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Apps / software Restore deleted photos - this is how it works


Whether on the cell phone or the camera: an accidentally deleted photo can be a catastrophe. When precious memories are supposedly irretrievably erased, that's never nice. But don't panic: if you act quickly, it is often possible to save the lost pictures. Virtually all photo solutions have ways to recover deleted photos. We present different strategies for Android, iPhone and PC.

Recover deleted photos with Google Photos or Apple Photos

Both Google and Apple have been offering their own photo app for a long time. Both manufacturers not only rely on gallery and editing functions, but also enable the images to be saved in their in-house online storage. Whether you use them or not, the apps themselves offer you one Recycle bin to recover deleted photos. Round 30 days remain the pictures at Apple both in the cloud and on the respective device in the memory. Google even backs up photos up to 60 days. So you have more than enough time to restore photos that you thought were lost.

In the Apple Photos app, you can find the deleted images in the "Albums”. Scroll down here and tap "Last deleted”. Now search for the deleted photo (s), mark them and pick them up with a tap "Restore" back. Incidentally, if you use Apple's iCloud backup, photo recovery will work across devices. For example, you can restore pictures removed from an iPhone to an iPad that is used with the same Apple ID.

Recovery works in a similar way with Google Photos. Open the side menu in the app using the three bars and select the entry "waste paper bin”. Here you can see all the photos deleted in the last 60 days. If you use the photo backup via your Google account, you will also use it Photos from other connected devices otherwise you will only see the locally deleted images. Now tap on "Restore”And mark all lost photos. To confirm If you do the restoration, the photos end up in the gallery again.

If you use third-party gallery apps instead of Google Photos, check whether they also offer a recycle bin - in most cases this is the case. At Samsung smartphones you can find the photo trash can for example in the Gallery app settings under "waste paper bin”. Here you can recover accidentally deleted photos from the last 15 days.

Android: More Photo Recovery Methods

Android apps have significantly more access to the internal or SD card storage than their iOS counterparts. For this reason, there are also various apps for the Google system that try to rescue deleted photos. The Play Store is full of corresponding offers, which, however, often do not work as advertised. The free DiskDigger, for example, delivered good results in our tests. The app scans the internal storage and SD cards for recently deleted photos, which with a little luck can be recovered. Unfortunately, many apps of this type are designed more as advertising flings or require expensive in-app purchases to restore them. If you get stuck with DiskDigger, you should check whether the photo search on the PC is possible with your mobile phone.

Recover deleted photos on PC


Accidentally deleted photos are a big problem not only on smartphones but also on PCs. If you have "freshly" deleted a photo, it is very likely that it is only in the trash. From there it can be restored easily and with a few clicks: Open the waste paper bin, look for the photo file and post it via Right click again.

It gets more complicated when the Trash already emptied or you have deleted pictures from an SD card - whether on the PC or still in the camera or mobile phone. Thanks to a whole range of recovery tools, it is often possible to rescue the lost images. The first point of contact has been the for years free version of Recuva. The program scans hard drives or SD cards and USB sticks for deleted files. You can search explicitly for photos in the wizard and, with a little luck, restore them. In this guide we will show you how to save files from data death with Recuva. By the way: at least under Android, the methods shown here can also help with photo recovery. The prerequisite for this is that the manufacturer allows the internal memory to be used like a drive under Windows with a USB connection.

One of the best free alternatives to Recuva is the open source program TestDisk or its sub-component PhotoRec. The program is explicitly optimized for the recovery of photos and also scans for file formats from various digital camera manufacturers.


PhotoRec actually works on the command line, but the solution included in the package is available for Windows and Linux qPhotoRec a graphical user interface. Start this and first select the from the drop-down menu drive you want to search for photos. Then tap at the bottom on "Browse”And choose a folder in which PhotoRec should restore the files it finds. By default, PhotoRec restores all data that it finds on the medium - including deleted text files, etc. By clicking on "File formats"You can make it clear to the tool that it only searches for photo formats such as"jpg”And similar searches. With a click on "Search”PhotoRec will now start the data recovery. In the selected folder you can check whether the photos you are looking for are there. The command line version of PhotoRec offers even more potential for fine-tuning the file search. You can find instructions on how to do this, for example, in the German-language PhotoRec Wiki.

In addition to the free tools mentioned, there are also many commercial data recovery programs available. Tools such as Easeus Data Recovery Wizard, Glary Utilities or GetDataBack also promise to be able to track down deleted files and of course photos. There is no general answer to whether the paid solutions are more successful than Recuva or PhotoRec. Most providers of commercial data recovery software offer at least free trial versions. This can often be used to assess whether the purchase is promising or not. We have put together an overview of the best software for data recovery here.