Losing important files or data is never fun. This can happen on your computer and laptop, and it can also happen on your Android smartphone or tablet. However, while Android owners might assume they have fewer options available to them in such a situation, there are a surprising number of applications out there for Android data recovery. We run through the best of them in this article, covering a range of software that can help you recover photos, messages, files, contacts, documents, music, and more.
Note that, in a majority of cases, these applications need to be downloaded to a Windows PC, although we’ll state otherwise if you can also download any app for Mac computers as well. Also, remember that some of these apps require you to root your Android device in order to recover certain files types.
Tenorshare is one of the most popular Android Data Recovery applications out there, and with good reason. It supports most Android smartphones and tablets, including devices manufactured by Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Sony, LG, and others. It’s capable of recovering deleted Android photos without needing to root your device, while it also enables you to recover deleted WhatsApp messages, also without rooting your Android. If you’re prepared to root your phone, it will even let you recover lost contacts, text messages, and your call history. It claims the “highest data recovery success rate” in the industry, and while it hasn’t published any data to support this claim, its popularity makes it seem credible. However, even though it’s free to download for Windows, its full suite of features will require a subscription priced at around $40.
Another widely recognized name, Wondershare’s Dr. Fone for Android is compatible with 6,000 Android devices, and can even retrieve data from broken Samsung devices. Regardless of whether you’ve accidentally deleted files or have suffered damage or a system crash, it can help you to restore lost contacts, text messages, photos, WhatsApp messages (only for rooted devices), music, videos, and documents. As with Tenorshare’s UltData product, it also claims the highest success rate of retrieving data in the industry. However, while both manufacturers obviously can’t both be right, the high number of positive reviews Dr. Fone has online would suggest that it does a very good job, regardless of whether it’s the most successful. As with other applications on this list, you can download it for free and check whether your lost files are retrievable, but actually restoring them will require a subscription.
FonePaw is a rare Android data recovery application that you can also download for Mac, rather than only for Windows. Regardless of this difference, it’s at least as good as the other Android data recovery applications on this list. It supports thousands of Android devices, from pretty much every major manufacturer, including Google, Samsung, HTC, Sony, Huawei, LG, Motorola, and OnePlus. The files you can recover using it are also numerous, covering deleted photos, videos, audios, WhatsApp, text messages, contacts, call logs, and documents. Another nice feature it offers is the ability to not only recover lost files from your Android’s internal memory, but also from SD and SIM cards. Most of this can be recovered without needing to root your phone. Lastly, FonePaw is downloadable for free and can be used to view restorable files for free, but it will cost you $50 for a single-user license.
Also available for Windows and Mac, Jihosoft Android Data Recovery is another highly effective and widely compatible application. As with other apps on this list, it currently supports over 6,000 Android devices, including models from Google, Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony, Nokia, and Motorola. Regardless of the reason why you’ve lost your files, you can use Jihosoft to recover your contacts, SMS messages, call logs, gallery photos, videos, music, audios, and WhatsApp and Viber chat histories. It’s easy to use and is one of the fastest recovery apps in terms of scanning your phone for retrievable files, while you can also use it to recover files you’ve lost on external memory cards. You can use it as part of a free trial, but the full version will set you back $50.
EaseUS Mobisaver is one of the easiest Android data recovery applications to use. You simply download it onto your Windows PC, connect your phone and scan it, and then choose which files you want to recover. It’s as simple as that, letting you recover deleted or formatted photos, videos, messages, contacts, music, documents, and other files. It works regardless of whether you’ve deleted files or lost them as a result of a virus or damage, and is compatible with devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Google, Sony, Motorola, ZTE, Huawei, Asus, OnePlus, and others. You can also use it to recover data from corrupted SD cards. It’s available as a free trial but costs $40 for the full version, although EaseUS will provide free lifetime upgrades if you purchase it.
MyJad’s Android Data Recovery is another dependable, easy-to-use, and powerful recovery app. It works with the vast majority of Android devices and can recover photos, videos, music, call history, contacts, and other data types, giving you the option of backing up recovered files to your Windows PC. You may need to root your device to restore certain file types, such as call history, but the software is otherwise pretty easy to use, letting you preview lost files before deciding to restore. It currently costs $50 for the full version, having been reduced from $60. Buying the full version entitles you to free lifetime updates.
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