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.

#1: Dr.Fone Data Recovery for Android

Popular for its consumer and content creation software such as Dr.Fone Data Recovery for iOS and Dr.Fone Data Recovery for Android 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.


Main Features:

  • 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
  • Recovering the files is practically a 3-step process


  • Cannot detect the newest Android 10.0 devices made by HTC (for now).

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#2: 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 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.


Main Features

  • 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.

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#3: Tenorshare UltData – Android Data Recovery

Tenorshare UltData – 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, UltData 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.

Tenorshare UltData for Android

Main Features

  • 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”

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#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.


Main Features:

  • 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.

#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.


Main Features

  • 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 FoneLab UltData 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        
OS Supported Windows/Mac Windows/Mac Windows/Mac Windows/Mac Windows/Mac
Price $49.95 $31.96 $49.95 $39.95 Free

Here Are Other 5 Data Recovery Softwares for Android Phones.

#1. Dumpster Image & Video Restore

With this app, you can back up all the data files of your Android phone and store the backup files in the cloud, so that you can restore the backups with this app if they lose any data. It is like a recycle bin of your computer, which stores the data files you delete and enables you to get them back as long as you don’t empty the recycle bin. It can help you to recover the data files including the audio files, videos, HTML, APK files, documents and so on. Of course, you can empty this “recycle bin” too. After a certain period, you can delete the backups which you created before to keep it organized.


#2. GT Recovery – Undelete, Restore

This app is a freeware which can help you to recover many kinds of data files on your Android phone. And it supports the formats of entertainment and works like JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MP3, MP4, WAV, MPG, AVI, MOV, RAR, ZIP, GZIP, APK, DOC, PPT, EXE, PDF, etc. You can perform a complete scan on your Android phone and then preview the results of the scan before you decide to recover any data files. It is quite easy!


#3. Undeleter Recover Files & Data

This one can be download free of charge too. You can get it from the Google play store. It is powerful with amazing functions. And it famous for its capacity of getting the deleted data whenever you lose. The formats of the data files it can recover covers almost the data files on your phone. When you want to use it to find your data files back, you can choose to scan the internal storage or the SD card to save your time.


#4. Recycle Bin

As the name of it, it servers just like the recycle bin on your computer. When you delete a file on your Android phone, it will be stored on this app automatically. Thus, if you have deleted any data files by mistake, you can find them via this app with ease. Comparing to the real recycle bin, the advantage of this app is that you can manage the data files in it easily.


#5. DiskDigger Undelete

This app is a glad tiding for the users who have rooted their phones. A rooted phone is a kind of different to an unrooted one. So you need to pay more attention to it. Anyway, this app is a professional one, so you can feel free to use it. It can help you to recover the data files like the photos, audio files, and the video files. But for the other formats of data files, you may have to refer to some other apps. Because this app is not good at dealing with that. Last but not least, you can use this app on the Android phone with the operation system from v2.2, and it is free of charge.



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