2 Ways to Recover Data After Factory Reset on Android Phone

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   “Last week I ran a factory reset on my smartphone to fix crashing problems, but I forgot to make a back up before the factory reset. How can I recover my lost data?”

This is something too many of us don’t always remember to do, and yet it’s so simple we curse ourselves for forgetting. Losing personal data from a mistake like this, or because of firmware crashing, or from a broken device, these can all be distressing situations. Hope is not lost if you download the right software which lets you recover data from factory reset Android. Fortunately, this is something that we can assist you with finding and we’ve got 2 ways for recovering Android data – one for when a backup is available and another for when there isn’t a backup.

Part 1. What is Factory Reset and How to Perform It

A factory reset is exactly what it sounds like: the smartphone is being reset to its factory state and it will be like you just bought it. Apps, texts, photos, and the rest of your data will be deleted from the device and you’ll have to set it up again.

Reasons for running a factory reset include fixing OS bugs and wiping personal data to sell the device. To factory reset an Android, follow these steps:

Step 1. Unlock the Android smartphone and navigate to the Settings application.

Step 2. Locate the “System” section and select “Reset”.

Step 3. A number of reset options will be listed. For this method, tap “Factory data reset”.

Step 4. Read the brief warning of what data is deleted, then press “Reset Phone” to confirm.

Step 5. Lastly, tap “Erase Everything” and wait whilst the system wipes everything. This can take a while and once it finishes the factory reset, you can set up the Android phone again.

Different manufacturers install adjusted versions of the Android system (it’s open-source and therefore customisable), so this process might be slightly different to the above. That said, factory reset options are  always found within the Settings menu.

Part 2. How to Recover Data from Factory Reset Android (with Backup)

Starting with how to restore data after factory reset on Android with a backup, you have a few methods to try.

1Recover Data after Factory Reset from Local Backup

Depending on the device model you have, a built-in local backup feature may save the day. If so, you can recover data from factory reset Android as follows. For our example, the Android device we’ll be using is an LG smartphone.

Step  1 – Open the Settings application and go to “Backup & Reset”.

Step  2 – Tap the “LG Backup Service” option and then “Backup & Restore”.

Step  3 – Tap “Restore from Backup”, select a backup file from the list, and it’ll be restored.

This feature varies greatly from device to device. While some devices restore a backup from another device’s data, others will store the backups on local storage which is separate from existing data and immune to factory reset data wipes! In general, the process is straightforward so use the above steps to get the gist of how it works.

Limitation

Yo can't selectively recover some specific files, and it can easily overwrite the present data on your device. Regular backup is the precondition of this method.

2Recover Data after Factory Reset on Android from Google Backup

Cloud storage is becoming a more common backup route and there are plenty of cloud storage services that enable this. Android is the creation of Google, thus there are pre-installed Google Backup features.

Moreover, a lot of data is synced by default so that you don’t have to lift a finger and data loss is significantly less likely. This is how to retrieve lost data from Google backups after a factory reset.

Step  1 – Go to Settings and head to the “Backup and Reset” section.

Step  2 – Enable the “Automatic Restore” slider then data will be downloaded and restored.

Step  3 – To adjust the restore settings, go back to the main Settings page and locate your Google account. From there, go to “Sync Settings” and enable specific data types.

Note:

Make sure that you have synced the data on your device to the Google account. It’s also smart to enable the “Back up my data” setting at the same time as this prepares you for future data loss. An alternative solution is to recover data from Samsung cloud if you are using Samsung phone.

3Recover Lost Data from Android after Factory Reset with Samsung Cloud

It’ll go without saying that only Samsung devices can utilise this platform, but that doesn’t impact how effective it can be.

Note:

Even if you faithfully back up your Samsung phone regularly, the backup won't always contain your most recent data files.

Part 3. How to Recover Data After Factory Resetting Your Android Phone (without Backup)

Backups aren’t always available and if a quick factory reset is what you were aiming to do, a backup was probably at the back of your mind. Don’t lose hope just yet because with iMyFone D-Back for Android, you don’t need to back up data to recover it after a factory reset.

iMyFone D-Back for Android is a top-notch Android data recovery program that retrieves data lost in virtually any situation, producing outstanding and reliable results every time it’s used.

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Features of iMyFone D-Back (Android)
  • Scan a variety of data types on a factory reset Android.

  • Recover data from Android to PC for a safe restoration process.

  • Lost data found after the scanning process can be previewed before confirming recovery.

  • Scan results can be narrowed to a specific file type.

  • D-Back for Android is very easy to use and requires no professional assistance.

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Now that you know a little about what D-Back for Android is, let’s move on to looking at how you can use it after factory resetting a device.

Steps to Recover Data with D-Back for Android

Step 1. Download, install, and run iMyFone D-Back for Android on the computer.

Step 2. Select one of the data recovery modes presented on the main menu. We’re going to be using “Android Data Recovery” in this example.

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Step 3. On the following page, use the dropdown menus to choose the correct Device Name and Device Model of your device. Double-check your selections before clicking “Next” to avoid installing the wrong software package and potentially bricking the Android device.

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Step 4. After the necessary firmware has been downloaded, connect your Android device to the computer and click “Next”. You’ll be shown a 3-step illustration explaining how to put an Android device into Download Mode, so do this now.

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connect device

Step 5. Select the file types that you want D-Back for Android to scan your device for and click “Next” to begin the scan.

select all file types

Step 6. Once the scan is complete (it should take only a few minutes), browse through the data types on the left and check the boxes next to the files you want to recover.

Step 7. Finally, click “Recover” and choose a safe folder where to restore the data. In addition, click “Exit Recovery Mode” to see how to correct the device’s functionality.

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At the beginning of the guide, you have to choose between two different modes to recover data from factory reset Android. Although the modes follow identical steps, if you factory reset in an attempt to repair a broken Android, you may want to use the “Broken Android Data Extractor” option instead. Whichever mode you use be assured that your Android device’s data will be recovered swiftly.

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Conclusion

We sympathise for how upset users feel when they wipe their smartphone without giving it a second thought, only to realise later that they’ve forgotten the backup stage. Thankfully tools like D-Back for Android are more than capable and can recover lost data. You can use it in this instance as well as any other time where data loss occurs (not just factory resets) and on top of that, D-Back for Android lets users recover any type of file. Overall, it’s a highly effective program which is rarely an unsuitable solution to use.

Should you have any other questions about D-Back for Android, you can contact support@imyfone.com.

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By  Trumpson Howwell , to Undelete Android

Posted on Dec 16, 2019  ( Updated: Feb 25, 2020 )