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Questions asking how to recover lost or inaccessible data.

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How do I backup data (SMS/contacts) from a device with a broken screen?

I just broke the screen of my (unrooted) Galaxy S. How do I get back my SMS and contacts? PS: I tried Kies but it won't detect my phone for some reason. (Kies works fine with another Galaxy I ...
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How can I recover a deleted file on Android?

I just deleted a file on my Nexus S that I really need back. (It was actually part of an app using a sqlite database that did a drop table when upgrading to a new version.) Presumably I need to root ...
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Data Recovery - How to Restore Deleted / Formatted Files on HD Micro SD Card

Background: I put in a friend's SD Card to format it because it was having problems. Then I put mine back in and I think my phone formatted my SD Card. I had a ton of pictures on there that are now ...
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How to recover a deleted file from /data partition?

I factory reset my rooted Android M phone but now I realize that there was a file in the /data directory which I need. Is it possible to create an image (.img or something similar) of the /data ...
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Recover deleted content from userdata partition?

So it came to pass, that Amanda did have a blonde moment and deleted all her threads in the SMS app by mistake. Yeah, "Delete all threads" probably shouldn't be quite so easy to invoke. The phone's ...
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How to make a complete factory reset, without anyone being able to retrieve my data?

I will have a few Android phones that I will have to let go. I would like to make a proper clean wipe of the data, without no one being able to retrieve them, and do a factory reset. I have read ...
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My Android phone is completely reset, whats the best way to recover the deleted data?

A person at a phone store reset all the contents of my Motorola Moto G Android phone, and I did not give them permission to do so. I had many important pictures and videos, but the even more important ...
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Where is the data for “Contacts Storage” located?

Settings -> Applications -> All tells me that "Contacts Storage" uses 2.5MB which must be my contact data. Since I had to revert to 4.03 after a faulty update to 4.1 my contacts seem inaccessible ...
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Is there a way to recover a deleted SMS?

I deleted an entire SMS thread by mistake from my HTC Wildfire. Is there any way I can retrieve that thread ?
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How to recover data from a damaged SD card?

I have an HTC Inspire. I have had my 8 GB SD Card for three years...needless to say, it has like 5000 pictures and hundreds of videos on it. It has a lot of music on it too, but I'm not worried ...
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Extract App Data from Nandroid / CWM Backup

I use ClockworkMod Recovery, and Slimbean. Recently, my slimbean started hanging at the loading screen and getting insanely hot. So I took a backup, and cleaned flashed AOKP rom. It's working fine ...
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Why can't I see Android storage as a partition on PC?

I'm trying to recover accidentally deleted video from HUAWEI P10. I use Ubuntu so I tried to recover it using photorec. The problem is that I can't see mobile internal storage or SD card storage in ...
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How to mount Internal Storage as USB Mass Storage for recovering data?

I accidentally formatted my Android phone's storage partition while updating to Android Oreo today. When I tried to restore the backup I realized that the backup of the data partition had failed and ...
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How can I decrypt an encrypted SD card (HTC Evo 4G) on a different device?

I encrypted both my phone and SD card upon purchasing my HTC Evo 4g LTE. Recently the phone died (would get to the login screen and then reboot). After a factory reset the SD card shows up as ...
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Merging multiple SMS databases

I have a lot of problems with my phone, and so I have a number of nandroid backups with different sets of overlapping SMS messages saved in them. I've also made a few copies of the data folder when ...
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Can I recover app data after the phone has been Factory Reset?

Without remembering application data, I reset my Galaxy S3 to factory state. Now, I lost data for one expense manager app. Is there any way to recover the data?
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Samsung Galaxy S4: Get files from broken & locked screen

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. I broke the screen a few days back and it was locked at the time. The phone is working because it can charge and I can hear the alarm and incoming calls and messages but I ...
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I Need Help Getting Contacts from Broken Android!

My Huawei Mercury M886 fell out of my lap when getting out of the car and it got run over... Its not rooted. The screen is completely shattered off and I cant use the touchscreen or buttons so I cant ...
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How to fix a damaged sd card? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “SD card is damaged - You may have to reformat.” How do I fix this problem? I made my SD card available as mass storage, copied one file from the SD card, unmounted the card ...
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Restore deleted photos

I accidentally deleted the entire "downloaded" album full of pictures from my Samsung Galaxy S2 (SPH-D710) and am trying to use a recovery program I downloaded. My phone will not show up as a remove-...
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S3 screen broken, developer mode on, how to transfer data

My screen on my Galaxy S3 broke and I need to transfer an app that's on my phone to my computer. I have developer mode enabled on the phone and I want to be able to transfer the app without opening up ...
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My android phone was stolen. How worried should I be with all my google data inside the phone?

Ok, so my samsung galaxy 5 was stolen. I had gmail, calendar, twitter(tweetdeck), facebook, ... all my personal data in it. I didn't have any app installed that could wipe this information from a ...
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How can I recover files from a phone that won't boot?

I have a Galaxy SII, and it is stuck on the boot screen. How can I recover the files on the phone?
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Is it possible to recover data from internal memory?

I have Samsung Galaxy S2, that was sent to the lab for repair. The phone arrived and all the internal memory was deleted. All the data that was on the internal memeory: Media, SMS, Contacts (actually ...
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How to extract .backup files created by android stock recovery?

