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Android Data Recovery - Undelete Messages, Photos, Contacts etc from Android Smartphones or Tablets

Updated on May 12, 2013

Recover Deleted Files from Android Device

Accidentally deleted files (text messages, Contacts, photos, videos, music etc) off your Android phone or tablet such as HTC, Samsung Mobile, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson etc and wondering if there is any way to perform Android file recovery? Well, it happens commonly to Android phone users to encounter data loss especially when you regards your Android phone as a digital camera or a memory storage device more than a communication tool to make a phone call or send text messages.

The TRUTH - YES, you can recover deleted or lost files from the devices. **Keep reading and explore for how to undelete & rescue your lost SMS, photos, Contacts, videos, music etc with Android data recovery software (continue to read).

Android Data Recovery
Android Data Recovery

General Android Data Loss Causes

Don't Let Your Phone Be Caught Again!

When your Android phone is not only a cell phone, then too many reasons are out there that may cause your precious files being erased, removed or lost all of a sudden, putting phone holders in great panic sometimes.

  • Accidentally press "delete" button on the phone and erased some precious SMS text messages or business Contacts just taken with camera function.
  • Music files missing in data transferring between your Android phone and PC or Mac machine.
  • Formatted the removable media memory card (SD, CF, memory stick etc) equipped within the phone.
  • Have a phone reset or restore and everything gone.
  • Unable to read images, videos or music files in the gallery due to memory card error.
  • When connecting Android phone (memory card) to PC, it says "the card is not formatted,
  • would you like to format it now?"
  • Android phone got water damaged or broken.
  • More reasons cause the data inaccessible or lost from your Android phone.

Then how to recover those deleted, formatted or lost files from Android phone or tablet? Basically there are 3 things you'll need: a 3rd-party recovery software, a a PC or Mac, your Android device.

Android Photo Recovery
Android Photo Recovery

Android File Recovery Software

Undelete Text Messages, Contacts, Pictures, Videos, etc from Android Devices

For Windows (8/7/Vista/XP) based PC: --> Download Data Recovery for Android

If you are a Mac OS X user: --> Download Stellar Recovery Mac

Not to worry! There is no complicated stuff here. You don't have to be a tech geek to get that done. Because the program is designed to be extremely easy to use. It can be worked on either a Windows or Mac based computer. It is able to recover SMS, Contacts, images, videos and music files deleted, formatted or lost from your Android based phone. The file formats supported range from photo formats includes JPEG, PNG, GIF TIF, TIFF etc to video and audio formats such as MP3, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, WAV and more. The thumbnail preview lets you confirm the files in advance before recovery.

Please Note

Before you use the Android data recovery program, make sure that your Android smartphone or tablet can be switched on and detected by the computer you are using, and the battery power is more than 20%.

Connect Android to PC
Connect Android to PC

How to Recover Lost Files from Android Devices

Step by Step Instructions for Your Reference+++

Preparation: connect your android phone to your PC or Mac. If your data are stored in the phone memory, connect the phone via the USB cable, make sure you can access the storage mode before starting.

Note: if the data are saved on the tiny piece of memory card insides, you can opt for a memory card reader - in this way you should take the memory card out of your phone and then load it on a card reader. Then insert the card reader to your computer. This method can be used when your Android device is unable to turn on because of water damage or broken.

  • STEP 1: Download and install the Android data recovery app on your computer. Open the software and choose a recovery option to continue.
  • STEP 2: Select the file types you want to recover. Then click Next button to continue.
  • STEP 3: Now the program will start to scan for lost text/media messages, personal Contacts, documents, photos, videos & music files. When the scanning is finished, preview the found files to see if they are right what you want and then recover them easily.

root Android phone
root Android phone

Android Phone Not Recognized?

How to Enable USB Mass Storage Mode

As far as I know, there are some Android phones or tablets (such as Samsung Galaxy S3, Note II etc) that don't support USB Mass Storage (known as UMS) mode. Note: if this is your first time to notice this. it is not a bug. It's just designed by the manufacturer on purpose, for security reasons or so.

However, that doesn't mean you can't access the mass storage memory. With only a few minutes, you can enable the UMS mode with ease.

First of all, you'll need to root your Android device. Please be aware that the process is reversible and safe.

Then follow the step by step guide showed on this article talking about enabling UMS mode.

After the USB Mass Storage mode is unlocked, it should be detected by your computer and then you can continue to use the above software to rescue data from it.

