Where Do Deleted Photos Go After Recently Deleted

Brithny updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

You may be troubled by this question: Where do photos go when deleted on the PC or Mac? Or where do deleted photos go on iPhone or Android phone? Don't be confused anymore. Find the exact answers here. And you are also provided with the best photos recovery software to recover the permanently deleted pictures from PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android phone effectively.

Where do deleted photos go on Windows/Mac computer or on iPhone and Android phones? See how to recover permanently deleted photos on different devices.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover photos on computer EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful and safe file recovery software deleted photo recovery...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover photos on iPhone You can recover the deleted photos on iPhone from the Recently Deleted folder with ease...Full steps
Fix 3. Recover photos on Android Use an Android data recovery app to recover lost photos, videos, or other data back to the phone...Full steps

Part 1. Where Do Deleted Photos Go on Computer? How to Recover

When I delete a picture or file on my computer, where does it go? When you first delete a file on a computer by right-clicking delete option or press "Delete" key, it goes to the computer's Recycle Bin, Trash, or something similar depending on your operating system. When something is sent to the Recycle Bin or Trash, the icon changes to indicate it contains files and if needed allows you to restore a deleted file.

Later, you may empty the Recycle Bin or Trash to free up space. When a computer deletes a file permanently, or the Recycle Bin is emptied, it is removing the reference to the file on the hard drive. Once the file header, or reference, is removed, the computer can no longer see the file. The file is no longer readable by the computer. However, the file is still on the hard drive, at least until another file or part of another file is saved to the same location. As a result, the photos are still recoverable as long as they are not overwritten.

How to Recover Permanently Pictures or Files from a Computer (Windows or Mac)

As mentioned above, whenever you delete photos or files, you only remove the entry and not the files themselves. So the thing is that your operating system doesn't completely erase files right after they were deleted. In reality, the space freed is marked as available, but the files are still there somewhere. 

Deleted photos go into the recycle bin and even if you empty the recycle bin it is possible to recover deleted photos too. Professional data Recovery software reads path and follows and creates a re-image of deleted data by reading paths and recreated the accessible data to you.  When you delete pictures or ever permanently deleted photos, you should stop using the hard drive, then apply a professional data recovery program to scan and recover the deleted files. The sooner you do the data recovery after you delete your file, the better the chances of recovery will be.  

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful and safe file recovery software that works well for deleted photo recovery. It allows you to recover deleted photos from hard drive, memory card, USB drive, digital camera, SD card, memory stick, pen drive, and other storage devices without backup file. And all the recovery process is very simple, takes three steps. In addition to deleted files recovery, this versatile data recovery program still supports formatted recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, RAW partition recovery, etc. 

Now, follow tutorials below to see how to restore deleted photos with ease. 

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on partition or storage device where you deleted photos, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes, then select the deleted photos you want to recover. To locate the target photos faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures".

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover the deleted photos.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another hard drive to save the photos.

Recover lost data

Part 2. Where Do Deleted Pictures Go on iPhone or Android Phone? How to Recover

Where do photos go when deleted from iPhone or Android phone?

When you deleted a photo on iPhone, it goes to the Recently Deleted folder in Photos application, and you can restore it easily. But deleting pictures on an Android phone is similar to removing pictures on a computer's hard drive. Briefly speaking, when you delete photos from Android phone's SD card, the File Access Table on the disk is rewritten to show the area with the data for the file you've deleted as free space. And the pattern will remain there unseen until other files are written on top of it (this is why file recovery software can retrieve the deleted files).

Where Do Deleted Pictures Go on iPhone? How to Restore

As said before, you can recover the deleted photos on iPhone from the Recently Deleted folder with ease.

Step 1. Open the Photos App on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap on "Recently Deleted."

Step 3. Find the photos you want to restore and tap "Recover." You can also press "Delete" to remove photos permanently.

Note: The Recently Deleted folder only holds the deleted pictures for 30 days. If there's a picture you are looking for is older than 30 days, you can't do it in this way. How to recover deleted photos after deleting from recently deleted folder? Don't worry! You can still recover the deleted files from iTunes backup (if you have) or use a third-party photo recovery app. 

If you have no iTunes backup, you can check the online tutorial - easy and simple solutions to recover deleted pictures for iPhone users to get the deleted pictures back.

Where Do Deleted Photos Ho on Android? How to Recover 

If you want to directly recover lost Android photos, videos, or other data back to the phone without using a computer, the best Android data recovery app - EaseUS MobiSaver for Android can help. You can directly download it from Google Play and install it on your Android phone for deleted/lost Android photo/video recovery.

The details are on this page - recover deleted or lost Android photos/videos with or without computer

Related Questions About Where Do Deleted Pictures Go 

The following four hot topics are the frequently asked questions about where do deleted photos go on the computer, iPhone, or Andrioid Phone. Check the content if you have the similar troubles.

1. Where do permanently deleted photos go?

Where do photos go when deleted? Files that are moved to the recycle bin (on PCs) or the trash can (on Macs) stay in those folders until the user empties the recycle bin or trash can. Once they have been deleted from those folders, they are still located in the hard drive and can be retrieved with powerful data recovery software

2. Are deleted photos really deleted?

When you accidentally delete photos from your phone, memory card, or computer, it is not actually deleted. Whenever you delete pictures, you only remove the entry and not the files themselves. You can use a professional file recovery program to recover the deleted photos.

But for safety's sake, we strongly suggest your save recovered photos to your computer or other storage media, other than your device where you lost them before.

3. Where do deleted pictures go on Android?

When you delete pictures on Android, you can access your Photos app and go into your albums, then, scroll to the bottom and tap on "Recently Deleted." In that photo folder, you will find all the photos you have deleted within the last 30 days. If it is more than 30 days old, your pictures will be permanently deleted.

To restore deleted photos on Android, do as the following guides:

  • On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app.
  • At the top left, tap "Menu Trash".
  • Touch and hold the photo or video you want to restore.
  • At the bottom, tap "Restore". The photo or video will be back: In your phone's gallery app. In your Google Photos library. In any albums.  

4. Where do pictures go when deleted from iPhone?

When you delete a photo on iPhone, it goes into your Recently Deleted album. They'll stay in there for 30 days and then they will be permanently removed. Within 30 days, you can easily restore your deleted pictures, over 30 days, you need to use a reliable iPhone data recovery application to help you get back deleted pictures.

If you add photos to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from iTunes, you can't delete them directly from your device in the Photos app.

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