DiskDigger is a popular data recovery solution for Windows. The makers behind this great little tool have now decided to make it work on Android as well. Now available from the Google Play Store, this tool is only for rooted devices, as it requires low level access to a phone’s memory card. The app is not comparable to the original one meant for Windows and for now, it will only recover photos and nothing else on Android. .JPG and .PNG files can now be easily recovered from your Android handset’s memory card or the internal memory. The app is in Beta currently and doesn’t even come close to being as useful as DiskDigger for Windows is, yet. However, the developers have promised to make the app as useful on Android as it is on Windows and since the app is in Beta for now, we’ll probably see a comprehensive recovery solution pretty soon. Nevertheless it’s currently a great and easy way to get back image files you may have accidentally lost or deleted.
The app allows you to recover the lost files in more ways than one. Your files of choice may be recovered to a specified location or may be shared via mail directly. This app saves the day for people who may have accidentally formatted their SD card and thought they lost pictures forever.
Once downloaded and launched, the app requires root access as aforementioned. Click ‘Allow’ on any Superuser requests that pop up. After root access is granted the app proceeds to present you with a list of different partitions of your Android’s storage. Out of these, you’re supposed to select the one that held your now-lost photos that you wish to recover.
The next step is to simply click the ‘Scan’ button to allow the app to scan your device. The app will also let you choose if you want to recover just one file type, JPEG or PNG, or both. While scanning, you’ll see the main DiskDigger window which will not only show you the progress bar for the scan but also the recoverable images detected.
Pressing on any of these recoverable files will show you a preview. This will make it easy for you to decide which ones you want to go ahead and un-delete. Check files that you want to recover using the check mark next to the recoverable files.
Once you’ve selected as many as you want to recover, press either the ‘Save’ or ‘Mail’ buttons depending on what you want to do. You can save them to a specific location in your handset or simply mail the pictures.
The scan may take some time but it is surely worth the time to see images you thought you had lost permanently, restored. The interface of the app isn’t very polished and the developers have focused more on the app getting the job done than making it look pretty. The apps lack of visual appeal is expected to improve in future versions.
DeskDigger for Android is available for free in the Google Play Store and requires Android 2.2 or above. Follow the link below to download it.