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.

Retrieve deleted images from your Android with “Wondershare Dr.Fone”

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:

  1. Go to Wondershare’s website and download Dr.Fone for PC or Mac. The software isn’t free (from $49.95) but you can download a free trial version. The trial version allows you to scan your phone but you need to buy a license in order to recover data. The free trial allows you to check if the lost images are actually still there. Once you found them, you can decide if it’s worth the money.
  2. Install the software on your computer and launch it afterwards.
  3. Now, it’s pretty straightforward. Connect your Android device to your computer.
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  4. Dr.Fone will now connect with your phone which takes a few seconds.
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  5. Once that’s done, you’re asked what type of files you want to recover. Select ‘Gallery’, if all you need is your lost photos.
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  6. You’re asked if you want to scan only for deleted files or for all available files on your phone. Choose the first option here. Only if this option doesn’t find your lost images, I would retry the whole process with the second option.
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  7. Now you get informed that Dr.Fone will use ‘One-click root’ to root your device (if not already rooted). After clicking ‘Start’, the tool will download some information about your device model and go through the rooting process (if needed). If your phone is already rooted, it will skip it.
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  8. The next step is to give Dr.Fone Superuser access on your phone. This allows the tool to access the root files.
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  9. After granting Superuser access, Dr.Fone starts scanning your phone’s memory for deleted images.
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  10. Go get yourself a coffee, because this process will take a while.
  11. When the scanning process is done, you can select ‘Gallery’ in the left sidebar and scroll through all deleted images on your phone. Screenshot 2015-08-19 14.51.41-2
  12. You can select the ones you want to recover and click on the recover button. If you installed the free trial version, you’ll be asked to buy the full version which allows you to get your images back. If you deleted several photos and they have a lot of emotional value, you should consider paying for it. There is another method covered below that doesn’t cost you anything but is more risky and less thorough.

Recover lost pictures using DiskDigger

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.

Marc Knoll

Marc is an online marketer, avid blogger and technology enthusiast. His focus is on Android, tech and gadget reviews. He likes spending time travelling and reading all about what’s going on in the tech world.