3 Easy Ways to Recover Deleted Files from Android in 2023

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Kitty Parkerto Android Recovery Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

How to recover deleted files from Android? Without hesitation, some people may think that is too easy to recover Android files from Google backups. However, what if the deleted files are not synced to your Google account or not be backed up? Your wrong recovery may permanently delete the data you wanted. So we post this article to rescue your Android files that are lost by accident.

In order to learn how to undelete your Android files well, there are two important things you need to know. Let us check them before the job.

Is It Possible to Retrieve The Deleted Android Files?

Yes. Actually, the data you have deleted accidentally will not disappear from your Android phone at once. The deleted data remains on your phone's internal memory or SD card, and it still takes up the space of your phone. But if this space is overwritten by the new data, the deleted file will be permanently lost from your Android phone.

To rescue the deleted files, you need to:

- Stop using your Android phone at once. (turn off the network, avoid the update, do not take a photo, etc.)

- Recover deleted Android files properly.


To be on the safe side, if you have not downloaded an app for file recovery before the data loss, we recommend you to recover deleted files on Android with a computer at first. Because downloading an Android file recovery app to your mobile phone after data loss will neither retrieve your deleted data nor avoid bringing in new data.

Thus we will show you how to recover deleted files from Android on your computer with professional software at first (Part 1 & Part 2). And if you want to try some apps to recover deleted Android data for free, you can jump to Part 3.

Part 1. How to Recover Deleted Files from Android Internal Storage? (Take SMS Recovery as An Example)

MobiKin Doctor for Android (Win/Mac) is one of the best Android file recovery tools for you to preview the deleted files and recover them from your Android phone easily. It allows you to restore deleted files from Android internal memory and SD card (file recovery from SD card will be shown in the next part).

Why Choose MobiKin Doctor for Android?

1) Recover deleted files without backup from Android to PC/Mac by a few clicks.

2) Allow you to preview and select the deleted Android files.

3) Recover contacts, call logs, SMS, music, videos, photos, apps, and documents from internal memory.

4) Recover music, videos, photos, and documents from SD card (without root).

5) Fully compatible with Android phones and tablets, like Samsung Galaxy, LG, Sony, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, and so on.

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[Step by Step Tutorial] How to Recover Deleted Files from Android?

Step 1. To begin with, you need to root your Android phone if you have not done yet.

Step 2. Run the software and connect your Android phone to the computer, you need to enable USB debugging as prompted.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen prompts to make the program recognize your Android device. Once done, you can see an interface as below:

how to recover deleted files from android internal memory 

Step 4. On the main screen, please tick on the folder that contains your wanted files, then click "Next" to scan for files.

Step 5. After that, you can find and preview the deleted files of your Android phone.

Step 6. Tick on the files that you want to retrieve, and tap on "Recover".

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Step 7. Go with the prompts to select a local folder to save the recovered files. Once done, you can check the recovered Android files on the computer.

You can follow the video tutorial to restore deleted files on Android as well.

People always want to know:

Part 2. How Can I Recover Deleted Files on Android without Root? (Take Photo Recovery as An Example)

You can use MobiKin Doctor for Android (Win/Mac) to recover deleted Android files from SD card without root. Unlike contacts/call logs/SMS/apps, media files and documents can be moved to SD card easily. If the deleted files have been stored on SD card before it is lost, you can follow the steps to get them back.

  • Launch the program and select "SD Card Recovery Mode".
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  • Plug your SD card to the computer via an SD card reader, then click "Next" to scan for SD card.
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  • When the scanning is finished, please open the folder that contains your wanted files on the left panel.
  • You can preview the files and tick them on, then click the "Recover" button to save them to your computer.
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Video tutorial on how to recover deleted files from Android

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Part 3. Recover Deleted Files on Android without Computer

There are many deleted file recovery apps for Android. You can find them easily on Google Play. These apps allow you to recover deleted files on Android without a computer. However, you need to install an app on your Android phone before the data loss. Otherwise, Android file recovery apps will make no sense.

Some of these apps focus on specific files:

Dumpster - recover deleted pictures & videos.

DiskDigger Photos Recovery - retrieve photos.

Some of them are comprehensive:

GT Recovery - undelete media files, contacts, messages, and documents.

Recycle Master - recover media files, documents, apps, and more.

To find more apps for Android file recovery, you can go to read this article:

Top 5 Powerful Android Data Recovery Apps and Software

Top 5 Contacts Recovery Apps for Android


Extra: Do I need to root my Android phone for data recovery?

After rooting your Android phone, you will get full access to the whole file system. You can change and delete all of the software as you like. Sounds risky, because some of the most important files will be deleted unconsciously, which may cause issues on your Android phone. (You can learn the risks for rooting your Android phone here.)

However, if you do not root your Android phone, all of the third-party programs are not authorized to access the internal memory. That means these Android recovery tools can not recover files from internal storage.

On the other hand, if you just need to recover media files and documents from an external SD card, that you do not need to root your Android device. You can learn the steps in Part 2.

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Wrapping Up

Even though there are many Android data recovery apps and software can help you recover deleted files from Android phone, no one can confirm a 100% success rate. So you had batter backup your Android phone at a daily time. MobiKin offers the best Assistant for Android to backup and restore your Android files on PC/Mac effectively.

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Kitty Parker
Kitty ParkerSenior Editor
In 2018, Kitty Parker graduated with a B.S. degree. After getting technical article writing training, she participated in MobiKin Team. She has spent years testing, studying, and writing professional articles on fields such as Android Backup, Android Recovery, and App Management. Proficient in creating diverse content, she regularly shares posts on social platforms to help those in need.
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