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How to Recover a Formatted SD Card on Android Phone

Wondershare Recoverit Authors

Aug 04, 2023 • 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.

Step 1. Connect a micro SD card via your Android device or a card reader

Firstly, launch Dr.Fone on your computer, and select "Data Recovery".

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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 click "Next" to move on.

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When your SD card is detected by the program, you will see the window as follows. Click "Next" to continue.

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Step 2. Select a scan mode to scan your SD card

There are two scan modes for Android SD card recovery. Our suggestion is to try the Standard Mode first. If you can't find what you want, you can try the Advance Mode later. Using Standard Mode, you can choose to scan for only deleted files or scan for all files on your SD card. The latter is suggested, which will help you find more complete files.

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Select the recovery mode you would like to try and click on "Next" to begin scanning your SD card.

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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 "Data Recovery" to start the data recovery process.

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