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How to Recover Deleted Files from Android Phones and Tablets

What would you do if at some point you discovered you have accidentally deleted some very important files from your Android devices? Most people believe there isn’t much they can do short of restoring their latest backup. The problem with this solution is that you may lose data that is so current you didn’t have time to back it up. If the data you lost is not anywhere in any one of your backups, fear not. This article will provide you with the guidance on exactly how you can go about getting your data back.

Part 1: Where is the File stored on Android devices?

Before we get to how you can recover deleted files, it is important to understand where the files are stored. Android devices can store files in one of two ways; internal memory or external memory (usually in the form of an SD card)

Your Phone’s internal memory

This is basically your device’s hard drive. It can’t be removed and stores a whole host of data including apps, music, videos and pictures. Every device has different storage capacity which you can check by going to Settings > Storage. 

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Your External Memory

Like we mentioned, your external memory is usually in the form of an SD card. It provides your device with additional storage capacity to store such data as pictures, music, documents and some apps (there are apps that can’t be stored on SD cards).

You can also access the external storage by tapping on Settings > Storage and scroll to the bottom to find SD card.

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Part 2. Why Can we Recover Deleted Files on Android Phones and Tablets?

Your files can be recovered because when you delete a file, it is not completely erased from your device. It still exists on the device’s internal memory allowing you or someone else to recover the files using recovery software.

The reason why these files are not completely erased from your device’s storage after you delete them is very simple. It is very easy and less time consuming for your device to delete a file’s pointer and make its space as available. It is however very difficult and time consuming for the device to completely overwrite the data. Therefore Android and other systems opt for the easily and fast deletion of the file’s pointer rather than deleting the file itself.

If you want to completely erase the file, a file-shredding tool is useful. This is however great news if you accidentally deleted your file, it means with the right tool, you can easily get it back.

It is however important to not save any new files on your device as soon as you notice some files are missing. This will ensure that you don’t overwrite the deleted files.

Part 3: How to Recover deleted Files from Android Phones and Tablets

As we have seen, your deleted files can still be recovered from your device with the help of a specialized tool designed for this particular reason. One of the best Android data recovery software dr.fone - Android Data Recovery can easily help you recover data from any Android device very easily as we shall see shortly.

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How to Use Wondershare Dr Fone to recover deleted Files from your Android device

The one thing you will notice about Dr Fone for Android is that no matter how easy it is to use, it is also completely effective in the recovery of data. Here’s how to use this software to get your files back.

Step 1: Download and install Wondershare Dr Fone for Android on your PC. Launch the program and then connect your device using USB cables.

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Step 2: Enable USB debugging to allow Dr Fone to recognize your device. The instructions on how you can enable USB debugging for your particular device will be displayed in the next window.

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Step 3: To save time, Dr Fone will require you to select the type of file you want to scan for. For instance if you lost photos, check “Photos” and then click “Next” to continue.

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Step 4: a popup window will appear requesting that you select a scanning mode. Both the Standard and Advanced modes will scan for deleted and available files on the device. If you however want a deeper scan, choose the advanced mode. Just be advised that it may take longer. Click on “Start” to continue.

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Step 5: Dr Fone will scan your device for the deleted files and display all files (both deleted and available) in the next window. Enable the “Only Display deleted items” to only see deleted files. From here you can choose the files you want to recover and click on “Recover”

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It is that simple! You get back all of your deleted files.

The next time you accidentally delete your files, don't panic. You can easily get them back by employing one of the best tools in the business. Wondershare Dr Fone for Android can recover any file lost under any circumstances. It can also help you create a full backup of your device to avoid future mishaps.

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