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How do I recover deleted files in an Android phone?

Recovering deleted files on an Android phone can be possible, but it depends on several factors, such as the type of data, the storage medium (internal storage or SD card), and whether you've taken any actions after the deletion. Here are some general steps you can follow to attempt file recovery:


How do I recover deleted files in an Android phone?
How do I recover deleted files in an Android phone?

1. Check Google Photos or Google Drive (for Photos and Documents):

If you have Google Photos or Google Drive installed and have backed up your photos or documents, you may be able to recover them from the cloud.


2. Use a File Recovery App:

There are several third-party apps available on the AndroBranch App Store that specialize in recovering deleted files. DiskDigger, Dr.Fone, and Dumpster are some examples.

Install a reputable file recovery app, and follow the app's instructions to scan for and recover deleted files.


3. Check the Trash or Bin:

Some Android file managers have a "Trash" or "Recycle Bin" feature. Check if your device has this feature, and if so, explore it to recover deleted files.


4. Connect to a Computer:

  • Connect your Android device to a computer using a USB cable.

  • Use a file recovery tool on your computer, such as Recuva, EaseUS MobiSaver, or Wondershare Recoverit, to scan and recover deleted files.


5. Restore from a Backup:

If you have previously backed up your device using Google's built-in backup or a third-party service, you may be able to restore deleted files from the backup.


6. Check Google Photos Trash (for Photos):

Open the Google Photos app, tap on "Library," then "Trash" to check if deleted photos are in the trash. You can restore them from there.


7. Use Terminal Emulator (Root Required):

If your device is rooted, you can use a Terminal Emulator app to recover deleted files. However, this method requires technical knowledge and comes with some risks, so proceed with caution


Important Notes:

The success of file recovery depends on how much new data has been written to the storage since the files were deleted. If too much new data has been written, it may overwrite the deleted files, making recovery less likely.

Stop using your device for data-heavy activities to minimize the risk of overwriting deleted files.

Always read reviews and ensure the legitimacy of any third-party apps or tools you use for file recovery.


Regularly back up your device to prevent significant data loss.

Remember that the effectiveness of these methods can vary, and there's no guarantee of 100% recovery. If you are unable to recover your files using the above methods, consider seeking professional help or contacting your device manufacturer's support for assistance.

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