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How can I Recover deleted Photos?

Accidentally losing or deleting important photos gives you a horrible experience especially when you have not taken a backup. You might lose photos due to various reasons. But recovering them is not difficult unless you have not overwritten them. 

User Query: My team and I have captured around 5 thousand images on our professional trip. All these images are saved on different devices such as camera SD card, Android phone, and iPhone. Since these images were many, we wanted to delete some of them. During this process, we end up losing many important photos without knowing their future need. So, without wasting our time, we started copying all the business trip images to Windows and Mac laptops. Unfortunately, due to some sudden interruption, we again lost most of our important photos from our storage devices. We are feeling terrible now. All our hard work has gone in vain. Is there any way to restore deleted and lost photos from SD card, Android phone, iPhone, Windows, and Mac systems? Please help!

In this article, find out various proven methods to recover deleted photos from various storage devices like a smartphone, iPhone, Windows computer, Mac system, SD card, and digital camera. And also learn some important tricks to avoid deletion of photos.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from the following devices?  

Android Phone (Including SD card)
Digital Camera
Tips to avoid Photos deletion or loss

How to Recover deleted Photos from Android Device?

  1. Gallery
  2. Google Photos
  3. Dropbox

1. Use Gallery

Photos deleted from an Android phone are stored in the Trash Bin for up to 30 days. Here are the simple steps to restore them from Trash Bin under Gallery;

  1. Open Gallery application on your Android smartphone
  2. Click on the Albums option and scroll down to the Trash bin.
  3. Select the deleted photos which you want to restore and click the Restore option.

2. Use Google Photos

Google Photos offers a free backup of all your important photos and videos up to an extent. If you have turned on Google Photos backup in Android phone settings, then all your deleted photos can be easily recovered from Google Photos applications. 

  • Open the Google Photos app on your Android mobile phone.
  • Go to the top left menu and select the Trash button.
    recover deleted photos from Android

  • Select the recently deleted photos that you want to get back, and hit the Restore option.
    permanently deleted photos from Android or SD card

Note: You can recover deleted photos on Android from Google Photos if they have not exceeded more than 60 days. Also, this method cannot recover deleted pictures from Android if Trash Bin is emptied.

3. Use Dropbox

If you have activated Dropbox before deleting or losing photos from Android, then make use of the below steps to get back deleted photos. However, you can also use Android photo recovery software to restore deleted photos from your smartphone.

  1. Open Dropbox on your Android Smartphone.
  2. Open Camera Uploads which is a default image folder.
    Note: In case, if you have moved your photos to any other folder then, navigate to it.
  3. Select the photos which you want to recover and click on the More icon (which is basically 3 dots).
  4. Now, select Save to Device option to get back all your deleted photos from Dropbox to your Android device.

You can also recover data on SD Card by utilizing Remo Recover which is a professional SD card recovery tool to recover deleted images from an SD card. This SD card recovery tool works with a user-friendly interface to easily recover deleted photos, raw images, videos, audio files, text files, and various other documents from the micro/ SD card, digital camera, camcorder, external hard drive, SSD, etc.


How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone?

  1. Without Software
  2. iTunes Backup
  3. iCloud
  4. iPhone Backup

1. Use the Recently Deleted Option

It is simple to recover photos from an iPhone. Whenever you mistakenly delete important images while removing unwanted/ duplicate photos, you can use the below steps to get back your images.

  1. Go to Photos app on iPhone
  2. Click on the Albums option
  3. Scroll down to the Recently Deleted or Permanently Deleted option based on your iOS version.
  4. Now, select the deleted photos which you want to get back and click the Recover option.  

2. Use iTunes Backup

If you cannot find your photos from the Recently Deleted option on iPhone, then use iTunes backup. Follow the steps to recover permanently lost or deleted photos from your iPhone using the iTunes backup method.

  • Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac with the USB cable.
  • Open iTunes and click on the iPhone icon.
  • Select the Restore Backup option.
    select Restore Backup option to get back deleted photos on iPhone

  • Now, choose the backup on which your deleted images are stored, and then click the Restore option.
    recover deleted pictures from iPhone using backup

3. Use iCloud Account

If you have backup photos on the iCloud account, then follow the below instructions to recover your deleted photos with ease. However, if you have not taken any iCloud backup, then you need to make use of a professional iPhone photo recovery software.
recover deleted or lost photos on iPhone using iCloud
Go to the iCloud account >  Sign in with your Apple ID > navigate to the photos > locate your deleted photos > select the photos you want to recover and click on the Download option.

4. Use iPhone Backup

The other way of recovering files or photos from an iPhone is by using the iPhone Backup.

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Apple ID iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > Backups
  3. Now, you will find the date, device, and size of the backup your iPhone has taken. Follow the below steps if you feel that you have the data or photos that you want to restore on the iPhone backup.
  4. Again go to the Settings > General > Reset.
  5. Now, select Erase All Content and Settings and then click Erase iPhone option to confirm resetting the iPhone.
  6. Now, go to the Apps & Data or Set up your iPhone in Settings and click on Restore from iCloud Backup to get back your deleted images.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Windows PC?

