Losing data or accidentally deleting it can happen on any device, especially the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus. It’s not a matter of if, but rather of what. What do you do when that happens? You’d be surprised how many of our readers end up in this situation so, if it happened to you too, no need to panic about it, just yet.
No longer see that file? It might be out of sight, but not necessarily out for good. For a while, unless you’re doing anything else, the phone’s memory should still be able to access it. That’s where the right tools come into play. The key, here, is to respond as fast as you can and to perform only the minimum amount of actions on the device prior to trying to retrieve the files. Otherwise said, it is best if you keep a recovery tool on the phone all the time, so you won’t need to install it right then.
Speaking of which, this comprehensive tutorial on how to recover your lost data from Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will focus on two main directions – data recovery straight on the device and data recovery on a PC. The latter is the most recommended because, as suggested above, it won’t require installing anything on the phone.
More on what you have to do, in any of these situations, with the different tools for data recovery, coming up next!
How data recovery works:
- The first time you accidentally delete something, it simply becomes invisible through the visual interface of the Android device;
- On its memory, the information is still written, until you overwrite something;
- And you overwrite information with every single action you take, such as downloading an app, texting a message, taking a photo or anything else.
All these considered, in order to prevent information overwriting, you will have to simply let the device sit, without doing anything. You turn off any internet connection, so that the apps from the background won’t be able to operate and make changes on the device, and then you do nothing else. Simply access the DiskDigger installed on your device in advance or any other apps like Dumpster which, by the way, acts as a Recycle Bin. The latter is useless if you didn’t already have it installed on the phone, but let’s take things one at a time.
The basic instructions:
As mentioned, data recovery is performed through a special app. There are many such apps available on the market but the best ones are those that can work on Android or iOS devices, PCs or Mac computers. From deleted or lost photos to audio or video files, call logs, documents or even WhatsApp conversations, a decent data recovery app should be able to handle anything.
Based on our extended experience, we would suggest you begin with FonePaw. It does everything we suggested above that a great app should do. And it has the extra benefit of working with both the internal storage and the microSD card.
To use it, just:
- Download the FonePaw Android Data Recovery app;
- Run it on the computer you wish to use for recovering the lost data of your Galaxy S8;
- Connect the Galaxy S8 device to the computer through a USB cable;
- Access the Galaxy S8 to and activate the USB Debugging mode;
- Select the files you wish to recover;
- Follow all the prompts of the FonePaw app and you should recover as much from your data as it is still available.
One thing we should specify, at this point, is that despite having a ton of options, most of them will require root access. In technical terms, it’s like jailbreaking an Android but, the truth is, without this kind of root access the app will only be able to recover simple files like photos and videos.
All the details left aside, once you have selected the types of files you want to recover, you’ll get a preview of the files available for recovery. You select once again and wait for it to restore all that data, which will be returned to the PC. From there, you can easily transfer it back to the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus device.
The DiskDigger alternative
This option is great when you don’t actually have a PC at your disposal. Downloadable straight from the Google Play Store, it can sit on your phone and wait until you need to use it. The best part? It will require no root access and that’s a good reason to make DiskDigger your favorite helper.
Easy to use, accessible with one tap, ready to scan the phone before anything else, internal and external memories, it even lets you recover files one by one or in batches. When you recover the files, you can choose where you want them to be restored and even save them directly in the cloud. And that’s only what the free version can do because the paid DiskDigger version comes with even more features which, however, will require root access.
Needless to say, for this app to do its work, it should already be installed on the device. Because, as you probably remember, installing it after you have lost the files might result into overwriting its information right on the data you were hoping to get back!
If you were caught off guard, try the MobiKin Doctor app. Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus users are also pleased with the Dr. Fone Android Data Recovery, but also with some simple prevention measures… Google Photos can back up every photo to the cloud while the latest OS version, Samsung’s Nougat recent update, can automatically backup your most important data, weekly, provided you set it up in advance.
As you can see, fixing such delicate situations isn’t necessarily easy, but is still doable. The key is to refrain as much as possible from using your phone once the accident happened. Even if you won’t be able to recover the data on your own, taking it to a data recovery specialist will pose the same problems if you continued to use the Android device in the meantime…