How to Recover Deleted DCIM Folder from Android Phone

Abby Haines updated on Jul 16, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


It happens that you accidentally deleted the DCIM folder on your Android phone and lost all your photos and videos. Depending on where you stored the folder, here we will show you different ways to recover DCIM folder from your Android phone with the help of EaseUS data recovery software.

Accidentally Deleted DCIM Folder on Android Phone

"Yesterdays, I mistakenly deleted the picture folder named DCIM on my Android phone during the image transfer process from my mobile phone to a USB flash drive. I wrongly choose the DCIM folder when I was trying to delete another picture folder on the flash drive to free up some disk space. As a result, all the inner stored pictures were gone. Is there any way to recover the DCIM folder from an Android phone? I am really urgent to get all of my pictures back!"

DCIM stands for "Digital Camera Images". Android phones, iPhones, and digital cameras all place the photos or videos you take in the DCIM folder. Thus, once you delete the DCIM folder from your device, you are faced with terrible data loss. Generally, Android phones and iPhones store the DCIM folder in its internal storage while digital cameras save the folder on its memory card. However, if you insert a memory card (SD card, xD card, microSD card, CF card) into your Android phone and set to place the photo/videos on the memory card, the DCIM folder will exist on it instead of its internal storage.

Based on where you store the photos and videos, there are different ways to recover the DCIM folder on your Android phone. (You can apply the second way to recover DCIM folder from a camera memory card.)

Recover DCIM Folder from Android Internal Storage
Recover DCIM Folder from Android Memory Card

Recover Deleted DCIM Folder from Android Internal Storage

To recover the photos and videos in the DCIM folder stored in the internal storage of your device, you need the Android data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver. This tool can help you recover lost photos, videos, contacts, music, notes, and more from your Android phone. You can download the Windows version on your computer to recover the DCIM folder from your Android phone like Samsung, Huawei, Sony and more. (You can also get the EaseUS MobiSaver app on Google Play, which you can use to scan and recover the DCIM folder directly on your Android phone.)

To recover the DCIM folder on Android:

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to your PC. Download and launch EaseUS MobiSaver. If you haven't rooted your phone, root it first by following the root guideline.

EaseUS MobiSaver for Android helps to recover photos from Xiaomi phones.

Step 2. After the software recognizes your phone, click "Start" to let the program scan the device. All the found photos and videos will be displayed on the screen.

EaseUS MobiSaver for Android helps to recover photos from Xiaomi phones by scanning the device.

Step 3. Then you can get a preview of found photos, choose the ones you want to retrieve and click "Recover" to save the items in a safe place on your PC.

EaseUS MobiSaver for Android helps to recover photos from Xiaomi phones by guiding to save photos.

After recovering the photos and videos in the DCIM folder successfully, you can transfer these items from your computer to your Android phone easily via a USB cable. EaseUS MobiSaver is also available for iPhone data recovery.

Recover Deleted DCIM folder from Android Memory Card

If the DCIM folder is saved on your Android memory card, you can easily recover your photos and videos from the storage device with reliable hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This software helps to recover files or folders lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, or other reasons from local/external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, digital cards, and other conventional storage devices.

As long as the deleted DCIM folder is not overwritten by new content, you can successfully retrieve your precious files on your Android memory card. Thus, to maximize the chance retrieving all your data, take out the card and stop using it immediately after data loss.

To recover DCIM folder from your Android memory card:

Step 1. Run folder recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS folder recovery software on your PC.
  • Connect the device to your computer if the lost folder is saved on an external storage device.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost the folder.
  • Click "Scan" to begin scanning lost folder with files.
Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost folder.

  • You can use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name.
  • Or you can check and find them from "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)".
Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover the lost folder.

Last, select the folder and choose to save it to a new & secure spot on your PC by clicking "Recover".

Restore lost folder data.

The Bottom Line

In addition to accidentally deleting DCIM folder on Android phone, other issues related DCIM folder include "DCIM folder shows empty but not", "DCIM folder missing", and "delete DCIM folder on iPhone". As you can see, data loss in the DCIM folder occurs quite often. This should remind you of the importance of data backup. Whether you prefer to transfer the files from your mobile device to computer or sync the content on your phone to cloud storage, it's a good choice to make a backup of your precious files elsewhere.


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A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

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6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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