There are many Android data recovery tools available in the marketplace. Dr. Fone is the world’s first Android data recovery software and it is still the best Android data recovery tool for all Android powered phones and tablets. We did not find any Android recovery program that is better or more powerful than this one so far. It is the professional data rescue solution for both newbies and pros. Recovering lost contacts, text messages, pictures, videos, music, call history, WhatsApp history and much more. Retrieving lost files from Samsung, Sony, SONY ERICSSON, MOTOROLA, LG, HTC, Goolge, NEXUS, LENOVO, ASUS, HISENSE, ALCATEL, LAVA, TOSHIBA, ACER, TCL, ZTE, HUAWEI, LGE and more. It is a quick, simple, and safe data recovery utility for all Android devices.

Android data recovery is available as a download copy, weighing in around 50MB, from Dr.Fone Android Recovery. Make sure to download the latest version. The latest build presumably focuses on bug fixes. You can notice any major update or significant changes. Many users who have downloaded this lastest Android data recovery however find it is more powerful to scan and recover more lost data or files. And it supports more old Android versions and Android phone models. Over 2000 Android device and models are supported by this Android recovery software now. You can download Android data recovery from below link directly.

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How to Use Android Data Recovery?

It is really simple to use. When you have downloaded and installed the data recovery for Android on your Windows computer, connect up your Android phone or tablet to computer, then use this recovery software to scan your device for lost files, before you recover data from Android device to computer, you can preview the files and selectively recover any files you want.use Dr. fone android data recovery

Now we will break down into different parts, explain how to use Android data recovery further more with illustrations.

Step 1. Stop using your Anroid device for new storage

The rule No.1 is to stop using your phone for new data storage. It is to prent your deleted files and data from being overwritten. These include shooting new photos, recording videos, updating apps, downloading new stuff and so on. Some user complains that the Android data recovery software can’t find the lost or deleted files you need. Data overwritten is one important reason that you lose the deleted, formatted data permanently.

Step 2. Connect Android device to computer

Android data recovery is desktop software. You can’t install it on your mobile phone or tablet, instead it needs to run on a Windows OS or computer. You need to connect your Android smartphone phone or tablet to computer through USB, then use Android data recovery to scan your device and recover lost files from it directly. The mobile data recovery tool can scan and retrieve data from both your phone and its SD card or memory card. Do not pop out the SD card during the process.

Step 3. Enable USB debugging on Android

You do not have to actively check USB debugging settings or enable it in advance. Different Android phones may differ in appearance and the procedure to this setting might be very tricky on some Android phones. Only go to enable it when you get prompted to do so on the phone recovery screen. Sometimes you may already have it enabled, sometimes you may not need to configure it at all. When the phone recovery software can’t access your phone, you will get the notification to proceed. USB Debugging in Android smartphones is a option for Android developers to test and troubleshoot their in-progress programs on Android phones or tablets. To run Android data recovery smoothly, you need to activate USB debuggin on your Android phones. The Android data recovery software will provide you on-screen tips to do that. We have the more detailed instructions here you can refer to: How to enable USB debugging on Android phones? For your quick reference, you can also check below instructions:

  • For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter “Settings” >> Click “About Phone” >> Tap “Build number” for several times until getting a note “You are under developer mode” >> Back to “Settings” >> Click “Developer options” >> Check “USB debugging’
  • For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter “Settings” >> Click “Developer options” >> Check “USB debugging”
  • For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter “Settings” >> Click “Applications” >> Click “Development” >> Check “USB debugging”

As we mentioned above, you may find this USB debugging setting in different menus on various phones. You can check out this guide to enable USB debugging on HTC smartphone, if you are using a Samsung galaxy phone, please refer to this guide to enable USB debugging on Galaxy S4, S5, of if you are using Google Nexus devices, check out this page.
steps to enable usb debugging on android phones

Step 4. Choose types of files you want to recover

Android data recovery can help you get back lost data and file types including Contacts, SMS, WhatsApp chats and attachments, photos & gallery, videos & movies, audio & music, and other documents. By default all file types will be selected. You can however narrow down to certain file types. By doing so, you can greatly save time in scanning your Android, searching and recovering data from it.
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Step 5. Authorize access to Android

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If you see a authorization on the screen of your Android device or the Android Data Recovery on desktop, go to your Android smartphone or tablet to grant Android Data Recovery (MobileGo app) the access to your mobile phone or tablet. When the authorization required, you will see on-screen tips on the Android Data Recover as below:

  1. Now check your device to see if there’s a pop-up displayed Superuser request as above.
  2. Please click Allow and confirm the request is Remembered forever. Otherwise, you will not finish the scan successfully.
  3. If the Superuser Request does not pop-up on your device, please click the Retry button to try again.

If you have a rooted phone, sometimes you have to root the Android phone in order to use this Android recovery software to recover data from it, then you may have already installed superuser or root access management app. If so you can go to grant root permissions to the recovery software (MobileGo app on the phone). See this guide to grant root access to apps on Android phone via Kinguser.

To recover data as much as possible, the Android phone recovery solution will root your device automatically. When the recovery ends, your device will get back to unroot status. This allows rooting device without the fear of voiding your warranty.

