How to Recover a Formatted SD Card on Android Phone?

How to Recover a Formatted SD Card on Android Phone

Did you accidentally format the SD card on your Android Phone? Read on to learn how to recover a formatted SD card on Android device.

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Dec 21, 2020 • Filed to: Phone Solution • 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

The best data recovery tool to use when you have formatted your SD card is Recoverit Data Recovery from Wondershare. Able to recover data from any storage device including SD cards, this data recovery tool provides your best possible option for the recovery of data. The following are some of the program's most useful features;

deleted data recovery

Recoverit Data Recovery - The Best File Recovery Software

  • It can be used to recover up to 1000 different file formats including the popular photos, audio, videos, documents, emails, and many more.
  • It can recover data from all types of storage devices including SD cards
  • It has one of the highest recovery rates in the industry and can recover data regardless of how the data was lost in the first place.
  • It is also very easy to use and you can recover the lost data in just 3 simple steps as we shall see shortly

To recover the data from a formatted SD card using Recoverit, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Install Recoverit on to your computer and when the installation is complete, double-click on the program's icon on the Desktop to launch the program. Once the program is open on your computer, select the formatted SD card.

Keep in mind that Recoverit will not recover data from an Android device's internal memory. You may, therefore, need to connect the Android device to the computer or remove the SD card and insert it into your computer.

Click "Start" to begin the process.

recoverit interface

Step 2: Recoverit will immediately begin scanning the selected USB drive for the missing data. Depending on the size of the files and folders on the drive, the process may take some time, so, you may want to be patient.

You can pause or stop the scanning process if you see the file you are looking for.

operations during scanning

Step 3: Click on a file to preview it and then click "Recover" to save the file to a preferred location on your computer.

preview recovered photos

Recoverit Data Recovery is an ideal solution for the recovery of all types of data from all types of storage devices. If you have any questions regarding this tool or any other data recovery questions, let us know in the comments section below and we'll do our best to help.

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