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Data Recovery for deleted Photos Android? Answered

Hi Experts!

I need to know what apps you've had good success with for data recovery (photos) accidentally deleted. The photos obviously have value but it's intrinsic not monetary so preferably free.

The phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3, OS is up-to-date.
Windows 7 if desktop software is preferred.





2 years ago

1. This process requires root privileges on your phone.
2. Please do not add new data to your phone. Turn off Wi-Fi and data connection in order to keep lost data from being overwritten. If your data was overwritten, what you lost can’t be recovered anymore.

Step 1: Connect your phone to computer via USB cable.
Step 2: Download Android Data Recovery to your computer. Install and launch it and you’ll see the interface below. Click “Refresh Device” and the software will recognize storages on your phone.
Step 3: Select the storage device where deleted photos were stored and click “Next” button to start scanning.
Step 4: Preview and recover deleted photos. Select photos you want to recover and click “Recover” button to save deleted photos on computer. It takes time to complete scanning based on the size of selected storage device, please wait patiently.


3 years ago

Generally speaking, to recover deleted photos files from Android is a big headache, but you can apply Android Photo Recovery to fix what you want.

Launch this program on your PC.

Enable USB debugging.

Scan and analyze your phone so that you are allowed to recover deleted photo on Android in the next screen.

Select data, like Photos to recover.

Then, you can open the fold that you have chosen to save the data to check the pictures.


3 years ago

Check out this step by step tutorial:


It shows you how to recover deleted photos for any Samsung smartphone and tablet, including Galaxy S6/S5/S4/S3 and Galaxy Tab 3/2.

Kindly send me private messages if you have further questions.


3 years ago

The first thing you should do is not to stop to add new data to Android in order to avoid the overwriting. Then, with the assistant of FonePaw Android Data Recovery which can perform files recovery from Android phone.


4 years ago

got this simply by retyping your words into a google search box. I think it was the 7th hit. Maybe it will help



4 years ago

When you delete things normally, the computer/device does not actually go through and remove all the data, overwriting it with 0's or random data, that would take WAY too long, and rewriting flash memory like that just wears it out fast. Instead, the only thing erased is a 'marker' which tells a computer that a file exists in this section of the memory!

This is bad for when you sell old computers with sensitive data and information on them, but also a good thing when it comes to data recovery! There are many software options available for restoring pictures and sometimes other files, too. They work by literally scanning the entire HDD or flash memory for bits and bytes of recognizable data. However, since the computer no longer acknowledges that the 'deleted' data exists, moving files to the card or drive will cause them to be overwritten, and corrupted. so MAKE SURE THE SD CARD IS IN READ ONLY MODE.

I would immediately unmount it, put the microSD into a full size SD card reader and flip the switch to read only, so the change of data being put on the card is minimal. Then use software like Diskdigger to recover the images. You will probably lose the metadata like file name, and the other data associated with the image, and in some cases, half the image may be missing, and have gray or colorful static or a corrupted look to them. That was literally the overwritten data for something else, being processed as part of the image.

Hopefully you will be able to recover all the pictures, I know how much it sucks, it happened to me on multiple occasions. I have 4, 8Gb class 2 SD cards that are not even recognized by any computer or device anymore for 'unexpected removal' from android. I think the data is fine inside them, but the internal chip that allows the arrays of raw memory to 'talk' to the computer have been bricked. In these cases, depotting the SD card is probably the only option, and I think they can do that at data recovery centers, though I am not sure.