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Android Recycle Bin - How to Restore Deleted Files from Android

Sep 01, 2020 • Filed to: Data Recovery Solutions • Proven solutions


It’s surprising (and irritating) to discover that there’s no recycle bin in Android. We delete files all the time. And as humans, we also screw up. Put those two observations together and it’s easy to understand why we end up deleting important business contacts and text messages. In these situations, one misses the simple ‘right click and restore’ feature of PC’s recycle bin that’s missing in Android. One would assume that there’s no way to recover files deleted from your Android devices. Well, there is. And we’re here to be your guiding light in the quest of the missing recycle bin. There are two ways to achieve the recycle bin bliss - a) and b) Recycle bin Android Apps.

One may ask why there’s no recycle bin on Android devices? There’s no clear-cut answer for the lack of recycle bin. In our expert opinion, the reason is two-fold. In the earlier years, of mobile computing, space was always a prime resource. In a phone with 8GB storage, which supposedly stores every file that a normal desktop would, there was no room (pun Intended) to play lose and fancy-free. So, anything that was not absolutely essential (like the Android recycle bin) was done away with. Also, if GB-space is where the heart is, then consumers would always want to know the free-space available to them. A deleted file, had to stay deleted, so that new (and more exciting) file could take its place.

And if it were not for Dr.Fone toolkit - Recover (Android) and Recycle bin apps (put another link here) there would have been no way to recover these deleted files. Below, we explore both of these options.

Part 1. Recover deleted files with Dr.Fone toolkit - Android Data Recovery

God knows all of us have gotten our hearts broken and deleted a contact we shouldn’t have. We’ve even mass-deleted our texts and found that important Account Information went missing along with those texts. And who knows why Photos we want the most magically disappear as if some ancient curse were at play. Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android) is the real-life knight that we lost-souls have all desired to embark on the quest to reclaim our prized possessions (material or not). It is a unique PC Application, that offers a reliable and efficient way to recover deleted contacts, retrieve deleted text messages, photos, WhatsApp messages, audio files, videos, documents and more. It also offers the Android App version to recover deleted files on Android devices.

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How to recover Android deleted files with Dr.Fone?

Follow the below steps to recover data from your Android Device:

  1. Start dr. fone and select Recover. Now, connect your Android device to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. recover deleted android files - connect android device

  3. The USB debugging is then to be activated, just allow USB debugging on your phone according to the instructions in the below window. In case you have Android OS version 4.2.2 or above, you will get a pop-up message. Tap OK. This will allow USB debugging.
  4. android data recovery - connect android device

  5. Select the types of file you want to scan for and click ‘Next’ for the subsequent step in the data-recovery process.
  6. android data recovery - select file type

  7. Select scan mode. Dr.Fone toolkit offers two mode for unrooted devices: Standard and Advanced. Standard Mode is faster and we recommend you to select it. However, if Standard doesn’t locate your deleted file go for Advanced.
  8. Preview and recover deleted files. Just before the below result, you may get a Superuser authorization window appearing on your device. If you do, click ‘Allow’.
  9. android data recovery - preview and recover

  10. Final step is to just select the files you wish to undelete and click ‘Recover’.

Apart from retrieving files from memory card and internal memory, you can also preview files before recovery. Also, recovery is guaranteed without overwriting any existing data. You can always make us of its free 30-day trial to explore all of its android data-recovery features.

Part 2. Two Android Recycle Bin Apps

Duh! We hear you say. There has to be an app for file-recovery on Android. And we understand. While not the knight-in-the-shining-armor like Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android) these apps nevertheless serve more as the last protective-spell, guarding our files against our evil desires to delete. So (drum roll) we introduce two of the best ward-against-deletion apps available on the Android store.

1. Dumpster

Dumpster is a recycle bin for Android to restore deleted files. Just like on Windows, if you delete a file, it will go straight to Dumpster where you can restore it if needed. You can preview any file in Dumpster itself. The app can be set up to work with images, audio, documents and video, and it works as advertised. Apart from those, in our test, it also recovered deleted APK files, VCF cards and HTML pages. Dumpster will keep files forever till you manually delete them, or you can set them to be automatically purged after a certain time. Note that Dumpster will only recover files deleted after the installation of the app. The free version comes with ads, and it costs $2.99 to remove them through an in-app purchase.

dumpster interface

2. Recycle Bin

This app implements a Recycle Bin (also known as Trash) for Android and works with most third party file explorers. In reality, the recycle bin app acts more like a transitionary space from where you can recover the files that were moved to the Recycle Bin. Files that were permanently deleted, and not sent to the recycle bin won’t be recovered by this app. However, you can configure a list of folders and file types to be automatically moved to the recycle bin if one of these are deletes accidentally.

In order to send files to the Recycle Bin, select the file you wish to delete in your preferred file explorer, then select "Recycle Bin" in the "Open With", "Share it" or "Send To" menus. When you send a file to the Recycle Bin (via "Send To", "Share it" or "Open With"), it is automatically moved to the recycle bin app folder. If you need to permanently remove the file, you need to enter the Recycle Bin app and select "Permanently Delete the File". If you need to restore the file, enter the Recycle Bin, then select restore.

recycle bin interface

In terms of pure functionality, Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android), wins hands-down. It recovers more file-types and more files. The one thing that Dumpster and Recycle Bin Apps, have in their favor when it comes to Android Data recovery is that they are free to download (although ad-based). However, these apps won’t recover files that were deleted before their installation. Dr.Fone toolkit would recover files deleted permanently, and restore them as long as these files weren’t overwritten. Apps, while satisfying our nostalgic desire for an Android recycle bin, didn’t offer the couldn’t retrieve files like Android-based data recovery application.

Alice MJ

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