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The Best Data & Photo Recovery Apps for Android and iOS in 2018

Jun 14, 2017

There can be a number of reasons why you would need a data recovery app for your Android or iPhone. You might have accidentally deleted important files by tapping on wrong buttons. It is also possible that someone else gained access to your device, and wiped it for you. One of the biggest reasons for data loss is due to phones getting broken. Whatever your reason is, it is still possible to recover most of the data that you have lost, using a data recovery app. This article will mention a list of the best data recovery apps for Android and iOS of 2018. Most of the apps are free to download and use. However, there are apps that you’ll need to pay for.

Keep in mind that most apps in this list will be for Android. Unfortunately, due to how iOS is structured, it is very difficult to develop an app that allows you to recover lost data. You will be able to find desktop software that allows you to recover data from iPhone. However, it’ll most definitely cost money to acquire those software. There is also no guarantee that those software will even work. There is a method you can use to easily recover data on iPhones.

DiskDigger Photo Recovery

The number one in this list is an app called DiskDigger Photo Recovery. It is probably one of the most popular data recover apps for Android. DiskDigger Photo Recovery currently has over ten million downloads. It has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 on Google Play Store. As the name of the app already suggests, DiskDigger Photo Recovery can be used to recover deleted photos on Android devices. Once the photos are recovered, they can be saved to an SD card, or the internal memory. You can also choose to directly upload photos to Google Drive or Dropbox.

While the app is pretty decent, there are a few cons to DiskDigger Photo Recovery. You don’t need root access to use DiskDigger Photo Recovery, but it is stated that the app is able to do a much deeper scan if it has root access. This means that devices without root access will not be able to recover as many photos as devices with root access. DiskDigger Photo Recovery also has a lot of ads in it, which is not stated on Google Play Store, and is surely another con.

That being said, DiskDigger Photo Recover is free to use, and is a useful recovery app. If you are looking to recover deleted photos off your Android device, definitely give this app a try.

Dumpster Photo & Video Restore

The second best data recovery app for Android is called Dumpster Photo & Video Restore. It also has over ten million downloads, and is currently rated a 4.1 out of 5 on the Play Store. Dumpster Photo & Video Restore allows you to take a look in the virtual “dumpster” on your Android device. By using the app, you are able to recover photos, videos and music files. This means that Dumpster Photo & Video Restore offers more features compared to DiskDigger Photo Recovery. A great thing about Dumpster Photo & Video Restore is that it allows you to preview any file that you found, before actually recovering them. This allows you to see if the files that you have found are actually the files that you want to recover.

Dumpster Photo & Video Restore also doesn’t require root access, but does scan deeper if there is root access on the device. This means that it will also not find as many recoverable files as it could, if the Android device is not rooted. You will also find that Dumpster Photo & Video Restore offers in-app purchases, which means that some features are locked away until you pay to unlock them. The app also contains a large amount of ads, which are rather annoying to say the least.

You can find Dumpster Photo & Video Restore on Google Play Store. Even though it has a few cons, the app is free to use. Dumpster Photo & Video Restore is great app to have for when you need to recover some data.

GT Recovery

Another great data recovery app for Android is called GT Recovery. The main difference between GT Recovery and the other apps, is that GT Recovery only works on rooted Android devices. If your Android device is rooted, you can use GT Recovery to scan your device and recover videos, photos, audio files, documents, contacts and more. You will also have to keep in mind that GT Recovery offers in-app purchases. This means that some of the app’s features are locked away, and can only be unlocked if you pay actual money for it.

The developers of GT Recovery also provide desktop software to recover data from Android devices. The software can be used to recover data from Android devices that don’t have root access. A great thing about GT Recovery is that you can preview any file before recovering it. With between one and five million downloads, and an average rating of 3.9 out of 5, the app is well-received by the community. GT Recovery can be found on Google Play Store.


The last data recovery app in our list is called Dr.Fone. Besides a clever name, this app offers a large amount of data recovery features for Android devices. You can use it to recover any type of files, as well as recovery text messages and lost contacts. However, Dr.Fone is an app that does require root access. This means that the app will not work on Android devices that do not have root access.

If your Android device does have root access, Dr.Fone can even be used to access the “dumpster” of the device. Dr.Fone is definitely a nice data recovery app to try out, if the other apps haven’t worked for you. Dr.Fone is free, but does offer in-app purchases, so that is something to keep in mind before you download and use the app.

Recover Data on iOS

As you can see, there are no mentions of any third-party data recovery apps for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. This is all thanks to the fact that iOS is so “closed up”. However, there are still ways to recovery certain deleted data on iOS devices, without using any third-party apps. Using these methods, you can recovery deleted photos and videos on modern iOS devices. This includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7. Appinformers has a great article on how to recover deleted photos and videos on iOS, definitely worth a read for iOS owners.

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Sinan Yildiz
Sinan Yildiz is a Freelance Reviews Writer at AppInformers and enjoys writing about games and apps way more than he should. He is passionate about technology, likes to develop websites as a hobby and is a PC gaming fanatic. He dreams of being a video game writer and seeing his work in AAA games one day.