How to Recover Deleted Files on Android (Without Rooting)

If you accidentally delete files or photos from your Android device, don’t worry. There are a couple of simple methods you can use to get them back.

How to Recover Deleted Files on Android (Without Rooting)

I’m sure we all know that sinking feeling when we tap the wrong button and accidentally delete some of our favourite photos or, worse, some files for work. Luckily, you can stop panicking. It’s now possible and also easier than ever to recover deleted files on Android. Here, we’ll show you a couple of ways you can do this – both methods are very simple and won’t take much time.

The procedures I’m going to talk about are for Android data recovery on an unrooted device. If you’re unsure of what that means, don’t worry, your phone is probably unrooted and you can continue reading.

VERY IMPORTANT: Your first priority should be to disconnect from any Wi-Fi networks that you may be using and turn off your 3G or 4G mobile data connection. When you delete a file or photo, it isn’t really gone – at least not immediately. Deleting items allows them to be overwritten by new data, so turning off all data connections will make sure that doesn’t happen with the items you want to recover.

Restore from backup

If you’ve recently backed up your phone, you can use that backup to restore your phone and recover the deleted files. This is a very simple process that you can do using only the phone itself.

Backup & reset menu on Android

Open up the settings menu and select ‘Backup and reset’. After you’ve done this tap ‘Reset phone’. This will restart your phone and take you through a guided setup to restore the data from your latest backup.

Restoring from backup will overwrite any settings you’ve changed or photos you took since the last backup. As a side note, it’s also best to do this using a Wi-Fi connection, as you will be downloading a large amount of data. Using your own mobile data to restore the phone may lead to unnecessarily higher costs.

If you haven’t backed up your device before but want to set it up for future use, you’re also able to do that in this menu. Simply tap ‘Backup account’ and select the account you want to use to back up your data (ideally your Google account). It is also a good idea to set ‘Automatic backup’ to ‘On’.

Choosing backup account on Android


Using data recovery software

If you don’t have a recent enough backup or you haven’t backed up your phone at all, you can still get your files back. There are various programs available that offer data recovery for Android, such as Dr. Fone and Recuva. These programs are fantastic and are able to save you from losing those precious memories or important files. Whichever program you choose, the overall process won’t be too different.

Once you have downloaded the software, connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable. The program will show you all the files, photos, videos, etc. that are on the phone, including the ones you’ve just deleted.


Connecting Android device to PC with Dr Fone


Select all the items you’ve deleted (along with any others you’d like to backup) and click ‘Recover’. You can then save them to your computer. After they’ve been stored you can transfer them from the computer back to your Android device.


Selecting deleted files to restore with Dr Fone

It’s so easy to accidentally delete something, either through the slip of the finger or a lapse in concentration, but by using one of our methods you’re able to recover deleted Android files quickly and easily.