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How to recover deleted photos on Android

If you've ever deleted a photo album by mistake or had your smartphone accidentally wipe everything from your gallery, then you know that particular variety of ''bottomless pit in your gut'' feeling. Never fear, your lost photos are not really lost at all. We'll show you just how easy it is to recover photos on Android. There's only one thing to remember: act fast. 

Maybe you've reached this article as a result of a frantic search after going 'Delete, delete, delete...oh no!' in your gallery. Don't worry, it's not too late! If you're just morbidly curious about what might happen to your photos, then we can also advise you on how to back them up so that you never have to experience this panic.

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How to recover deleted photos with an app

First, head to the Play Store and grab DiskDigger photo recovery and then run the app.  There are a few apps on the Play Store that claim to recover deleted photos, but from our investigation, DiskDigger was not only more reliable, but was less intrusive when it came to serving up ads, too.

It's helpful, once you have the app, to then turn off Wi-Fi and data connections on your phone. The reason to do this is that when data is deleted, whether photos, music or documents, it is not actually deleted until something has been written over it in the device's memory.

Note: On a non-rooted device, DiskDigger is limited to recovering images from your thumbnail caches, which means that the images will likely be lower-quality than the original photos or videos. Recovering the full-resolution original versions of the photos or videos is only possible by rooting your device. If you don't know how to root your phone, then refer to our complete guide on how to root Android to get started.

If you've recently deleted your photos, DiskDigger should be able to find those photos, and you'll be given the option of whether to restore them to a folder on your device, or back up to a cloud service.

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DiskDigger managed to find and restore deleted photos in our test. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

At first, it didn't look like DiskDigger could find our photos, but a quick dip into its settings and unchecking the minimum file size factor revealed our deleted pics.

Once you've recovered your photos, you'll want to make sure this never happens again. And we all know prevention is better than the cure.

How to back up your photos on Android

Now that we've explained how to recover deleted photos on Android, the next step is to prevent this situation from happening again. To do this, we recommend using an app such as Google Photos. This offers unlimited photo storage (so long as the files aren't too large) and the backup function is easy to set up.

Once you've installed the app just go to its Settings, then Backup & sync, and you can choose how often – and by which method – you wish to backup your photos. For a complete guide on how to use Google photos, hit the link.

Have you had any disastrous lost data accidents before? What did you do to recover deleted photos on Android? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Ok, so what if my phone is in my hand and I don't want to download an app! This article was click bait. Im so glad I have an iPhone! Now I need to convert my parents! I was checking for my dad and this looked like a good info spot....ha. I was fooled.


  • Thanks for your information


  • Yes, I can't agree with you more about act fast. If you still want to get back the deleted data from your Android phone, move fast and stop using your phone. This can avoid new data overwrites the deleted files on your phone. Wondershare Dr. Fone for Android is one of the best data recovery programs you can download from the internet. It requires a rooted Anddroid phone. So it can scan the phone's internal memory and SD card to find the deleted photos and other data for you. You have to admit that it is the only way to get back deleted data from Android phone without backup. So it's really important to back up your phone regularly at least once a week.


  • thenext 3 months ago Link to comment

    thanks


  • "Any prompts on your phone that request permissions for Dr.Fone should be granted."
    Now why don't I like the sound of that? I just installed the free version and Dr.Fone is telling me it wants to ROOT my device! This is quite a stretch of trust, in my opinion.
    And even if I grant permission, I don't get to recover any file without having to pay $ 60 first. I feel like I'm in a tight spot...


  • Werf Abb 5 months ago Link to comment

    I also recommend MobiKin Doctor for Android, it is able to recover photos from Android phone and SD card.


  • The program this guide recommends Hard Bricked my S8+
    Im not saying its the program or guides fault, but be aware it can happen anyone.


  • If you store photos in SD card instead of internal storage, i would recommend RePicvid Free Photo Recovery to restore deleted pictures.


  • sandman V Mar 13, 2017 Link to comment

    That app is good 4 nothing. Tested!


  • PakRayon Jan 17, 2017 Link to comment

    I get most deleted photos with original size using iReparo for Android, though not all. The key is stop saving more new data, and use the app soon.


  • Please Guys and Girls
    Couls someone confirm that he already get the deleted photos with original size - not resized i mean


  • AFT World Dec 25, 2016 Link to comment

    It is really helpful. I appreciate your recommendation.


  • Hejfdert Dec 11, 2016 Link to comment

    As long as you data was not covered on the phone , you can using any recovery tools to scan the phone to recover lost images ,


  • It's NOT FREE. It will give you a preview of your photos, but to actually recover them you have to pay $50. A waste of time unless you have $50 you want to let go. If so, I have some real estate I want to sell you....... ;-)


  • Don't bother with this.
    Like one of the other people said it was stuck on 90%. Wasted 30mins of my time. Tw@ts


  • Mark Uka Aug 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I want to recommend this app "Photo Recovery Deleted Photos" in google play , it can recover deleted photos in your android devise easly .


    • it works thank you mark but its not easy to find you app its in 21th class


    • Mark who is the developer of this app I entered "Photo Recovery Deleted Photos" just as you have it in your above comment and a host of apps appeared. Which app is it??????


    • I tried the app, but only recovered duplicate photos from my whatsapp and picsart.. Any advise?

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