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2 Ways to Recover Android Files without Rooting

In daily life, you may lose data from different mobile phones for various reasons, such as accidental deletion, Android operating system update, factory reset, and so on. You are hoping to download a good Android data recovery software, but you find that you can't use this software to retrieve deleted text messages or contacts, let alone restore these files. This is because most of these Android data recovery software requires you to root your Android phone.

After rooting your Android phone, you can refer to the two effective methods we have provided to recover deleted Android files from your unrooted phone.

Part 1: Why Most Android Data Recovery Software Need Root Access
Part 2: Recover Android Files without Root via Google Account
Part 3: Recover Android Files without Root via Lab.Fone for Android

Part 1: Why Most Android Data Recovery Software Need Root Access

You may have discovered a lot of ways to perform data recovery tasks for Android. Most Android data recovery tools require root access on your device. This is because application needs to perform low-level interactions with the device when performing recovery operations using most Android data recovery programs. Android has made some restrictions in order to prevent Android devices from receiving any malware attacks. For example, most devices follow the MTP protocol. According to the agreement, users cannot perform advanced interactions with the device.

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Many people don't know too much about the Android device's rooting, or they don't want to go to root their devices after learning. Because root has some advantages, it also has a lot of shortcomings (learn the risks for rooting Android devices). However, people are eager to recover lost data from their unrooted Android phones. To solve this problem, people searched the Internet for solutions to recover Android data without root. Fortunately, there are tools that perform data recovery without root access. In this article, we will show you how to recover deleted data from Android without root.

Part 2: Recover Android Files without Root via Google Account

Google Account is a useful backup tool for Android, which provides a convenient Android backup and restore service. Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage per user. Once you've backed up your Android files in Google Drive and accidentally deleted or lost them later, you can recover deleted Android files from Google Drive without using your device, and you don't need to root your Android phone. Before restoring deleted Android data, such as contacts, text messages, photos, you'd better make sure you've backed up your Android data to your Google Drive account using "Auto Backup" and "Music Manager".

Back up your Android data to your Google account
You can back up your contacts to Google Drive with your Google Account. Back up your photos and videos to Drive with Google Photos, back up your music to Drive with Music Manager, and back up other files with Auto Backup to Drive.

Recover Android data from your Google Account
Open and log in to your Google Drive on the web, click Open Trash to find deleted files > click "Restore" to restore these deleted files to your Google Drive. To recover your deleted Android files on Google Drive, you need to consider two cases:

Case 1: If you need to restore deleted files to another Android phone, you need to add your Google account to your new phone and recover all backup files from Google Drive. These backup files include contacts, photos, videos, settings, calendars, and more.

Case 2: If you plan to restore deleted files to your original Android phone, you will need to sign out of your Google Account on this Android phone and re-add this Google Account. After that, you'll be asked if you'd like to sync your Google Drive data to this Android phone. Just give a positive answer.

Shortcoming: As you can see, recovering Android data using Google account only allows you to recover the whole file, and you cannot perform selective recovery. Next, we are going to show you a better solution to help you recover some Android data selectively from Android without rooting by using an Android data recovery program.

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Part 3: Recover Android Files without Root via Lab.Fone for Android

Before we introduce the Android data recovery program, we should let you know that Android data are generally located on both the internal memory of the Android device and Android SD card. If you only want to recover deleted files from SD card on Android, you do not need to root your Android device in advance. That's to say, Android data recovery without root actually means SD card recovery for Android. When talking about Android SD card recovery, you cannot miss the Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android with its Mac version - Lab.Fone for Android Mac).

Lab.Fone for Android is such kind data recovery program for all Android users to recover everything from Android phone and tablet from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony, Huawei, Google, etc. It can recover lost photos, videos and music files from SD card on Android device without rooting access. And if you have rooted your Android phone, this program also can get back deleted contacts, SMS, call logs and more, in a word, recover data from Android internal memory effortlessly without any hassle.

Please choose the right version of Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android to download and install on your PC or Mac computer. Then, follow the steps below to recover data from Android SD card without root.

Step 1. Run Android SD card data recovery program

Install and download Lab.Fone for Android on your PC or Mac. Launch it and choose "Android SD Card Recovery" tab from top menu. Just insert your Android SD card in a card reader and connect the reader to the computer.

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Step 2. Analyze and scan your Android SD card

After you connect your SD card to the computer, the program will start scanning your SD card for the lost files. Please note you can only restore photos, videos, music and documents from SD card. After scanning, you will see the program interface like the picture below and you will be able to open each file type to preview found files in details.

android sd card recovery

Step 3. Preview and recover data from Android SD card

After previewing the scanned out files such as photos, videos, audio files and documents on your Android SD card, you can select the files you want to recover and then click on the "Recover" button to start recovering deleted data from Android SD card.

Note: We kindly suggest your keep a habit of transferring files from Android to computer for backup frequently, so that you can easily restore your Android data if you suffer from data loss problem.

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So, this article introduces how to recover Android files without root by restoring from Google account, or using Android data recovery software like Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android. Both ways have their advantages, you can choose one accordingly. If you encounter any problem when using Lab.Fone for Android, please feel free to tell us by leaving a message in the following comment zone. Any good suggestions are appreciated here.

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