are not removed entirely from our devices. What happens is that the spaces they had equipped earlier become empty, and we can write any new data in these spaces.

Therefore, before the spaces are overwritten with other data, we can always restore our previous files that were deleted. You can either use some of the hacks that we will mention below or any other third-party app or software like MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android, to restore them.

Where to look first for lost Android files?

If you have deleted your files recently that you want to retrieve now that we have discovered them missing. So, if you have stopped using your phone or writing anything new in place of them, then here are some things that you can check with to restore them before going on to some more powerful methods.

The very first thing that you need to do is to check if the file you have deleted is dropped there in any one of your recycle bins or trash bins.

Now, there are different ways to do that depending on the kind of phone you are using and the location where the files are in. For example, if the files are in the Google Photos app, then you can find deleted items there just by tapping on the Library at the bottom, then go to the Trash folder. Next, you need to hold down the photo before you tap on the “Restore” button.

Now, when it comes to any other apps, then you will need to look for a trash or deleted items folder, where you may find them.

How to Recover Deleted Files on Android

Wondering about how you can recover your deleted files on your Android phone? Then you can turn to the DiskDigger app. This app is available on Google Play.

Though rooting is not mandatory when using this app, but if you root your phone, then it will make your data recovery more effective than ever. You can use the free version, which works for the photos, but you can also get a paid version for rooted devices that you can use with more functionalities. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1. First, you need to download and install the DiskDigger app

Remember that a PC is not required to use this app. Though with the free version of this app you can easily recover your photos, you might also DiskDigger Pro. And it is also important to note that this app will need uninterrupted access to your Photos/Media/Files because that’s what we are trying to find.

Step 2. Launch DiskDigger

Using DiskDigger is pretty much compatible with both tablets and phones, but only those that are built with Android 2.2 or greater.

Step 3. Choose the Scan type

There are two types of scans you can perform here: a basic scan and a full scan. So, if you are prepared with a rooted device then you can opt for a full scan otherwise you need to select a basic scan.

For devices that are not rooted, simply choose a basic scan. However, you can also root your phone at this point, but it is not generally recommended here due to certain risks. The latter is not advised because that might also lead to putting your files in the deleted section among other risks.

However, in case your device is rooted, then DiskDigger should ask you to choose the memory partition it should scan.

Step 4. Choose the Files to Recover them

After checking on the files on DiskDigger you will eventually come to know the files that are found on your phone. You need to just tap on the OK option.

Tapping each file would help you check their boxes, or you can also use the menu option to tap on the three vertical dots to:

Select all the photos, which appear in the upper right-hand corner of your app screen.

See all the recovery options, which are different for each file, appearing on the upper right-hand corner of the file icon.

Also, you can filter your files with the Options button, represented by the gear icon.

Step 5. Recover and save the files

Once you tap on the Recover option, you will have given three choices to choose from:

Save to an app, for example, an email service or a program like Dropbox.

Save to a device, either Internal memory or SD card.

FTP upload. You can only use this option if you have access to an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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