How To Recover Deleted Files on Android or iOS Smartphones

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Hi Guys! Today, we are going to teach you how to delete some important files from your smartphones. Shocked ? Don’t worry, the trick is to get them back in real quick. We will enlighten you with a simple trick on “How to recover deleted files from our Smartphones?”

Unintentionally or intentionally, sometimes we happen to loose some important files/data from our smartphones. Let them be photos, videos, document files, contacts or even WhatsApp text messages. And as smartphones doesn’t happen to have a recycle bin, once gone data is gone forever. We then wish that we should have taken a back up some time back. But never mind because today we are going to learn recovering deleted files from iOS/Android smartphones in an easy way.

Before going any further, let us know what all are basic requirements to execute this simple and easy trick. You would need a PC/Laptop with Windows 7/8/10. This is because we will be installing a free software application and this application will retrieve us our lost data. In case of Android smartphones, you have to install Android Data Recovery and in case of iPhone/iPad, you have to install iPhone Data Recovery. Both are same applications designed for different OS’s. Make sure you have the application files downloaded and installed in your PC/Laptop. Also make sure your smartphone is charged 20% or above.

Important Precaution to be remembered Before Recovery: 

If you have deleted some files and you want them back badly, first thing to remember: DO NOT Update your Android phone. Do not even copy any new pictures, videos or any other files into the phone. If you do so, you may loose your data forever. As we said earlier, unlike Laptops/PCs, smartphones do not have any Recycle Bin to keep the deleted files. So, they simply rewrite the old data with new data. So, be careful about this. DO NOT IMPORT ANY NEW DATA INTO THE PHONE. Now, lets learn the tricks!

How To Recover Deleted Files on Android Smartphone?

Step 1: Download Android Data Recovery application in your Laptop/PC (absolutely free application)

Android Data Recovery for Windows OS
Android Data Recovery for Mac OS

Step 2: Install Android Data Recovery. This will take 4-5 minutes.

Step 3: Connect your Android smartphone to PC/Laptop via USB cable.

Step 4: Enable USB debugging in your phone. See the below picture for various versions of Android OS and simply follow those steps in order to enable USB debugging in your phone.

Recover Deleted Files

  • The below elaboration is only applicable for Android 4.2 – 5.2
  • Connect your Android smartphone via USB cable to PC/Laptop, the Android Data Recovery application will ask to enable USB Debugging.
  • Go to Settings >> About Phone >> Build Number
  • Tap on Build Number constantly for 7 times (or more till you get “You are under Developer mode” message) >> tap on Back button.
  • Now you will see a new option called Developer Options visible above About Phone option.
  • Click on Developer Options >> enable USB Debugging option (tick mark)

Step 5: Once debugging is enable, you will get to select which type of files you want to recover. You can choose Contacts, Videos, Pictures, WhatsApp Messages & attachments etc. Skip this step if you want to recover all kinds of files.

Step 6: Now, allow access on your phone by tapping on ‘Allow‘ button and start scanning on PC/Laptop by tapping on ‘Start‘ button.

Step 7: Wohoo! You see a preview of all your lost files and important data. Choose whichever files you want to retrieve back and click on ‘Recover’ button to save them to a particular location in your PC/Laptop. Set back, Relax and enjoy!

Simple Tip to keep your Data Safe from getting lost: Keep backing up your smartphones from time to time. Every smartphone will have a default back up option which we normally doesn’t prefer to. But if you have some important data which you can not afford to loose, then taking that option is not such a bad idea! Android Transfer is one such good option to back up your important data.

How To Recover Deleted Files from iPhone/iPad/iPod?

Step 1: Download iPhone Data Recovery application in your Laptop/PC (again absolutely free)

iPhone Data Recovery for Windows OS
iPhone Data Recovery for Mac OS

Step 2: Connect your iDevice to PC/Laptop. Click on ‘Start Scan‘ button

Step 3: The scanning process will take a while. Once the scanning stops and shows you the preview of your lost files, select the files you want to recover.

Step 4: Click on ‘Recover‘ button and save them to local drive on your PC/Laptop.

Note Regarding iOS Data Recovery: This iPhone Data Recovery application will recover lost data from all sorts of iDevices like iPhones, iPads or iPods. But, because of the Apple’s discrete privacy and security policies, the amount and type of data that can be retrieved here is limited. For example, this application can retrieve Camera Photos from only iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod Touch 4. For rest of the models, We Cannot recover Camera Roll or Photo Stream using iPhone Data Recovery. So, in case of iDevices, it is much more advisable to do regular backups in iCloud. Moreover Apple also provides extra 5 GB free space in iCloud to save your data.


So, stop panicking if you lost some data on your phone. As they say, where there is a will there is a way! Follow the above detailed steps on how to recover deleted files and save yourself from some e-headache. If you know any other good application or ways to recover deleted files from smartphones, don’t forget to share it with us in comments. Let there be light.


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