Did you accidentally delete some photos that were saved in the Gallery on your smartphone and you're desperate about it? I don't think so! You should know, in fact, that there are apps that allow you to recover any deleted pictures from your device in a simple and, as they say, painless way.
If you're interested, please continue reading this tutorial, which focuses on this topic. In the following lines, in fact, you will find those that, in my humble opinion, are the best apps to recover photos, available for both Android and iOS/iPadOS. They are not difficult to use, I assure you.
The only thing you need to keep in mind is that restoring deleted data is feasible, but you also need to have a bit of luck and act quickly. In fact, if the images you want to recover have been removed too long ago, you may no longer have that opportunity (because the portions of memory that housed them may have been occupied by other data or automatic cloud backups may have been deleted). But now stop chatting and take action. Good reading and good luck!
App to Recover Photos from Android
If you're using an Android smartphone or tablet, the apps to recover photos you can rely on are the ones you'll find in the following steps. Put them to the test immediately. I really hope they can help you.
Google Photo is the app of the homonymous Google home service designed to have an automatic online backup of images (and videos) in the Gallery. It is installed "as standard" on most of the latest Android terminals (and if not, it can be downloaded from the relevant section of the Play Store) and I would like to point it out to you because it integrates a special section where the photos that are removed from the albums are stored for a maximum of 60 days.
So, if you deleted certain images by mistake and the recovery deadline hasn't passed yet, you could try to take a look in this Trash and see if the files you are interested in are still there to restore them.
To do this, start Google Photo on your device by selecting the app icon (the one with the colored pinwheel) in the drawer, then tap on the button with the three lines horizontally located in the top left corner and select Trash in the menu that appears.
If there are any deleted photos in the Recycle Bin that you want to recover, tap on the button with the three dots vertically located at the top right, choose the Select option from the menu that is shown, select the images to restore and tap on the Restore button at the bottom. The photos will then be visible again in the Google Photo gallery.
Please note that on some Android smartphones and tablets, the same operation can also be done using the Gallery app, the default one for viewing and managing images. On some devices, in fact, the latter integrates a functionality similar to that offered by Google Photo. Unfortunately, however, I can't give you more precise indications on what to do, as I don't know the exact model of smartphone or tablet in your possession.
If browsing in the Google Photo app section or in the Gallery section of your device, as I indicated in the previous step, you could not find the deleted photos you wanted to restore, I suggest you to contact DiskDigger.
This is an app that allows you to recover any type of deleted files. It works with both internal memories and SD cards and doesn't need root (if you don't know what it is about, read my guide on the subject to learn more), although unlocking the device in this way helps to recover more data.
DiskDigger is available in a free variant, the one I used and that is useful for the purpose, which allows you to recover only JPG and PNG files, and in a Pro, for a fee (at a cost of 3.37 euros), which allows you to work on other file formats.
To download the app to your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and tap the Install button. Then, launch it by tapping the Open button that appears on the screen or selecting the icon that has been added to the home screen or drawer.
Now that you see the main screen of the application, give it root permissions (if you have unlocked your device), refuse to switch to the paid version (by tapping on No, thanks) and select the item related to the memory to be scanned.
Next, place a check mark next to the JPG and/or PNG entries and tap the OK button to start the analysis procedure. When you're done, select the thumbnails of the photos you want to recover, press the Recovery button at the top and tap the folder symbol to export the images to any location, or the cloud symbol to save them to one of the supported cloud storage services.
Undeleter Recover Files & Data
Another of the Android photo recovery apps I'd like you to consider is Undeleter Recover Files & Data. It acts similar to DiskDigger, but is a bit slower in finding files. Anyway, it is still perfectly capable of fulfilling its purpose. It is free, but it only lets you recover photos. To recover also documents, archives and other types of files (which I don't think you are interested in right now) you have to switch to the paid version, through in-app purchases (at the basic cost of 3.19 euros). Even in this case, the app works without root, but on unlocked devices it is able to give its best.
To download the application to your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and tap the Install button. Then, launch the app by tapping the Open button that appears on the screen or by selecting the icon that has been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main Undeleter Recover Files & Data screen, press the Next button and then the Grant button to grant root permissions to the app (if you've unlocked your device). Next, tap the Next button again and indicate whether you want to recover images from the device memory or SD card. Then specify the file types to restore (JPG and PNG) and tap the Scan button.
Once you have completed the analysis of your smartphone or tablet, the photos you can recover will be shown to you as a thumbnail. To restore the photos you are interested in, tap on the button with the three vertical dots in the top right corner and select Save the file from the menu that appears.
App to recover photos from iOS
If you're using an iPhone or iPad, please note that due to Apple's restrictions on its mobile operating systems, there are no apps available to retrieve photos from iOS/iPad like Android, which can "dig" into the device's memory.
Taking into account what has just been said, what you can do, however, is appeal to Gallery management applications that integrate Baskets, where deleted photos remain available for a limited period of time. For all the details of the case, please continue reading.
Photo is the default iOS/iPad app for saving, viewing and organizing photos and videos. Not everyone knows this, but it also offers a special feature that allows you to recover photos that have been deleted for less than 30 days and retrieve them from the dedicated section where they are transferred before they are permanently removed, which is why I chose to talk about it in this guide.
That said, if you want to try to see if among the recently deleted images in the Photo app there are also the photos of your interest, proceed as follows: open the application on your device, tapping on the icon (the one with the white background and the multicolored flower) that you find on the home screen, then select the Album label at the bottom.
Then scroll down to the screen you are now shown, locate the Other Albums section and tap the Recently Deleted item. Then take a look at any recently deleted photos in this section.
If you find the images you were interested in restoring, tap on the Select item at the top right, select the preview of the photos you are interested in and tap on the Recover button at the bottom. Then confirm what your intentions are by tapping the Recover Photos/Recover N photos button that appear on the screen. The images will then be visible in the Gallery again. Done!
Google Photo, the app I was telling you about in the beginning of this guide for the Android side, is also available for iOS/iPadOS and even then offers a feature that allows you to recover deleted photos from your device within 60 days of final deletion.
On iPhone and iPad, however, the application is not pre-installed. In this specific case, it must first have been downloaded from the relevant section of the App Store. Then, once you start the app on your device, the steps to be taken to recover the photos in the Trash are the same as those seen together for Android, nothing changes.
Programs to recover photos from your mobile phone
Using the apps to recover photos that I reported in the previous lines you have not succeeded in your intent or are you looking for a valid alternative? Given the circumstances, I would like to point out that you can also use some computer programs specialized in recovering files on mobile devices, after connecting your smartphone or tablet to your PC via cable, as in the case of Dr.Fone and EaseUS MobiSaver.
If you're interested in this, you can check out my review of deleted photo recovery programs and my specific tutorials on how to recover photos on Android and how to recover data from your mobile phone.