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Questions asking how to recover lost or inaccessible data.

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How to recover a deleted file from /data partition on a rooted phone?

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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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 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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How can I recover a deleted file on Android? [duplicate]

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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Why can't I see Android storage as a partition on PC?

I'm trying to recover an 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 the mobile's internal storage or SD card ...
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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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Enable ADB and/or change USB connection mode on Galaxy S7 w/ broken screen

My Galaxy S7 Edge has a broken screen (totally black, and doesn't respond to touch). However, the phone does turn on and is recognized by Kies 3 and SmartSwitch. I am also able to unlock the phone via ...
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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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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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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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My Android phone is completely reset, whats the best way to recover the deleted data? [duplicate]

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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How to pull data from internal memory on an unrooted phone?

Yesterday, I suddenly discovered that I had lost all the user files on the internal memory of my android phone. All my photos, my music, my PDFs, audio recordings, everything. I will explain the ...
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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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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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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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Data recovery from encrypted phone based on glitches in the encryption?

To make a long story short I needed to root my phone and didn't notice the warning that unlocking the bootloader erased all contents of the memory. I contacted a data recovery company and told them ...
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Can user data be recovered after formatting and flashing stock ROM?

I am exchanging my old Android L phone for a new one. I have formatted the whole phone including bootloader and flashed its stock ROM using SP Flash Tool twice. I hope my data has been overwritten. ...
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Is it possible to back up the encryption key of Android?

Is it ever possible to get a backup of my Android smartphone's decryption key (I have my /data partition encrypted) in case something goes wrong? My phone is rooted. I have Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910C.
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Access encrypted /data Partition over ADB and recovery (TWRP, LineageOS 16, Redmi Note 4)

I have a Redmi Note 4 (mido) Android phone with a broken screen: the screen lights up, but otherwise it stays entirely "black". I already replaced the screen, but with no luck - the cause of the error ...
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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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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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Encryption: can't decrypt data after rom downgrade

I downgraded an Android 10 custom rom while I had encryption enabled (rom). Basically I dirty flashed a previous minor version of the rom via TWRP (with just a simple "wipe cache/dalvik"). ...
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Can I access my Android through ADB if the phone can only get to the fastboot menu?

I would like to recover message attachments from a Pixel 3 that died recently. (Yes, I should have had them saved and backed up, but I missed that option for message attachments.) However, the phone ...
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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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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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How to copy / modify data from a soft-bootlooping Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100)

The Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) I have at hand was turned off after getting hot during standby. When trying to start it again, it was in a bootloop: Like usual, it first shows "Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-...
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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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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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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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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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Recovering data from Android 10 (forgotten PIN)

Long story short: I have forgotten the PIN to my Android device, as it wasn't being used for a while. Steps that I have tried/am trying/planning to try: Brute forcing - I have been trying to brute ...
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HTC Desire crashed, deleted all SMS/MMS. Can I recover?

Been a reader of SO/SE for a while as am getting into Android development. Just wanted to ask a quick question. Hope someone can help. :) I have a HTC desire (2.2 with HTC sense, as per stock), never ...
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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 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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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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Is it possible to recover deleted files without root on Android 12? [duplicate]

I clicked the "free up space" button in Google Photos, and it deleted the original copies of all my photos and videos in the past 3 years. It happened on a non-rooted Galaxy Note 10 Plus (...
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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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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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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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How to decrypt (FBE) file-based encryption Adoptable Storage Android 12 [duplicate]

I backed up encrypted data of adopted internal storage on my PC & then Formatted the SD card as portable storage. But I have not factory reset my android system so the key for decryption must be ...
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Is it possible to transfer the internal memory/storage chip of an S9?

My Samsung Galaxy S9 is physically damaged and the board is dead. The phone will not turn on or show any signs of life. Plenty of important photos and data are on that phone which I need to retrieve. ...
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Which file has the saved contact data in android? How to get this file in an unrooted phone?

My android phone's screen is damaged and only shows a white pixelated background and does not recognise any touch input (although it does recognise when I swipe on the initial lock screen after I ...
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Data deleted after encryption - recoverable?

My device (Android 8.0) is encrypted with the default encryption (no startup password). As far as a I know, when I have data on my phone and factory-reset the phone, the data is unrecoverable, since a ...
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How to restore WhatsApp data from SD card or internal memory and not from Google Drive? [duplicate]

I changed phones and installed WhatsApp on the new one. I have a backup database file on an SD card and the same file copied to the internal WhatsApp folder and Google Drive. However, during install, ...
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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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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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