3 Ways To Recover Deleted Photos on Android Device

By | December 5, 2021

So you have deleted the precious pictures from your phone. Or worse, you damage or reset your device and lose everything. Now you need to know how to recover deleted photos from Android phone.

You have several options. They range from simple to more advanced, so hopefully there is a solution that works for you. Let’s get started.

How to Recover Deleted Photos From Cloud

Most cloud and photo apps (not including Instagram) offer to back up your photos in the background. If you enable this, chances are your photos are not actually deleted.

Deleting photos from your phone’s gallery app will not delete them from your cloud backup service. To get it back, just go to your cloud app and download it again. In Google Photos, open the image and select Save to device from the menu. For Dropbox, this is located at Export > Save to device.

If you delete an image from your cloud backup, you can restore it from there as well. Most cloud services use a recycle bin which allows you to restore deleted files within a certain time period.

How to Retrieve Deleted Photos on Google Photos

In Google Photos, open the app and select Trash or Son from the sidebar. Long press on each image you want to recover, then press Restore. Deleted files remain available for 60 days.

Recover Deleted Files From Microsoft OneDrive

For Microsoft OneDrive, open the app and go to Me > Recycle Bin. Select your file and tap the icon Restore. OneDrive stores deleted files for up to 30 days, although it may delete them faster if your recycle bin is larger than 10 percent of your total storage space.

How to Recover Deleted Photos From Dropbox

In Dropbox, you need to be signed in on your desktop to recover deleted pictures, as you can’t do that in the app. open Files > Deleted Files, then select the ones you want to restore. They are available for 30 days after deletion.

Other cloud applications work in a similar way. Check your account terms to see how long certain services keep your deleted files.

Next How to Recover Deleted Android Photos From Your SD Card

What if you don’t back up your photos to the cloud? If you need to know how to recover deleted photos from your gallery app, your best hope is that you have saved them to your phone’s SD card.

You can connect your card to a desktop computer and use special recovery software to try to recover the lost images, as long as they are not encrypted. But there is no guarantee with this.

Deleted files remain on the memory card only until they are overwritten by new data. Thus, as soon as you realize that you have accidentally deleted a photo, you should remove your card from your phone to reduce the risk of it being overwritten.

In case you were wondering, this method will not work on your phone’s internal storage as Android no longer uses the USB Mass Storage protocol. This is the same reason why it is difficult to recover deleted text messages on Android.

Restore Deleted Images With EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

The best free image recovery software is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. You can download it for Windows and Mac.

First, connect your memory card to your computer, either through a card reader or through your laptop’s SD card slot.

Install and run the Data Recovery Wizard. Once launched, it will show you all the available drives from which you can recover data. This should include your hard drive and memory card.

Select a memory card and press Scan. The app will now start scanning for any recoverable files. You can recover up to 2GB of data at a time with the free version. The scan can take up to 20 minutes or more, depending on the size of the card and how much data is on it. But you don’t have to wait for it to finish.

choose Type in the left pane. Click the dropdown arrow next to Graphics and select jpg (or whatever file format your phone saves with images). All the images that you can recover are displayed in the main window. Choose what you want.

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Click Recover Now and select a location on your hard drive to save your image. They will export and save in their own folder. You can now copy it back to your phone.

And Finally How To Restore Deleted Photos On A Rooted Phone

If you don’t use a cloud backup service or a memory card, it will be much more difficult to recover deleted photos from your Android phone. Despite claims of certain apps online, there is no way to scan your phone’s internal storage to recover lost files unless the phone is rooted.

If you are desperate, you can try rooting your phone. But this may require you to wipe your device, and it significantly increases the chances that your deleted pictures will be overwritten and lost forever.

Undelete Photos With DiskDigger

Install app DiskDigger Photo Recovery from the Play Store. It’s free for photo and video recovery; You only have to pay if you want to recover other types of files.

Launch the app and grant root permissions when prompted. You will now see options Basic Scan and Full Scan. Ignore the former, as it can only find low resolution thumbnails of your images. Instead, you want to use the option Full Scan.

Find your phone’s internal storage. This is usually the / partition data. Tap , then select the type of file you want to search (possibly JPG and/or PNG). Tap OK to start.

The app starts scanning immediately and shows you a grid of thumbnails of everything it finds. It doesn’t just show your deleted photos it shows every image in your phone’s internal storage. Thus this process takes time to complete.

To filter multiple findings, tap the icon Settings. You have to set Minimum File Size bigger one by selecting 1,000,000, for example, you would limit your results to images larger than one megabyte. You can also limit the date to a time close to when the photo was taken.

DiskDigger cannot find every deleted photo, and some may be corrupted. When you find what you want, select it and tap recover.

Select where you want to save the file. You can save them in specific apps, or restore them directly to your camera folder. Select folder DCIM to do this. Click OK to save your photo, and you’re done.

How to Avoid Losing Your Android Photos Next Time

The best way to avoid losing your precious photos in the first place is to store them somewhere.

The easiest way is to use an app that backs up your Android photos to the cloud (Read How to Sync and Upload Photos to Cloud Storage on Android). These apps run silently in the background and you can control when they upload your photos. Set it to work only when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and your phone is charging and you won’t damage your data plan or battery life.

Google Photos gives you unlimited free photo storage for 16 megapixel photos big enough for most smartphone cameras and 1080p video. Flickr gives you unlimited storage on a Pro account and uploads images in their full resolution.

Photos are not the only important type of data on your device, you should know the best way to back up everything on your Android phone for that see our article How to Back Up Everything On Android.