How to Recover Deleted Files from Sony Xperia Z3/Z5

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Sony Xperia Z3 is a very special phone and it's one of the few that allows you to take underwater photography. It's also great for those who tend to drop their phones in the bathroom. For Xperia phone user, data loss is a terrible thing that usually happens by accident. Unfortunately, you can't void them during the usage. Data lost can be caused by malfunctions, or children who don't know how to use your phone properly. Important data such as photos, messages, or even games end up missing. If this happens to you, you might be tempted to keep looking for your missing files.


However, this should be the last thing you should do. The mission data is still there. It's just been labeled as an area that can be overwritten with new photos, games, apps, and the like. So if it's still there, why can't you pull it up now and view your data? This is just how computers and other electronic devices work. They don't delete data right away. They overwrite the space that was occupied by old data. Even if you click 'delete' it really isn't gone until it's been overwritten. Because of these problems in regaining files that seem lost, it's essential that you know how to get your data back where it belongs – under your control.


Mobiledic Android Data Recovery helps you restore lost data that's been deleted by accident and also helps you retrieve information from a broken or damaged phone, or one with a damaged screen. And it's the tool we are going to use in our following tutorial.


Here is a snapshot of the supported Sony phones and recoverable file types:

Supported Model: Sony Xperia Z3/Z3v/Z3+, Xperia Aqua, Xperia C4 and Xperia Z5/Z5 Compact

Supported File Type: Contacts, Text Messages, Photos, WhatsApp, Music, Video, eBooks and Documents.

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Tutorial: How to Restore Contacts/SMS/Photos from Xperia Z5/Z3

Step 1Install Mobiledic Android Recovery on Computer

Mobiledic Android Recovery is well-known data recovery for Android-based smartphone and tablet. You need to download the program accordingly as it has two versions: One for Windows and one for Mac. Make sure download the right version and install it on your computer.

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Step 2 Connect Xperia Z3 to the Same Computer

Use the USB cable to connect your phone to the computer. There is a beep sound coming out when the phone is connected and recognized by the computer. If not, then you should install or update Android USB driver on that computer.


Step 3 Turn on USB Debugging on Xperia Z3

USB debugging is one of the most frequently used functions on Android phone. It allows you to manage and control the phone via PC. Follow the instructions below to turn on the function:


Go to Settings, navigate to About phone section located at the bottom of the screen. Then tap on Build Number seven times, which will enable Developer options on Z3. In there, you can turn on USB Debugging.


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Step 4 Scan and Analyze File System on Xperia Z3

Click ‘Start ' button to let Android Recovery start scanning and analyzing file system on the phone. You should confirm ‘Allow ' on your phone, then the program can grant the right access authorization to the phone.

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Step 5 Select File Type and Scan Mode

The recovery time would be much longer if you chose to scan the whole device. If you just wanted to recover deleted photos, then you should just choose gallery form the file list. Then Android Recovery only scan deleted photos on the device and ignore others.


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After file selection, you also need to choose a scan mode.There are 2 build-in scanning modes from the program and you can see details from below screenshot. Select the one that best suits for you. Click ‘Next ' to start the scanning process.


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Step 6 Preview and Recover Selected Files from Xperia Z3

It takes about 10-20 minutes to complete the scanning process. When it's done, Android Recovery will list all the data found on your phone and groups the data under different categories, which you can see from the left sidebar. Click the category to unfold the items. You can preview each item before recovery. After file selection, click ‘Recover ' button to let the program retrieve deleted data from your phone.


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If you're lucky enough to have one of the Xperia Z series, then you'll really want to have a backup method on hand in case you ever lose your data. Why? Simply because you're more likely to have truly one-of-a-kind shots that will be much more difficult to ever replace if lost.


Mobiledic Android Data Recovery tool works with the Xperia Z3, one of the waterproof phone on market. When something damages your phone or deletes your data, make sure you try out follow the above instructions to retrieve your lost data. They're experts in the field of data recovery and can help you get your files back safe and sound.  

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Iris Bella is the Founder and Editorial Director at Mobiledic Studio. You can also find her on social network.

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