Wondershare Recoverit review

Slick, powerful, and effective photo and data recovery, despite high prices and some missing features

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TechRadar Verdict

Wondershare Recoverit is a data protection software that stores all your important information. There are lots of advanced features and a free option.

Pros

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    Offers a free version

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    Wide variety of backup options

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    Repair multiple files simultaneously

Cons

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    Advanced interface

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    Large files take time

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Wondershare is one of the big names when it comes to creative tools and PC utilities. So, it’s no wonder that its Wondershare Recoverit (opens in new tab) excels as one of the best photo recovery apps.

The data recovery software (opens in new tab) has a superb interface, and behind that you’ll find a robust set of features that can recover photos and video – and, if you’re happy to pay for higher levels, you’ll benefit from video repair options and bootable recovery tools too. On paper, there’s plenty to like. 

If you run your own business or just want data recovery for personal files, it’s easy to download and anyone can start using Wondershare Recoverit. There’s more data stored on computers, in photos, and over videos than ever before. Recoverit helps you protect that information so you don’t accidentally delete or have it stolen from you. We’ll cover the basic plan options you can choose from and the features that are included.  

Wondershare Recoverit: Plans & pricing

Price

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  • Pricier than some alternatives, and with a restrictive free version 

Wondershare Recoverit does a rock-solid job at finding photos, but its pricing sits towards the top-end of the photo recovery market. While it’s worth paying if you want to restore important imagery, that’s worth bearing in mind if you’re on a budget.

The essential product includes photo and data recovery, deep scanning and free tech support, but it costs $69 / £74.92 for a one-year, one-PC license and $119 / £128.45 for lifetime access. Both prices lift Recoverit above many of its entry-level contemporaries.

The Standard product adds the ability to recover pictures from crashed systems and lets users create bootable, portable versions of Recoverit on USB memory sticks, but it costs $79 / £85.62 for a one-year license and $139 / £149.86 for a lifetime license. 

At the top end is the Premium product, which takes all of those features and adds advanced video recovery, merging and repair tools. That package costs $89 / £107.03 for a year of access or $160 / £171.26 for lifetime, but it does support two PCs rather than one.

We’d only recommend the Premium product if you need those extra video repair abilities. And we don’t recommend the free download of Recoverit – its data limit of 100MB is tiny when compared to other free data recovery tools and trials.

  • Plans & pricing: 3/5

Wondershare Recoverit: Interface

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  • An impressive interface, but perhaps TMI on-screen

Recoverit has one of the best interfaces you’ll find anywhere in the photo recovery scene. Boot the app, and you’ll see separate sections for your hard disks, SSDs, and external devices – a distinction that many other apps don’t make. 

There’s also a section at the bottom where you can quickly access the Recycle Bin, desktop or specific folders, so you’ll be able to reach common scanning scenarios quickly. That’s also welcome because lots of apps don’t allow you to scan a particular folder.

The Recoverit interface is very impressive. In fact, there’s so much information on the website that if you’re new to browsing photo and data recovery software, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. However, after looking around you’ll see how easy it is to view the plans and look at pricing. If you have questions, there’s a great area for frequently asked questions. You might find the answer you’re looking for right in there. 

Recoverit does have customer support that’s available all the time. You can easily reach out and chat over the website or send an email if you have additional questions. This is really important especially if you’re new to the world of data recovery. If you already know what to do, then it’s also easy to start with one of the paid plans.

  • Interface: 4/5

Wondershare Recoverit: Features

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  • Good range of options and filtering for ease of use

If you want to recover a specific type of data, Recoverit allows you to. All you need to do is use the filtering function that’s set up in the software and you’ll have access to specific documents or files. Data recovery can go as fast as a few minutes. However, if you have tons of information to restore then it could take hours. 

There’s a great computer crash recovery feature which allows you to restore data lost on your hard drive. Even though this is a viable option, it’s always better to backup your data (and then it’s easy to restore) than lose your data and try to retrieve it. 

You can recover information lost on a wide variety of devices. Recoverit works on your computer or laptop, camera, drone, music player, even old camcorder. The software is great for recovering files or images that were accidentally lost. 

