We’ve all done it. Mistakenly hit the trash button on a photo we had no intention of deleting and when are phones asked us if we were sure, we still somehow clicked yes, deleting the photo forever. Well maybe forever, there are oodles of data recovery software that can recover data deleted from your Android device, here are my top 10, in no particular order.
- Wondershare Dr. Fone for Android
Dr.Fone for Android is an awesome utility, that allows you to restore messages, contacts, photos, and videos. The nice little touch is, if you’re looking for a specific message you deleted, it supports the ability to review & selectively recover messages, contacts, and photos before recovery.
- Dumpster Photo & Video Restore
I must admit, calling this little app recovery software may be a bit of a stretch, but what this app does is serve as an Android equivalent of the Windows Recycle Bin. If allows you to soft delete data, before completely purging it from your phone, so it is available for recovery until you clear its dumpster.
- DiskDigger Photo Recovery
DiskDigger Photo Recovery is limited to recovering photos in its free version and requires root access to recover anything not stored in your cache or thumbnails. This is more suited to reverse the mistake of the recently deleted photo from your mom, than a full-scale recovery suite.
- UndeleteRecover Files & Data
Like its brethren DiskDigger, Undeleter Recover Files & Data is pretty limited without root access. But with root access you can recover just about anything you can think of that has been deleted. One more nice little touch, it can also “shred” files, which makes files unrecoverable, great for the privacy-conscious.
- iCare Data Recovery Free
iCare is actually a Windows application, but it can be used to recover photos, audio, video, and documents from your phone. The great thing is since it is Windows-based, your phone does not superuser permissions, just connect your phone’s SD card and recover away.
- Jihosoft Android Phone Recovery
iCare on steroids, meet Jihosoft Android Phone Recovery another Windows (it also has a Mac version) application that allows you to connect your phone to your PC to recover deleted data. It restores everything are’ software does, plus, text, contacts, WhatsApp messages, and more.
- FonePaw iOS Android Data Recovery
One downside to the two previous applications we’ve mentioned is compatibility. FonePaw IOS Android Data Recovery fixes that problem and is also extremely user-friendly.
Recuva is an application I’ve used to restore data on Windows for years, it’s a free and lightweight application that is still powerful. While made for a desktop computer you can simply mount your phone on your Windows PC and run Recuva. One catch, the filesystem of your phone storage must be NTFS or FAT32 or Recuva won’t work.
- GT Recovery
Is another awesome Android app with a caveat, your device must be rooted for it to work. With that said, there is also a Windows version that you can install and use from your PC if you’re not the technical rooting type.
- Titanium Backup * Root
Not a recovery software in the truest sense of the word, Titanium Backup it is a powerful tool that can prevent the need for a recovery tool. While it does require root and that may be a drawback to some, it can back up everything from your data to your apps, to the configuration of your app, and then some. If you’re backing up your phone, delete just about anything it is recoverable from this backup utility.
There are so many other data recovery apps, these are just the best of the best.