Pictures that captured great moments of your life are usually worth a lot to you personally. Now that you mostly take photos with your smartphone, it can easily happen that you accidentally delete a very important one while getting rid of multiple other photos you don’t need to free up some space, for example. Seeing photos from your last holiday or trip with your partner just vanish from your gallery probably gives you that horrible feeling in your stomach as if you just lost your phone.
So if you’re the unlucky duck that deleted some important images, don’t get emotional just yet. There are ways to recover deleted images on Android phones. The most important thing to do first is turning off your data connection. That ensures that your phone doesn’t download new data from the web and overrides the part of your Android’s memory that stores the deleted images. Yes, deleting images doesn’t really delete them from your memory immediately. The deleted items are just not indexed anymore. However, they are not protected from being overritten by new data.
Although there are multiple ways to recover lost photos, I will focus on the tool Dr.Fone from Wondershare. It’s very easy to use, doesn’t require you to download and install a mobile app which could override deleted images and it is able to root and later unroot your phone if it’s not rooted yet. If you’re not familiar with the term, rooting means getting administrator priviliges and access to the root files of your Android device. Without that, recovering deleted files wouldn’t be possible. Dr.Fone supports a large number of Android devices and can unroot your phone after the recovery so that the warranty is still valid.
Alright, let’s get your lost photos back! Here are the steps you need to follow:
Although I really recommend using Dr.Fone, not everyone has $50 lying around. You have similar chances to find and recover deleted images using the mobile app DiskDigger. Just like Dr.Fone, it scans your phone’s memory for deleted items and you can browse through the results once the scan finished. However, there’s a small chance that installing DiskDigger deletes your lost pictures for good. Installing a new app needs available space on your phone and that space could be part of your lost images. This will probably not be the case, but you should know that this could happen.
Just like Dr.Fone, DiskDigger only works if your device is rooted. If this isn’t the case, you need to root your device manually first (Dr.Fone takes care of all that). Once that is done, all you need to do is launch the app, select the partition you want it to scan and wait for the results.