How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Gallery?

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Gallery

Have you lost some of the photos on your Android device? Here’s how to recover deleted photos from Android Gallery.

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Dec 21, 2020 • Filed to: Phone Solution • Proven solutions


You most probably use your Android device to capture and store photos. The photos you take with the device are often stored in the Gallery app and the app, depending on the internal storage size of the device can store thousands of photos and videos at a time. But like all apps on your device, the Gallery app is also prone to data loss.

So, what can you do when you lose some or all of the photos on the Gallery app? Is it possible to actually recover the photos? In this guide, we take a look at some of the ways you can recover deleted photos from Android Gallery.

Part 1: Can Photos Deleted from Gallery be recovered?

Before we get to the solutions, it is important to take a moment to look at whether it is possible to actually recover the deleted photos. If you have a backup of the photos in your Google account or elsewhere, then the recovery process is very easy; all you have to do is restore the backup to get them back.

If on the other hand you've stored the photos in your SD card and you don't have an additional backup, the only way to get them back would be to use a powerful data recovery tool.

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Gallery?

That being said, there are still several options for the recovery of deleted photos from the Android Gallery. These include the following;

Method 1: Recover from Google Photos

All Android devices have Google Photos, Google's premier photo sharing, and storage app. Whenever you take a photo using your device, the photo is automatically backed up to Google photos and will remain there even if you delete it in the Gallery app. To restore the photos from Google photos, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Open Google Photos on our device

Step 2: Locate the photo you would like to restore and select it

Step 3: Tap on the menu icon (three dots) and then choose "Save to device"

You'll find the recovered photos in the Gallery app under "Albums > Restored"

Method 2: Recover from Google Drive

You may also be able to recover the photos from your Google Drive account on your computer or device. Follow these simple steps to do it;

Step 1: Open Google Drive on your computer browser or device

Step 2: You should see all the uploaded and backed up photos. Select the ones you would like to restore and download them to save them back to your device.

Method 3: Restore via Android Backup Services

Most Android device manufacturers offer in-built functions that can be on the device's internal memory or a cloud service. The process for restoring data from these devices will often depend on the device model, but the backup and restore options can be found in the device's settings. Here are a few examples;

On Samsung devices: Settings > Cloud & Accounts > Backup and Restore

On LG Devices: Settings > Backup & Reset > LG Backup Service

Method 4: Use Recoverit Data Recovery tool

In some devices, you have the option to automatically save all photos taken with the device's camera to your SD card. If you lose the photos stored on your SD card, the only solution would be to use a data recovery tool that will scan the SD card for the missing photos and recover them. One of the best tools for that job is Wondershare Recoverit Data Recovery. It is designed to help you recover data from all types of storage devices including your SD card and it is very easy to use as we shall see.

But before we get to the process of using Recoverit to recover the missing photos, let's take a look at some of its features;

deleted data recovery

Recoverit Data Recovery - The Best File Recovery Software

  • It can be used to recover more than 1000 different types of data including video, audio, photos, documents, and many more.
  • It can also recover data from any drive including SD cards and other external drives regardless of how the data was lost in the first place. Common scenarios include accidental deletion, system crashes, and even malware and viruses.
  • It is very easy to use, allowing users to recover data in just a few minutes and in 3 simple steps.

To use Recoverit to recover the missing Android photos, download and install the program to your computer and then follow these very simple steps;

Step 1: Choose a Location

Double-click on the Recoverit icon to launch the program.

In the main window, select the SD card with the photos you would like to recover. Click "Start" to begin. You will have to connect the device to the computer to access the SD card or remove it from the device and connect it to the computer.

recoverit interface

Step 2: Scan the Drive

As soon as you click "Start", Recoverit will begin scanning the drive for the missing photos. The process may take some time depending on the size of the files on the drive.

You can click "Pause" or "Stop" to discontinue the process at any time if you see the files you are looking for.

operations during scanning

Step 3: Preview and Recover Files

Once the scan is complete, Recoverit will display the missing files in the next window. Click on the files to the right to preview them before recovery.

When you are certain you're recovering the right file, click on "Recover" to save the file to a specified location on your computer

preview recovered photos

Part 3: Tips to Avoid Losing Gallery Photos

Prevention is always better than cure and the following are just some of the things you can do to avoid losing the Gallery photos;

Losing data on your device is always frustrating. But with the solutions above, you can easily recover the photos from the Gallery. As always your comments and questions are always welcome. Just post them below and we'll do our best to find solutions for you.

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