Recover Deleted Photos & Videos from Android without Root

Abby Haines updated on Aug 04, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


When you accidentally deleted photos and videos on Android phone but don't want to root the phone, don't worry. Follow this page, with the help of EaseUS file recovery software and Android data recovery software, you can successfully retrieve lost photos, videos from Android external memory card or internal memory without root.

Is Android data recovery without root possible 

With the increasing popularity of Android phones, data loss disasters also occur more and more frequently due to accidental deletion, virus attack, memory card errors or some other reasons.

Fortunately, there is a lot of third-party Android data recovery software that can help Android users to retrieve their lost data. However, all these software require users to root Android device before data recovery. 

Most Android users feel reluctant to root the device as it violates the warranty. Some manufacturers won't take the responsibility if the rooted set was ruined or damaged, even the causes are non-artificial factors, such as hardware failure or OS errors. 

So, is it possible to perform Android data recovery without root? Yes. Read on and you'll find two reliable methods that will assist you in resolving this issue with ease.

Method 1. Recover deleted photos and videos from Android SD card (without root)

Most Android phone and devices allow users to add an expanded memory sd card into the cellphone, extending Android memory. And many of them tend to save multimedia files like photos, videos, music files, etc. on the card. If you are one of these people, losing photos, videos, etc. on Android memory SD card, don't worry.

EaseUS data recovery software enables you to recover data from Android phone memory card. You don't need to root the device at all.

EaseUS data recovery software can only recover data like photos and videos from Android memory cards.
Files like text messages and contacts which are saved in the internal memory will not be recovered. Professional Android data recovery software can help.

Now download this software and learn how to recover deleted files from Android memory card with ease.

Step 1. Device connection

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard requires a computer when it's to recover data from an external storage device, like an SD card. So, if it's on your Android phone or on a digital camera, take it out and use a card reader to connect it to your computer.

Step 2. Scan lost photos

Under "External Devices", you can easily find the SD card you just connected. Click the Scan button.

select the sd card and click scan

Next, it's a short time scanning process. You will see a "Deleted files" result appearing very quickly.

scan the lost photos on the sd card

Step 3. Preview photos and recover

After the scan is over, you can use the Filter feature to access only the image files in the scan results by choosing "Graphics". Select the wanted photos and click the Recover button. Don't save the recovered photos to the SD card, use another new location.

select photos and click recover

Method 2. Recover deleted photos/videos from Android internal memory (without root)

When you lost photos or videos, you also have many options, including to restore lost photos from Google photos, android backup or using Android data recovery software for help.

Follow to recover your lost Android photos and videos with ease:

# 1. Recover lost photos/videos from Android backup

If you have created a backup of valuable files like photos, videos, contacts, etc. on your Android phone, you can effectively get them back without rooting the device:

  • Step 1: Go to "Settings" on Android phone, tap on "Account".
  • Step 2: Sign in with your account and password.
  • Step 3: Tap "Backup and Restore", click "Restore".
  • Then select the backup which contains your lost photos and videos to restore.

Wait for the recovery process to complete, you can reuse the lost files again on your phone again.

# 2. Restore photos and videos with Google Photos

If you used Google Photos to manage your photos and videos on Android phone, you can restore the deleted items within 60 days from Trash:

  • Step 1: Open Google Photos app on Android phone, tap "Menu" at the top left.
  • Step 2: Open the Trash, select the photos and videos you want to restore.
  • Step 3: Tap "Restore" at the bottom.
  • Photos and videos to go back to the original location on your phone - the photo gallery, Google Photos library, albums, etc.

# 3. Restore lost photos/videos from Android internal memory (root required)

If you had no backup and didn't use Google Photos to manage photos and videos on Android phone, your last option is to use reliable Android data recovery software for help. Also, rooting the device is required.

Rooting Android phone will violate the warranty provided by the cellphone producer and you may not be able to receive a new system update. 
If the lost photos, videos matters more, you must stand this and root the device for further file recovery.

Here is a tutorial video to root your device:

After rooting the Android phone, you can apply EaseUS Android Data Recovery to restore the lost photos and videos on Android phone with ease. Both Windows and app version can help.


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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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