Very few things are more frustrating in the modern world than deleting something that you should not have deleted. It leads to a special kind of panic when this happens on your phone, where there’s a high chance that whatever was deleted doesn’t exist on any other device. Even worse is when someone else deletes that data instead of you, either by accident, or as an uninspired prank, or in a dangerous cyber-attack or hack. Even though the latter thankfully occurs much less often than the regular incidents in which your data gets accidentally deleted, the bottom line is that there are a lot of way in which you can lose precious information or pictures from your mobile devices. But the good news is that learning how to recover data on your smartphone is actually quite easy, with the right tools.
The first and most important thing to do for both Android and iPhone data recovery and, really, with any sort of device that you want to recover data from, is to make sure that you do not overwrite anything. Most time a file is deleted, only the way of accessing it is destroyed, with the actual file remaining on the hard drive or memory card until other data is written over it. That is why you should make sure, as soon as you realized that you might need to recover data on your smartphone, that your phone does not undergo any updates and that you won’t store any new data on it. This includes downloads, taking new pictures and even emails. Best way to insure this, if possible, is to disable the device’s Internet access and to use it as little as possible for offline tasks, so that you won’t inadvertently make it impossible to perform the data recovery.
Once this all-important step is completed, there are several ways that show you how to recover data on your smartphone, depending on what kind of data you lost. Let’s walk through the main methods for the main types of deleted data (text messages and photos; but emails and other data formats will also be detailed below).
How to Recover Deleted Text Messages
Almost everyone accidentally deleted a text message that they weren’t supposed to while trying to clean up their inbox. There are ways of to recover data on your phone, however, and the rate of success depends on how well organized your phone is and, to a lesser degree, how lucky you are. Not to sound discouraging, but data recovery sometimes fails no matter how hard you try or how skilled you are.
If you use any sort of cloud solution to keep track of your text messages, such as iCloud or SMS Backup +, this becomes a non-issue. Assuming the synching had worked correctly, you only need to use the restore backup function. If, however, you did not, you will need to make use of a third party application, such as the Wondershare Dr. Fone, which has separate versions for iPhone and Android data recovery. This software is compatible with a very high number of mobile devices and is intuitive enough. Remember, however, that the recovery software needs to be installed on a computer and not on your phone and that you might need to set your Android device in USB debugging mode (Settings -> Developer Options) before you connect it to your computer. This step can also be used in cases when you’re trying to figure out how to recover deleted emails, WhatsApp history or Contacts.
How to Recover Deleted Photos
Accumulating hundreds if not thousands of pictures during several years just to see them deleted by mistake is a heart-wrenching experience. Unlike text messages, photos take up a noticeable footprint on your device. This size make the process of data recovery more time-consuming while still functioning on the same basic principles.
Again, the best way to make sure you never suffer any data loss is to have often back-ups through a cloud service. Let us reassure you by telling you that iPhone users are usually safe from these sorts of total wipes, as iTunes creates a computer backup of all your phone data whenever you do a sync, becoming easily recoverable. Still, it doesn’t hurt to take extra precautions, or at least to know what options you have just in case the defenses fail.
Assuming, however that your last backup was a while ago, you will have to again use a third party software specializing in how to recover data on your smartphone. Wondershare’s Dr. Fone is also useful in recovering photos, but since it’s more likely that your lost photos were stored on the external memory card, you can use one of the many data recovery tools for memory cards, such as CardRecovery, which can do the job.