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Lost your data? Here's how you can recover it, rooted or not

We've all done it: accidentally deleted photos, videos or files by accident. But, before you say goodbye to it for good, there are ways to recover your data and get back your precious files. In this article, we'll guide you through how you can do that.

Don't panic! Here's how to recover your lost data 

Time is always of the essence though: do not save anything else to your device or switch it off. First, check your backups (such as those made automatically buy Google) to see if your lost data is there.  If not, then its time to get to work, and fast. Turn off your internet connection so that no automatic updates occur before you've had a chance to recover your lost data.

How to recover lost data from your Android phone

If you want a fast and easy way to recover lost data on Android then the MobiKin Doctor for Android is the ticket. You'll just need to follow a few simple steps and you will have your phone numbers, email addresses, messages, holiday photos, music and so on back in your hands.

Your data is the most valuable thing on your Android device, so its important to be able to safely and securely recover it when you need to. MobiKin Doctor for Android puts everything on your computer in its original format for controlling in one view. You can preview the contents before you recover them so you know exactly what you're recovering. This saves you time and ensures you don't lose anything.

How to recover lost data from your iPhone or iPad

Example: MobiKin Doctor for Android

After you install the program on your PC or Mac you need to connect your phone to your computer. MobiKin then will need access to your phone. Check out the guide below 

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Once you plug in your phone, this screen will automatically start. / © MobiKin
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Seconds later, MobiKin will have recognized your device. You then decide what type of data you want to recover. / © MobiKin
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After around 20 seconds (this may vary slightly), your lost or deleted data will appear. / © MobiKin
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And the recovery takes next to no time. Press the button, and the data you have chosen can be saved on your PC. / © MobiKin

In addition to providing you with top-notch data recovery, it's great professional backup tool. You can scan your device and see both existing and deleted data in a single view. Then you can transfer them as necessary and you'll ensure everything is backed up.

Were you able to recover everything? Let us know in the comments.


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  • Elisa 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I am looking for a data recovery programm for my lost notes/memos (only text) from my Samsung Galaxy A5. Is there anything I can do without root access? Because root always failed.
    Perfectly would be free software or something where I definitly get my money back, if it doesn't work (read so often, that they didn't pay in the end). With MobiKin I didn't find the option to recover memo-files.

    Thanks a lot

  • (I made this account specifically to make this comment.)
    This software "MobiKin Doctor for Android (Windows Version)" installs in windows and when you connect your phone it installs their app on your phone!
    It gives no warning for this.
    This risks overwriting the deleted files that one is trying to recover.
    Very poor choice for deleted file recovery.
    Also it does not find deleted files. It only found files that were not deleted.

    • Nicholas Montegriffo
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      1 month ago Link to comment

      We checked with MobiKin about this, and while it's true that the app installs on the phone, they insist it will not overwrite the deleted files. If you didn't find the files you wanted try turning on usb mass storage on your phone before re-running the program. You can also contract MobiKin directly about it by emailing support@mobikin.com if you still have any problems.

      • I have a Motorola G5+. It' not the USB issue. That feature is active, and must be for any access to files remotely.
        It turns out that my particular phone's deleted files are somehow not accessible to these types of recovery programs.
        I posted on the official Lenovo site with this issue. The only reply indicated that it is not possible to recover deleted files.
        And of course since they are the makers of the motorola software, they won't discuss the root option.
        It seems rooting is the only option. I was able to find instructions on developer sites for my exact model. Unfortunately they are very complex and involve downloading multiple custom coded programs for the task.
        I've had some bad experiences with rooting, so it seems I'm out of luck.
        Thanks for your reply.

  • Try looking at your providers on line billing account, surprising how much info is stored, if not then give them a ring, you may possibly have to make a freedom of information request but they will have stored the data you have lost for sure. They have to by law.

  • Are there any websites that root your phone for you? I've seen OneClickRoot and Perfectroot but not sure about those. I really want my phone rooted so I can recover my photos.

  • I have a Samsung Note 4 with a completely inoperable shattered screen. The phone still rings, and texts are heard, but cannot be seen. The touch screen is non-responsive....and the phone is PIN-Locked... is there any hope of getting the content off of the internal storage? I've tried searching every site..most sites say you can do this if it's "pattern-locked", but I've seen nothing about being able to unlock a pin-locked phone, so that I can transfer the content to my computer or another phone (note 5) ...If so, please dumb it down a little. I'm not super-techy, but I know enough to be able to understand most of what's going on in this forum lol
    Also, more specifically I hope to get my sms's, pics on internal drive, and contacts from this phone....
    Thank you in advance... !!

  • i do backups monthly and i dont care if anything happens to the data on my smartphone

  • Hi,

    I have tried many software for my LG K10. I enabled developer options and usb debugging as requested.
    I used all the following software:
    Android Recovery, Dr Fon, Fonelab, Jihosoft Android Recovery, Recuva

    And none of them worked! I have over 600 photos deleted in the phone and I am trying all these software in a matter of hours.

    Please asking for your help, desperately needing your advice.

    • Goonz Dec 24, 2016 Link to comment

      Forget all those PC based software.

      Install one of the following android apps, and resolve your problem ..
      - DiskDigger (doesn't need root for basic scan for photos and such)
      - Dumpster (doesn't need root, but only sees stuff deleted after it was installed .. rather useless .. LOL)
      - GT Data Recovery (needs rooted)
      - HexaMob (needs root)
      There are others too ..

      Unlike the PC based software, these will do basic recovery without requiring that you pay first. Also, some of them do not require your device to be rooted.

      I recommend DiskDigger in particular because it has saved my arse a good few times now and I eventually purchased it.

      • Dumbest thing to do when wanting to recover files from a device is install anything on the device, you are trying to preserve your data, not write over it.

      • So glad to come across your comment. Thanks a million! You saved me a lot of money. Recovered all my photos for free - still purchased DiskDigger though, as a show of support.

    • Hi were you able to recover your stuff and if yes can you help me please....I'm really sad the same happened with me

  • hi i tried to download the dr fone for android recovery whenever it scans it will crash
    plz help me
    thank you

  • I have found nothing on recovery of my texts. I'm extremely frustrated.

  • Well I just tried both for a Galaxy S6, and both required root in order to work so I guess the title is a bit misleading :(

  • I didn't need any of that. I already had ASUS File Manager installed on my Wileyfox and at the bottom of the opening page is a link to Recycle Bin, which lets you see and restore deleted files without root access.

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