Supported Android Phone Types

You Might Be Holding One

  • Samsung Android - Admire, Captivate, Note, Nexus, Sidekick, Continuum, Conquer, Epic, Fascinate, Galaxy S2/S3/S4/i5700/i9008/Tab 10etc.
  • HTC Android - Chacha, HD7, EVO, Desire HD, Legend, My Touch Mobile, XV6975, Touch Pro, Wildfire, Jetstream, Thunderbolt, Hero, Pure, Vivid, Tattoo, One X/V/S etc.
  • Motorola Android - Atrix, Xoom, Droid X, Devour TouchScreen, MileStone, Moto Q series, Moto RAZR v3, v8, DEFY, MT, ME series etc.
  • LG Android - LG Vortex, Optimus, Voyager, Cookie, Viper, Spectrum, Accolade, Xenon, Prada P940, GT series, Nitro HD etc.
  • Sony Android - Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play, Xperia acro, X8 etc.
  • Huawei Ascend G300, Ideos S7, Honor U8860, M886 & ZTE Kis, Merit, Score/MUVE Music, Warp

  • More Android device models...

Samsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 GT-P7500 Wi-Fi, 3G, 16GB, 3MP Honeycomb Tablet PC (Pure White)
Samsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 GT-P7500 Wi-Fi, 3G, 16GB, 3MP Honeycomb Tablet PC (Pure White)

Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the third Android Honeycomb-powered tablet launched by a major OEM in the United States, and Samsung went to great lengths to revise the design and slice off the extra bulk. Big screen, competitive price, cool net-surfing & gaming experience. It's more than a phone! It looks more like a tablet computer!

MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)
MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)

Classics never die. It's right in front of you! Your choice! Overall the Motorola Xoom is one of the best tablets available on the market, featuring great performance, an efficient user interface and a good multimedia experience.


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      Lillllian2016 20 months ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Erekdo 20 months ago

      If you failed with the methods above, you can have a try for the solutions here which are highly recommended in many android forums´╝Ü

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      Iassdft 2 years ago

      As we know, lots of people are troubled in how to get back their android data. Fortunately, with the help of Coolmuster Samsung Data Recovery, you can get data back easily !Coolmuster Samsung Data Recovery, is a powerful tool to recover deleted contacts directly from Android phone. You can get back messages, contacts, videos, photos and more from Android phone without quality loss.

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      Frustrated 2 years ago

      So many "free" programs that aren't really "free". Why do you people pull this crap? If you're going to charge, then charge. Why be deceptive about it?

      The "free" version will let you see what you can get. But to actually recover them, fork over $49!

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      ynotkcub 2 years ago

      this programs free version will not connect to the moto g phone so thanks anyway

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      brandon 3 years ago

      I was going threw my misc and deleted everything and all 230 of my songs are gone how do I get them back

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this useful stuff.. it helped me a lot

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      wolvyz 4 years ago

      So, when my friends delete their ugly photos from my phone I can always have them come back. This is just nice.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info, just bookmarked :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hello.. as we all know htc chacha have a low internal memory.. as i was clearing data of apps to make some space i mistakenly cleared data of camera and gallery and i lost all my pictures and videos.. is there any way i can get those pictures and videos back as i have loadz of memories with them and i m upset.. plz suggest a soliution ..

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      360technosoft 5 years ago

      i have android phone. your lens will really help me to recover my media files. thanks for sharing this informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Accidenty deleted my photos

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One user asked about the timeframe to recover files and that is critical issue. When a file is deleted, the space is marked to be reused by other programs or the OS and is hidden so you can't find it without a utility. The more time that goes by, the more likely the file will be overwritten. If you have erased irreplaceable files, put your phone down until you can restore them. That's not the time to run updates or download the latest version of Angry Birds.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have an Android phone, but I can see how this info could be vital for those who do. Great job on this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sorry, with this program you can´t recover any files from the phone because the phone is not an accessible drive...

      From the phone card maybe or if you manage to make the phone there own drive (like e: or f:). But that isn´t possible for me with a Samsung i9100 (samsung galaxy s2)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really informative! Thanks. Is there a time frame for recovering of deleted files, like, how much time do you have from the time the file was deleted to recover it or will it let you recover all pictures ever taken by the phone since it was first used/purchased? And when you mentioned the need for the memory card, would it matter if its the same 1 or not? Would that mean if you are to sell your phone the nxt owner can still access your files as long as he has the requirements? Will this still work if you remotely wipe/delete data if the phone was stolen/lost or will lost? I'm sorry if I asked a lot questions I just wanted to make sure my files are still secure.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @safereview: plz send me idea recover files from a phone......

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      Bob 6 years ago from Kansas City

      I had no idea you could recover files from a phone, too! Great resource.

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      Useful lens, nice work.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nicely explained with some useful info!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very useful lens, especially since I have an Android phone and am about to get another one. Many thanks.

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      TheBaseballCoach 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Excellent info.

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      Johnathan K 6 years ago

      @anonymous: no, you can't. The only way to recover your deleted SMS is to restore it from the backup (you did before). Regards.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very nice article, but can I opt for the program to recover deleted text messages from my Android phone?