I'm using Coolpad note 3 lite, running Android 5.1. I created internal memory backup using stock recovery. Files were created in this format: userdata_yyyymmdd_HHMMSS.backup = 2GB ...
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How to manually restore Call Log from adb backup on OnePlus One? (SMS already restored)

I ran adb backup with all the backup flags on my OnePlus One (which I had gradually upgraded from 44S to 05Q). Then I wiped it, reimaged it with a fresh image of 05Q, and tried to restore my SMS and ...
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How to restore files on SD Card that was protected by Vault app?

I changed my Android mobile phone from one carrier to another. I installed Vault app from the Google Play store, and placed the old SD Card from the previous phone into this new phone. After ...
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How to recover lost contacts from samsung galaxy s3

I was closing all my unused running programs on my galaxy S3, and suddenly closed the contacts app. When I checked my contacts afterwards they were all gone. But when I checked my call logs, the ...
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Trying to restore photos from a broken S4 (AT&T), how do I go about it?

My friend broke her S4's screen, and wants to get back the photos from the internal memory. The phone does not have USB debugging turned on, so having it attached to the computer only charges it. The ...
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How to restore ColorNote notes after factory reset?

I forgot to backup my notes before factory reset and now apparently I have lost them all. Before doing factory reset though, Back up my data option in Settings >> Backup & Restore was checked but ...
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All of my texts disappeared, what can I do?

All of my old text messages disappeared. What might I be able to do to recover them?
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Location and how to recover cache from Google Chrome from an Android phone?

I'm wondering if it's possible to recover files from the Google Chrome cache from an Android phone, specifically, an HTC One S running Android 4.0.2. I'm trying to recover the stylesheet from a site ...
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I lost all my contacts on Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000

Yesterday I lost all the contacts on my GT-I9000. Nothing strange happened, there was no warning, suddenly they were just.. gone. This is the second time this happens. Is there any method to get the ...
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Recover contacts and images from stolen phone

My samsung note 3 was stolen yesterday, the phone is off. how can I get my pictures from the internal memory of the phone and contact numbers? I was registered with google account
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Recovering Files from Broken Screen Nexus 5x

I have a Nexus 5x that has an unresponsive and broken display (screen displays colored lines and doesn't respond to any touches) that I am trying to get files off of. I can't seem to get my computer ...
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“µamera” problem on S3

I am using an SD card on galaxy S3 - I store my photos on here. But today, on the DCIM folder of that card, I see a folder that named "µamera" and all of my photos were gone. It seems that, this ...
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Recover data from bootlooped phone

I have a Samsung Galaxy S Plus (GT-I9003) that is stuck in a boot loop. It is running the stock Samsung firmware (Android 2.3.5). I want to recover the data (specifically of the Memo application) from ...
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What really happens during a factory reset? Does it securely erase all data?

When you "factory reset" an android phone, are you formatting the phone storage by securely erasing all data and writing over them with zeroes, or are you simply deleting the files by hiding them from ...
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How do I export Telegram contacts to my phone?

I'm new here. My little brother accidentally touched the "reset factory" button in settings, and now I don't have my contacts on my phone! I have 1500 (almost 400 business) contacts with more than ...
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How to recover data from LGE Nexus 4 running on Android Version 4.4.2?

I am using LGE Nexus 4 which is running on Android Version 4.4.2. Somehow accidently i do a factory reset on my phone and in return i lost all my emails, messages, pictures i.e, almost everything. Now ...
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How can I reset my phone without losing everything?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S I9000, it keeps lagging; freezing and turning on and off by itself. I want to reset it, if I do will I lose all my photos, contacts etc etc..? I can't figure out how to ...
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Forgot security lock pattern on Jelly Bean device with Wifi and 3G data turned off

I forgot my security lock pattern and my Wifi and 3G connections are switched off. I can hard reset the phone (Galaxy Nexus) from recovery mode, but that would wipe all my data. ADB is also turned off ...
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Recover Lost Voice Recording on EVO 4G

I was recording an hour-long meeting with the native voice recorder app on my EVO 4G. When I started the recording, I left it running in the background, hit the home screen, then shut the screen off. ...
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Nexus 7 soft bricked, Need to recover data

I don't know if I'm posting this on the right website or not, but I'll try anyway. I recently brought a Google Nexus 7 (non-SIM version). I've used it for around 3 months now and everything was ...
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If I uninstall an app do I lose the data?

I want to install Angry Birds from the Amazon App Store but all I get is errors. My guess is it's because I already have it installed. I'm afraid to uninstall just in case I lose the data. Any ideas?
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Data recovery on boot-looped Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100

I have a boot-looped Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100, running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread it came with, unrooted and unmodified (although Optus-branded). The phone's battery depleted while the phone was ...
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Recover files of an App

My phone is a Motorola MOTO G (first generation). Due to some troubles, I had recovered the factory settings of my phone. But I forget to backup some data of an app (Tricount). A this point my phone ...
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What if you accidentally deleted some important apps and can't install them back?

What if you accidentally deleted some important apps and can't install them back because Google Play doesn't have them? For example android system, com.android dun server and com.android.lgsetup ...
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“Encryption Failed” on my Samsung Note 2 & it asks me to reset device. Is there a way to back up my data

I have Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from AT&T. At the reboot it displays "Encryption failed", and would ask me to reset device. I cannot access my phone. I have very important data on this phone. I want ...
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Recover deleted app data

I'm having some trouble with an app, it is an app for a service provided by my local bank. Apparently for security purposes it is not on the Play Store and when you subscribe they send you an SMS with ...