Accidentally deleting crucial images is much too common — perhaps you were looking for the Share button but instead clicked the Delete button, or perhaps you were clearing up the clutter and accidentally erased some important photos in the process.
In the worst-case situation, your gallery photographs become corrupted while being transferred to another device.
Whatever the case may be, there are a few options for recovering permanently lost images on your Android or iOS device. We’ll look at a few different methods for recovering deleted photos from your gallery in this article.
How to Recover Deleted Images and Messages
On an Android device, there are two basic techniques to recover lost photographs from the gallery. The first includes searching the trash section of the gallery app or the file manager app for deleted photos. If this doesn’t work, you can recover files using free and commercial recovery tools accessible on the Google Play Store as well as on Windows.
How to Recover Deleted Photos from Trash in Gallery
If you’ve mistakenly deleted images on your Android device, look for a “Trash,” “Bin,” or “Recently Deleted” folder first. For this reason, most gallery programs have a Recycle bin built-in.
However, depending on the manufacturer of your device, the procedures to access the folder may differ. On OnePlus devices, for example, the system Gallery app features a “Recently Deleted” folder under the Collections menu.
To get to it, launch the app, swipe right to get to the Collections menu, and scroll down until the Recently Deleted option appears under Others. You will be given the choice of recovering the photo or permanently deleting it.
OnePlus’ recently deleted folder keeps deleted photographs and videos for 30 days before deleting them. This is true of practically every gallery app on the market. The Trash section in Xiaomi’s Gallery app, for example, keeps deleted photos for up to 30 days.
The folder is found in the Album section on Xiaomi devices. Some file management programs, such as Google’s Files Go, have a Trash folder for recovering deleted images on Android. The trash folder may be found on the left side of the Files Go menu.
How to Recover Deleted Photos From Google Photos
Google Photos, like system gallery apps, has a trash folder where photographs and videos are retained after they have been deleted.
Given that Google Photographs is one of the most popular gallery apps, it’s understandable that users would want to know how to restore photos in the program. Follow these methods to recover lost photographs from the Google Photos app:
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Tap on Library in the bottom right.
- Select the Trash option.
- Select the photos that you wish to restore.
- Tap on Restore.
How to Recover Deleted Photos From Cloud Storage to Gallery
If you’ve deleted images from your smartphone by accident, they can still be available in cloud storage.
Most cloud storage services have an auto-backup feature that automatically backs up all images and other files. If you use Xiaomi cloud storage, for example, you will be able to restore all of your mistakenly lost images from the cloud storage.
Photos deleted from any third-party gallery app will stay in your Google cloud storage if you utilize the Google Photos Backup.
How to Recover Deleted Photos Using Recovery Apps and Restore to Gallery
Using a recovery app is another option to retrieve deleted photos. There are a plethora of recovery apps available now. Among the most popular are EaseUS data recovery and Dr. Fone. Simply connect your device to your PC through a USB cord once you’ve lost the photos. Follow the on-screen instructions after opening the recovery tool.
Regardless of the claims made by the recovery program, there is no guarantee that the application will be able to retrieve your deleted photos. Deleted files are only kept in your device’s storage for a limited time before being overwritten by new data.
You have a good chance of retrieving photos stored on a microSD card since you can stop the overwriting process by removing the memory card.
How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone
iPhones, like Android phones, include a Recently Deleted section in their Photos app. Photos that you may have deleted inadvertently will end up there and will stay there for 30 days. After that, the photographs and videos are destroyed automatically.
How to Recover Deleted Photos From Trash
Here’s how to retrieve images from your iPhone or iPad:
- Go to the Apple Photos app.
- Go to the Album section.
- Scroll down and tap on Recently Deleted.
- Tap on Select in the top-right corner.
- Select the photos and that you wish to recover and tap on Restore.
How to Recover Deleted Photos From iCloud
iCloud backups can also be used to recover deleted images for Apple customers. When you can’t find the deleted photo in the Recently Deleted folder, you can utilize this method. It does, however, come with certain drawbacks.
First and foremost, this method only works if you back up your images to the cloud. Second, the backup will overwrite all of the data on your device with the backup data. It won’t be an issue if you have a recent backup because you probably won’t have much new data, to begin with.
If you’ve added a lot of new data to your device since the last backup, you can generate a new backup. Once you’ve recovered all of your crucial photos and videos, backup your device and restore it to the most recent version of your iPhone backup. You will not lose any of your recent data and will be able to retrieve the deleted images in this manner.
Now, to recover lost photos from an earlier iCloud backup, follow these steps:
- You must first perform a factory reset on the device. To do so, go to your iPhone’s settings. To erase all content and settings, go to 2. General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
- Follow the steps to set up your iPhone for the first time.
- From the Apps and Data screen, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.
- Enter your iCloud login credentials and select a backup from the list.
- Check to see whether the photos you’ve lost have been found.