How To See Recently Deleted Apps on Android
If you find yourself in a bind trying to recover an app that was deleted from your Android device, don’t sweat it. Many people share this problem. So many in fact that there are built-in mechanisms to help you out if it happens. It’s actually simpler to retrieve deleted apps than files.
There are many reasons why you might need to recover app data that has been deleted. Often people delete apps only to find out that they need the app again but can’t remember what it was called. You may have had to perform a factory reset, which deletes all the apps you’ve installed on your device. There are also cases where apps are deleted accidentally by the owner or someone else with access to the phone. Whatever the reason, in this article you’ll learn about the options you have to recover your app data.
Recover Apps Through Google Play
The most straightforward way to get access to your deleted apps is already on your device. The Google Play app keeps a record of the applications you’ve downloaded and allows you to see your app history. Follow these simple instructions.
- Run the Google Play app on your device — also known as the Play Store.
- Tap the Hamburger button (☰) on the left of the search bar — you can also swipe right anywhere on the screen to access the menu.
- In the menu, tap on “My Apps and Games.”
- Tap the “Library” tab at the top of the screen — here you will see all the apps you have downloaded.
From there, navigate the list to find the app you’re looking for. You can organize the list alphabetically or by date to help your search. Organizing by date will show you the most recent apps first, so if you’re looking for an app that was deleted long ago try near the bottom. It’s important to point out that this list is tied to your Google account, not your device. Every app you’ve downloaded on any device will show up here so it’s a very useful tool.
Another very neat tidbit to remember is that once you pay for an app, you’ve paid to use it on your Google account, not on the device where it was downloaded. If you use this method to recover apps you’ve purchased, you won’t have to pay for them again.
Phonerescue to the Rescue
If you need to dig deeper into your device’s history, PhoneRescue is a software that can help you do that. PhoneRescue is a robust recovery tool for Android devices. This software will do much more than just allow you to look at your lost app data. It can also restore a variety of deleted content and the maker claims that it will work on just about any Android device. The software is free to try but you will eventually have to buy a license if you want to continue using it.
The procedure is quite simple. First, you’ll download PhoneRescue onto your desktop computer. You read that right, this software works from your computer. As soon as you launch the application, you’ll see some quick tips about how to use it. Once you’ve got it started, use your phone’s USB cable to connect to your computer. It will ask to perform some simple tasks like enable USB debugging and root your phone but the software will walk you through it pretty quickly.
Once the preliminaries are completed, choose what types of data you want to recover. There is a wide range of file types it can access but you want to make sure you check off “App Documents” in the menu. From there click “Next” and you will be served a complete report of what it recovered. The software allows you to recover data directly to your device, which is a nice time saver. You might find some of your other data is mixed up but you should be able to see apps you’ve deleted.
Lost and Found
These are the two best methods to gain access to lost app data on Android devices. If at all possible, it’s a good idea to use the first method. Restoring through Google Play is fully integrated and compatible with any device that runs Android. If it can’t be helped though, PhoneRescue is a reasonable option with a bit more work to do.
As a parting thought, it’s always a good idea to set your device’s settings to back up your data on Google’s servers. It will make it that much easier to deal with any problematic events in the future.