How to recover deleted cell phone photos? We explain how it works

A few wrong movements on the touchscreen and the photos you just took are deleted. But don’t panic: deleted is not the same as deleted. atechbook explains how to recover the deleted photos on your phone.

At the latest since the smartphone, photos are almost exclusively taken with the cell phone. The reasons for this are obvious: it’s more convenient, handier and more practical, and cell phone cameras can do a lot these days. But just as quickly as the smartphone is whipped out and a photo is taken, it is also deleted again with just a few clicks – sometimes unintentionally, unfortunately. In this case, you don’t have to despair, because there are ways to recover your deleted cell phone photos for both Android and iOS devices.

How to recover deleted cell phone photos?

Recover cell phone photos on iOS

If you want to recover a deleted photo on your iPhone, all you need to do is go to Apple’s Photos app and access the “Albums” tab. Here, there is a “Recently Deleted” folder where you can find the deleted photo and push it back to your gallery by clicking “Recover”. By the way, the Photos app keeps deleted photos for a total of 30 days before they disappear for good. You have to react within this period. After that, if you haven’t taken further backup precautions, the pictures are usually lost.

There is also the option to resort to programs like Syncios Data Recovery on PC, which allows you to recover data not only from the device, but also from an iTunes and iCloud backup. After you connect the iPhone to the computer, you first scan the phone and then get a list of deleted data. From this, you will then select photos that you want to recover. You can then transfer data from the PC back to the smartphone via Syncios iOS Manager.

Recover deleted photos on Android

For Android phones, it is a bit, but not significantly, more complicated to recover deleted photos. You have several options – depending on how you store pictures on your device. However, there is no hundred percent guarantee. The deleted photo is theoretically still there until your phone needs the storage space and overwrites it. Therefore, you should stop using the device until the pictures are recovered unless you still have several GB of free space. Recovery is also easier if you have backed up your phone photos to the SD card instead of the internal memory.

If you use Google Photos, you can simply select Recycle Bin from the menu and recover phone photos from the last 60 days. You can find the Recycle Bin in the Photos app menu. But please note, the recycle bin only has a storage capacity of 1.5 GB. Once this is reached, the files will be deleted earlier! If you don’t use Google Photos, as with iOS devices, there are some free and paid recovery programs like Dumpster, DiskDigger and Dr. Fone that you should ideally be able to use via PC to retrieve all deleted images. If your device is rooted, you can save yourself this more involved route. For devices with root access, you can recover photos via a popular recovery program like MobiSaver.

Is it possible to recover permanently deleted pictures?

Difficult. Permanently deleted means that your photos are neither in the “recently deleted” folder on iOS phones, nor in the Recycle Bin on Android devices. Either the 30-day period has expired on iOS devices, or your Android device’s memory limit has been reached and the memory has been overwritten. Then your phone photos are permanently deleted and usually cannot be recovered unless you have taken further safety precautions.

A final option would be to seek professional advice for data recovery. However, having deleted photos recovered by a professional is usually very expensive. You can avoid this measure by taking safety precautions in advance to back up your photos and other data.

In general, make backups in advance!

To protect a beautiful memory captured with your phone’s camera from accidental deletion and save yourself the work of restoring it, it’s also always worth backing up your photos. Whether you use the option of a cloud for this or choose a different storage medium is a matter of taste. When backing up data, the tip of the “3-2-1 rule” generally applies. The numbers stand for:

  • 3 Copies: Back up your data to be backed up, in this case the photos, in 3 copies, that is, firstly the original itself and additionally two backups
  • 2 media: store these 3 forms on two different media, in case of damage, the data is then secured.
  • 1 Other Place: Keep a backup away from home, for example in a cloud