  1. Recycle Bin
  2. File History
  3. Backup

1. Use Recycle Bin

Windows computer automatically saves accidentally deleted pictures in the Recycle Bin. This method of recovering deleted files from the Recycle Bin is compatible with all the versions of Windows operating systems including Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, etc.

  1. Open the Recycle Bin on your Windows.
  2. Select the deleted photos which you want to restore from Recycle Bin.
  3. Now, right-click and click the Restore option to restore all your deleted photos on your Windows computer.
    restore deleted photos from Recycle bin

After you restore deleted photos from the Recycle Bin, you can find the recovered photos on the same drive where they previously existed.

If you are unable to locate or find deleted images on the Windows Recycle bin, then this is could be due to the permanently deleted photos on the Windows computer. The following are reliable methods to recover photos from permanent deletion.

2. Use File History

Windows File History helps users to recover deleted or lost files by going back to the previous Windows version. If you have activated the File History feature on your Windows PC, then make use of the below steps.

  1. Go to the folder on which your deleted photos were previously saved.
  2. Right-click in the folder and select Properties.
  3. Now, click the Previous Versions tab and locate the previous version where all your deleted or lost photos are found.
  4. Click the Restore button to get back your deleted photos to their original drive.

3. Use Backup

Recovering deleted photos is easy if you regularly take a backup of your important photos. Taking a backup not only helps you recover permanently deleted photos but also helps you get back your lost files from various scenarios of data or photos loss on Windows computers.

In case you have not taken a backup of all your deleted pictures. Then, move on to the next method to recover deleted photos using the prominent photo recovery software.

If these methods did not work you can always make use of a professional tool built precisely to recover data. Remo Photo Recovery tool safely recovers permanently deleted or lost photos of various formats JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, PSD, etc. from your Windows computer and various external storage devices like USB, external hard drive, memory card, etc.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Mac?

  1. Trash
  2. Time Machine

1. Use Mac Trash Bin

The first thing to look for the mistakenly deleted pictures on Mac is the Trash Bin. Mac operating system saves all copies of accidentally deleted files or photos on the Trash folder until you manually empty it.

  • Open the Trash bin on your Mac.
  • Locate the deleted photos which you want to recover.
  • Finally, Right-click on the deleted photos you have selected to restore, and click the Put Back option.
    put back all the deleted photos from Mac

After performing the above steps, the deleted images will be recovered from the Trash to their previous location.

2. Use Time Machine Backup

Make use of Time Machine backup to start recovering deleted photos on Mac. In case, if your Time Machine Backup disk wasn’t turned on before losing photos, then this method would not help you to restore your deleted images.
recover photos from Time Machine backup

  • Open a Finder window in the folder where the deleted photos were previously located.
  • Click the Time Machine Backup icon on the menu bar
  • Select the Enter Time Machine Backup option
  • Now you can either select the specific date on which you lost or deleted photos or you can go back in time hourly, daily, or weekly to recover deleted pictures.
  • Select the deleted photos you want to get back.
  • Click the Restore option to recover deleted photos.

Note: In case, if you have not set Time Machine Backup before losing or deleting photos then, this method cannot help you recover deleted pictures. In such a scenario, make use of Remo Mac Photo Recovery software.

In case you have not taken a backup of all your deleted pictures. Then, move on to the next method to recover deleted photos using the prominent photo recovery software.

If these methods did not work you can always make use of a professional tool built precisely to recover data. Remo Photo Recovery tool safely recovers permanently deleted or lost photos of various formats JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, PSD, etc. from your Windows computer and various external storage devices like USB, external hard drive, memory card, etc.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Digital Camera or Camcorder?

    1. Properly Insert SD card
    2. Remo Photo Recovery

1. Insert a memory card properly in your Digital Camera.

In some cases, you might find that photos are deleted or missing from your SD card, Android phone, or digital camera. During such times, the first thing to do is to check if the memory card or SD card is properly inserted in your respective device or not.

Properly inserting the SD card can get back your lost photos or else move on to the next method.

2. Recover deleted Pictures using the Remo Camera Recovery tool

Remo Digital Camera Photo Recovery tool easily recovers deleted photos captured from various cameras like Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Sony, GoPro, Kodak, etc. under multiple photo loss scenarios. Download this tool now!

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Download and launch Remo Photo Recovery software on your computer and connect the camera's memory card to your computer or Mac. Select the Recover Photos option and choose the Memory card drive from which you want to recover deleted photos and click the Scan button.

After the scanning process completes, you can preview the recovered photos. Finally, select the deleted photos which you want to restore and hit the Save button to get them back to a location of your choice.

Tips to Avoid Deletion of Photos:

  • Regularly take a backup of your important photos. This can help you recover photos from various data loss scenarios like deletion, formatting, corruption, sudden interruptions, etc.
  • Cross-check photos before you delete them. 
  • Avoid permanently deletion of photos if you are not sure about the future importance of the photos to be deleted.
  • Deleting photos from your SD card or Digital camera is the same as deleting photos permanently. 
  • Stop using the device after you delete photos to avoid overwriting. This way you can successfully recover deleted photos.
  • Do not connect your SD card to corrupt devices. This can make your SD card unreadable or corrupt
  • Avoid abrupt removal of the SD card to prevent photo loss due to corruption.
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