How to Fix My Pictures Disappeared/Missing from SD Card

Roxanne updated on Aug 13, 2020 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/iOS]

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

For iOS:

  • Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted > Select photos and tap Recover

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 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 digital camera like Canon, GoPro, and DJI cameras. It has the following outstanding features as below when it comes to retrieving lost pictures. We also provide Windows and Mac versions.

Preparations before using photo recovery software (for Camera)

1.Take SD card out of your Camera (Some digital camera support directly connect to the computer).

2.Connect your SD card to the computer.

You can insert SD card via the built-in card reader on the pc.

Photo recovery for Windows

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

Photo recovery for Mac

If you are using a Mac computer, you can directly connect your SD card to the Mac. And then follow the guide to recover Mac deleted pictures from SD card on your Mac.

1. Select the SD card. Click the Scan button.

2. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click Recover Now button to have them back.

recover data from mac

Step 3. Use EaseUS data recovery software for photo recovery [for iOS/Android]

Generally, if your pictures disappeared on iOS device, you can check your Recently Deleted album. Because they will be save for 30 days. But if your pictures have gone horribly, the professional data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver is your first choice. It supports latest iOS 13 and iPhone 11/11 Pro/XS/XS Max/XR.

iPhone/Android has built-in memory card, you can not take it out.

Guide for recovering pictures on iOS:

1. Run EaseUS MobiSaver > Choose the Recover from iOS device.

2. Scan your iPhone. 

3. Preview and recover your pictures.

mobisaver for iOS

Guide for recovering pictures on Android:

1. Connect your Android device to computer.

2. Scan your Android device to find the missing picture.

3. Select the lost pictures you want to get back > Recover.

mobisaver for android

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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.

3. 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.

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.

5. 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.

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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