How to recover deleted photos from a phone

How to recover deleted photos from a phone

Deleted PhotosS from your smartphone can be sometimes worrisome especially when the photo has to do with an important gathering or memory such as a wedding, family reunion or even photos taken when you accidentally meet a long lost colleague or schoolmate on a vacation far from home.

A lot of factors can cause pictures to be deleted mistakenly or intentionally. Imagine your wife picks your phone and came across a picture taken last summer with your former classmate thinking she’s your girlfriend or your 2year old kid accidentally deleted your wedding picture album of 350 pictures while playing with the phone.

How to Recover Deleted Photos From Your Memory Card

Some other reasons that can make your photos deleted are; broken screen, factory reset, OS update, jailbreak, water damage or stolen/lost phone. The first question that comes to your mind, how can I recover the deleted photos? Different phone brands have a separate and individual method to recover photos and videos, some of the most popular operating systems (OS) like IOS, Android and windows have all upgraded to latest versions that allow you to recover multimedia files for free. Most of android and windows OS devices come with an external SD card for storage while IOS only comes with an inbuilt storage ranging from 8GB to 256GB.


1- IOS Phones
Apple, the makers of iPhone are the sole owners of IOS operating system. Recovering photos on iPhone devices can be sometimes difficult but also easy if you follow the right procedure. At first, immediately you discover a picture is missing, the first thing you need to do is to access your photos application and go into your photo albums, scroll to the bottom, locate and click on “recently deleted”, the recently deleted is just like the recycle bin of a computer, it stores deleted items for 30 days, locate and tap “recover”, the photo will automatically return to the photos section of the App.

other method

The other method of recovering deleted photos from an iPhone is by retrieving stored photos from iTunes backup. Download, install and run phone rescue app on your computer, connect your phone to a computer and tap “ Recover from iTunes backup”, proceed to the next stage by selecting the most recent back up from the list of recovered backups, tap on photos from icon from list of recovered icons, click scan to search for the deleted photo.

Deleted photo can also be recovered using iCloud by downloading and installing phone rescue on a system, using USB, connect the phone to a computer and tap “Recover from iCloud backup”, Access iCloud by signing in with your iCloud username and password, proceed to the next stage by selecting the most recent
back up from the list of recovered backups, tap on photos from icon from list of recovered icons, click scan to search for the deleted photo, select photo(s) and it automatically moves back to photos icon. On a lighter note, it is advisable you set an iPhone on automatic backup, preferably 24-hour backup as this will assist you in case a photo is accidentally deleted.

2-Android Phones

According to statistics, Android operating system developed by Google accounts for 80% of phone users in the world. Popular phone brands like Samsung, HTC, Motorolla, Xiaomi, and Gionee operate on Android OS. It is possible to recover deleted pictures from an Android device using Google drive. Google drive comes with a default storage capacity of 115GB, it’s has a backup of your files, pictures, and media. The chances of recovering photos using this option are very high if the Google drive app is on 24 hours auto sync. Click on the app, select and open Google photos, tick and download photo, immediately after downloading, the picture moves to the photos icon of your phone.

Some other applications can also be used to recover deleted photos from an android device. Some of this apps are; Android data recovery, Dr fone for android, kvisoft data recovery and Diskdigger. All this Apps operate almost on a similar manner by downloading, Installing and running them on your system, enable USB debugging and connect your android device to the system using USB cable, click multimedia from the application main screen, locate your device, scan and wait for some minutes for scan to complete, select the photo or album you need by clicking “Recovery” and save on the photo icon of your device.

3-Windows Phones

The commonly used application to retrieve deleted photos from a windows device is Windows phone Zune backup. Download, Install and run the application on a computer, connect your Windows device to the computer using USB cord.

click on settings>phone>update>restore.

Immediately after restoring, follow the screen information to complete the retrieving process.

Recovering photos from a memory card

The help to understanding what happend when you delete a photo from your memory card using in Phone. Doing so doesn’t actually completely error the files from the card. All data is still there in Memory card. The system just marks the space as available for use for other files in Memory Card Picture.

