I'm having some trouble recovering text files from an old broken cell phone from 2013.

How can such files be opened from an Android Micro SD in Windows?

Those files have an unidentified format, being marked simply as "File" in the Windows Explorer Properties dialog box.

When opened with NotePad, text files in Android SD's are mapped to incomprehensible strings of characters.

  • Try opening them with e.g. Notepad++. They probably use Unix line endings (LF, line-feed) and not Windows-style ( LF+CR, carriage-return) – which is something plain notepad cannot deal with. Notepad++ can, and detects that automatically. – Izzy Nov 14 '17 at 9:53
  • Is there a way to open then without installing new programs? – Bruno Schiavo Nov 14 '17 at 10:48
  • Try with Wordpad. That seems to be able of handling line breaks at least, but not to deal with different encodings – so any non-ASCII characters will be "borked" (as Windows uses a different character set ("MS-ANSI") as all other systems (UTF-8)). – Izzy Nov 14 '17 at 11:09

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