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How to Restore Photos from Android SD Card

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

It's happened to many of Android users. When your Android phone with SD card fell into the wrong (toddler's, newbies' and many others') hands, and when you head to "Delete All" button without hesitation, you will lose all pictures you cherished so much from the Android SD card. Then what you need to do is to recover photos from Android SD card as soon as possible. If you fail to get files back from the phone in time, they may be overwritten.

Recover Photos from Android SD Card with Phones

We are going to restore pictures with FonePaw Android Data Recovery that deals with various picture loss situations. It checks data status, locates lost images and restores deleted ones from Android. The program is absolutely safe as the scanning is just read-only and no changes done to the data of your Android device.


Step 1. Connect Android SD Card to Your Computer

Open FonePaw Android Data Recovery program on your computer. Then connect your Android phone equipped with SD card to the computer. To ensure that your phone can be detected, check USB debugging mode on your device.

Install FonePaw Android Data Recovery

Step 2. Choose File Types to Scan

When your Android SD card is detected, you can select data types to scan. To recover photos from Android SD card, you should select "Gallery" and "Picture Library". Then check the "Next" button.

Choose File Types to Recover

Step 3. Allow Superuser Request

Go to your Android phone. You should receive a Superuser request. Check the "Allow"/ "Authorize"/ "Grant" button to confirm the Superuser request. This will allow FonePaw Android Data Recovery to enter and scan your Android SD card.

Analyze Device and Get Privilege to Scan Files

Step 4. Recover Photos from Android SD Card

Now wait for the scanning result. When scanning is completed, check "Gallery" and "Picture Library". You can preview deleted pictures in details. Then check the "Recover" button to get them back.

Recover Deleted Pictures from Android to Computer

Get Deleted Pictures Off SD Card without Phones

Besides to restore lost photos on memory card with putting it into phone, it is also possible to recover images from SD card only. FonePaw has another software called Data Recovery which works well in SD card recovery and even the digital camera's memory card. Before trying to recover those deleted images from card, please make sure your computer/laptop is running Windows 10/8/7/XP. Then, click the button below to download it on the PC.


Step 1. Put your SD card into a card reader and then connect the card reader into computer. When you launch the program, your memory card will be shown in Removable Drive list.

Select Data and Path

Step 2. Choose "Image" in the type list and select memory card only to begin quick scanning or deep scanning.

Step 3. Check the deleted pictures and existing images according to their format, name, time, etc.. You can get those photos off your computer.  

Note: There is a searching box so that you can quickly find what you need with the name or path.

Retrieve Lost Images

Safety Tips:

Stop using the SD card after data is lost.

Create backup of important Android picture and update it regularly.

Avoid installing applications from unknown resource.

Charge up your Android cell phone as soon as the battery is low.

Avoid rooting Android or factory reset without instruction.


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