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How to Restore Lost Pictures from Android (2018 Updated)

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 on Android Oreo 8.0. I deleted a folder called 'Storage' from my phone to free up space. Then I realized that the folder had all kinds of information like family pictures. What can I do to recover deleted photos from Android?"

Unlike iPhone or PC, there is no "recently deleted" folder or trash bin on Android so you don't have the option to recover deleted photos directly on the phone. However, it doesn't means that it is hopeless to recover photos from Android device. On the contrary, it is easy to recover Android photos but you'll need little help of a third-party photos recovery app for Android. 

There are two keys for recovering accidentally deleted or lost pics from Android:

  • First, don't use the phone until the pictures are recovered; 

  • Secondly, use a powerful Android data recovery tool to find the deleted data as soon as possible.

Here we'll shows you how to do so. You can get your images back with computer or without computer.

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Why Is It Possible to Retrieve Photos from Android?

The reason why we can restore deleted photos from phone is that the photos are not really deleted.

Whether stored in internal storage or external memory (SD Card), the deleted data still exist on the storage but the space it occupies is marked as "unused" and can be used by new data in any minute. Once there is new data written into where the deleted photos are, the photos will be gone and unrecoverable.

That's why you shouldn't use the phone before recovery. Any operation on the phone could generate new data and overwrite the deleted files, including installing new apps, taking photos, receiving messages, etc.

So turn off Wi-Fi and mobile data on the phone and put it aside. Then free download FonePaw Android Data Recovery on a computer, connect your phone to the computer and let the program get the photos back.

Some users prefer an Android photo recovery app to recover deleted files on Android without computer, but that's a bad idea since you are taking a risk - the deleted data might be overwritten by the installation of the app.


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How to Easily Recover Photos from Android with Computer?

FonePaw Android Data Recovery is a desktop program that can quickly restore deleted and old photos from Android phone and tablets. It supports images in .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp, .webp, .tiff formats and more. And it fully compatible with most Android brands and can recover deleted photos on Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, LG G, Sony Xperia, HUAWEI Mate, Xiaomi and so on.

Free download the program on Windows PC or Mac. 

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STEP 1. Connect Android to PC

Connect your Android phone to PC and run FonePaw Android Data Recovery on the PC. Make sure that you have enabled USB debugging on the Android phone so that it can be detected by the program.


Connect Your Android to PC


STEP 2. Select File Types to Scan and Recover

When your Android device is connected, you can see the interface as the below screenshot shows, which allows you to select categories of the deleted files. To retrieve deleted pictures from Android gallery, select "Gallery" or "Picture Library" and Click the button "Next" to continue.


Select File Types to Scan Photos


STEP 3. Allow the FonePaw Program to Scan Deleted Photos

The program needs to get permission to access deleted data so it'll pop up a windows on you phone asking for permission. Press "Allow/Grant/Authorize" to grant the privilege. And the program will begin to search deleted photos from your phone.


Allow the FonePaw Program to Scan Deleted Photos


STEP 4. Preview and Restore Lost Photos from Android

The scanning process can take some time, especially there are many photos on your phone. When progress bar comes to 100%, the scan process is completed.

You can click "Gallery" or "Picture Library" at the left pane. The photos will be displayed in thumbnails. And with the registered version, you can preview its full size by double clicking the photos. 

Deleted data will be shown in red. Mark the pictures you want to restore and click "Recover" to retrieve them to PC.


Selectively Deleted Photos from Android Device


Note:

  • Gallery contains camera photos, screenshots, photos received from PC or other devices, downloaded photos. Picture Library includes cache images.

  • Photos will be exported as .jpg and .png and they will be sorted by file types on your PC.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card on Android

Many people might save their pictures on SD card on Android with less free space and accidentally delete the photos from SD memory card. Just like there is Android photo recovery for internal memory, there is also applications to undelete photos on Android external memory. 

FonePaw Data Recovery is one of the desktop apps that can recover photos and other data from SD memory card, USB memory sticks, external hard drive. Here is how it works.

STEP 1. Stop writing data into the SD card.

STEP 2. Install Data Recovery and run it. Connect the card reader with SD card to the computer.

STEP 3. The program will detect the SD card memory and scan deleted photos on the card.


Scan Deleted Photos from SD Card

Tips on How to Restore Photos on Android Without Computer?

If you have a backup, you can recover photos on Android without computer and without root. For example, if you have synced photos to a Google account (which is usually a Gmail account), you can recover deleted photos from Google Photos easily.

Note: Deleted Google photos will be removed permanently from Google cloud after 60 days.

STEP 1. Run "Google Photos"/"Photos" app on your Android. Tap on the "" icon at the left top of the interface.

STEP 2. Select "Trash" option in the panel.

STEP 3. Preview your deleted images and select desired ones to "Restore" on Android.


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This should show you the importance of backup. Backup is the best way to tackle data loss. To do this, just connect your Android phone to PC and copy those important photos to the computer. If you want to save space on computer, use Android Data Backup & Restore to back up Android data to PC in small size.

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  • disqus_yxAxVDSxOl

    I spent the $60 to recover the 34 items in the Picture Library only to see weird shapes/icons as the. jpg photos. Can't it Recover photos after a factory reset since the photos didn't backup like they were suppose to on my Galaxy Note 2?

    2015-09-01 14:49