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[SOLVED] How Can I Recover Data from Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus & S20 Ultra

face Chelsea Staub Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:09 PM

Experiencing data loss on your Samsung Galaxy S20 & S20 Plus & S20 Ultra - or worse, accidentally deleting data that haven't backed up - is never an easy pill to swallow. Luckily, Samsung and third-party software developers can feel your pain, delivering multiple Samsung data recovery ways to recover data from Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ or S20 Ultra phone. If you don't have a clue why data loss occurs and how to recover deleted photos, videos, messages, contacts or other lost data from your Galaxy S20 series phone (5G), we've solved the riddle of both below.

What Can Lead to Data Loss on Samsung

To be honest, how the data is lost can determine whether you stand a higher or lower chance of recovering deleted data from Samsung Galaxy S20/ S20 Plus (Ultra). Here're some common factors that can result in data loss on your Galaxy device.

  • Mistakenly or intentionally deleting data that you need to recover back
  • Doing a factory reset on your Samsung Galaxy S20 (Plus) & S20 Ultra without making backups
  • Virus, malware or other software bugs wiping all the data
  • System update on low battery removing the files from phone internal memory storage
  • Phone being lost, broken or dead (It's hard to recover lost data from Samsung Galaxy S20 series phone without backups in this case, but you can still give method 2 a try to get it back.)

Four Solutions on Samsung Data Recovery

The methods here range from restoring lost data from backups in Samsung Cloud, Samsung Kies and Samsung Smart Switch to retrieving deleted data from Galaxy S20, S20+ & S20 phone without backups by relying on third-party Samsung Galaxy data recovery software. All pictures, videos, text messages, call logs, contacts or other deleted files can be recovered using the same guide.

Option 1: Samsung Cloud

Let's kick off with restoring data from Samsung Cloud. If you use Samsung's free or paid cloud storage to keep copies of your phone and have set up automatic sync option for your deleted data and files, getting back data on Samsung S20 (Plus) & S20 Ultra should be done easily from the backups in Samsung Cloud.

The following wizard will show you how to access Samsung Cloud backups and restore the lost data. All the restored content will be back to their original locations.

  • Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus or S20 Ultra and go to Settings app.
  • Tap Accounts and backup.
  • Choose Samsung Cloud or Backup and retore, then tap Restore data.
  • Select the device and the data you want to restore and choose Restore.

If you've backed up app installation files and settings and need them back, you'll need to follow the on-screen steps to install the app and download the data copies.

Note: Certain countries may be not supported to use Samsung Cloud to back up and restore data on Galaxy device. Learn further information on here: Back up or Restore Data via Samsung Cloud

Option 2: Samsung Data Recovery Software

Can't restore from Samsung account or the latest backup doesn't include the missing data and files you need to restore? Android Data Recovery can be your lifesaver to retrieve Samsung S20/ S20 Plus (Ultra) data that's deleted or lost from any data loss scenarios.

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It's shipped with a set of smart algorithms to trace down all data stored in your phone memory, categorize data based on types clearly after scanning, and get data recovered from Galaxy S20 series phone within one click. Better yet, it offers handy options to only display deleted files and preview texts, contacts, images, videos, etc. in details before doing Samsung data recovery.

Now, let's come straight to take a look at how to use the program to recover deleted files on Samsung Galaxy S20 series phone.

  • Open Android Data Recovery tool on your computer and connect your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus & S20 Ultra to the machine. From the given task mode, select "Android Data Recovery".
  • Once connected, your phone will prompt if you need to allow USB debugging mode on your phone. Simply tap Allow to move on. This page may be helpful for you: How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Device
  • Next up, select the type(s) of the data lost on your Samsung S20/ S20 Plus/ S20 Ultra and click on Next button. It'll start a quick analysis on your device.
  • Then, you're demanded to root your device to proceed Deep Scan mode. Hit Rooting Tools button and apply the safe KingoRoot software to get Samsung Galaxy S20 (+) / S20 Ultra rooted.
  • The following screen will show all found data and files from your device, from which you can click the file(s) to preview. Then, select the deleted file(s) you want to undelete and press Recover button to retrieve missing data from Galaxy S20 (+)/ S20 Ultra.

Option 3: Samsung Kies

Samsung Kies is another official tool that puts forward data backup and restore service for Samsung users. If there's a copy for your deleted data available in Samsung Kies, restoring disappeared files from Samsung Galaxy S20 phone from the backup there comes down to a few simple steps clarified as follows:

  • Connect your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ or S20 Ultra to a computer.
  • Run Samsung Kies and click on Back up/ Restore tab at the top menu bar.
  • Choose Restore data option.
  • Choose the backup file to restore back to your Samsung S20 (Plus) & S20 Ultra. You can also hit Find file to quickly locate and select the file to restore.
  • Tick the box(es) next to the file(s) you wish to get back, then click on Restore button.
  • If a dialog box pops up asking you to select the desired file version to restore, simply choose the needed one and press OK button.
  • When it's done restoring data from Galaxy S20 (Plus) or S20 Ultra, click on Complete button.

Warning: Kies doesn't support all Samsung smartphones and tablets. Read more here if you Samsung Kies fails to recognize your device.

Option 4: Samsung Smart Switch

Own an existing Smart Switch backup for the deleted data on your Samsung Galaxy S20 series phone instead? Step through the instructions below to restore your phone from a previous backup. using Samsung Smart Switch.

  • Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and plug your Samsung Galaxy S20 (+) or S20 Ultra to the machine.
  • Click on Restore.
  • Hit Select your backup data from bottom left corner to choose a backup that contains the deleted files on your device and click on OK.
  • Press Restore now. Wait until it finishes restoring data to Samsung S20, S20+ or S20 Ultra.

Tips: If the backup file you need to restore is encrypted, you'll be asked to decrypt the backup data first. To do that, enter PIN on your phone and tap Restore.

People also ask:

Q: Where is the Recycle Bin on Samsung S20?

Broadly speaking, there's no Recycle Bin on Samsung Galaxy S20 phones to temporarily keep all recently deleted files like what computers do. However, several native and third-party apps in your Samsung may have their built-in Recycle Bin features to restore accidentally deleted files.

For instance, you can go to Gallery app, tap the three-dots icon, choose Trash, choose photo(s) or video(s) you want to retrieve and click Restore button to restore photos and videos from Samsung S20 Gallery app's Recycle Bin, as shown in the screenshot below.

Q: Can you recover data after factory resetting Samsung S20?

If you've performed a complete data backup before resetting, you're sure to undelete data from Samsung Galaxy S20 series phone using the backup file. If there's no copy existing for the lost data and files, there's a possibility that third party Samsung phone data recovery tool can recover the wiped data, on condition that the data hasn't been overwritten.

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