The Samsung Galaxy range boasts powerful in-built cameras and a luminous color rich display. Coupled with generous memory, this encourages users to click myriad photos and capture moments of their lives as shot-on-the-spot video snippets. Thus when accidental deletions and sudden virus attacks jeopardize these files, we stand to lose not only important ‘data’ but many bytes of sentimental value as well. Anything from a memory format to a simple factory reset to processor overheating may render your files, photos, and videos inaccessible.
This is where Dr. Fone for Android comes in handy. It is a light and easy-to-use application that can effectively recover deleted files, photos, videos from Samsung Galaxy so you can go on with your life.
This recovery program has a database of over 2000 recognized Android models and versions! It supports all major Samsung devices including, but not restricted to, the Galaxy range, the roster of Note products, and a lot more.
Data recovery with Dr. Fone is done in a few clicks. Anyone with a PC or a laptop can master it in one attempt.
Before diving into the specifics though, here are a couple of things you need to do to prepare your device and ensure that the scan for deleted data will be glitch-free.
1. Ensure that your Samsung Galaxy device is in the USB Debugging mode. This will give access to Dr. Fone to probe deep to retrieve the necessary information. To activate USB Debugging, the following sequence should be followed:
- Click on the Settings icon under the Apps tab.
- Scroll down to the bottom and choose Developer Options.
- Finally tap to check USB Debugging.
For some Android versions, you may find the Developer Options under the Applications tab renamed as Development. The USB Debugging is found in this sub-section.
Since device identification can’t proceed without activating USB Debugging, Dr.Fone automatically shows a screen with the sequence of steps needed to trigger debugging for all relevant Android OS versions.
2. Have at least 20% of charge in the device battery before you start with the scan.
3. Account for data overwriting. When you accidentally delete an image or a video or any file for that matter, it doesn’t disappear from the system right away. It is stored in a temporary cache. Further phone use may overwrite this cached data, making retrieval impossible. Thus it is best to connect your Samsung Galaxy to a PC with Dr. Fone installed on it, as soon as possible.
The Recovery Sequence
Step 1: Device Connection & Identification
Connect the Samsung Galaxy device to a PC or laptop with the help of a USB cord. Ensure that the USB Debugging option is enabled.
If debugging is active, you will see the screen given below. This indicates that the device is being checked against a list of recognized models. The process typically takes a few minutes.
Please take note of the milestone progress bar in blue. It will tell you where you are in the recovery process.
Upon successful identification, Dr. Fone will tell you so.
You must hit the ‘Next’ button.
If you are a repeat user, this action will take you to the Super User authorization screen. You will see a pop-up on your phone asking for authorization permission. Tap ‘Allow’ to move to the next step.
Step 2: Data Format and Scan Type Selection
Dr. Fone can recover multiple data formats in three distinct scan settings. The utility will prompt you to choose the data formats you want to recover. By default, all the checkboxes are ticked. Since we are to recover deleted files, photos, videos from Samsung Galaxy, only Gallery, Videos, and Documents should be selected.
The screen will proceed to the Scan Mode option. For this tutorial, we’ll go ahead with the Standard Mode > Scan for Deleted Files.
Click ‘Next’ to continue.
Step 3: Root Application & Analysis
Dr. Fone applies a root to the Samsung device, tapping its drives and caches, to begin looking for deleted files. This process takes some time. And at the end of it, Dr.Fone presents you with useful information like the IMEI number of the Samsung model and the Android version.
It typically asks your permission before applying the root. Click Start to proceed.
Step 4: Selecting Files for Recovery
The screen changes to the one given below as the files of the chosen data format that can be recovered are listed. If you spot a file that is extremely important, you may ‘pause’ the scan to recover it immediately. Otherwise, allow the scan to run its course and then choose the data type from the left hand panel and tick individual items.
The ‘Recover’ button becomes clickable, only when the scan is paused or it stops. Clicking it will export the needed information to your laptop or PC. The images and videos retain their original format. The documents are recovered as HTML files.
Running through the simple process again,
- Connect your Samsung device to Dr. Fone
- Allow Dr. Fone to identify the device
- Choose data format and scan mode
- Allow Dr. Fone to apply a root and analyze the device
- Recover chosen items directly to the PC
The exported data can now be easily transferred to the smartphone. So this covers everything you need to know so you can start to recover deleted files, photos, videos from Samsung Galaxy.