How to recover deleted photos on android

"I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 on Android Oreo 8.0. I deleted a folder called ‘Storage’ from my phone to free up space. Then I realized that the folder had all kinds of information like family pictures. What can I do to recover deleted photos from Android?"

Unlike iPhone or PC, there is no "recently deleted" folder or trash bin on Android so you don’t have the option to recover deleted photos directly on the phone. However, it doesn’t means that it is hopeless to recover photos from Android device. On the contrary, it is easy to recover Android photos but you’ll need little help of a third-party photos recovery app for Android.

Whether stored in internal storage or external memory (SD Card), the deleted data still exist on the storage but the space it occupies is marked as "unused" and can be used by new data in any minute.


Once there is new data written into where the deleted photos are, the photos will be gone and unrecoverable.

FonePaw Android Data Recoveryis a desktop program that can quickly restore deleted and old photos from Android phone and tablets. It supports images in .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp, .webp, .tiff formats and more. And it fully compatible with most Android brands and can recover deleted photos on Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, LG G, Sony Xperia, HUAWEI Mate, Xiaomi and so on.

When your Android device is connected, you can see the interface as the below screenshot shows, which allows you to select categories of the deleted files. To retrieve deleted pictures from Android gallery, select " Gallery" or " Picture Library" and Click the button "Next" to continue.

The program needs to get permission to access deleted data so it’ll pop up a windows on you phone asking for permission. Press "Allow/Grant/Authorize" to grant the privilege. And the program will begin to search deleted photos from your phone.

Many people might save their pictures on SD card on Android with less free space and accidentally delete the photos from SD memory card. Just like there is Android photo recovery for internal memory, there is also applications to undelete photos on Android external memory.

If you have a backup, you can recover photos on Android without computer and without root. For example, if you have synced photos to a Google account (which is usually a Gmail account), you can recover deleted photos from Google Photos easily.

This should show you the importance of backup. Backup is the best way to tackle data loss. To do this, just connect your Android phone to PC and copy those important photos to the computer. If you want to save space on computer, use Android Data Backup & Restore to back up Android data to PC in small size.

"I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 on Android Oreo 8.0. I deleted a folder called ‘Storage’ from my phone to free up space. Then I realized that the folder had all kinds of information like family pictures. What can I do to recover deleted photos from Android?"

Unlike iPhone or PC, there is no "recently deleted" folder or trash bin on Android so you don’t have the option to recover deleted photos directly on the phone. However, it doesn’t means that it is hopeless to recover photos from Android device. On the contrary, it is easy to recover Android photos but you’ll need little help of a third-party photos recovery app for Android.

Whether stored in internal storage or external memory (SD Card), the deleted data still exist on the storage but the space it occupies is marked as "unused" and can be used by new data in any minute. Once there is new data written into where the deleted photos are, the photos will be gone and unrecoverable.

FonePaw Android Data Recoveryis a desktop program that can quickly restore deleted and old photos from Android phone and tablets. It supports images in .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp, .webp, .tiff formats and more. And it fully compatible with most Android brands and can recover deleted photos on Samsung Galaxy, HTC One, LG G, Sony Xperia, HUAWEI Mate, Xiaomi and so on.

When your Android device is connected, you can see the interface as the below screenshot shows, which allows you to select categories of the deleted files. To retrieve deleted pictures from Android gallery, select " Gallery" or " Picture Library" and Click the button "Next" to continue.

The program needs to get permission to access deleted data so it’ll pop up a windows on you phone asking for permission. Press "Allow/Grant/Authorize" to grant the privilege. And the program will begin to search deleted photos from your phone.

Many people might save their pictures on SD card on Android with less free space and accidentally delete the photos from SD memory card. Just like there is Android photo recovery for internal memory, there is also applications to undelete photos on Android external memory.

If you have a backup, you can recover photos on Android without computer and without root. For example, if you have synced photos to a Google account (which is usually a Gmail account), you can recover deleted photos from Google Photos easily.

This should show you the importance of backup. Backup is the best way to tackle data loss. To do this, just connect your Android phone to PC and copy those important photos to the computer. If you want to save space on computer, use Android Data Backup & Restore to back up Android data to PC in small size.