Step 6. Scan and search for data on Android

The Android recovery tool can scan your phone and its memory card to find the lost files you like to recover. No perior backups made, you can directly retrieve lost data from your Android smartphone or tablets. The scan of your device takes some time. Depends on your storage capacity and its usage, it make take from ten minutes to couple of hours. Generally it takes less than half an hour under the standard scan mode.

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Step 7. Preview and Recover lost data

You can preview most found data within the Android Data Recovery, such as contacts, messages, gallery, videos and so on. It is very flexible to filter, choose and recover files. You can select any files or file types to recover, you can recover any highlighted files, or you can batch all files in a batch mode. All lost files can be retrieved from Android to your computer. If you decide to transfer the data back from computer to Android phone or tablet, you can connect your phone to PC via USB and copy over files from PC to mobile. You can also use email, Dropbox, Evernote, an Android transfer, such as Kies for Samsung, Android data transfer and many others..

Android Data Recovery FAQs & Troubleshooting:

If you can’t recover lost data using this recovery tool, you can try below options:

  1. Turned off all other Android related software on your computer, especially those mobile management and transfer tools, as there might be some conflict if you use different tools to access the same device at the same time. After you have closed other Android related software, reconnect the device to computer and try again.
  2. Unlock your phone otherwise the android recovery may not be able to access your phone, and your may not notice the prompt to grant superuser permission to android recovery from your phone.
  3. Have USB debugging enabled on your mobile phone, or disable & re-enable USB debugging.
  4. The Android data recovery works with almost all rooted Android devices. Normally you do not need to root your phone by yourself. This Android recovery software has the built-in feature to temporarily root your phone automatically. One-click root will be applied to your device automatically by the program, so as to recover data as much as possible. When the recovery ends, your device will get back to unroot status. This allows rooting device without the fear of voiding your warranty.

    If the built-in rooting tool does not root your phone, you can refer to following guide instead to root Android phones. There are different software to root Android phones from a computer or apps to root Android phones. We highly recommend you to download an Android root software to your PC to root your phone. It is because if you choose to download and install a root app, this may overwrite those deleted files on the phone. If you have rooted the phone, but the mobile phone recovery still does not work, make sure to grant the recovery software superuser permission or root access. You can scroll up to “Step 5. Authorize access to Android” above for the details.

  5. Please keep your device active during the recovery process.
  6. Please make sure to download the latest version of the data recovery program, as some bugs and incompatibility issue may be fixed in new released version(s).
  7. Keep the device powered on in the data recovery process.
  8. Shut down and reboot your phone or tablet.
  9. Disconnect and re-plugin your USB data cable to connect your Android to computer. This simple fix may be very useful and has helped many Android data recovery users.
  10. Authorize the access to your Android device if get prompted on either your phone or the Android recovery program on PC.
  11. Make sure the right driver installed on your PC. When you have the driver installed, your PC should be able to detect your phone connected through USB and you will be able to access your Android phone or tablet in Windows Explorer on PC. If you are using Samsung mobile phones, you can download the USB driver for Samsung from following link and install it on to your computer, download Samsung USB driver for mobile phones. For other Android mobiles, you can find the right driver of your device from http://developer.android.com/tools/extras/oem-usb.html.
  12. Activate the Advanced storage and scanning mode other than the Standard mode.
  13. Enable Advanced scanning mode if you have SD card installed on the phone and you want to recovery data from it. Compared to the Standard mode, this Advanced mode is more powerful to find and recover more lost data from your SD card.
  14. Pop out the MicroSD card or memory card from your phone, connect it to computer via a SD card reader, and follow this guide to recover lost files from the SD card.
  15. Contact live tech support by clicking the Feedback icon on top right corner of the recovery software to submit the log files to us. Make sure to check “Attach the log file” and “Attach the database file” options when sending us the feedback.

How long does it take to scan my phone, any way to make it faster?

  • It depends on both your internal and external storage and their usage. Normally should be less than half an hour.
  • Sometimes when you are sure the lost file are saved in the phone’s internal storage, you can uninstall your SD card from phone, then use the Android recovery to scan only your phone’s ROM without the SD card, this can greatly speed up the scanning process.
  • On the other side, if your files are saved on the SD card, not the phone’s internal memory, you can pop out the SD card and use an alternative data recovery method to scan and recover the SD card only.
  • Narrow down the scan for specific file types can greatly save your time. Instead of search for all supported files, you can specify the file types you need to recover. For example, if you want to recover only photos from your phone, then enable photo recovery only and disable recovery for all other file types.
  • If you have memory card or SD card installed on the phone, when you try to recover files from the external storage as well, you will see a storage scanning modes selection screen. You can switch the storage scanning modes, between Scan for deleted files under the Standard mode, Scan for all files under the Standard mode and the Advanced mode.
    1. Scan for deleted files: Only scan deleted files, this will take the possible minimal time;
    2. Scan for all files: It will take longer but can find more complete files;
    3. Advanced mode: Requires the more time than above two scanning modes, but able to find and recover most files.