How to recover deleted photos on Android

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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 again.

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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 after 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. We should also note at this point that if you want to recover your photos, you will need the Pro version of the app, which is available below.

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. It 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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