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[Fixed] Android Deleted Files & Photos Keep Coming Back

Updated on Nov 29, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Are you seeing deleted files and photos keep coming back on your Android micro SD card? Do not worry at all. Something went wrong with the SD card, that's why your Android deleted files keep returning and reappearing again and again after deletion. Just apply the solution here, you will no longer face the trouble.

My Android Deleted Files Keep Coming Back After I Delete

"I use my SD card to store pictures and download movies. About one week ago, I started to have trouble in deleting any of the files on the SD card. The fact is that I can delete everything I want to delete. However, it's a just temporary moment; deleted files keep coming back after I delete. They never disappear. So annoying. Please help me, how can I permanently delete files from Android SD card?"

The 'deletion' of a document, music, video, picture or message on an Android device shall be natural and spontaneous. Even so, some people found themselves in trouble, they pressed the deletion button, in a second, files were deleted and disappeared from the screen right away. Surprisingly, the next time you boot Android or re-open an app, deleted files returned!

How to Troubleshoot Android Deleted Files Keep Returning and Reappearing

So, what's the exact problem that makes deleted files keep coming back again and again after deletion? Do you see the same helplessness in deleting a file permanently from an Android micro SD card to save the storage space? Do not worry at all. To fix the Android deleted files keep coming back the error, read further and you can find solutions.

Causes & Solutions for not being able to delete files from Android SD card

Altogether, three reasons will put you in such an embarrassing situation, including cache, cloud syncing and SD card corruption. Getting to know each factor that has an impact and try it yourself to fix the problem.

Solution 1. Clear file cache on Android

Clear the cache on your File Manager, the browser you used to download the movies, and for the application involved used to play the movies.

For each of those applications select the application and clear its cache:

Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All (at the top) > {application} > Clear Cache

Solution 2. Close the cloud syncing service before deletion

There is a huge possibility that your Android phone has been synchronized. Since the types of Android phone vary, so do the cloud syncing services, you need to check your device and determine whether the service is currently turned on. If yes, turn off the service and execute deletion, after which sign in the cloud with your account and try to delete the synchronized files and photos on the cloud.

If you don't want to bother the next time, you can change the phone settings and disable the auto sync.

Solution 3. Format and repair corrupted Android SD card

This is the last thing you would accept. Your SD card is most likely broken and malfunctions. Many people have the same experience that their attempts to delete files on memory card failed because deleted files come back. Don't panic even it's the worst case. You can attach the SD card to a computer, and download EaseUS free partition manager, and let the corrupted memory card repair software to help fix the corruption. Copy files to the computer hard drive to avoid data loss.

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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition on your external hard drive/USB/SD card which you want to format and choose the "Format" option.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Assign a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: In the Warning window, click "OK" to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting your external hard drive/USB/SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Now, put back the SD card to your Android phone and see if deleted files will come back again after deleting.