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How to Recover Lost Files from Android

Help! Need to find my deleted data from Android!

I deleted photos from my Android phone by mistake, they are very important! Is there any way to get it back? Your help will be appreciated. Thanks!

The answer is YES. You can get them back with an Android file recovery program. Now, there are two solutions for your choice.

Solution 1: Recover SMS, contacts, photos and video from Android with Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android (Recommended)

First of all, download Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android and install it on your computer.

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Note: You can view the list of supported Android devices here before you perform the recovery.

Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android allows you to directly scan your Android devices and recover messages, contacts, photos and video from them. Next, let's try it together.

Step 1. Connect your Android device to the computer

Here, let's take a Samsung Android device as an example. Connect it to your computer, and run the program. Then you'll get the interface below.

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You need to enable USB debugging on your Android phone. According to the Android OS version running on your device, choose a way to enable it.

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" < Click "Applications" < Click "Development" < Check "USB debugging"
2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"
3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" < Click "About Phone" < Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"

Step 2. Scan your Android device for lost data

After enabling the USB debugging, you'll get the window as follows. Click "Start" to anaylize your device.

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The analyzing process will consume you a few seconds. After that, an application - Superuser Request will pop up on your device's screen. Click "Allow" to let the scan continue. Then click "Start" on the program's window to scan your device.

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Step 3. Preview and recover contacts, messages, photos and video from Android

When the scan completes, you'll get a scan result below. You can preview SMS, contacts and photos scanned out. Choose those you need and click "Recover" to preserve them on your computer.

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Watch the video tutorial below

Solution 2: Recover photos, video and audio files from Android with Wondershare Photo Recovery

Download the free trial version of Wondershare Photo Recovery below. Choose the right version for your need.

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Wondershare Photo Recovery, or Wondershare Photo Recovery for Mac supports all common formats for your pictures and videos, as well as the recovery from more devices besides Android, such as hard drive, camera, camcorder, iPod, USB drive, other mobile phone, and more.

Here let's take the Windows version to perform the Android file recovery in details. Install and run it on your computer.

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Step 1. Choose Android for scan

Connect your Android phone or the card to the computer and make sure that your card can be detected. Then choose the card of your Android and begin to scan. Before the scanning, you can use the "Filter Options" to set the file type that you want to recover, such as video, audio or photo. And  you also can set the specific formats to save more time for the scan.

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Step 2. Check your photos and begin to recover.

After the scan, all recoverable files are found and displayed in different types. You can check them one by one to make sure which one  you want. Then hit on the "Recover" to get them back.

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Note: Don't save the recovered data on the card again. Find another place for it such as on the computer or other external disks, for safety consideration.

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Wondershare Photo Recovery enables you to recover Android files no matter you lost them due to:

» Accidentally deleted files from Android
» Formatted your Android
» Card on Android got corrupted or inaccessible
» Power failure
» Virus infection
» Others

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