Top 5 Data Recovery for Android Smartphones
Need Data Recovery for Android?
Yep. Here are 5 of the Top Data Recovery Softwares for Your Android Phones.
Losing all your data can be difficult, but we’ve got you covered! These 5 easy data recovery tools for Android specifically designed to find deleted files on your Android system and offering you the functionality recovering it with the help of a single click. Let’s get the job done without breaking a sweat.
Top 1: Dr.Fone for Android
Popular for its consumer and content creation software such as dr.fone – iOS Recover and dr.fone – Android Recover is another one of its amazing offerings. Providing easy recovery methods available for both Windows and Mac, any smartphone that is on a relatively newer version of Android (which, at the time of writing this, is Android 5.0 Lollipop at the very least) can be recovered. It provides a nice and clean interface, showing the “waiting button” until you plug in your smartphone to the pc/laptop/mac, and then starting its search.
User Experience: The only thing you need to take care of is installing your phone drivers either by downloading them online or by simply plugging the USB in your computer (though this might not work for every device) before attempting to recover the files. The software can then recover every kind of file in your phone’s storage from videos and images to music and documents without the need of root access with the exception of contacts and messages, which require a rooted smartphone. It generally takes a little over 1 hour to find the deleted files on a smartphone with 16GB storage but that figure may vary from one phone to another.
The only downside that we saw to the software was that it simply does not detect the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS on some HTC phones, but that obviously will change as the latest updates start to roll out. Although the software is paid, we still feel that it’s worth the money, especially after considering the absolutely painless method of recovering the files that it adopts. If you still feel concerned about the genuinely of the software, they also offer a free trial so that you can take a look at the various features and the reliability before deciding to buy the software.
- Minimalistic and Clean Interface
- Does not require root access for a lot of functions
- Shows all of the recoverable files in a very short amount of time
- Provides a free trial
- Can recover messages and contacts with root access
- New Feature – Android Broken Data Recovery: Can recover data without the need of using the touchscreen in case of broken screen or water damage. Currently this feature is only available on select Samsung devices
- New Feature – Android SD Card Data Recovery: Allow users to recover deleted data from SD cards as well
- New Feature – Android Lock Screen Recovery: Can bypass the secured lock screen in case you forgot the password.
- Recovering the files is practically a 3-step process
- Cannot detect the newest Android 8.0 devices made by HTC (for now).
Video Tutorial about How to Recover Lost Files from Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by Dr.Fone for Android
Top 2: Aiseesoft Android Data Recovery – FoneLab for Android
What’s special and bold about Aiseesoft recovery software is that it claims to recover data from devices that have been tampered with dents, thrown in the water, have a corrupted storage and so on. However, as with every other restoration method, there is no 100% guarantee of recovering your storage device if the damage is beyond repair, or the files that could be recovered are corrupted or in a bad state.
Other than that, FoneLab Android Data Recovery is just like any other android recovery software: you plug in your phone, allow access, run a search, select the files, and click save. There is also an app made for the same purpose with which you can recover from the smartphone itself, though we’d highly suggest against it, especially if the phone is too damaged, not to mention that recovery done through an actual computer is much more reliable as the software has better resources (faster processor, more RAM and storage) to make use of and deliver the best recovery state possible.
- Has a mobile app available for recovery
- Able to recover data from tampered and damaged devices
- Painless method of recovering files
- Simple UI (User Interface)
- Detects Phone Quickly
- Shows all the recoverable files sorted properly
- The feature of recovering data from broken and tampered devices may not always work.
Top 3: iSkysoft Toolbox – Android Data Recovery
iSkysoft Toolbox – Android Data Recovery has also a trick or two up its sleeve to separate itself from the pack, much like Aiseesoft’s offering. The special feature available here is that one can actually recover Whatsapp messages and media when using the software, which in our opinion isn’t something to awe about since whatsapp generally stores all of its messages in a file which, much like any other file, can be recovered with a few clicks. However, giving it a category of its own is still something we like.
Apart from that, we have the same simple and intuitive interface of waiting for the device to be connected, recognizing the phone and comparing to the database of the 6000 different supported phones that can be recovered, going through with the recovery process and saving the file. The search process was relatively quicker then rest, albeit you’ll always notice a change from one device to another, the reason being that every device has a different amount of deleted files, available storage, and software support to maintain the health of the deleted file (uncorrupted ones). Like some of the other softwares mentioned here, iSkysoft is also available for $50 for a lifetime subscription and a free trial. It supports both Windows and Mac operating systems so no compatibility issues there.
- Ability to recover Whatsapp messages and media
- A free trial is available for users to have a look at the features
- A lifetime subscription is also available for $50 with full support regarding updates and the like
- Searches and shows recoverable files slightly quicker than the rest
- Supports 6000 different smartphones
- Intuitive interface
- Has an SD Card Data Recovery Function to make recovering deleted data from SD card possible.
