How to Fix My Pictures Disappeared/Missing from SD Card

Abby Haines updated on Jun 24, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


Lost all the pictures on your Android SD card? This page offers you some tricks to deal with the unpleasant situation where pictures disappeared or missing from SD card without a warning. First, to recover missing photos in your Android SD card, try the quick fixes as provided. Continue with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for photo recovery if quick fixes did not help you out of trouble.

"Today, when I checked my Android phone to view photos from a recent trip, something weird happened. All the pictures on the SD card are noting showing in the gallery, it seems like they completely disappeared! How did this happen and how do I get my lost pictures back? Can you help?"

Things You Can Do When Your Pictures Disappeared from Your SD Card

It might be hard to understand why photos disappear from an SD card without a warning, but such a disaster happens from time to time to Android phones as well as digital cameras of Canon, Nikon and so on. We guess that it's because the SD card keeps deleting files. You might think of it as a horrible experience because you don't have a clue to recover lost photos. Don't worry, here are some tricks to help you if you are subject to the unexpected loss of photos on an Android micro SD card.

There are two procedures you need to go through to get back your lost photos.

Step 1. Try Quick Fixes to make photos show up again [for Android]

Even though images may not be showing in the Gallery App, they are listed in the root directory. If you think your pictures have disappeared from the SD card, you can try the following solutions.

  • Reboot your Android phone
  • Re-insert SD Card
  • Delete the Nomedia File
  • Replace the Default Gallery App
  • Uninstall Applications that May Lead to This Issue
  • Restore Your Android Phone to Factory Settings

If you still cannot find your missing photos, it might suggest that the disappeared photos have been deleted by the Android SD card itself. The final fix is to install third-party SD card recovery software to rescue the data!

Step 2. Use EaseUS data recovery software for photo recovery [for both Android and Camera]

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a renowned data recovery program that serves millions of users in the world. It's one-stop data recovery software that supports all types of storage devices, including the Android SD card.  It has the following outstanding features as below when it comes to retrieving lost pictures.

First, get to know some useful features when you recover deleted pictures:

  • Filter: it provides a quick way to wanted files. To find wanted pictures, choose "Graphics" in the Filter list.
  • Search: search for an exact file name or file type. For example, type .png, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, etc. in the search box to search for the specific types of pictures.

Second, follow a detailed guide to recover deleted pictures:


Step 1: Choose a location.

Choose the drive with the correct drive letter (it can be a local disk or an external device) and click the Scan button.

select the location

Step 2: Scan the lost data.

It won't take long for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to find deleted contents on the selected drive. Soon, the "Deleted files" result comes out. After the scan is over, there are many scan results showing up under different categories.

click scan

Step 3: Filter pictures and recover.

Use the Filter feature to quickly filter picture files from the results. Also, search for a file name and file type in the Search bar. In the end, select the wanted pictures and click the Recover button.

click recover

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

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.

3. 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.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. 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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