How to Recover Cache Files on Android SD Card

Jean updated on Jul 26, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


This page includes a manual method and an automated way - using EaseUS file recovery software to restore deleted Cache files and images from Android SD card. If you accidentally cleared the Cache files on your cellphone memory card, follow this page to fix this issue immediately.

"I accidentally cleared cache on my SD card storage for my LG smartphone, by which half of my gallery photos were deleted. How do I recover all photos and apps data?"

How to Restore Deleted Cache Files on Android SD Card

Android cache files can be saved both on Android internal memory and external SD card. If you completely deleted the folder without doing backups, your data in Android internal memory or some of the external memory SD card will be removed.

So what should you do once you lost files on the memory card? First, stop using the Android SD card. Next, find a reliable file recovery solution to restore the lost files.

If the cached data you deleted is stored in the internal memory on the Android phone, please refer to the guide and learn recover data from Android internal memory by using EaseUS MobiSaver for Android.

If the cached files and images are on the SD card, you can follow the two provided methods here to restore deleted cached images and files from Android SD card.

Automated Method - Recover Cached Images and Files from Android SD card

# 1. Download reliable file recovery software

To do so, you'll need to download a reliable data recovery software for help. EaseUS hard drive data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard supports to scan the Android SD card and find all lost files for you.

If you use a Mac machine, download the Mac version.

# 2. Connect Android SD card to PC

You need to take out your Android SD card from the phone and use a card reader to insert the SD card in the computer.

# 3. 3-step recovery of deleted Cache files on Android SD card

Wait for the SD card to show up on the computer and follow to start Android SD card data recovery:

Stop using your SD card immediately once you lost files on it. Continuing using the card would hugely increase the chance of data overwriting, which makes data unrecoverable.

Step 1: Connect the SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a card reader, and connect the card reader with your SD card to a healthy computer.

Step 2: Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card under the External Devices column.
  • Then click Scan to start finding lost data on your SD card now.
Run SD card recovery software.

Step 3: Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can preview and find your lost SD card files from below listed tabs:

  • Deleted Files: List your deleted files there.
  • Drive X: All lost files can be found here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.

And you can use Filter and Search to quickly find your files.

Find lost SD card files.

Step 4: Restore SD card data.

  • You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them.
  • Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or an external storage.
Restore lost SD card files.

Manual Method - Recover Deleted Cache Images 

The provided method here is a third-partition solution, which may be able to bring your lost cache images back, but the recovered images may not show the original size. 

  • Step 1: Open "My Files" or "Storage" on the Android phone.
  • Step 2: Go to the Android folder, locate and open a folder named as "Data".
  • Step 3: Open a folder named com.sec...gallery3d inside the Data folder.
  • Step 4: Then you'll see a Cache folder there, open it and you'll see some thumbnails of the deleted files.
  • Step 5: Change the extensions of these files to .png, .jpg, .jpeg, etc.
  • Step 6: After this, you can get your cache image files back and view them in the "Gallery" again.

To sum up, the provided methods on this page can't 100% work for restoring your deleted or lost Cache files, especially some apps' caches.

So the best way to protect files from deleting is to create a regular back up of important files on your cellphone. It's also important to be careful while you are planning to clear cellphone storage and cache files.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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