Android Data Recovery Made Easy on Mac OS X

Android lost data is recoverable. Disk Drill can access your rooted Android device's storage and recover deleted data directly from the internal memory or Android's SD card as if you are working with a regular hard drive. Same reliable data recovery algorithms, same recovery quality. Wait, don't sell your Android device, your data can still be recoverable even after a factory reset!

Which Android Devices Are Recoverable?

Any Android device that can be rooted or supports USB Mass Storage Mode for direct access to its memory partitions can be used for Android data recovery with Disk Drill: your Nexus smartphone, Samsung Edge or Galaxy, any Android tablet, etc. Newer Android versions may be relatively harder to root, but Disk Drill will lead you through this process step-by-step and provide hints on how to reach the maximum recovery rate.
Android 2.3+
Android 12 and older
All Android devices
All Android devices (via USB, excluding MIPS-based)

Android Data Recovery 101

Have you deleted an important photo, document, note from your Android device? Disk Drill software makes Android recovery possible. It does require a bit of effort and time to recover your data from an Android tablet or smartphone, or other Android-powered device, but it's still possible. First of all, try to quit all running apps, disable GSM, Wi-Fi and all other services, make sure the phone truly sleeps. Now it's time for some magic.

  • Connect Android to Mac

    Connect your Android to a Mac

    Most probably it will show up as an MTP device. Turn on USB Debugging on your Android at this moment. Follow on-screen instructions, they are usually device-specific.

  • Let Disk Drill access device

    Let Disk Drill access your device

    Now Disk Drill can connect to your Android. However, we need your approval on the device as well. Monitor your notifications there, and grant the connection when asked.

  • Time to root

    Time to root

    Now you will see all available disks and partitions of your Android device. Time to root it. If you don't know how to do this, we recommend running a quick online search for your "specific Android device model + root".

Disk Drill – Android Data Recovery Software

As we mentioned before, Disk Drill can recover lost data from any Android device. Here's a list of the most popular ones you might be holding in your hands now. These devices are rootable and the lost data can easily be recovered. Google Nexus devices included.
Samsung Galaxy S, Z, A, M series
Xiaomi Mi, Mi Note, Mi Max, MIX, T, Redmi, POCO series
LG V & Q, G, W, K, Q, X, U, Nexus series
Sony Xperia X, S, NX, M, L, P, U, SX, TX, GX, T, TL, SL, J, V, AX, VL, VC, Z, E, C series
Moto Droid, RAZR, X, G, E, Nexus, Z, M, C, X4, One, Edge, Edge+ series
Huawei Nexus, D, G, Mate, P, W, Y, Nova, GX, GR, T, U, Honor, Enjoy series
Lenovo K, A, Vibe, Z series
Google Pixel 1, 2, 3, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6 series

Recover Any File from Android

Disk Drill works directly with your device's storage, be it internal memory or an SD card. All the data recovery algorithms are available for an Android device within Disk Drill – for your Android smartphones, tablets and potentially Android Wear Watch.

As Disk Drill treats your Android device as a regular disk, you can run Deep Scan, Quick Scan and even Partition Search on it. Alternatively, just hit the "Recover" button for the corresponding device and Disk Drill will run all its related recovery algorithms for you to ensure the maximum Android data recovery success.

Recover any lost information from Android

Disk Drill will recover any file and folder that was deleted on your mobile device and has not been overwritten by other data. Give it a try. Disk Drill Basic will verify your Android data recoverability for free. Almost all imaginable file formats can be recovered.
Text Messages (SMS)
Media files
HTML files
Call logs
Custom files

Your Android Friend Got a Bad Day?

Ever accidentally deleted data on your phone? No worries, Disk Drill helps in numerous disastrous situations with your Android storage. Even when your phone is no longer under warranty :)
Factory settings restore
SD card corruption
Android virus attack
Android Data Recovery
Accidental USB issues
Incomplete file transfer
Failed system upgrade

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can you recover deleted files on Android?

Yes, and the process isn’t nearly as complicated as you may think, at least if you pick an easy-to-use Android data recovery solution like Disk Drill:

  1. Make sure your Android device is rooted.
  2. Turn on USB Debugging on your Android device.
  3. Connect it to your Mac and launch Disk Drill.
  4. Grant Disk Drill the necessary permissions to scan your device.
  5. Go to the Android Devices section and scan your device.
  6. Wait for the scan to finish and select deleted files for recovery.
  7. Click the Recover button and pick a suitable recovery destination.

What is the best Android data recovery software?

Top 10 Data Recovery Software for Android devices:

  1. Disk Drill Android Data Recovery
  2. Wondershare Dr. Fone for Android
  3. FonePaw Android Data Recovery
  4. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android Free
  5. Jihosoft Android Phone Recovery
  6. Undeleter for Root Users
  7. Gihosoft Android Data Recovery
  8. MyJad Android Data Recovery
  9. imobie PhoneRescue for Android
  10. iCare

Is Android data recovery free?

That depends on which data recovery solution you use. If you decide to use a dedicated data recovery software application, then you will most likely have to spend some money to unlock unlimited data recovery. The good news is that the best applications out there let you preview recoverable files for free, so you can verify that your money will be spent well.

Is Android data recovery safe?

Yes, when performed using a reliable Android data recovery software application, the process of recovering permanently deleted files from an Android device is nothing to be nervous about. The biggest risk comes from the fact that most applications require your device to be rooted.

How much does Android data recovery cost?

If you have a backup of your data, then you can perform Android data recovery without spending a single dollar. If not, then your next best option is Android data recovery software, which typically costs around $100. You can also send your Android device to data recovery professionals, and let them recover your data for you. If you decide to go this route, expect to pay at least several hundred dollars.

How can I recover my mobile data for free?

You can recover your mobile (smartphone or tablet) data for free using freeware data recovery software or from a backup (local or cloud). However, we highly recommend you also consider premium data recovery software and professional data recovery services if you value your data and don’t want to risk losing it.

Data Recovery Beyond Android

Disk Drill ensures simple, risk-free, effective data recovery in every data loss scenario. Multiple devices are supported, including data recovery on iPads and iPhones. Completely predictable market-leading data recovery algorithms guarantee the recovery of every bit of information that can be retrieved.
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