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How to Recover Deleted App Photos from Android

author Carrie Murray
date Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

In the age of social media, photos have become a new language for daily communication. Everyday, we send photos on our Android phones via third-party apps, like Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Kik, Instagram, to share feelings and information; perfect our photos with apps such as Snapseed.

When dealing with app photos on Android phones, sometimes we get important photos mistakenly deleted: memorable pics from friends on Messenger; images received from work partners on WhatsApp; Snapchat photos that has been self-deleted; Viber sticker...

If you are wondering how to recover deleted Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Kik, Snapseed photos from Android device, FonePaw Android Data Recovery, a professional photos recovery tool, may be able to help you.

Part 1. Recover Deleted App Photos from Android Phone

Many users use FonePaw Android Data Recovery (opens new window) to restore deleted phone photos on their Android device, but a few of them haven't be aware that they can also use the program to recover deleted WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Viber, Kik, Snapseed photos and stickers. You can preview the deleted app photos in thumbnails or full size, then selectively recover the pictures that you truly need to computer.

Free download the program on your PC to get back your deleted WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Viber, Kik, Snapseed photos.

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  • To ensure that your app photos are still recoverable, please stop using your Samsung, LG, Nexus, Sony, HTC or other Android device after deleting the photos so that the data of the lost photos won't be covered by new-generated data.
  • With Android Data Recovery, you can only recover the app photos that had been saved on your Android phone. Other photos, such as Snapchat photos that have disappeared before you save a copy on the phone, WhatsApp photos that you haven't downloaded to the phone, are unrecoverable.

Step 1. Connect Android Device to Win/Mac PC

Install the program on your Windows PC or MacBook/iMac. Then connect your Android phone to the computer with USB cable.

Connect Android Device to PC

Step 2. Enable USB Debugging

When the prompt appears on the program, follow its instruction to enable USB debugging (opens new window)on your Android device.

Enable USB Debugging

Step 3. Select Data Types to Recover

You can select all data to recover, but that will take too much time for Android Data Recovery to scan your phone. To recover only app photos like WhatsApp/Facebook/Viber/Snapchat images, select only "WhatsApp", "WhatsApp Attachment", "Gallery" and "Picture Library". And click "Next" to continue.

Choose Data Types

Step 4. Grant Permission to Android Data Recovery

Before the program can scan deleted app photos for you, it needs permission to access internal memory of the phone. The program will prompt you to give permission. Click "Allow" or "Grant" when the pop-up window shows up in your device.

Grant Permission on Android Phone

Step 5. Preview & Recover App Photos

The program will begin to scan all your Android photos. It could take a while if there are lots of photos. When the scan is finished, you can see both deleted and existing photos in thumbnails on the program. Click "WhatsApp" & "WhatsApp Attachment" to find deleted WhatsApp photos. To locate photos of other apps (Facebook, Viber, Instagram, Kik, etc), go to "Gallery", "Picture Library".

Recover Viber Photos

After finding the deleted app photos you need, you can double click to photos to preview the photos in full size or click "Recover" to restore the app photos to one of the computer folders.

Tip: Click the "i" icon on the bottom right corner of a picture, you can see the details of the picture, including its name, format, size, date/place taken, etc.

Part 2. Where Are App Photos Stored on Android Phone

Where can I find my WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Snapseed, Instagram photos on Android phone memory? That's the question that many users have when they are lost in finding app photos from hundreds of folders in File Manager. Actually, the path for app photos normally is "/storage/emulated/0/app name". For example, to find Viber photos, we can go to "/storage/emulated/0/viber/media/Viber Images". To find Snapseed photos, navigate to "/storage/emulated/0/Snapseed".

App Photos Storage Location

To avoid mistake deletion of app photos, you should avoid deleting these folders as well as make regular backup of your Android photos on computer.

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