How to Recover Data from Your Android Phone

We have all accidentally deleted important files, unplugged during a data sync, or ejected the SD card and corrupted the data. We have all had that panicked “Oh no!” moment as we wonder if we have to re-create those files from scratch. Luckily, data recovery over Android phones is fairly simple and most lost or corrupted data can be recovered using a handy recovery tool.


Wondershare is one of the top data recovery tools for Android phones. It allows you to easily retrieve deleted or corrupted files and archives as well as photos, videos, and audio files. The application even works with formatted data if you lost anything while cleaning out your device.

To use Wondershare, you simply connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable. Once you are set up, you can recover all lost data with just one click. Some files may not be fully recoverable but most can be retrieved without any loss to the file’s quality.

App Backup & Restore

If you are simply worried about potentially losing data, you should protect your files with App Backup & Restore for Android. This app allows you to backup any files or apps you have on your phone and retrieve them if they are lost or corrupted. Unfortunately, the app cannot retrieve data from applications but you can get back your files stored on the internal memory or SD card.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Another app that seamlessly performs data recovery over Android phones is MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Not just one application, MiniTool brings together several file recovery tools that can get back data from your SD card, internal memory, and even hard drives and USB drives. You can use the Undelete Reovery tool to retrieve accidentally erased data, lost or damaged partition recovery to get back a full partition from your hard drive, and digital media recover for any media files that may have been corrupted.


One other desktop application to retrieve data from your Android phone or anywhere else is Recuva. Recuva is made by Piriform, the company that created the popular CCleaner and Defraggler tools. Recuva allows you to undelete files on your computer or device, recover data from damaged and formatted disks, and even recover deleted emails in Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Windows Live Mail. You can also retrieve any lost digital media files and lost text documents.

Recuva also works the other way and allows you to permanently delete files and traces of files so that they cannot be recovered in the future.

Final Thoughts

Data recovery over Android phones is usually pretty straight forward and simple. At the same time, not every file is recoverable. Some data may be too corrupted or not function properly once recovered. The best way to protect data on your Android phone is by always backing up your files, either to a backup application or to a cloud application that you can access via the web if you ever have any problems with your hardware.

Raymond Ray is an electrical engineer at SalvageData which provides data recovery services around the world. Raymond enjoys writing and sharing about tech tips and how to guides. Join him at Google+.