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How to Recover Deleted Photos on All Kinds of Devices

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Myra updated on Jun 08, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery |How-to Articles

Summary

Photo loss occurs on all kinds of devices. Whether you want to recover deleted photos from a computer or from a mobile device, you will know how to do it from this guide.

Photos are too precious for us. They may record a wonderful moment of our life, show amusing content, or carry important information. That's why we need to recover photos after accidental deletion or other misoperations.

However, since photo loss happens frequently on various devices, including PCs, Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and more, due to various reasons, it's necessary for all of us to know how to recover deleted photos on different kinds of devices. Given that, here is a complete guide on how to retrieve deleted photos. Whether you are looking to recover deleted photos from a PC, iPhone, or Android device, you can find the corresponding solutions from the paragraphs below.

How to Retrieve Deleted Photos on iPhone

Recovering deleted photos on iPhone could be done in three ways. The easiest solution is to recover deleted photos from the Recently Deleted folder. If you have a backup available, be it an iTunes backup, iCloud backup, or a backup made by a third-party tool, you can recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone using the backup. If you have no backup, you can apply an iPhone data recovery tool to help.

Option 1. Use the Recently Deleted Folder

The Recently Deleted folder in the Photos app stores deleted photos and videos for up to 40 days. During this period, you can freely restore these items from the folder to your photo library. Thus, if the photos are deleted within 40 days and you haven't emptied this folder yet, you can recover deleted photos easily from the Photos app.

To retrieve deleted photos on iPhone:

Step 1. Go to the Photos app and tap "Albums."

Step 2. Scroll down to choose "Recently Deleted."

Step 3. Select the pictures you want to recover and tap "Recover" > "Recover Photos" to get deleted photos back.

How to recover deleted photos on iPhone

Option 2. Use a Backup

If you have a backup that contains the photos you want to recover, you can retrieve your deleted photos from the backup successfully. If the backup is made with iTunes or iCloud, you should know that all data and settings on your iPhone will be replaced by the content in the backup, which may cause further data loss. While if the backup is made with a third-party tool, you can recover photos only.

Depending on how to make the backup, you will need different solutions to get your deleted photos back. For your reference, you can go to Apple's guide on how to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup.

Option 3. Use iPhone Data Recovery Software

When you want to recover permanently deleted photos and you have no backup available, you will certainly need an iPhone data recovery tool like EaseUS MobiSaver.

Such a tool could help to recover deleted photos, videos, contacts, messages, and more on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, either from the internal storage of the iPhone or from an iTunes/iCloud backup. Even if you have an iTunes or iCloud backup, using EaseUS MobiSaver is a better choice since it allows you to recover specific items from the backup only.

To recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a computer, launch EaseUS MobiSaver, and then choose "Recover from iOS device" > "Scan."

let the software scan the iPhone

Step 3. After the search, go to "Contacts/Messages" > "Messages" to browse all the recoverable SMS. Then select texts you want to retrieve. Finally, click the "Recover" button to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone without a backup.

Preview and recover deleted text messages on iPhone 8 by extracting backup

How to Recover Deleted Photos on Android

Honestly speaking, the ways to recover deleted photos on Android are quite similar to the solutions to retrieve iPhone photos. On Android, there is also a folder called "Recently Deleted" in the Gallery app. With this folder, you can retrieve photos that are deleted within 30 days. Besides, you can choose to recover Android photos from a backup or from the internal storage of the device directly.

Option 1. Use the Recently Deleted Folder

Unlike the Recently Deleted folder on iPhone that keeps your deleted photos and videos for up to 40 days, the folder on Android generally remains these items for 30 days.

To restore deleted photos from Gallery:

Step 1. Go to the Gallery app and tap "Albums."

Step 2. Scroll down and tap "Recently deleted."

Step 3. Select the items you want to restore.

Step 4. Tap "Restore" to restore deleted photos on your Android device.

How to recover deleted photos on Android

Option 2. Use a Backup

Have you ever backed up your Android photos? If you have, you can choose to retrieve deleted pictures from the backup. For example, if you have backed up your Android photos to Google Photos, you can now use Google Photos to get deleted photos back to your Android device.

To restore deleted photos from Google Photos:

Step 1. Go to Google Photos on your Android device.

Step 2. Tap "Menu" > "Trash."

Step 3. Select the photos you want to restore.

Step 4. Tap "Restore" to recover these deleted items.

How to recover deleted photos from Google Photos

Option 3. Use Android Data Recovery Software

When you don't have a backup available and the photos have been removed from the "Recently Deleted" folder, you will need an Android data recovery software tool to help. With such a tool, you will be able to retrieve deleted items from the internal storage of the Android device.

Among various choices, you are recommended to try the Android data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver for Android. It offers both a desktop program and a mobile app for you. If you want to save your Android storage, use the desktop version is advisable. While if you want to recover deleted photos on Android without a computer, try the mobile app instead.

To recover permanently deleted photos on Android:

Step 1. Launch the app on your phone and start scanning lost photos and videos by tapping the "START SCAN" button.

Android photo/video recovery without PC.

Step 2. Deleted photos and videos now appear on the screen.

Restore deleted photos/videos on Android phone without PC.

Step 3. Tap on settings. You can set preferences to let the software scan and display certain file sizes, file formats, etc.

Restore lost photos and videos to Android phone directly.

Step 4. After the scan, select displayed files and tap on Recover. Tap on the eye icon. All the recovered photos and videos are kept there. 

Lost photo and video recovery on Android.

How to Get Deleted Photos Back on PC

When it comes to recovering deleted photos on PC, there are mainly two solutions for you. You can either retrieve deleted items from the Recycle Bin or apply professional data recovery software.

Option 1. Use Recycle Bin

If the deleted photos are still existing in the Recycle Bin, you can easily get them back by following the steps below.

To recover deleted pictures from Recycle Bin:

Step 1. Double-click "Recycle Bin" on your PC.

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover.

Step 3. Click "Restore the selected items" to get deleted photos back.

How to restore deleted photos on PC

Option 2. Use Data Recovery Software

In most cases, using data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is necessary to restore deleted photos on a PC. Such a program allows you to recover photos that are deleted, formatted, or lost due to various reasons. It supports almost all types of files, including photos.

Other than retrieving photos from the hard drive on a PC, it also enables you to restore files from an external storage device, like a USB, SD card, memory card, and more, that is attached to your computer.

To get back deleted photos on PC:

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning

Select the device location from which you want to recover 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 photos you want to recover. To locate the pictures faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures" > Check tree view on the left side (The results will list Pictures only. ) or type file extension on the search box. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos

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

Recover lost data

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on Mac

Similar to other devices, there is a folder on Mac that could help to recover files that are deleted temporarily. On Mac, this folder is called "Trash." Other than using Trash, there are many other ways to recover deleted Mac files, including using a Time Machine backup, the Undo option, or Mac data recovery software. If you need to, go to the guide on how to recover deleted files on Mac for more details.

How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures on External Storage Device

Are you looking to retrieve deleted photos from an external storage device? If so, you can apply one of the desktop programs, either data recovery software for Windows or Mac data recovery software, to get them back. Depending on the computer you connect the external storage device to, you need a data recovery tool that is compatible with the computer.

Specify your situation and follow the guide on how to recover deleted photos from external hard drive for all workable tips.

The Bottom Line

No matter which device you use, now you know how to retrieve deleted photos from your it. As you can see, the first method you should try is to get deleted photos back from the folder that keeps the deleted items. If the items are permanently deleted, try a backup instead. If no backup is available, applying data recovery software could be helpful.

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