3 ways to recover deleted photos on your Android device

Depending on whether or not you have certain settings enabled on your Android device, you may or may not be able to recover photos after sending them to the can. Let’s look at some options surrounding how to get those precious memories back, as well as some measures you can take to make sure you can recover your photos on Android anytime you might lose them. 

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3 ways to (possibly) recover deleted photos on your Android device

1. Search the trash

If you have back up & sync on, your photos have simply been moved to “trash” and can be recovered within 60 days. 


  1. On your Android phone, open the Google Photos app Photos
  2. At the top left of your screen, hit ‘Menu’ then ‘Trash/Bin’
  3. Press and hold the photo or video you want to recover
  4. At the bottom, tap ‘Restore’. The photo or video will be back in its original album before deletion.

Like stated above, this method only works if your phone is set to back up & sync periodically. If you haven’t already done this, it’s generally advised you do as losing or destroying your phone can lead to your memories being lost forever.

We’ll explore this a little later in the article. 

2. Recover photos from your SD card

If you do happen to still be rocking an SD card in your phone, you might still be able to recover your photos using specialized software. There is no guarantee with this method, however. From the technical side of things, your SD generally keeps deleted files until they are overwritten by new data. This means you should remove your SD card as soon as you realize you have deleted your photos to avoid them being replaced with new data. 

You’ll then need to make use of some specialized software like easeUS Data Recovery tool. After removing your SD card, connect it to your PC using a card reader or your computers SD slot. Launching easeUS will prompt you with the option to scan your card for files that can potentially be recovered. 

Needless to say, this method will not work if your phone doesn’t have an SD card. Contrary to claims from certain app companies, there is currently no way to scan your phone’s memory for deleted files. If you haven’t backed up your photos and your phone doesn’t use an SD card for storage, recovering your precious memories becomes a lot more difficult. There is one more option, however. 

3. Recover photos from a rooted phone

We’re guessing that the odds your phone is already rooted are quite slim. But on the off chance that it is, you may well be in luck. We recommend trying Disk Digger from the Google Play Store. Disk Digger is free for photo and video recovery but may require payment if you’re looking to recover other files from your rooted Android device. 

After downloading, start the app and grant the root permissions when you’re prompted to do so. Use you “Full Scan” option to scan every crevice on your Android for the deleted photos. Because you’re scanning your entire phone’s storage, it might take you a while to find what you’re looking for. When you do find them buried underneath the rubble eventually, go ahead and press the photos and select “Recover”.  

You’re then given the choice of where you want to save your photos back onto your device. Choose wisely so you don’t end up deleting them all over again. And it’s as easy as that. This isn’t a 100% foolproof method either, as some of your photos may be corrupted by the time you get to them, but it sure is worth a try if you’re flexing a rooted phone. 

We should probably mention that if you try to root your phone after you have deleted your photos, it will most likely require you to completely wipe your phone’s memory. This naturally defeats the purpose of what you’re trying to do and further increases the likelihood of losing them forever. 

Where to go from here

Hopefully, you’ve come to realize you may need to take further measures to make sure you never lose another photo again due to negligence. There are plenty of options to make sure this will never happen. Let’s explore some. 

  • Google, being the generous giants that they are have got you covered for the most part. Google Photos gives you unlimited free photo storage for 16-megapixel photos and 1080p videos. Just make sure you’ve got “back up & sync” on in the settings section of your Photos app. Or if you happen to own a Google Pixel phone, you have unlimited storage at full resolution for life. 
  • Photo-based social platform Flickr gives you 1000 photos free and uploads images in their full resolution. Their unlimited storage on their Pro Plan gives you unlimited storage for life in full resolution. 
  • ShoeBox is a nice alternative to Google that boasts unlimited storage at just $5 a month. Their free plan gives you unlimited storage for photos up to 10.6 megapixels. 
  • Another option is simply backing up your photos manually to your PC. You will have to do this periodically by hooking your phone up via USB, which most people don’t tend to do anymore. Plus, with the abundance of software for cloud storage that exists, why should we?

It’s never a bad idea backing up not only your photos but your files in general. Although storage technology is advancing, phones are fragile things. All it takes is one drop in the toilet or one misstep to smash your phone beyond repair. Just make sure your files are secure if you are backing them up to the cloud. And for the latest free apps, including easy rooting apps, make sure to stop off at apkafe

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