Phone Memory Recovery for Android: How to Recover Data from Phone Memory? (Internal & External)

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Summary

Smartphone today is not merely a communication tool, it is also a mini computer, video or music player, map, compass, PSP, Kindle, etc. When so much data generates in our Android phone memory card, naturally, we may accidentally lose the important data when we delete unwanted files from Android phone memory. As you may know, the computer has a recycle bin to store deleted data, however, does the Android phone has a similar recycle bin? And how to recover data from phone memory on Android?

Well, this article is all about phone memory recovery for Android. No matter you lose data from Android internal memory or external SD card, you will find an effective way to recover phone memory for Android.

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Part 1. Is It Possible to Recover Data from Android Phone Memory?

When you delete something from your Android phone memory, the deleted files are marked as replaceable or invisible in system. Though Android does not have a recycle bin, those deleted data are still recoverable before the new data overwrites them and takes their space permanently. Thus, if you intend to recover data from Android phone memory, here are some suggestions for you:

  • If the missing data does not appear after restarting the Android device, do not restart it again and again.
  • Switch off the Wi-Fi/cellular data and power off your Android device once the data loss happens. In doing so, it will avoid producing any new data on your device.
  • Use a secure, easy and reliable phone memory recovery software to recover phone memory immediately.
  • Remember to back up your Android phone regularly to avoid losing data from phone memory.

Next, let's see how to recover data from phone memory on Android phone.

Part 2. How to Do Phone Memory Recovery for Android Phone?

The best way to recover data from phone memory on Android phone is restoring from a previous backup file if there is one. However, if you did not back up Android phone memory beforehand, you can use a secure and reliable phone memory recovery app to recover phone memory data on an Android device. In this regard, this part will give you full guidance on phone memory recovery for Android with or without backup.

2.1 How to Do Phone Memory Recovery for Android Phone without Backup with Android Data Recovery (Internal & External Memory)

Android Data Recovery is a professional, secure and reliable phone memory recovery software for Android devices. And it has two recovery modes. Under Android Data Recovery mode, you can recover the deleted messages, call logs, contacts, videos, music, photos and documents from Android internal memory and SD card (if any) to the computer; and under SD Card Recovery, you can recover the deleted photos, videos, music and documents from SD card to computer.

In addition, no matter you choose which mode, you can always back up the existing data from Android internal memory or SD card to computer. What's more, you can preview all data and selectively choose the wanted files before recovery or backup and the recovered or backup files from Android internal memory or external SD card keep the original data format and quality. Indeed, it is easy to use, highly secure and user-friendly phone memory recovery app for all Android devices.

Well, Android Data Recovery supports Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE, Google, and any other Android phones and tablets running Android 2.1 and later versions, such as Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra, LG G8/G7/G6/G5, Sony Xperia 5/5 Plus/4, HTC U12 Plus/U12+/U12 Life/U Ultra, Motorola Edge/Edge Plus/Razr/G Stylus/G Power/One Hyper, Huawei Nova 7/Nova 7 Pro/Nova 7 SE/P40/P40 Pro, Google Pixel 5/4/4 XL/4a, etc.

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Let's see how to perform phone memory recovery for Android without backup.

Phone internal memory recovery:

1. Launch Android Data Recovery on your computer after installation, and enter in Android Recovery module from the toolbox.

2. Connect Android device to the computer via a USB cable, enable USB debugging and grant permission on your Android device as prompted. Then choose Next on this program and follow the on-screen instructions to move on. After the program finishes automatically scanning your device, you will see all recoverable files in different file folders on this program. (Notes: If the program does not scan out the wanted items, follow the on-screen instructions to root it and try again.)

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3. Choose a file folder from the left window, for example, Contacts, preview and tick the contacts you want to restore from the right window and tap the Recover option below to begin phone internal memory recovery.

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Notes: The deleted files are labeled with the red color on this program.

Phone SD card data recovery

1. Launch Android Data Recovery, choose SD Card Recovery mode on the top menu, take out the removable SD card from your Android device, and use an SD card reader to plug it into the computer.

2. On this program, click Next, tick the disk drive you wish to scan, and tap Next below to start the automatic scanning process. After scanning, you will see all recoverable files on this program.

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3. Select the data type you want to recover from the left window, for example, Photos, preview and check the photos from the right window and hit Recover below.

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2.2 How to Restore Data from Android Phone Internal Memory via ADB Tool (Complicated)

This way is from the XDA developers forum. Using the ADB tool is a rather complex way for phone memory recovery for Android and I do not recommend you to try it. What's worse, to recover data from phone memory, your Android device needs to be rooted.

