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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Cell Phone?

Summary: Android is keeping on improving their products and make sure to provide the best software service to its customers. The built-in camera of a mobile phone is also strengthened increasingly, making Android phone act as a professional digital camera. Have you lost precious photos you took with your Android device? Don't worry! This article shows you the easiest way to recover deleted photos from your Android phone or tablet.

Most of the newly released mobile phone has a large storage capacity to store more and more photos, videos and other files. All makes Android phone as a right tool to capture the details of life. However, managing photos on a cell phone is not that friendly. Accidentally deletion and other reasons can easily cause the photos' loss. That is why many Android users around the world have the same question: how do I recover deleted photos from my Android phone, such as Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/S7/S6, HTC One M10/M9/M8, LG G6/G5/G4/G3, Huawei Mate 20/P20?

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Part 1: How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Phone with Computer?
Part 2: How to Restore Deleted Android Photos without Computer?

Part 1: How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Phone with Computer?

Why can we recover photos that already deleted from a mobile phone?

Just like the data storage principle of hard drive, photos captured by a phone or received via a phone are stored in phone’s SD memory card. When you delete photos or format your phone, these deleted photos are not be erased actually, they are still here, in another form that is invisible and inaccessible. The place where they originally occupied will be marked as blank area and wait for new data taking in.

Therefore, after you deleted pictures from your phone by careless, the first thing you should do is stopping to use your phone to receive or capture new photos to avoid the deleted photos from being overwritten by the new ones. Find a professional photo recovery tool for your Android phone to recover these deleted pictures as soon as possible.

Best tool to help you recover lost photos on Android phone!

You can have a try with my recommendation: Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android (For all Windows versions) or Coolmuster Lab.Fone for Android (Mac), which features with full ability to recover lost or deleted photos, videos, music, text messages, contacts and more, in a word, recover all files from Android based phones and tablets. With it, you can recover what you want from Android devices without taking out the SD card or CF card inside your phone. It will perform a deep scan on both your phone’s internal memory and external storage drive. Click the below button to download the right version for Android Data Recovery.

In this article, we will show you how to use the Windows version of Coolmuster Android Data Recovery to perform a straight-forward and effective process to restore lost and deleted photos. Operations on Mac platform are almost the same.

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Below are the easy steps to retrieve deleted photos from Android mobiles:

Step 1. Connect phone to computer and run the software

Launch the installed Android data recovery software and you will get its main interface like below. Then, connect your Android phone to the same computer via a USB cable or you can take out the external memory card from your phone and link to the Mac by a card reader. Make sure your phone or phone card is connected successfully and you can see it appears as a drive letter in "My Computer".

Recover Deleted Photos from Android Cell Phone

Step 2. Enable USB Debugging Mode on your phone

Next, we need to enable USB debugging on the connected phone. The activated USB debugging is used for synchronizing data between your phone and computer. If you have already opened the USB debugging, you can move to the next step. If not, you need to follow the steps below to enable USB debugging mode on your Android phone.

Step 3. Scan for the lost photos on your Android phone

After you have enabled the USB debugging mode for your Android mobile phone, click "Allow" on your phone to allow the program super user authorization when an Superuser Request pops up. Then, the software will automatically detect your phone and scan it deeply, including the external SD card. When the scan finishes, all the contained files in your phone will be displayed in clear categories.

Recover Deleted Photos from Android Cell Phone

Step 4. Real-time preview and recover the target photos

All of your lost photos will be previewed in list mode or thumbnail. Preview them one by one and check those you need to recover. Then, you can click on the "Recover" button, specify an output location for saving the recovered photos and the program will start the photo recovery process for your Android mobile phone immediately.

After a short waiting time, all of your selected photos will be moved into your specific place. For safety's sake, we strongly suggest you save the recovered photos to your computer or other storage media, other than your Android phone where you lost them before.

By the way, if you need recovering lost text messages and contacts from Android phone only, you can fully depend on Android SMS+Contacts Recovery.

Video Tutorial

Part 2: How to Restore Deleted Android Photos without Computer?

If you have ever synced pictures on your Android phone with Google account or OneDrive, it would be simple to restore them back.

> Recover Deleted Photos from Google Photos

Once you associate with Google account on your Android phone, all the photos on your phone will be synced to Google Photos automatically. Google Photos will keep your photos for 60 days and after 60 days, all the photos will be deleted permanently from Google Photos. Therefore, you'd better restore photos within 60 days.

Step 1. Launch "Google Photos" app on your Android phone and tap on the menu icon on the top left.

Step 2. Select "Trash" option in the panel.

Step 3. Preview and select the picture you want until the box of it appears, and then you should select the photos you need by tapping them one by one.

Step 4. Press on the Undo icon from the top right corner to bring the chosen pictures back to your Google Photos app.

Step 5. Now, you can click "Restore" option to recover photos from Google Photos to your Android phone.

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Related article: How to recover deleted contacts from Android phone?

> Recover Deleted Photos from Dropbox

Dropbox also has trash folder that can keep your deleted photos for 30 days. You can follow the steps in the below to recover deleted photos from Dropbox:

Step 1. Launch Dropbox and log in to it.

Step 2. Go to "Files" > "Deleted Files" options one after another.

Step 3. Select the photos you want and restore them to your Android phone.

The Bottom Line

By reading the methods described above, you should have mastered how to recover deleted photos from your Android phone. However, in fact, backing up photos to your Mac or PC regularly is the best way to prevent data loss disasters. To do this, simply connect your Android phone to your PC or Mac and copy these important photos to your computer. Here is a detailed tutorial to teach you how to back up your Android photos to computer.

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