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How to Recover Deleted Data from Samsung Galaxy Phone Storage & SD Card

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:09 PM

Lost your important data files on Samsung mobile and want to get them back? You're not alone. Accidents with phones happen to best all of us. Whether the data has been lost due to a upgrade failure or you simply press the wrong delete button on the file by mistake, you still have a reasonable chance of recovering data from Samsung Galaxy phone. In this quick article, we will show you how you can restore Samsung data under different circumstances. Let's get started.

1. How to restore data from Samsung Cloud

If you're in the habit of performing backups by enabling "Backup Settings" on Samsung phone, then your important data files should already be backed up to Samsung Cloud. If so, you can retrieve lost file from Samsung Cloud backup. Follow the steps to learn how to restore.

  • Unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone, go into the Settings menu > Cloud and accounts.
  • Tap on Samsung Cloud, and then Restore.
  • Select the backup files you wish to restore, and then tap on Restore Now.
  • A messages will pop out asking if you would like to install the apps that were backed up if they don't exist on your using device already. Tap Install if needed.

The Samsung Galaxy data restoration process should take a while to complete. Please be patient. Samsung official has more details about: How do I restore my data from Samsung Cloud?

Even if you faithfully back up your Samsung phone regularly, the backup won't always contain your most recent data files. If the restore process won't get deleted data files back to Samsung Galaxy phone, go and try the next option.

2. Recover data from Samsung internal memory

If the lost contents aren't overwritten on the device then professional Samsung data recovery software can find them in storage and bring back. These apps are great when it comes to recovering data from Samsung and other Android powered devices. Android Data Recovery is our favorite.

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Android Data Recovery is a simple and reliable program that can recover a number of data files, including your photos, call logs, contacts, messages, and other types of media. It scans the device deeply for the traces of deleted files and organize all the contents it found by categories, making it easier to find what you want to get back. It can even repair various Android issues such as black screen, non-response, broken, crashed and get the device to normal.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Samsung Mobile

Step 1: Run Android Data Recovery software

To begin with, run the program on your computer and select "Android Data Recovery" option on the main interface to proceed. Note that you want to recover deleted data from broken Samsung phone, please choose "Broken Android Data Extraction" instead.

Next, connect your Samsung mobile to the computer via USB cable.

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Step 2: Enable USB Debugging on Samsung phone

Once connected, you'll be prompted to set the device to USB Debugging. You can follow on-screen instructions tom complete it. If fails, please visit article: How to Enable USB Debugging on Android.

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Step 3: Choose data types and scan lost files from Samsung

If everything goes normal, you should get into the next window that allows you to select the data type you want to search for. If you know which file type to be scanned for deleted files on the Samsung phone, you might want to uncheck all but that type.

Then, press Next button to move on to the next step.

select data type

In the new opening window, you need to root your Samsung Android phone so that the program can do a deep scan of the files.

To do so, hit the Rooting Tools button and this will send you to an external site where you can download a tool called KingoRoot. Then, get the app installed on your computer and let it root your device. Check out the article on How to Root and Unroot an Android Device with KingoRoot.

Root the phone

Once rooted, this data recovery software for Samsung Galaxy will start analysing your phone thoroughly and displays a list of results for the selected file type in the window. The progress bar at the top informs you of the status of the current scanning.

Step 4: Recover data from Samsung phone memory

Once the scan is finished, you should get a window like the image below. All files are sorted by categories. You can click a file to preview it in the right hand pane.

Next, select the lost data files you want to get back and click Recover button.

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When a dialog box shows up, choose a path to save the restored data on the computer. Finally, click the Recover button again to export the recovery results to the specified folder.

Done! You've successfully retrieved data from Samsung phone. Now you can check the recovered files on the folder and move back to your phone through the method of drag and drop or using iTransfer, a versatile data transferring tool between computer and Android devices.

While call logs and text messages can't be imported to your phone, most of media files such as audios, photos, videos, as well as data files like contacts, documents (Word, Excel, PDF, etc) are supported to be transferred back to your device.

How to restore data from Samsung account after a factory reset

If you've back up data to Samsung account prior to a factory reset, you can restore data by following the process below:

  • Powers up your Samsung phone, connect to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Sign in to your Samsung Account.
  • Tap on the Settings app, and then tap on Cloud.
  • Tap on Device Back-up.
  • Select Restore.
  • Select data types to be restored and then tap Restore Now.

Data will now be downloaded from cloud and restored to your Samsung Galaxy phone. Find out more details from Samsung official documents here: How do I back up data using my Samsung account?, How do I restore my data from my Samsung account after a factory reset?

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