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Attention: Before you start recovering any type of file, be sure not to record anything else on your device, or turn it off and unplug your Wi-Fi connection to avoid updates that may occur before you recover the file you want.
Now that you have probably searched the obvious places, such as the trash bin of your photo gallery. You can follow quietly.
You don't need to root your device to recover audio, video and photo files from your smartphone. You will need to use a computer and program like Recuva (you can use the free or paid version) to recover data or a program like Coolmuster or Wondershare Dr. Fone, which requires root access but is available for both Mac and PC.
If the files you are looking for were on a memory card, you can use a micro-SD adapter to connect your memory card to your computer.
However, there is a small problem: The versions following Android Ice-Cream abandoned the storage protocol, which made the internal memory look like a flash drive, so many of the recovery methods no longer work. But don't worry, we have a solution for that too.
- Connect your Android device to the computer;
- Open Recuva;
- Select your device from the top left list and click Scan;
- When the scan is complete, select the file and click Recover.
The preview of your file will not be available, but don't worry, this is normal. This time, save the file to your computer! With Recuva, you can also select more files to retrieve them all at the same time.
You can also use other programs similar to Recuva such as: 7-Data Recovery and File Scavenger
If the files were in the device's internal memory do not worry. If you have not yet enabled developer options on your Android go to: Settings> About Phone> Version Number and click on the number seven times.
After this process go into Settings> Developer or Developer Options and enable USB debugging. You can now use the programs mentioned above.
Note: Normally, for the above programs to work, your memory must be formatted in FAT32, NTFS, or the like. If your memory card is not recognized, you can simply copy the content to your computer, reformat the memory card to FAT32, copy the files back and continue the process as normal.
Some apps allow you to perform this recovery directly from your Android device, but with the prerequisite of having your smartphone or tablet rooted. We can suggest the DiskDigger, which recovers deleted files from internal memory or microSD card.
DiskDigger Recovery Photos
The app works like a computer program: you open it, activate a scan device and selects the files you want to recover. This time you can more easily view deleted photos or videos, and the app lets you send them to your email.
Another option, if you have ROOT access, the app Undeleter
Undeleter Data Recovery
As well as the DiskDiggerThis is a very simple application.
- Choose which type of memory you want to recover the file (internal or external);
- Select device (the process may take up to 10 minutes depending on memory size and amount of stored files);
- At the end of the process you will see a number of files that can be recovered in several tabs: Files, Music, Videos, Photos, etc. The recovered data has returned to its original place.
If there is a problem with your device's memory, this option may only work partially. In this case, try the process with Recuva described above.
Recover Files from a Damaged MicroSD Card
Who would say that something so tiny could hold such valuable information and files? Because . Unfortunately, however, these precious memories are still very fragile and can easily be damaged. But, well, (almost) everything has a solution. Let's go.
note: If your card is damaged do not try to format it, as this will erase any file in your memory. And if you are not sure if your card is damaged, test it on different devices. Often the problem is with the reader and not the card itself.
Just like recovering files from your Android device, recovering files from the microSD card requires a program installed on your computer for this purpose. We recommend the DiskDigger or ZAR (Zero Assumption Recovery) which we use for this tutorial.
We cannot guarantee that you will be able to recover 100% of the information. In addition, files usually lose their original name, but this should not be a serious problem.
- First install the chosen program on your computer (in this case ZAR);
- Insert the MicroSD card into the computer;
- Open the ZAR. At this point the program may prompt you to disable the antivirus or security program. If you do, also turn off your internet connection to avoid possible viruses;
- When a screen with the option "Image Recovery (Free)" appears, click on it;
- At this time ZAR starts searching for a list of recovered files. You can select all images using the "Root" button. Once selected, click on "Next";
- Choose a safe folder to recover your files from;
- And voil! You can find the recovered files in the new destination folder chosen on the previous screen.
For more information on how to recover a microSD card check out the article below.
And, did you manage to recover all your files? Know another method for recovering files on Android?
The purpose of this article is to gather in one place all tips on how to recover deleted files from microSD. Thus, updating and republishing this subject will become necessary over time.
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