Data Recovery from Mobile Phone

After lending your Android smartphone to a friend for some time, did you notice that some important files are missing from the device's memory? Trying to organize the photos on the roll of film on your iPhone, did you accidentally delete some images that you should have kept? Don't despair, the last word hasn't been said yet.

Using the right apps, you can perform data recovery from mobile phone and bring back "afloat" documents, photos, videos and other files that were accidentally deleted from iPhone or Android. But what exactly are these tools that you can use? Simple, even more: the ones I'm going to tell you about with this tutorial dedicated to the topic in question.


If you're interested in this (and considering the fact that you're here now and reading these lines, I'd say yes), I suggest you don't stall any longer, make yourself comfortable and start reading everything below. I sincerely hope that in the end you will be very happy and satisfied. Clearly, keep in mind that no matter how efficient such programs may turn out to be, miracles cannot do them. Put simply, long-deleted data is almost always irrecoverable because the portions of memory that housed it are occupied by other files. Anyway, as they say, trying doesn't hurt. The best of luck!

Data Recovery from Android Smartphone

Do you own an Android smartphone and would you like to understand how to recover the deleted data that was on it? Then go ahead and read it. Below you will find what I think are some of the best programs in the category in question and to which you can appeal to meet your needs.

Recuva (Windows)



Among the software for recovering data from mobile phones working with Android terminals, Recuva is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy. It's an application I've often told you about in my other tutorials, which allows you to recover deleted files from your PC and from any type of external drive, including mobile phones and memory cards inside them. It's free (but eventually it's available in a paid version, at a cost of $19.95, with extra features), easy to use and available only for Windows operating systems.

To use Recuva on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the Download Free Version button first and then the Free Download button. On the new page that opens, click on the CCleaner.com link and wait for the software download to be completed.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file you just obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the Yes button, select English from the drop-down menu for the language choice (top right), remove the checkmark for the installation of any extra programs that you find at the bottom left and press the Install button located in the middle. Then click on the Run Recover button to start the software.

At this point, to recover deleted files from your Android smartphone, you need to make sure that the device is recognized by your PC as a hard drive. Then connect your mobile phone to your PC using the appropriate cable, then go to the notification menu of your phone and select the USB item connected by your phone, press the Enable USB Storage button and wait for the terminal to be detected by Windows.


In the Recover window visible on the screen, then click on the Next button, put a check mark next to the file type item that you want to recover (e.g. Pictures if you want to recover deleted photos) and click Next again. Finally, check the box next to the In a specific location, click Browse to select your smartphone drive and click the Next and Start buttons to see the list of recoverable files. This will take a few seconds.

Now you have nothing left to do but put the check mark next to the file names to be restored, click on the Recover button and select the folder to export the data that Recover was able to recover to. It was easy, right?

Keep in mind, however, that only files "marked" with the green sticker can be recovered 100%, while those with the orange sticker are partially damaged and those with the red sticker are completely unrecoverable.

Also, in the unfortunate event that Recuva cannot find the files you're looking for on your phone, you can try scanning your device again by checking the box next to Enable Deep Scan on the last screen before starting the search.

DiskDigger (Android)

You don't have your computer at hand and you would like to know if there is any tool to recover deleted data from your mobile phone that can be used directly from it? Then I strongly suggest you try DiskDigger: it is, in fact, an application for Android that allows you to recover all sorts of files deleted from the terminal memory or from microSD cards inserted in it in a simple and fast way. It can be used in two versions: a free one, which allows you to recover only images in JPG and PNG format, and a paid one (it costs 3.37 euros), which also supports audio files, PDF documents, Office files, APK applications and ZIP archives. In both cases, root is required to work (for more information about this, please read my tutorial on how to root on Android).


To download the application to your device, connect to the relevant section of the Play Store and press the Install button or the one with the price (depending on the version of the app you have chosen to install) and the one with the word Accept.

Then, start the app and press the Grant button that appears in the middle of the screen, to grant it root permissions. Then select the partition to be scanned (usually the one with the largest capacity marked in bold), indicate the types of files to search (e.g. JPG photos, MP4 videos, etc.) and press the OK button to start the scan.

When the analysis is complete, you can recover the files found by the app by placing a check mark next to their previews and tapping the Recover button (top left). Afterwards, you can decide whether to save the data to a cloud storage service or send it to you via email (by tapping on the cloud icon), whether to save it to a smartphone folder (by tapping on the folder icon) or to an FTP server (by selecting the arrow icon). That was easy, wasn't it?

Data recovery from iPhone

Do you own an iPhone and would you be interested in figuring out how to recover deleted data from "melafonino"? Then please refer to the software listed below and follow its instructions for use. I really hope that everything will work out in the end.

EaseUS MobiSaver Free (Windows/macOS)

One of the best solutions for data recovery from mobile phone as far as the iPhone side that I would recommend you is EaseUS MobiSaver Free: it's a free software, as you can guess from the name itself, that allows you to recover deleted files and contacts from Apple brand smartphones in a pretty simple way.