- Don’t support “Android Lock Screen Recovery” & “Android Broken Screen Recovery”
Video Tutorial about How to Recover Lost Files from Samsung Galaxy S7 by iSkysoft Android Data Recovery
Top 4: 7 Data Android Recovery
7 Data Recovery services are already famous for their extensive use in recovering deleted/damaged/corrupted files in hard disk and even RAID arrays, which are notorious for failing at one point of time and leading to loss of all the data, depending on what type of RAID array you used for your storage or networking purposes. With the ability to be able to recover a wide range of lost data from both your SD card and your phone’s internal storage, 7 Data Android Recovery is one of the best recovery softwares we’ve seen so far.
One major con about the 7 data Android Recovery is its price. For ~$20, you only get to use the software for a week, whilst a lifetime subscription will set you back for $50. Although 7 data takes care of this shortcoming by providing a free version with which you can practically do all of the same things you would on the paid version of the software, with the only difference being that you are stuck to recovering 1GB of data on the free version, which can be a problem for those looking to recover more than a gigabyte. Once you are out of the 1GB cap, then it’s time to consider buying this software or prefer one of the freeware recovery software like Recuva.
- Can recover files from a variety of scenarios, including RAID arrays
- Has a free version with 1GB of free file recovery
- Doesn’t occupy much space
- Has a simple and conventional UI
- Provides a lifetime subscription for $40
- Provides a one-week subscription for $20
- Users have reported failed recovery attempts at times.
Top 5: Recuva
Though Recuva is generally used for recovering files made for PC, its effectiveness can also be extended to the likes of android users, as it is quite capable of recovering data from SD cards. Aside from being absolutely free, a major pro for someone who simply wants to try to recover his/her files and not actually be too serious about it, Recuva also has support for recovering almost every known file type from emails to images to videos to mp3 files.
It’s list based display of the deleted files can be a bit tedious to read, especially considering that there is no option for a grid view or making the font size bigger, but it’s still worth the time and effort you put into it. Recuva also simplifies the search process by including a deep scan and a quick scan option which can be useful since you can opt for the type of recovery depending on how long has it been since you lost the file. The only real and considerable con that we found on Recuva is that it cannot recover data from your android phone’s internal storage, which can be a major deal since most modern phones these days do not have expandable storage and simply ship in higher 32 and 64GB internal storage options. Regardless, we still like Recuva and would highly recommend it to anyone.
- Can also be used for PC
- Supports recovering files from formatted SD cards
- Has a really nice support team
- Is absolutely free
- Has quick and deep scan options
- Scanning is relatively quick (even in deep scan mode)
- Does not support recovering files from Android’s internal storage
Here’s a table to further simplify the pros and cons of each of these softwares
|Dr.Fone for Android||Aiseesoft||iSkysoft||7-Day||Recuva|
|Internal Storage Recovery||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Whatsapp Messages Recovery||Yes||Yes|
|External SD Card Recovery||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Broken Phone Recovery||Only Support Samsung Phone|
|Lock Screen removal||Yes|
That being said, it’s also important to keep in mind a few things before attempting any of these solutions in order to ensure maximum efficiency when recovering:
Turn off your internet: Whenever you have your internet enabled, be it Wi-Fi or mobile data, you are constantly downloading new data, even though it might actually seem like you aren’t downloading anything, it’s not entirely true. That text message you just received? The Facebook app that you opened? The pictures you shared in Instagram? It’s all being stored somewhere. Even if you are using the Facebook app, it has to download all the data which is images and text and use it as cache so you can access it even when you’re not connected. All of this downloaded data could very well overwrite the binary code of the deleted file as we mentioned at the beginning. Thus, it’s always wise to turn off all connections the moment you notice you have deleted something you didn’t want to.
Leave it to the professionals: Despite what many software are capable of, there are still many cases where you are unable to recover the data even though you’ve tried a multitude of recovery software, including this one. Well, all hope is not lost. You can opt for a myriad of different recovery professionals who can actually take this a step further and open up your phone/hard drive to repair the faulty hardware and also run it through different recovery methods known to them in order to make that irrecoverable file back in your phone. Keep in mind that due to the extensive and precise work these professionals tend to charge a lot so it’s best to only avail these services only if you’ve lost something really important.
Also, to prevent data loss, below advises will be useful for you. Just take a look.Make sure to backup your Android phone data regularly, then you can retrieve your backup files if needed anytime.
Get an Antivirus: Android viruses are imminent these days, especially if you download various files from an untrusted source which can basically be some random blog claiming to provide a cracked version of the software (which has viruses built into them) or certain websites that don’t use https (http secure) protocol. If you suspect an android virus may have infected your system, it’s better to download an antivirus since they can download unnecessary programs or even delete files from your storage without your knowledge. Some of the popular antiviruses that you can use are AVG and Kaspersky but make it a habit to download these software either from the official site or through the Google Play Store. Any other source and you might be downloading an infected antivirus program (yes, an antivirus infected with a virus does exist in the digital realm).