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Today, I unlocked the bootloader of my old Oneplus One, which wiped the data partition of my phone. I had a backup made with adb backup -all but I discovered only after the procedure that apks were not included.

This phone had some apps that I had installed which are not found around anymore. I want to keep them for nostalgia sake. So, I'm wondering if there's some way to recover apks from a wiped phone (just like you can do a disk recovery on a PC using tools such as Recuva). I tried looking on the internet but I found tools that either recover only data but not apks or are pure scams.

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    If Oneplus did their job correctly a bootloader unlock wipe erases the user data encryption key and thus makes all user data including APKs unrecoverable.
    – Robert
    Jan 4, 2022 at 8:21
  • I see, thanks for the info!
    – valepu
    Jan 4, 2022 at 9:26
  • @Robert OnePlus One was released in 2014 with Android 4.4 (upgradeable up to Android 6). As far as my experience goes with OnePlus One (Android 4.4 - 5.0) there was no default encryption of data partition. So if OP checks the current status of encryption they may realize that data recovery is still possible to some extent.
    – Firelord
    Jan 4, 2022 at 10:11
  • @Firelord I used "adb shell getprop ro.crypto.state" and it returned unencrypted. I'm confident I never activated encryption on this phone before wiping
    – valepu
    Jan 4, 2022 at 10:14
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    For data recovery you can try reading up this resource: android.stackexchange.com/a/208114/96277
    – Firelord
    Jan 4, 2022 at 10:17

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