How to recover data from Android phone internal memory?

  1. Make a duplicate of your Android phone's internal memory: Install and run the FileZilla server on your computer as an administrator.
  2. Click " General settings" > Set the value of "40" in the "Listen on these ports" and input "0" in "Connections timeout" under "Timeout settings".
  3. Then go to "Users settings" and add a new user by selecting the "Add" option and name the new user as "sally" or anything else > Set a password for the new user, for example, "able" > Enable the "Read" and "Write" options under Files for the new user > Save to the location path: C:\cygwin64\000.
  4. Next, install the "Android SDK" file on your computer from here > Copy the adb.exe, adb-windows.exe, AdbWinApi.dll, AdbWinUsbApi.dll and fastboot.exe files to the location path: C:\cygwin64\bin.
  5. Enable the USB debugging on your Android phone. Connect Android phone to the computer > Open a command window and enter the following commands to copy a selected drive from the list:

    adb shell
    su
    find/dev/block/platform/-name 'mmc*'-exec fdisk-l{}\;>/sdcard/list_of_partitions.txt

  6. Then, input the following commands to copy the partitions on your phone to a safe location: adb pull/sdcard/list-of-partitions.txt C:/cygwin64/000.
  7. Open this file and check the information about your lost data, and open a new command window and enter these strings:

    adb shell
    su mkfifo/cache/myfifo
    ftpput-v-u sally -p able -p40 192.168.42.79 mmcblk0p27.raw/cache/myfifo

  8. By the way, "sally" and "able" are the user name and password you created earlier for the new user and they are followed by the port number and the server address.
  9. After that, open a new command window again and type the following commands:

    adb shell
    su
    dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p27 of=/cache/myfifo

  10. Wait a while until the FileZilla copies your phone data to the folder "000". Well, the steps do not finish, let's continue the following steps about how to recover data from the Android phone internal memory.
  11. Convert the RAW file to a VHD format with these steps: Download a VHD tool > Copy the "VHDTool.exe" file into the "000" folder.
  12. Open a command window and enter the following strings: cd C:/cygwin64/000/VhdTool.exe/convert mmcblk0p27.raw.
  13. Mount the converted file as the VHD in Windows: Go to Disk Management > Settings > Action > Attach VHD. Then enter C:\cygwin\nexus/mmcblk0p12.raw when it asks you for a location.
  14. Right-click it and select "Initialize Disk" > "GPT" > Right-click the empty space and choose "New Simple Volume" icon.
  15. Set a new letter to the drive and disable the partitioning > Right-click the RAW part to format it and the file type should be "FAT 32".
  16. Use any available phone memory recovery app to scan the VHD file that you just mounted on your computer and provide the letter of VHD file you have set in step 3 to recover data from the phone memory.

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See also: Is there an easy way to recover the deleted folder on Android? Of course. Here are 3 methods you can choose to recover your deleted folder.

2.3 How to Retrieve Data from Phone Memory of Android Device via Google Backup

You may feel depressed after getting to know the complex ADB method above, and that's exactly what I feel right now. Anyway, forget it! Here is a relaxing phone memory recovery method. And if you have backed up data from Android phone memory to Google account previously, you can restore phone memory data from Google backup. However, this way does not allow you to selectively recover a certain file. What's worse, it may erase the existing data on your Android phone.

Let's see how to perform phone storage recovery from Google backup.

1. On your Android device, open Settings > Choose Backup & reset > Back up my data > Turn on Back up my data.

2. Return to last step and check whether your Google account is associated with the backup & reset or not. If not, sign in with the same Google account that you have used to back up data.

3. Enable Automatic restore, then all backup files will be automatically restored to your Android device.

From the above description, you can see that the other two ways are very complex for phone memory recovery for Android, except for Android Data Recovery's way. Thus, forming a habit of regularly backing up Android phone is of the utmost importance. You can click here to learn how to back up and restore Android phones & tablets.

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Final Words

Accidentally losing data from Android phone can easily get people frustrated or anxious. If you suffer from data loss from Android phone memory and know nothing about phone memory recovery for Android, you can follow the instructions in this article to recover data from phone memory on Android device. Personally, I strongly recommend you to try Android Data Recovery, which can recover all lost files from Android phone memory without backup beforehand. Besides, it is easy to use, completely secure, fast and user-friendly.

If you encounter any difficulty during use, feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below.

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