I accidentally deleted a video on my Nexus 5 running Android (6.0.1) Marshmellow. The device uses internal storage only. I'd like to recover the video and from what I already know from the Internet, there are desktop/mobile apps that can recover the file.

The problem is, all of the apps I've tried need root access to the system. Rooting the phone, on the other hand, will can wipe all my data (see the comments below), as far as I understood the process correctly. So, ironically, if I root, there will be no file to be restored.

1. Is there any way to recover the lost file without the root access?


2. Can I root the phone without deleting all its data?

  • Where did you read that rooting wipes a device? That's usually not the case. Also, have you already consulted our data-recovery tag-wiki?
    – Izzy
    Sep 2, 2017 at 16:24
  • I put it poorly into words, sorry. I read that rooting on some devices requires doing the OEM unlock or bootloader unlocking - which wipes all data. I tried 2 apps to root the phone but they failed for the reason unknown, so my guess is the unlock is needed in the case of my device. I will check the wiki.
    – lesssugar
    Sep 2, 2017 at 16:31
  • Ah, in that case you're correct: Unlocking usually wipes the device. Though a Nexus 5 shouldn't be too difficult to root IIRC. Our rooting index points to Can I root my Nexus 5 without a custom image? You might wish to check that as well.
    – Izzy
    Sep 2, 2017 at 16:37


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