It is a total nightmare when you accidentally delete important and personal apps, photos, videos and other data on your smartphone. On some rare occasions, you loose data on your phone either because someone (not you) accidentally deleted it, or in worse cases, the file gets corrupted. These instances are usually termed as data loss. It’s an incident every smartphone user have encountered at least once or twice, and it’s totally inevitable since accidents do really happen.


But, little do most people know, when you delete (by accident or on purpose) data and files on your phone, they don’t really get deleted right away, unless they get overwritten. Now this is where Data Recovery Apps do come in.

Data Recovery Apps are nifty softwares that are capable of recovering deleted data on devices. These kind of softwares are actually available for PC’s, Macs and mobile devices as well. But for this article, we will specifically focus on Data Recovery Apps for Android devices.

There are a lot of Data Recovery Apps available for Android from the Google Play Store, but not all actually does the job. And most working apps does require your device to be rooted for it to work.

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Join us, as we run through some of the Data Recovery Apps for Android. Note that we cannot guarantee the success rate of these apps, and that use them at your own risk.

Dumpster – Recycle Bin (Free from the Google Play Store)


With over a million of installs and an average rating of 4.3 stars from over 19,800 users, Dumpster – Recycle Bin is probably the most reliable app there is from the Google Play store for data recovery. The app features Photo, music, video and other types of file restoration, as well as photo and video previews before initiating the recovery process. What’s great is that the app will soon support Text, Contacts and App undeletes.

Recycle Bin (Free from the Google Play Store, with an in-app purchase to remove ads)

Recycle Bin

As the name of the app suggests, it is basically a Recycle bin for Android, just like the Recycle Bin for Windows and Trash for Mac users. What it does is when you delete a file from your device, the file is moved from its original location to your recycle bin. But, for the app to work correctly, you’d need to first install a third party file explorer app on your device. The app has an average of 3.9 stars from over 3,000 users at the Google Play Store.

Undelete for Root Users (Free with limited features, from the Google Play store)


Developed by Fahrbot, Undelete for Root Users supports up to a thousand type of files, as the app claims. The app allows users whose devices are rooted to recover deleted files such as photos, videos and other data either from the device’s internal storage or on the SD card. Aside from this, the app also comes with a secure delete and shred features, that lets users permanently delete files and data without possibility for recovery. The downside is, an unlocked key is required to access most features. The free version only supports photo recovery.

DiskDigger (Free to try, Php 133.52 for the Pro version)


With mixed reviews from different users, DiskDigger lets users undelete and recover lost photos, documents, videos, music and other support files and data from a rooted device’s internal storage and SD card. Additionally, users can send recovered files to an e-mail account or upload them to an FTP server.

Android Recycle Bin (Free to try, Php 83.20 for the Pro version)

Android Recycle BinCompatible with most Android smartphones and tablets on Gingerbread 2.3.x and higher, Android Recycle Bin lets users restore deleted files, photos, videos and even apps as well. What’s great is that users do not need to have their devices rooted for the app to work. Additionally, the app allows users to re-install deleted apps, even without an active internet connection. On top of these, there’s also a secure erase feature to delete private files, forever.

And aside from these five apps from the Google Play store, we also found two apps you can install on your computers for the data recovery process on your Android device.

Wondershare Data Recovery for Android ($19.95, available here)


Compatible with 32 and 64-bit Windows 7/Vista/2000/XP computers, Wondershare’s Data Recovery for Android allows users to recover deleted and lost files and documents such as photos, videos, music and other data on your Android device’s internal storage or SD card, in just a click of a button. Plus, it works will ALL Android devices from all manufacturers, well at least that’s what Wondershare claims.

DDR Android Data Recovery Software (Free to try, $49 for the full version)


This Data Recovery Software might be priced a little hefty at $49, but it promises to recover all sorts of deleted data from your device such as text messages, photos, contacts, e-mails and all that. Plus, it can recover data even if the loss was due to virus infection of your device, as well as software corruption.

Finally, we would like to re-iterate we cannot guarantee that apps and softwares mentioned above can successfully recover lost data on your device. There are always ways to keep you safe from permanent data loss like making back-ups of your important photos, files, videos and whatnots, especially now that there are a lot of Cloud based storage apps that allows automatic file back ups, which users can take advantage of.