Recuva Not Detecting Android Phone? Why? What Can You Do?

Recuva Not Detecting Android Phone

With Recuva, you can rest assured that almost all your important files that have been lost can be recovered only if they are not overwritten. This stands true for almost every file type that is stored on almost any internal or external storage device that your PC has. However, when it comes to mobile phones, you may notice that Recuva is not detecting Android phone.

Here you will understand why this happens and what can be done to eliminate the issue permanently so that you don’t have to face such a denial from apps when recovering data from an Android device.

The Reason for Recuva Not Detecting Android Phone

The hard truth is that Recuva doesn’t support Android phones. However, if your smartphone has an SD card, you can use a card reader to connect it to your computer and then use Recuva to restore lost or deleted files from its storage. If the case is otherwise, i.e., you are trying to recover something from the phone’s internal memory, it is not possible as Recuva cannot detect the devices running on the Android platform.


Is There a Recuva Android Version?

A straightforward answer would be, no, there isn’t any Recuva Android version, at least not at the time of this writing. As explained earlier, Recuva cannot recognize Android smartphones whatsoever. And you are suggested not to expect Recuva for Android from the vendor anytime soon.

However, as a workaround, you can try other tools that support Android devices and are equally efficient when it comes to recovering deleted or lost files from the smartphone’s internal memory, and even from the SD card that it may have.

You can continue reading and go to the next section to learn about a couple of robust Recuva alternatives that can easily recover data from Android phones and can help you get your missing files back.


Alternatives to Recuva Android

It’s not that none of the data recovery apps can detect Android phones. A few of them can.

For your convenience, listed below are two reliable programs that can recognize an Android smartphone, scan and deep scan its internal memory and SD card, and recover lost or deleted files from their storage.

Alternative 1: iMobie PhoneRescue for Android

Developed by iMobie, which is a brand of repute, PhoneRescue for Android is a dedicated data recovery tool for Android devices manufactured by almost any popular vendor including LG, Samsung, Huawei, Google, Motorola, etc.

PhoneRescue Android

Some key features that iMobie PhoneRescue has are:

  • Personal Data Recovery

Your phone has all your personal information stored in it. If you accidentally deleted that data, you may lose many important things that you regularly use. With PhoneRescue, you can recover your missing messages, contacts, call logs, and calendar events easily and quickly.

  • Media and App Data Recovery

PhoneRescue can recover deleted photos, videos, and any other media files from your Android phone. Although such elements could be large, the data recovery tool can easily handle them.

In addition, the software can also recover any data saved inside the apps that your Android phone has. For instance, if your phone had eBooks in a reader app, edited videos, or Instagram photos with the app’s filters, PhoneRescue can recover them as well if they go missing.

  • Selective Data Recovery

With PhoneRescue, you can choose which data you want to recover and what files are unnecessary and are good if they’re gone forever.

  • Direct Source Recovery

The tool allows you to recover the lost data directly to your Android phone. This is something that many recovery tools fail to do, and you couldn’t expect this even if Recuva for Android was available. Furthermore, you can also recover the files to your PC with PhoneRescue and then transfer the important ones to your phone.

  • It can recover WhatsApp data along with the corresponding attachments.
  • Android phones don’t need to be rooted to use PhoneRescue.

Alternative 2: iToolab RecoverGo (Android)

RecoverGo (Android) by iToolab is another efficient and trustworthy substitute for Recuva Android which also supports Android 13. The tool can recognize more than 6000 Android phones from almost every manufacturer, and therefore, it can be considered the most versatile data recovery software for Windows 7/8/10/11.

RecoverGo Android

Some key features that RecoverGo (Android) offers include:

  • RecoverGo recognizes and can recover more than 11 file types.
  • You can recover data from your Android phones without root.
  • WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business Data Recovery

RecoverGo (Android) can recover messages, contacts, images, media files, call history, status, stickers, and document links from both WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business. For recovery of such information, you don’t even need the app’s backup as RecoverGo can do that by scanning and deep scanning the storage of your Android phone itself.

  • Data Recovery from Almost All Disasters

In addition to recovering data from accidental deletion or corrupt memory, RecoverGo can also get back files that are lost due to water damage, flashing custom ROM, or forgotten passwords. Simply put, whatever the cause for data loss is, RecoverGo has your back.

  • Selective Recovery

After scanning and detecting lost files, RecoverGo enables you to preview them before recovering so you get exactly what you need, rather than overpopulating your storage with unnecessary information, and then removing what you don’t want.


Regardless of the platform of your smartphone, data is important and many times, you can’t afford to lose it. This is especially the case when you are using your phone for both personal and official purposes. When talking about platforms, many vendors have developed recovery tools for Android but merely a few of them can work, and Recuva for Android is NOT one of them.

The maximum many Android recovery apps can do is they can get your data back from both your internal storage and SD card that your phone may have. With that said, as soon as you realize that Recuva is not detecting Android phone, you can switch to a reliable and efficient program that can scan and deep scan Android smartphones and bring your lost files back to you in no time.

Lino Sal

Lino Sal

Lino enjoys exploring new gadgets, apps, and software. He believes that technology changes life and there should not be an obstacle for common people to use technology, so he actively shares his knowledge in this area.

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