Error when deleting an Android file: why it fails and how to erase from your phone

Every time we open Explorer on our phone or computer, we are going to add, change, delete or open some file on the device. This is the main function of the Explorer app and the entire file system in general (the same in Android). However, sometimes something of these two components fails, which causes problems when working with files. We will tell you what to do if an error occurs on your Android phone when deleting a file.

Why smartphone files are restored after deletion

The problem encountered by our reader (unless he opened this page due to pure curiosity) may have several manifestations.


Most often, the following unforeseen situations occur when trying to delete a problem file:

  1. Explorer does not respond in any way to the deletion request. That is, you highlight a file, click “Delete”, but nothing happens. In some cases nothing is even highlighted. The problem is most likely with the explorer itself.
  2. When you try to delete, an error pops up saying that the operation cannot be completed. In this case, the resource may be occupied by another process, remain in an “intermediate” state or be incorrectly written to memory.
  3. It is successfully deleted, but appears again afterwards. This case is the most unusual and may be related to some application that keeps information from the file in RAM (i.e. some variable within the program). Damage to the FS can also lead to this result.
  4. The file doesn’t show up in the default file explorer, but appears in various third-party clients. In this case, it is better not to look for the problem, but immediately delete the resource where it appears (or don’t touch it at all). Most likely, it is marked “hidden” and “read-only”. The default default explorer does not display such folders for security reasons.

Of course, these problems can also be caused by hardware damage to the disk, but we will be optimistic and try to find a software solution. In addition, even disk sectors that are broken can easily be detected programmatically.


How to delete unrecoverable files on Android

Below we offer a number of reliable ways to dispose of both bit and deliberately “stuck” files. Keep in mind that some of the methods involve direct work with memory, so be careful. Otherwise, you stand a chance of damaging valuable files, which you won’t be able to recover later.

Special software

Most often, the built-in explorer is too limited in terms of functionality. Therefore, you will not be able to use it to delete unrecoverable files. Instead, we recommend looking in the direction of an advanced file manager. Among them stand out:

  • Cx Explorer;
  • Es Explorer;
  • Root explorer (requires root rights, but can be used without them).


Let’s look at deleting Cx Explorer as an example. Algorithm of actions:

  • Install the program in Play Market on your phone.
  • Run it.
  • Go to the folder with the desired file.
  • Hold it for a long time.
  • In the menu at the bottom, select “Delete”.


Done. In fact, if it did not work with this application, it will not work with the others, as they work according to a similar algorithm. You will have to use a computer (the way with a PC is described below).

Through the safe mode

Suppose that the problem is a constantly hanging in the background application or virus. To start the gadget without unnecessary extraneous programs in the background, you need to enable safe mode. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Press power and volume down button.
  • In the menu that opens, go down to “Safe mode”. Use the volume button to move, and the power button to select.
  • Confirm the reboot.


After that, try to deal with the file again. To get out of safe mode, just reboot the gadget. If even after that you failed to remove anything, then move on to more radical measures.

Through the PC

Start the computer, you will need it. You can also take an ordinary laptop. While it is booting up, find a USB wire to connect the phone and the PC. Next, follow the steps below:

  • Connect your phone to your PC via USB. Keep in mind that the inputs on both devices should be serviceable.
  • A selection menu should appear on your phone where you should select “File Transfer”.


  • On the computer, locate the phone in Explorer.
  • Open the folder with the problem resource.
  • Select it with the mouse and click on the “Delete” button.

Confirm deletion and be happy. Usually this method works better than the regular means of the phone. But sometimes even through the computer woeful resources are not removed.

Radical methods of struggle

If all the above methods were in vain, it means that there is obviously something wrong with the FS of the gadget.


In this case it is recommended to try the following ways to solve the problem:

  1. If it is an external drive, erase all the data from it in the settings. Or better yet, connect the card to your computer and format it to FAT. here.
  2. If it is the internal memory, then try to reset the gadget to factory settings or delete all the folder. Read about how to do it here.

We hope that these ways helped you.

04.03.2022 8:26 2

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