Recover deleted files from iPhones, iPads and Android devices

Recover deleted files from iPhones, iPads and Android devices

Summary: Lost some important data on your iPhone, iPad or Android device? Here are some tools that might be able to help you get it back.


I get a lot of questions like this:

I deleted something important from my iPhone/iPad/Android device, and I don't have a backup! What do I do? Help!

Amazing how people's data gets a whole lot more important once it's not there anymore! 

When it comes to data recovery, the first thing to bear in mind is that there are no guarantees. Data that's gone may very well be gone for good, especially if the device has been used since the file or files were deleted and new data has overwritten it.

However, nothing ventured, nothing gained (or lost).

The tool I've been pointing iPhone, iPad, and Android users to is EaseUS MobiSaver. MobiSaver comes in free and pro versions available for both iOS and Android.

The iOS version supports to directly recover deleted or lost SMS, contacts, pictures, videos, WhatsApp history, documents and so on from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes backup. The Android version supports to recover data from Android phone/tablet such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Sony, Google etc.

Both versions are pretty easy to use, and I've heard back from people who have used them to recover data.

Personally, I'd much rather have a backup regime that I can fall back on, but failing that this tool could offer you a fighting chance.

Good luck!

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Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, Software

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  • Cloud it!

    I'm not sure about the other two, but Windows Phone 8.1 let's you sync pretty much everything to Onedrive including things like text messages, call history, settings, and home screen layout.
    Buster Friendly
    • Its no difference on iOS

      the entire device is actually backed up into iCloud.
  • I use Dropbox.

    I use Dropbox. Allows me to roll back changes and recover deleted files. Also keeps a permanent copy of the files on my desktop and laptop, in case Dropbox ever shuts down for some reason. Pretty close to a perfect solution IMO.
    • Only things on dropbox though

      That's fine for files you put on dropbox but there's a lot more stored on the phone. It really needs an OS level integration to be a backup solution.
      Buster Friendly
  • Windows 8 Tablet > Ipads & Android Tablets

    Unlike the Ipad, and Android tablets, you can save files to Onedrive and if you delete something, it goes to the recycle bin and isn't gone forever.
    Pollo Pazzo
    • When you guys write this stuff

      Do you do any research on what you are writing about? IPads and iPhones back up to iCloud automatically - and not just files. The entire thing backs up to the cloud... The entire device along with every setting and app on it.
      • Just because you use iCloud

        There are times when iCloud can fail you. Particularly because if you're not near a WiFi point then you could have deleted something important before it had a chance to backup.
        Never assume a situation is foolproof.
  • Pretty much useless..

    EaseUS Android Data Recovery Software, the suggested software requires that the device be rooted..

    Nope, Not going to happen before Samsung clearly says that I am NOT going to get an upgrade to 4.2.X
    • Can Reverse To Stock

      Using Wugfresh or such, you can have all the very real advantages of Rooting. Then return to Unrooted and/or Stock ROM.
      A bit to learn. Not so hard to do. As long as you Restart after the clearing off Drivers step.
  • What can you lose on Android?

    Let's see, your contacts are saved to Gmail Contacts, your email is already there (and if you use Gmail to capture other email accounts, then those emails are on the web too), you can use Google+ to automatically back up all your phone's photos (and you don't have to share them to the public, you can use it just for storage). Backup of files is a good reason to use Drive for your documents. About the only thing not backed up is text messages.
    big red one
  • Glad to hear text messages are not backed up

    Wouldn't want anyone to see those text's to my nephew about how great a quarterback JaMarcus Russell was going to be.

    • I had a friend who was wrongfully accused of a crime.

      Recovering the deleted text messages got the charges dropped. This is one of the reasons I stopped using Windows my knowledge there's no way to export the text messages.
      • It's wrong

        Your knowledge is wrong.
        Buster Friendly
        • 'to my knowledge'

          That's what he said. I noted that modicum of humility.
          If you know something different, please share. 'You're wrong' is not helpful. Help the rest of us to learn.
          I for one don't mind being corrected.
  • What backup?

    "The iOS version supports to directly recover deleted or lost SMS, contacts, pictures, videos, WhatsApp history, documents and so on from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes backup"

    Didn't your blog start off with:

    "I deleted something important from my iPhone/iPad/Android device, and I don't have a backup! "

    If they have a backup why bother with this tool?
  • iPhone data recovery

    I have ever suffered from the similar problem with you .
    My son pulled out of my iPhone USB when I am transferring my data to my PC,and all of my data are gone .But luckily, a program named iPhone Data Recovery wiped all of my worries and I finally found back all of my important data in my mobile.
    And I accidentally saw the documents which had ever deleted by me a long time ago.Thanks to iPhone Data Recovery, I not only restored the missing data caused by disconnecting ,but also the previous ones .
    So iPhone Data Recovery is such a kind of software deals with iPhone data loss issues.Not only messages or pictures would be recovered ,but also the call logs or other documents .
    And you can have 3 ways to recover your files, which is supported including iPhone devices and iPad and iPod.
    You can refer more to here :,it will teach you how to finish the restoring processes.
  • Works for my Galaxy S5

    Successfully recovered 700+ text messages, 200+ contacts and 500+ photos from my Galaxy S5 using the method A in the article:
    Hope it’s also helpful for anyone who meets the same problem.
  • recover iOS device and android phone contents with Coolmuster

    Coolmuster Data Recovery for iPhone iPad iPod could help you recover lost iOS device contents by extracting from iTunes backup file, and it's very easy to use. And there is Coolmuster Android SMS + Contacts Recovery for android users to recover lost android phone sms and contacts, have a try!

    Thanks for your informative article, as far as know there are two place to store the data on Anroid, SIM and sd card, some data recovery programs don't identify the data that stored in SIM card, if you need to recover photos, videos, files, then try some free data recovery, if you need to restore sms, contacts, call history, then you need to try professioinal SIM card data recovery.