  • Features: 4/5

Wondershare Recoverit: Photo recovery

  • Huge format and device support make this a versatile option, even if it’s not too quick

You can see images and other files that Recoverit has found during the scanning process, and you’re able to instantly start restoration – perfect if you can already spot the photos you need. Results are filterable with a broader range of variables than on most other apps, so it’s easier to find your lost images, and you’ll get warned if your disk or drive has any issues.

It’s very easy to use, and Wondershare’s app delivers thorough, in-depth scanning results. This is no surprise when you consider that Wondershare uses 35 data recovery patents to get the job done.

We’ve only got minor issues with scans using this app: they’re not particularly fast, especially if you deploy a deep scan, and photo previews aren’t not very well-supported. That’s irritating if you want to look at files before committing to restoration.

The interface is not the only thing that impresses about Recoverit. It’s been verified to work with more than 2,000 different devices, including PC and Mac drives and SSDs, USB memory sticks, SD cards, cameras and external hard drives – it’ll hunt down photos on virtually anything. It also supports more than 1,000 different file formats, which is extensive. Photographers will be pleased to see RAW, PSD and CRW files among all of the key mainstream formats.

This app works with formatted drives, raw disks, partitions, and drives with invalid partition tables or excessive fragmentation. It works on Windows and Mac, too. Support is also excellent: it’s available 24 hours per day, and it’s free.

There are loads of extra features available, although some are only included at higher payment tiers. You’re able to create bootable disks and USB drives to recover photography from crashed PCs, and there’s also video repair, scanning and fragment merging on offer. Sadly, those video repair options don’t extend to photographs.

If you do want photo repair, you can purchase Wondershare’s Photo Repair product – but that’s priced at $19.99 / £21.40 a month, $29 / £32.10 for a one-year license or $49 / £53.51 for lifetime access, so it just adds cost.

  • Photo recovery: 5/5

Wondershare Recoverit: Final verdict

There’s no doubt that Wondershare Recoverit is one of the market's classiest and most capable photo recovery solutions. Its interface makes it easy to use for beginners, and its range of features and effective scanning make it suitable for pro-tier photo recovery, too.

Wondershare Recoverit is a great backup and data recovery software that works on practically any device. Even if you want to restore video on your old camcorder, you can use Recoverit to do so. If you want to protect data because you work from home, or just want to know your photos and videos are safe, then you can easily try the free download to see if it’s the right software for you.  

Beyond the thorough scanning you’ll find plenty of support for different file systems and formats alongside 24/7 support. Negatively, though, you get video repair but no photo repair at higher tiers, photo previews could be better, and scans could be a bit quicker.

None of those issues are dealbreakers, though, especially if you want to use Wondershare Recoverit to recover photos and home or in a small business rather than a big enterprise. This is an effective product that combines powerful performance with impressive ease-of-use, so it should be at the top of your list.

Wondershare Recoverit: Scorecard

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Plans & pricingTop-end pricing, with a limited free version of the tool3
InterfaceStrong interface, but may overwhelm newcomers4
FeaturesGood line-up of necessary and powerful features4
Photo recoveryMassive filetype support, but not quick5
OverallEffective deep file scanning, but not too fast4.5

Should I buy?

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Buy it if...

You need a simple to use photo recovery tool
Wondershare Recoverit offers one of the best user interfaces and experiences in the field. It's easy to start scanning across a range of devices and file types. 

Don't buy it if...

You want speed
While Wondershare Recoverit is a solid data recovery software solution, our only real complaints are its speed (there are faster on the market) and its photo preview capabilities (which are non-existent). 

Wondershare Recoverit: Alternatives

There are many various data protection options available. SecureTrust Data Loss Prevention (opens in new tab), McAfee Total Protection for Data Loss Prevention (opens in new tab), Check Point Data Loss Prevention (opens in new tab) are just a few. 

What’s great about Recoverit is how easy it is to download and use. You can download the free version and start using it right away to see how it works. You can restore up to 100 MB free without even purchasing the plans. While it’s easy to download the software, the interface is still complex and might take beginners a while to figure out. 

Overall, Recoverit is a great data recovery option especially if you want to try one for free before making a purchase.  

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Mike has worked as a technology journalist for more than a decade and has written for most of the UK’s big technology titles alongside numerous global outlets. He loves PCs, laptops and any new hardware, and covers everything from the latest business trends to high-end gaming gear.