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How to Recover a Formatted SD Card on Android Phone

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Mar 25, 2024 • Filed to: SD Card Solutions • Proven solutions

Formatting an SD card is one of the best ways to fix some issues with the storage device or clean it to use it as new. But formatting the SD card often means that you will lose all the data on the device. As unlikely as it sounds, it is not uncommon to accidentally format an SD card. Perhaps you meant to format another card but forgot to exchange the cards on the device and you ended up formatting the wrong one.

However you ended up formatting your SD card, it is safe to say that you may need a solution to recover all the lost data. In this article, we share with you how to recover a formatted SD card on the Android phone.

Part 1: Scenarios for Formatting SD Card on Android Phone

Various scenarios can lead to the formatting of an SD card on an Android device. The following are however the most common;

1. Accidental Formatting

This is the most common reason. You format an SD card you didn't mean to format or you lend someone else the device and they accidentally format the SD card without your knowledge.

2. Damage to the SD card

Some types of damage from the SD card can often mean that you have to format the card to repair it. In this case, it is advisable to back up the data to another storage device, but you may not be able to do that, meaning that you'll lose some of the data on the SD card.

3. Virus and Malware

When your SD card is infected by malware and viruses, the only way to remove them would be to format the SD card. But you may not be able to back up the data on the SD card before formatting it.

Part 2: Is It Possible to Recover Files from a Formatted SD Card on Android

As you already know, formatting an SD card often means that you will lose all the data on the storage device. But is it possible to recover the files from the formatted SD card? The answer is yes, but with a caveat. As long as the files in the SD card have not been overwritten, a good data recovery device will be able to help you recover the data.

Part 3: How to Recover Formatted SD Card on Android Phone

Have deleted data on your SD card accidentally? Keep your shirts on. Instead of letting it go, you can now learn how to recover deleted data on your SD card. Now, let's see how to recover deleted data from SD card.

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Step 1. Connect the SD Card to your Computer

Firstly, launch Wondershare Recoverit on your computer, and go to Hard Drives and Locations.

Then connect your SD card to the computer. There are two ways for you to get your SD card connected: using a card reader or using your Android device with it. Choose the way better for you and then locate the SD card under the External Devices section.

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After that, click on the SD card to start scanning the SD card.

Step 2. Scan the formatted card

The scanning process will take a while to complete, which depends on the size of files stored in the card. Recoverit will start a quick scan first, and if you can't find the files after the quick scan, it will continue with an overall scanning to find more files.

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Step 3. Preview and recover data from your SD card selectively

After the scanning process, all found files will be displayed in categories. From the left sidebar, you can click different data types to display the corresponding results. You can selectively check or un-check the files and then click Recover to start the data recovery process.

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