It can be used on both Windows and MacOS and is also available in a paid version (costs 79.24 euros) that allows you to circumvent some limitations imposed by the free version (e.g. the maximum number of contacts that can be recovered). Also note that it requires the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer to work (for more information, please refer to my iTunes download tutorial).

To use it on your Windows PC, first download it to your computer by connecting to the program's website, clicking the Free Download button in the middle of the screen and the Download button on the next page.

When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and click on Yes in the window that appears on the desktop. In the additional window that appears, click on the OK and Next buttons. Select I accept the terms of the license agreement and click the Next button twice more. Then remove the checkmark for the installation of any additional software, click Next again and then click on the Install and Finish buttons.

If you are using macOS, connect to this other web page and press the Free Download button on the left. When the download is complete, open the .dmg package and drag the EaseUS MobiSaver Free icon into the Applications folder of macOS. Next, right-click on it and select Open twice, in order to get around Apple's limitations on applications from non-certified developers (this is only to be done the first time you start up).

Now that, regardless of your operating system, you see the program window on your screen, connect your iPhone to your computer using the cable attached to the device's sales package and click the Scan button.

When the scanning process is complete, check the box next to Show only deleted items at the top, place a check mark next to the thumbnails (or names) of the items to be restored in the right part of the program window, click the Retrieve button (bottom right) and select the folder to export them to. If you want, you can also filter the files found by category, using the filters on the left side bar.

If you are interested, please note that the program can also recover data from device backups made with iTunes and saved on your computer. To take advantage of this feature, go to the Recover from iTunes Backup section by clicking on the relevant item on the left side of the EaseUS MobiSaver Free window. Then select the reference backup, then the data to recover and it's done.

ApowerRescue (Windows/macOS)

As an alternative to the program mentioned in the previous step, you can rely on ApowerRescue to recover the data removed from your iPhone. The software is paid (it costs 96.84 euros) but you can try it for free for 30 days, it allows you to recover deleted data by acting directly on your device or by taking them from iTunes backups and is incredibly easy to use. It is available for both Windows and MacOS.

To use it, connect to the ApowerRescue website and press the Download now button at the top to start the download process.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, open the obtained .exe file and click on the Run button in the window that opens on the screen. Then press the Yes button, the OK button and Next (four times in a row). To finish, press the Install, Finish and Yes buttons.

If you are using macOS, open the .dmg package and drag and drop the program icon into your Mac's Applications folder. Next, right-click on it and select Open Twice to get around Apple's restrictions on applications from non-certified developers (this is done only the first time you start up).

Now that you see the software window on the screen, connect your iPhone to your computer using the cable attached to the device's sales package and click on the Start Scan button to start scanning your phone.

When the procedure is complete, all the files on the iPhone found by the program will be shown in a list on the left. To preview them, select the categories you are interested in on the left and tick the thumbnails or file icons on the right. To view only deleted items, turn the switch in the top right corner to ON.

Finally, start the recovery procedure by pressing the Recover button at the bottom right, indicate the location where to save the files and wait for the procedure to be completed.

If you can't find the deleted files you wanted to recover and if you used your computer to back up your data, you can try the iTunes recovery function offered by the program. To use it, go to the main ApowerRescue screen, select the iTunes icon on the left, the backup of your interest from the list displayed and then press the Start Scan button. As far as recovery is concerned, proceed in the same way as I indicated a few lines above.

Other useful suggestions

Despite using the resources I've reported in this guide, you still haven't been able to recover your mobile phone data? Then let me give you a few simple - but often effective - extra tips that may help you. Here they are.

  • On both Android and iPhone, if you have deleted a photo or video and use Google Photo as an image management application, you can try to recover your data by accessing the recycle bin, where it is stored for a period of 60 days before being permanently removed. To view the contents of the Google Photo recycle bin, open the app, press the burger icon at the top left and select the Trash item from the bar on the side. Then place a checkmark next to the images to be retrieved and press the arrow to move them back into the gallery.
  • If you own an Android device and you have created a backup of the device using the application provided by the manufacturer of the device, you can take advantage of its recovery features to recover the data you are interested in. 
  • If you use the Photos app on your iPhone, the deleted photos and videos are stored, similar to Google Photos, in a sort of recycle bin where they remain for 40 days before being permanently deleted. To restore them, open the Photos app, press the Album item at the bottom right and go to the Recently Deleted album. Then tap on the Select item at the top right, select the thumbnails of images and videos to restore and tap on the Recover item at the bottom right to finalize the operation.
  • On iPhone and if you have deleted a file that you have stored on iCloud Drive, you can recover it through the iCloud website. To do so, log in with your account, click on your name at the top right and select iCloud Settings from the menu that opens. On the new page that appears, select the Restore Files option at the bottom left, choose the files to recover and click the Restore button.

Finally, if your mobile phone is broken and you can no longer turn it on and you need to retrieve the data stored on it (not the data saved in the cloud, which you can easily find in other ways, as seen above), I recommend you to contact a specialized center.

There are several in May in some of the main cities. To find out where the one closest to your area is, you can do some Google search, using keywords like: mobile data recovery [city name], Android data recovery [city name] or iPhone data recovery [city name].



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