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How to Recover Deleted Files from Android without Root?

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Virus attacks, accidental deletion, memory card errors, and hardware or software issues are some of the common reasons for people to lose data from their smartphones. Almost every mobile phone user has faced this issue at some point in time. However, there is no need to panic if you already know how to recover deleted files from Android without root. This article is packed with information about different ways to get your data back.

How to recover deleted files from Android without root?

Method 1: Recover data from SD card

There is a software called DroidKit which helps to recover files from the memory card of the phone without rooting the device. Find out how it is done:

  • Download, install and launch DroidKit on your computer
  • Connect the SD card with the computer through a card reader
  • Choose the option ‘Data Recovery from SD Card’
  • Tap on ‘Standard Recovery’ to begin the scanning process and click ‘Next’
  • Preview and choose the files you want to recover and click ‘To PC’
  • The data should be saved on your computer.

DroidKit can be used for both quick recovery from device and deep recovery from device.

Several other software with similar functions are available that you may use to recover deleted files from the SD card. The names of some of the most popular software include PhoneRescue, EaseUS, Dr.Fone, Tenorshare UltData, MiniTool Power Data Recovery, Video Recovery, DiskDigger, DigDeep Image Recovery, Document Recovery, Ztool, Dumpster, etc.

It is to be noted that some of these software help to recover deleted files from other folders in your Android device besides the SD card. Moreover, they could help with the process without the need for a computer.

Method 2: Recover data from internal memory

There are various options to recover lost data in the form of videos and photos from Android backup and Google Photos. Here is how it is done:

Using Android backup

  • Open the ‘Settings’ app and click on ‘Account’
  • Sign in using your account and password
  • Click on ‘Backup and Restore’
  • Tap on ‘Restore’
  • Choose the backup containing the lost data
  • Wait for the recovery process to end

However, this is a possibility only when you have already created a backup of your data.

Check out this amazing YouTube video for fast recovery of data:

Using Google Photos

  • Open the Google Photos app
  • Click on ‘Menu’
  • Go to the ‘Trash’ and choose the videos and photos you want back
  • Click on ‘Restore’
  • All the selected videos and photos will be back to their original location on your device

This could be done only if the Google Play app is used to manage photos and videos. Moreover, you need to restore the items from Trash within 60 days of deletion.

Method 3: Using Google Drive

Google Drive will aid in the recovery of your lost data if you have set it to automatically backup all the data in your phone. If any item is deleted from your phone, Google Drive will have it in the Trash folder for 30 days. Follow the steps given below to recover your data:

  • Download and install the Google Drive app on your device if it is not already there
  • Launch the app
  • Click ‘Trash’ from the menu
  • Choose the deleted items and click ‘Restore’

The same process can be followed by logging into Google Drive from a website browser on your computer. Once it is done, log out from your Google account on your phone. Then add the account again. You would be asked to sync the data of Google Drive to your smartphone. You need to click ‘Yes’ when it says so.

Things to note

Sometimes rooting becomes necessary to recover the lost data especially when there is no data backup taken before. However, it is essential to know the advantages and disadvantages of rooting as mentioned below before you decide to do it.

Advantages of rooting:

  • Rooting enables you to access privileged control over different Android subsystems
  • It makes it easier to use any third-party data recovery software

Disadvantages of rooting:

  • Rooting voids the device’s warranty
  • It increases the chance of bricking the device
  • Chance of virus attacks increases

You may find this article helpful: How to Recover Data from your Dead Android Phone

Protect Android data

To ensure quick and smooth recovery of lost data, it is essential to keep the data protected in the first place. The best way to do it is to have a backup of your data. Listed below are a few ways of data backup:

1. Android phone backup settings

  • Automated backup- Open the Settings app>System>Advanced>backup
  • Manual backup– Go to the Settings app>System>Advanced>Backup>Backup now>Continue>Choose items to backup

2. Data backup to Google Drive

  • Go to Settings>Personal>Backup and reset>Choose both Backup my data and Automatic restore
  • Open Settings>Personal>Accounts & Sync>Choose Google account>Check all the listed boxes to ensure all data is selected

3. Android data backup software

  • Open Google Play Store
  • Type ‘Android backup software’
  • Choose the option you find the best
  • Download, install, launch and run the software
  • Follow the instructions to backup the data

Rest assured that data is not lost even if it is erased for any reason as you know now how to recover deleted files from Android without root. Let us know in the comments section below if you know any other ways to recover lost data. Share this article with others if you found it useful.

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