Cell Phone Data Recovery

by April Khan

Deleting files from your cell phone by accident can be a nightmare if you don't have a backup of the files. Taking photos or videos while on a trip or important function, then losing them, can be a even bigger blow, but there are ways to recover these files even if you cannot see them. The same goes if you have accidentally deleted a text message or phone book contact.

Definition

Data recovery is used to recover deleted files from your cell phone. As of 2010, you cannot recover files that were deleted directly from your cell phone unless they were saved to your SIM card or SD card. You will be able to recover files that were saved to your SIM card such as text messages or contacts. You will also be able to recover files that were saved to your SD card such as music, videos or pictures.

Recovery Requirements

In order to recover deleted files from your SIM card, you must purchase a SIM card recovery stick. In order to use this recovery stick, you must have a PC with the USB ports. If you are recovering files from your SD card, you must purchase an SD card recovery program online. In addition, you must have a PC that contains an SD card reader.

Recovery Software

If you are recovering files from a SIM card recovery stick, the software that you'll need to recover the deleted files with is embedded within the SIM card stick. However, if you are recovering files from an SD card, you will have to look online for an SD card recovery program and download it to your PC. From there, you need to follow the onscreen prompts to install the program.

Purchase Information

As of 2010, the only place you can purchase the SIM card recovery stick is online; they are not sold in stores. SD card recovery programs can only be purchased online and must be installed directly from the website to your PC. Prices vary for both programs from $9 and up.

Recovering Data

If you're recovering data from a SIM card, remove the SIM card from your cell phone. Insert the SIM card into the SIM card recovery stick. Plug this stick into the USB port on your PC. Wait for the program to auto-run, then follow the onscreen prompts to recover your files. If you are recovering files from your SD card, remove that SD card from the electronic device, insert it into the SD card reader on your PC, then launch the recovery software. Follow the onscreen prompts to recover the SD card files. Once these files are recovered, you can save them to your SD card or to your PC.

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About the Author

April Khan is a medical journalist who began writing in 2005. She has contributed to publications such as "BBC Focus." In 2012, Khan received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also holds an Associate of Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a Master of Science in international health from University College London.

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