What's with the blank stare? Don't tell me you've done it again: you accidentally deleted an important file you had on your smartphone and now you don't know how to get it back. Is that so? Well, I knew it... but I'm not going to lecture you today. In fact, I want to see if I can help you. Tell me: what's the file you accidentally deleted and what kind of phone do you have? A photo and you have a Huawei smartphone? Then there should be no problem!
There are many smartphone apps and PC programs that allow you to recover deleted photos from Huawei devices in a very easy way. All you have to do is download them, start them up and let them search for deleted files on your smartphone memory (or on the SD card installed on it). I assure you that the results you can get are very good. Obviously, however, do not expect miracles: if the portion of memory that housed the deleted photos has been occupied by new data, there is little you can do to recover your images. If not, though, you can get almost all of your photos back in a matter of very few taps, or very few clicks.
Go ahead, give it a try yourself: take a few minutes of your free time, roll up your sleeves and try to implement the tips I'm about to give you. For the tutorial I used a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0 (EMUI 4.1.1), but the instructions below are valid for all terminals of the Chinese company and all versions of Android and EMUI. Happy reading and good luck with your photo recovery!
Google Photos (Android/Web)
Do you use Google Photos to manage your smartphone's Gallery? Then I have great news for you: when you delete a photo (or video) from Google Photos, it is not permanently deleted from your device's memory, but is instead moved to the Recycle Bin, a temporary folder where it remains for another 60 days before being deleted once and for all.
This means that if it hasn't yet been 60 days since you deleted the images you now want to retrieve, you can go into the Google Photos Recycle Bin and restore them all in a handful of taps. Awesome, right? Then take action now!
To recover deleted images from Google Photos, open the app in question, swipe from the left edge of the screen to the right, and select Recycle Bin from the menu that appears at the side.
On the next screen, long tap on the first photo you want to recover - to activate the selection mode -, then select all the other images of your interest and click on Restore (bottom right) to restore them. It's as easy as that!
Note: if you want, you can also access the Google Photos Recycle Bin from your PC. All you have to do is open your favorite browser (e.g. Chrome), go to this web page and, if necessary, sign in to your Google account. Once you're done, select the photos you want to recover and click the circular arrow in the upper right corner to return them to the Google Photo Gallery.
If you don't use Google Photos, you can try to recover images you deleted from your smartphone with DiskDigger: a free app that allows you to recover JPG files (i.e. Gallery photos), PNG files (i.e. screenshots and app images) and MP4 files (i.e. videos) from your phone's internal memory or SD card. There's also a paid version available, which costs €3.37 and allows you to recover other file formats as well, but you shouldn't care about that. The only real "problem" that concerns the free version of DiskDigger (as well as the paid one) is that, in order to work effectively, it needs root permissions.
If you are rooted on your Huawei smartphone and you don't have any problems using data recovery apps, open the Play Store page dedicated to DiskDigger and install the app by clicking on the Install button and then on the Accept button. Once the app has been downloaded, launch it, click on the Grant button to grant it root permissions and refuse to upgrade to the Pro version by tapping on the No, thanks button.
At this point, select thedrive you want to scan, using the menu at the bottom of the screen (the right drive should be the one already marked in bold), then check the box next to JPG and/or PNG (depending on whether you want to recover only photos taken with the phone's camera or also screenshots and app images) and click first on OK and then on Allow to allow DiskDigger to access the files on the device (or on the SD card).
Now, wait for the images you're interested in to appear in the scan results, stop the search by clicking the pause button (top right) and select the thumbnails of the photos you want to recover. Then tap on the Recover button located in the upper right corner and choose the operation to be performed: tap on the cloud icon to save the photos on a cloud service or send them to yourself via email (recommended choice), tap on the folder icon to save them in a folder on the device or tap on the arrow icon to upload them to an FTP server.
If DiskDigger doesn't work for you, you can try Undeleter, a data recovery app that supports photos, screenshots, videos, and many other file types. Undeleter is free to download and use, but it has a limitation: it forces you to watch 15-second commercials in order to recover your data. If you want to eliminate this limitation, you have to buy its full version at a cost of 4.99 euros. Another important thing to note is that this application, like DiskDigger, requires root permissions to be unlocked in order to work properly.
If that's all clear to you, let's get down to business. To download Undeleter on your smartphone, open the Play Store page dedicated to the app and click first on the Install button and then on the Accept button. Then launch the app, tap on the Next and Grant buttons (to activate root permissions) and close the dark box that says License Agreement.
At this point, click on the Next button again, select the Restore files option, select the drive where you want to search for deleted photos( Internal storage to select the internal memory of the smartphone or External storage to select the SD card) and choose to perform a deep scan.
Then place a check mark next to the JPG and/or PNG entries (depending on whether you want to recover only photos or also screenshots and app images), press the Scan button and wait for the images of your interest to appear among the search results.
Finally, select the photos you want to restore (by tapping on their name), click on the floppy disk icon that appears at the top right and select one of the three options that are offered: Save the file to save the images in a folder on the device or SD, Google Drive to save them on Google Drive or Dropbox to save them on Dropbox. Answer Continue to see the commercial necessary to unlock the save function, close the commercial (at the end of the countdown) and proceed with saving the images in the location you have chosen.
If, perhaps after following the directions in my tutorial on how to move photos to the SD card of a Huawei smartphone, you have set your phone to save photos on an external memory card, you can try to insert the card in question in your computer and recover deleted photos with PhotoRec.
PhotoRec, in case you haven't heard of it, is a free and open source software that allows you to recover deleted files from any type of drives: hard drives, external drives, USB sticks, SD cards etc. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Mac OS. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux (only on Windows, however, comes complete with a graphical interface) and is very effective. Another important thing to know is that it does not work if the SD of the smartphone has been set as the main memory drive (which, in fact, makes the card unusable on the PC).
Having said that, let's get down to business. To download PhotoRec on your PC, connect to the official website of the program and click on the Windows entry located under the heading TestDisk & PhotoRec 7.0. After that, open the ZIP file you just downloaded to your computer, extract its content to any folder and run the executable qphotorec_win.exe.
In the window that opens, use the drop-down menu at the top of the screen to select the drive where you inserted the SD card, click on the partition from which you want to recover the photos (e.g. 1. FAT32), check the boxes FAT/NTFS/HFS+/ReiferFS) and Free and click the File formats button.
Then, click the Reset button and select the file types you want to recover from your SD card: JPG for Gallery photos only or PNG for screenshots and app images. Then click the Browse button, select the folder where you want to save the photos recovered by PhotoRec and click Search.
After the scan is complete, you'll find all the photos recovered from PhotoRec in the folder you selected using the Browse button. If some steps are not clear to you, I invite you to read my tutorial on how to recover deleted photos from SD card, where I explained in more detail how this program works.
iReparo for Android (Windows/MacOS)
If none of the solutions proposed so far has allowed you to recover deleted photos from your Huawei smartphone, try to turn to iReparo for Android: it is a program compatible with both Windows and macOS that allows you to recover deleted photos, videos, messages and other files from Android smartphones. Unfortunately, you have to pay for it (it costs $49.95), but it does have a free demo version that lets you see which files you can recover with its full version (without being able to export them to your PC).
To download the trial version of iReparo for Android, go to its official website and click first on the Windows or Mac entry (depending on the operating system you use on your computer) and then on the Download button.
When the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, start the executable JIHO_iReparo_AR_Trial8.exe and first click on Yes and then on OK. Check the box next to I accept the agreement and finish the setup by clicking Next four times in a row and then Install and Finish. If you are using a Mac, launch the pkg package that contains iReparo and click on Continue twice in a row and then on Install. Then type in the password of your macOS user account (the one you use to log in to the system) and finish the setup by clicking first on Install software and then on Move.
Once the installation is complete, launch iReparo for Android and connect your smartphone to the computer. If the program doesn't recognize your phone, go to the Settings > Developer options menu and enable the USB debugging feature by ticking it. If the "Developer options" menu is not available, go to Settings > About phone and click on Build version or Serial number 7 times to enable it.
Once you've completed this step, click on the Multimedia button, check the file types to be recovered from your smartphone (e.g. JPG and/or PNG) and click on the Next button. Then wait for the PC and smartphone to communicate properly with each other and click on Start to start the search for deleted photos.
Once the scan is complete (it may take several minutes), select the Gallery item from the sidebar of iReparo for Android and you will be shown the images you can recover with the program. When you purchase the full version of the program, you can select the thumbnails of the photos you are interested in and export them to your PC by clicking the Recover button.
If iReparo for Android doesn't meet your expectations, you can try Dr.Fone: a popular data recovery software for Android and iOS devices that works on both Windows PCs and Macs. Like the program I just told you about, it's a paid program (prices start from 79 euros + VAT, except for promotions), but you can download a demo version that allows you to find out what files you can recover with its full version.
Note: using iReparo on rooted Android devices, there is a risk of seeing the SuperSU app disappear. To fix this, reinstall the app as you did when you rooted your device (e.g. by flashing the appropriate ZIP package from Recovery).