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Get Back Deleted Photos From Your Android Phone

Get Back Deleted Photos From Your Android Phone

Those selfies at your favorite place, photos with families and friends, the auspicious moments and days of celebration all captured on our little Android phone. But what happens when you accidentally delete a precious photo or a whole photo album? Is that it? Would you continue to curse yourself or call yourself silly for deleting a photo? Well, you don’t have to do any of these as you can recover deleted photos from your android phone and we’ll show you how with these apps.

Before going into the details, there are some things you should keep in mind when you accidentally delete important photos or any file at that. First, disconnect from all internet connections as you don’t want any app or operating system update overrides your files. If this happens, you can’t recover your files again. Similarly, resist taking new media files as they can equally override your deleted files. This is because, when files are deleted, they don’t automatically disappear; the system earmarks the ‘spot’ they are occupying as ready to be occupied by a new file. Get it?

Apps To The Rescue

The following are recommended apps for helping you recover your photos:

  • DiskDigger
  • Kvisoft Data Recovery
  • Wondershare’s Dr. Fone for Android
  • Android Data Recovery


Of the four apps recommended, DiskDigger is the only app you install on your device. You can download it from Google Play Store. It scans both the internal memory and any external memory cards connected to your Android device for deleted files. With DiskDigger, you can upload recovered photos to your Google Drive, DropBox, or even send them as a mail. This will serve as a backup should you make further mistakes down the line. If you want, you can also save the recovered files into another folder on your Android phone.

Kvisoft Data Recovery

Kvisoft Data Recovery is a desktop app that can also scan your Android device for deleted photos and help recover them. The application has three scanning modes and can help sort scan results by folder, file type or date. Additionally, you can preview files such as PDF, photos, videos and audio files before deciding to recover them. You can save scan results for a device and come back to it later on as well as being able to scan all internal and external storage.

Wondershare’s Dr.Fone for Android

Dr.Fone is another option for recovering deleted photos from your Android phone and the steps are pretty straightforward as shown below:

  1. Download the app from the official website and install on your PC.
  2. Launch the program and register an account and select Recover.
  3. Connect your Android phone to your PC via USB cable. Ensure USB debugging is turned on, if not, go to Settings > About Phone > tap ‘Build Number’ continuously till you see that ‘Developer Options’ has been enabled. Then head back to Settings > Developer Options > scroll to USB Debugging and check it. Dr. Fone should show a prompt saying “USB debugging is opened.”
  4. On the next screen, select the types of files you want the app to scan, in this case though, we are just interested in photos; then click next.
  5. In the next step, select if you want to scan for deleted photos only or all photos on your phone. Accept the RSA key prompt on your phone to grant permission to the app.
  6. Allow the application scan your device. Your phone might reboot in the process, no cause for alarm, just be patient.
  7. Browse the results; select the photos you’ll like to recover and click the ‘Recover’ button.

Android Data Recovery

Lastly, we have Android Data Recovery, which guessing by the name; it’s not hard to decipher what it does. It helps in the recovery of deleted files on Android devices including but not limited to photos. To use Android Data Recovery, follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install the application and run it on your PC.
  2. Ensure USB debugging is enabled by: Android 2.3 or earlier – Go to Settings” < Click “Applications” < Click “Development” < Check “USB debugging”; for Android 3.0 to 4.1 – Go to “Settings” < Click “Developer options” < Check “USB debugging”; And Android 4.2 or newer – Go to “Settings” < Click “About Phone” < Tap “Build number” for several times until getting a note “You are under developer mode” < Back to “Settings” < Click “Developer options” < Check “USB debugging”.
  3. Select the files you want to recover – check Gallery or Picture Library since it is just photos you are after. Also, ensure your battery is 20%, else the scan will not start. Click Next! Make sure you accept the prompt on your phone to “Allow” the app perform the scan.
  4. After scanning, preview and select the photos you want to recover and then click the Recover button.