You're trying to install an app, but you fail because you get a warning that there's no more free space left in your device's memory. You try to take a picture or shoot a video with your smartphone's camera, but again, a full memory warning message prohibits you from doing so. So you decide to clean up and find that your gallery is full of photos. Unfortunately, however, you've accidentally deleted some of your favorite photos.
Now you're in a bit of a panic because you don't know if you have a backup service in place or if there's any way you can make up for your mistake. In this case I have to tell you that you can stay calm and that there are probably good chances that you can find a happy ending to this story. In fact, if the part of memory where the images were allocated has not been overwritten yet, you might have a good chance to restore your photos.
You may be even luckier and find that you have a backup service running on your device, through which you can restore your media. So if you want to find out how to recover deleted photos from the gallery, simply give me a few minutes of your time and follow the advice I'll show you step by step. So shake off your anxieties and focus on what you will read in the next paragraphs. I wish you a good reading!
How to recover deleted photos from the recycle bin
When all seems to be lost, the solution is often simpler than you can imagine. When you delete a photo on a device running the iOS operating system, it is not immediately deleted, but it is moved to a recycle bin, which is a folder where the images remain in storage for a predefined period of time, before being permanently deleted from memory.
To check if the photo is still in the memory, launch the Photos application, whose icon can be found on the Homescreen of your device. Then tap on the Albums icon in the bottom bar and scroll through the albums you see on the screen, making sure to select the one labeledRecently Deleted .
All of the photos that you have accidentally deleted on your iOS device will then be in this album and can be restored at any time, as long as no more than 40 days have passed since you mistakenly deleted them.
Tap on the thumbnail of the photo you want to recover and then tap on Recover in the lower right corner to restore the media file. You can also tap on the Select item in the upper right corner to select multiple photos and then tap on the Recover button in the lower right corner.
On Android devices, it's a little different because it depends on the app you're using to manage your photo gallery. If you're using the Google Photos app, which I recommend using for its free and unlimited cloud backup of your media files, you can also check if the photos are in the virtual trash.
To do this, tap on the Photos app icon that you should find in the Homescreen of your device. After launching the app, tap on the☰icon in the top left corner. Then select the Trash item and press for a few seconds with your finger on the preview of the photo to be restored. Select other photos to restore, if necessary, and then tap the Restore button at the bottom right.
Photos in the Recycle Bin are available to be restored for 60 days after deletion. After this period, they are permanently deleted from the device memory.
There are also other apps, especially those pre-installed on various Android devices, that manage the media gallery. Some of them, but not all, have a functionality equal to the one I mentioned in the previous lines. Just to give you an example, on a Huawei device I own, media files remain in the recycle bin for 30 days, and then they are permanently deleted.
How to recover deleted photos from the gallery using online backups
Another solution you can try is to check if your device has automatic backup of the media files stored on it active.
Some services, such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Photos and many others, when you download their app they also give you the possibility to activate the automatic backup service of the media files in your gallery. In the next lines I'll talk about some cloud services for photo backup that you may have active on your device so you can easily recover your photos.
Google Photos and Google Drive
These two applications are often found on Android devices. While Google Drive is a limited cloud space where you can store any file, Google Photos is an application that allows you to store unlimited photos.
However, these are not stored at the same resolution with which they were taken, but are reduced a bit, trying to maintain a high quality.
Precisely for this reason I recommend that you download the Google Photos app on your iOS device, so you do not have limitations on online storage space imposed by iCloud.
To verify that the backup on Google Photos is active, launch the application and tap on the☰ icon at the top left. Then tap on Settings and then Backup and Sync. Activate Backup and Sync by moving the toggle from left to right, then choose the Google account where you want to store your media files, and select Upload size. Then select High Quality to take advantage of the free backup, or select Original to use the space in your account.
You can view all the photos in the cloud either from the app or from the web panel at this link.
Through simultaneous use with Google Drive, you can make sure that you move a copy of all the photos in Google Photos inside a folder in your virtual space in Google Drive. This folder, called Google Photos, will be present inside the main My Drive folder. You can view its contents via the app or from the web panel reachable at this link.
Devices with the iOS operating system have, as a backup service, the one offered by Apple, iCloud. This service is very similar to Google Drive, in fact you have a limited space to store your files. When it runs out, you can either empty it or purchase a subscription to expand it.
Go to the official iCloud website and sign in with your credentials. Once you're signed in, click on the Photos icon and wait for your media library to load. Then click on the Recently Deleted item in the left sidebar.
You'll find all the photos you've mistakenly deleted in this folder, but you won't be able to recover any that have exceeded the 40-day retention period. When this time limit is exceeded, the photos are deleted.
Select the thumbnail of the photo you want to recover, then click on the Recover button at the top right.
Other online backup services to recover deleted photos from gallery
There are also other online backup services that can help you keep a copy of your media files so that you don't incur in accidental deletion of your media files. Below I'll point you to some online services, with an app attached, that you may already have active on your device and thus easily recover your files.
- Dropbox (Android/iOS) - This is a service that offers a virtual space to store your files. Through the mobile app, you can also back up your media files with the ability to restore them at any time. You can view and retrieve photos via the app or via the official website.
- OneDrive (Android/iOS)- The virtual space service created by Microsoft allows you to back up the photos on your device via the dedicated app. It generates a folder with all the photos in your phone's memory, which can be accessed both from the app itself and from the official website.
- Mega (Android/iOS) - It might be a little known service, but it offers a virtual space to keep a backup of your files online. Through its app, you can automatically upload the media files in your device's gallery. You can then view whether the deleted photos are in the backup, either through the app or through the official website.
Apps to recover deleted photos from gallery
If the deleted photos are not in the virtual trash or in the online backup, then you can try using the following apps that will help you to scan the memory partitions of your device and check if there is still a trace for recovery.
However, if the memory partition has already been overwritten, the chances of recovery are very minimal. I'll also point you to an app that you can use to create a virtual recycle bin, in case you don't use any of the apps I mentioned in the previous paragraphs.
- DiskDigger (Android) - This is a free app that, thanks to root permissions, allows you to recover accidentally deleted photos. If your Android device doesn't have root permissions, you can still use this app by performing a surface scan, which might help you find your lost photos.
- Undeleter Recover Files & Data (Android) - This free app is similar to the one I mentioned in the previous lines and allows you to recover deleted photos. This app also requires root permissions, but not mandatory.
- Dumpster (Android) - This is a free app that allows you to prevent problems caused by incorrectly deleted photos from your device. If you don't use an app that already has a virtual trash can feature, such as Google Photos, Dumpster can help you out. Dumpster creates a copy of your photos that you can restore if you accidentally delete them.
Frequently asked questions and answers
Recover deleted photos from Samsung with Google Drive Open the Google Drive app on your Android device.
Sign in with the account that you use to backup photos.
Now you are going to see each and every photo that you have backed up or uploaded photos.
Log in to your My account on your phone.
go to settings.
tap My account> My cloud> Recover from backup.
select the backup file you want to recover and tap Recover using this backup.
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Go to photos.
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sign in with the Google account registered on the lost terminal.
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Select the type of file you want to search.
Click on "In a specific situation" and choose here our Android.
Enable the perfect deep scan mode or not.
Wait for the search to finish.
Select the files to save.
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