Step 1: Connect your memory card to your computer either a built-in or external card reader.

Step 2: Launch PhotoRec and enter your Mac password if prompted.

Step 3: Using the arrow keys, select your media card from the list. It may not be labeled in a manner that                    you’re familiar with (in Memory Card), so look at the size of the disk as a clue.

Step 4: On the next screen, select the option that reads FAT32 by pressing enter, and then choose Other                     by hitting Enter again.

Step 5: The following screen will give you two options: Free or Whole. Choose Free if you’re looking to                           recover deleted files. But if you think your memory card is corrupted, select Whole.

Step 6: Next, you’ll be asked to choose where you want to save your recovered files. You might want to                      create a new folder on your desktop, or save it to your Pictures folder.

Step 7: Just use the arrow keys to make your selection from the list, and then press C to confirm. PhotoRec               will then start the recovery process.

Easy steps to recover deleted photos from Android

Step 1. Run the program and connect your Android device to your computer

Download, install and run the program on your computer. select “Android Data Recovery” option, then connect your Android device to the computer.

connect android to pc

Step 2. enable USB debugging

If your device can be detected by the program, you can directly skip to the next step. If not, you’ll get the window below and need to enable USB debugging on your device at first.
There are three different ways to finish this job for different Android system below:

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter “Settings” < Click “Applications” < Click “Development” < Check “USB debugging”
2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter “Settings” < Click “Developer options” < Check “USB debugging”
3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter “Settings” < Click “About Phone” < Tap “Build number” for several times until getting a

Step 3. Scan your Android device

In the next window, you can select the file types “Gallery”, click “Next” to let the program analyze your phone, then you can select the scanning mode that’s right for you: “Standard mode” or “Advanced mode”.

select gallery to scan

After analyzing your device, you can scan your device for lost photos, messages, contacts and video now. Now, you have to go back to your device to click the “Allow” button on the screen to enable the computer to scan you phone for lost data.

click allow on android

Step 4. Preview and restore photos from Android

After scanning, the window will show you all the data found. You can preview all your pictures, as well as contacts and messages in the scan result. Then mark the data you want to restore and click “Recover” button to save them on your computer.

Recover deleted files on your PC

Of course, just as a matter of dotting all your i’s and crossing all your t’s, make sure you double-check your computer’s recycle bin to see if your file is still waiting there. If so, you can right-click the file and choose the “restore” option. No harm, no foul.

If that doesn’t help, you can try to navigate back to the folder where the file originally was. Right-click on that folder and, if available, select “Restore previous versions.” You may be able to go back in time and bring back the contents of that folder from a previous date.

restore previous versions

Chances are, though, that if you’re reading this you have already tried those options. Not to worry! Even after your file leaves the limbo of the recycle bin, even if you can’t remember where it was, it isn’t necessarily lost forever. It just moves to a sort of purgatory on your hard drive.

Once a file is “deleted” from your computer, the space that the file was taking up is marked as free and available for use. But your computer won’t overwrite that space unless it has no other option. So if you have 100MB of free storage and you delete a 50MB file, your hard drive will still have 100MB of completely open storage, but it will also have 50MB of usable space. So if you download a 20MB application, it will be stored on the part of the hard drive that is completely open. However, if you tried to download a 120MB program instead, the computer will completely kick your 50MB file out of the hard drive to make space for the new file.

So the first step in recovering a deleted file is to make sure you don’t save or download anything else. It’s likely still tucked away somewhere deep in that hard drive. Of course, you told the computer you don’t need the file anymore so it’s not a simple thing to go back and grab it on your own. Luckily, though, there are numerous software options that will do the heavy lifting for you.


And guess what — a lot of them are free. Recuva is a great, user-friendly option. Brian Kato’s Restoration program is also well received among those who have tried it. These software programs will automatically scan through the dark recesses of your hard drive to find any files that have not yet been overridden. From there, it is a simply point-and-click process to bring back your accidentally deleted pictures, videos, and documents back from the digital graveyard.

1 thought on “How to recover deleted photos from a phone

  1. Pingback: How to recover deleted photos from a phone – tracersupport

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *