.ASEC File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .ASEC file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

ASEC File Recovery

What is a .ASEC file?

An ASEC file is a secure application introduced with Froyo, the version 2.2 release of the Android mobile operating system. It stores mobile application data using proprietary encryption and is saved to the .android_secure

What Are Common Causes of ".ASEC" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes of ".ASEC" files being lost or experiencing failure. Some of these causes include:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".ASEC" files while cleaning up their storage or organizing files.
  2. File system corruption: If the file system of the device or storage medium where the ".ASEC" files are stored gets corrupted, it can lead to the loss or failure of these files.
  3. Virus or malware attack: Malicious software can infect the device or storage medium and corrupt or delete ".ASEC" files.
  4. Software or hardware issues: Problems with the software or hardware components of the device can lead to the loss or failure of ".ASEC" files. This can include issues with the operating system, file system drivers, or storage devices.
  5. Improper handling or storage: Mishandling the device or storage medium, such as dropping it or exposing it to extreme temperatures, can result in physical damage that leads to the loss or failure of ".ASEC" files.
  6. Power failure: Unexpected power outages or sudden loss of power while accessing or saving ".ASEC" files can cause corruption or loss of data.
  7. Software conflicts: Incompatibility or conflicts between different software applications can result in the loss or failure of ".ASEC" files.
  8. Human error: Mistakes made by users, such as improper file management, accidental formatting of storage devices, or incorrect file transfers, can lead to the loss or failure of ".ASEC" files.

It is always recommended to regularly back up important files, including ".ASEC" files, to minimize the risk of data loss or failure.

How to recover lost ".ASEC" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".ASEC" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".ASEC" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".ASEC" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".ASEC" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".ASEC" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".ASEC" extension?

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Programs that open ".ASEC" files

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Google Android SDK Google Android SDK

Additional Information

  • File type: Android Secure Application File

  • File extension: .ASEC

  • Developer: Google

  • Category: System Files

  • Format: Binary


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • How can I create a .ASEC backup file for my Android device?

    To create a .ASEC backup file for your Android device, you can follow these steps:

    1. Install a file manager app that supports ASEC files. Some popular options include ES File Explorer, Solid Explorer, or FX File Explorer.
    2. Open the file manager app and navigate to the location of the app you want to create a backup for. Typically, apps are stored in the "/data/app" or "/data/app-private" directory.
    3. Locate the folder of the app you want to backup. The folder name will be in the format "com.example.app" where "com.example.app" is the package name of the app.
    4. Long-press on the app folder to select it, then tap on the "More" or "Options" button (usually represented by three vertical dots or lines).
    5. From the options menu, choose "Create backup" or "Backup to ASEC" (the wording may vary depending on the file manager app you are using).
    6. The file manager will create a .ASEC backup file of the selected app and save it to a location of your choice, such as the device's internal storage or an external SD card.

    Note: Creating .ASEC backup files requires root access on your Android device. If your device is not rooted, you may not be able to create .ASEC backups.

  • Is it possible to open and access the contents of a .ASEC backup file on a different device?

    No, it is not possible to directly open and access the contents of a .ASEC backup file on a different device. ASEC (Android Secure External Caching) files are used by Android to securely store and encrypt the data of certain apps on the device's external storage. These files are tied to the specific device and are encrypted using a unique key that is generated based on the device's hardware. Therefore, the file can only be accessed and decrypted on the same device that created it.

  • Are there any specific tools or software available to restore data from a .ASEC backup file?

    There are several tools and software available that can help you restore data from a .ASEC backup file. Some of the popular ones include:

    1. ASEC File Recovery Tool: This tool is specifically designed to recover data from .ASEC backup files. It can extract and restore various types of data such as photos, videos, contacts, messages, etc.
    2. Android Data Recovery: This software is widely used for data recovery on Android devices. It supports the recovery of data from .ASEC backup files as well. It can recover deleted or lost files including photos, videos, contacts, messages, call logs, and more.
    3. Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android): Dr.Fone is a comprehensive data recovery software for Android devices. It supports the recovery of data from .ASEC backup files along with various other data loss scenarios. It can recover files like photos, videos, contacts, messages, documents, and more.
    4. iMobie PhoneRescue for Android: PhoneRescue is another popular data recovery tool for Android devices. It can recover data from .ASEC backup files and helps in retrieving lost or deleted files such as photos, videos, contacts, messages, call logs, and more.

    It is important to note that the effectiveness of these tools may vary depending on the specific situation and the condition of the backup file. It is recommended to try different tools and choose the one that works best for your specific case.

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