1. jimmyju's Avatar
    Hi there.
    I have lost files of my Oneplus 5 with Android 8.

    Does it make sense to root my phone now and then run a recovery tool? Or will there be no chance of finding anything as the phone will be wiped during the root process.

    Thanks a lot
    jim
    07-10-2019 07:06 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Since it's a matter of unlocking the bootloader, everything will get wiped, so you won't be able to recover anything. (If you're ever going to root a phone, as soon as you get it is the time.)

    If you still want to, though, see https://forums.oneplus.com/threads/g...d-more.548216/ Everything is correct, except the link to TWRP, which is https://twrp.me/oneplus/oneplus5.html
    07-10-2019 02:10 PM
  3. Mooncatt's Avatar
    Android is encrypted by default now, even if you don't set your own PIN/password. So I doubt you'll be able to recover any data after a factory reset.

    In fact, this is the exact reason encryption is now default. They did a study years ago on factory reset, but un-encrypted phones that people had turned in, and discovered an alarming amount of recoverable data. This was seen as a big security/privacy concern, so now it encrypts on the very first boot of the device.
    07-10-2019 02:32 PM
  4. jimmyju's Avatar
    Thank you for the clear answer.
    07-12-2019 04:46 AM
  5. Rukbat's Avatar
    If the lost files were overwritten, no data recovery tool can help you recover them back.
    If the bootloader is unlocked, all the files get overwritten, so ...

    If Christophe Grenier ever ports PhotoRec as an Android app, that would be one way, no root required probably.
    08-30-2019 01:55 PM

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