Kim Barloso

DiskDigger for Android: Recovery without root access


Content :

  1. DiskDigger Mobile App
  2. Where to download DiskDigger for Android
  3. Do I need root access for recovery?
  4. DiskDigger Free vs Pro
  5. How DiskDigger works
  6. File recovery with root
  7. File recovery without root
  8. Scan and filter /files
  9. Save recovered /files
  10. Q&A

DiskDigger for Android

DiskDigger is the free file recovery tool. There is both desktop and mobile and app for Android devices. The mobile version gives smartphone and tablet users the ability to recover /files from their phone memory.

For example, if you can't find images in the Gallery, accidentally deleted photos when moving from internal memory to a memory card, or video clips - install DiskDigger for Android on your phone. The application will save your time: It does not require installation on your PC and it works without root access to the file system.

Where to download DiskDigger mobile

You will easily find DiskDigger for Android in the Google Play Store by searching for "DiskDigger".

Where to download the apk /files officially, the URL will also take you to the Google Play Store. The easiest way to download the program is through the link below.

Download DiskDigger for Android for free

DiskDigger installs on most android devices. A tablet or smartphone in working condition, OS is Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher, up to Android Oreo, will do.

Why do you need root access to DiskDigger

As with most recovery applications, DiskDigger initially does not require you to root your device. In fact, if the /files have been deleted on the sd-card, root access is not required.

However, having root access is highly recommended: it helps DiskDigger to find more deleted /files in the internal memory of the phone.

DiskDigger Free or Pro, version comparison

DiskDigger Free :

  • Restore only photos and videos. The most common types of data
  • Video restore requires root access to your Android
  • Free version

DiskDigger Pro :

  • Recover other types of /files
  • Recovered data via FTP
  • all file types except photos require root access to your device
  • Costs $14.99

How the mobile version of DiskDigger works

When you launch the DiskDigger application, a superuser prompt will appear. Click "Allow" to allow DiskDigger access to your phone's file system.

DiskDigger provides two options to search for /files:

  • Basic (available regardless of root access on Android)
  • Full (works only on rooted devices)

Basic Scan (no root access)

If you have not rooted on Android, please press "Start basic scan" to continue and navigate to "Scan /files".

Full Scan (need root access)

If you have root access on your device, DiskDigger will allow you to select the memory partition to scan. The internal memory of android device is usually displayed as "/data" and the SD card is displayed as "/mnt/sdcard" (or something similar).

After selecting the memory partition to scan, specify the types of /files to recover. In order to speed up the search, it is recommended to select only those file types you really need to find and bring back to your phone.

Scan and Filter /files on the phone

As you scan, the DiskDigger main screen will generate a list of the /files found. Because of this you may have to manually check a large number of /files.

File sizes and file types can be filtered by clicking the "Options" button (the gear icon).

To display only /files larger than 1MB, check the box near "Minimum file size" and enter the minimum number of bytes.

The size limit helps filter out most unwanted /files. These can be photos in the memory of your device. This will remove /files from the applications cache etc.

Note . When restoring root access, photos with low resolution are likely to be found. To restore full resolution photos, install the root application and allow the DiskDigger application to access your Android /filesystem.

Saving recovered /files

To restore one or more /files in DiskDigger, select the /files and click the "Recover" button on the top toolbar.

In DiskDigger there are three ways to save results:

  • Save to application
  • Save data to your device
  • Download to ftp server

The restore parameters for each individual file are indicated through the menu.

Save to an application

Send recovered /files to another application on the device.

If you do not wish to save the /files to the memory card you can send them by e-mail or to a cloud storage (Dropbox or Google Drive).

Local Save

Save recoverable /files from DiskDigger to the internal memory or SD card of the current device.

Save on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and below

You will be prompted to choose the directory where to save /files. The default directory is the location of the memory card on the device (most often /mnt/sdcard).

An important note. You should use this method only if you can save the /files to a different partition (i.e. not the current one). For example, if you are recovering /files from the internal memory of the device, save them to an external SD card (not the internal memory!).

Saving recovered /files with ftp upload

Uploading /files via ftp will avoid writing /files to the sd-card or the internal memory of the device. Overwriting reduces the chances of further recovery.

In order to upload to an FTP server you need to specify the access data to the FTP server. This can be done while connecting: DiskDigger displays a dialog to enter the hostname/username/password to log in to the server.

Click "OK" to begin with the file download. If the login is successful, the status will update at the bottom of the screen, until all /files have been downloaded.

Questions and answers about DiskDigger

[Recover Deleted Photos from Internal Memory]

I downloaded diskdigger to recover deleted internal memory photos, but the original photos are not recovered. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Diskdigger is asking me to root my phone.

Answer . You did not install root, that is why the program detected only thumbnails of photos you had access to. Please give Diskdigger root access for the full recovery.

I want to recover deleted pictures on my phone meizu m3s. Root access is not possible because I forgot the password from my Flyme account. Third party root access programs do not support my phone model. With DiskDigger I managed to restore the deleted photos, but in bad quality.

The question is: how to restore the deleted photos in original quality without root rights? They were deleted exactly from the phone memory.

I have a Xaiomi Redmi Not 5 phone, I deleted photos on it, or rather, the photo folder itself from the internal phone memory and I did not have any syncing with clouds. Even deleting the photos, not the folder, I found them... With whatever apps I tried to find them, but all clear. DiskDigger is the most common. Help me, please. Maybe there's something I can do on my PC. I have limited hope, what a pity...

I found my deleted photos with the DiskDigger but the problem is the photo quality is very poor, how can I restore my photos to the original quality?

I wanted to transfer /files to another folder on my phone, I cut and pasted /files to the folder I want, but /files did not appear in the start folder, also no /files. Phone is on warranty, rooting-not an option. program Disk Digger restored /files, but in a very poor quality. What can you recommend in this case? The photos are very important...

Today I transferred a folder with screenshots from my phone (Samsung Note 4) to my computer. I had cut the folder stupidly and I wanted to insert it but some kind of crash occurred - the computer did not see the phone and the /files were not moved; however, also the screenshots are gone on the phone, I tried to find them everywhere. As these screenshots are very important, I would like to recover them. I tried free tools - disk digger, photo recovery, but they find everything except these very screenshots.

I lost photos on my phone when I tried to upload them to my computer through wireless connection. The computer is connected to the router via Wi-Fi, I connected the phone to the computer via the router, because the computer does not see the phone via cable. On the computer, I opened the folder with the photos in the phone, highlighted the photos and TRANSFER them to the browser with an open yandex drive! I wanted to upload them to Yandex without copying them to the computer. In the end the photos are not in the folder of yandex-disk but disappeared from the phone! About 600 photos of 2.5 Gb disappeared in a minute, no copying or deleting process, just disappeared into a phone folder. I have rooted the phone and scanned with diskdigger software installed on the phone, but it did not find any photos. Can you please tell me if the photos can't be found now?

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