There is no built-in mechanism to recover the photo you delete, but thankfully there are phone apps and PC software programs to help you recover those pictures. Just keep in mind that you need to act quickly.

The article you are reading is limited to instructions for recovering photos on Android devices. Here is how to recover deleted photos on iPhone.

Retrieve Deleted Photos on Android Smartphone

The easiest way to get deleted photos on your android smartphone is with an app called DiskDigger.

Do not use your phone for anything else until you have restored your image. Creating new files or data may erase the deleted image that is still on your phone.

Using your phone, go to the Google Play store and download the DiskDigger app.

  1. Once it has completely downloaded, open the app. If it asks you to allow access to photos, media, and files, tap.
  2. In the app, tap «Start Basic Photo».
  3. When you see the deleted photo appear, tap the box in the top left corner to select it. Then tap «Recover» at the top of the screen.
  4. The app will ask how you want to restore the files. Tap Save files to app on your device…
  5. The app will present options for you to save your photo. Choose the one that works best for you and follow the instructions from there. If you’re already using Dropbox, this is a good choice because it’s designed for, among other things, photo storage.

Retrieve Deleted Photos on Android Tablet

The process for retrieving deleted photos from an Android tablet is pretty much the same as for an Android phone. Just be sure to read all the instruction screens in DiskDigger to catch the minor differences.

Other options for recovering deleted photos

There are also software programs to help you recover deleted photos, including recuva, which has not been tested by this article but is recommended by reliable sources. Download the program, then follow the instructions, which include connecting your phone to your computer and using a computer interface to find deleted images. You can search for other similar programs online.

Remember that some programs pay and others don’t. If you don’t want to pay for a particular program, it’s likely that another one will suit your needs for free.

What are the options for getting this image back from your phone or tablet? Think about places where there might be copies.

  • Did you send an email or write it to a friend? Ask them to send it back!
  • Did you publish it on social networks? You can download it from there. For example, on Facebook, open a photo, right-click on it and select Save Image As…. Then go through the normal process to save the file to your computer.
  • Did you get it back using Google Photos, Dropbox, Carbonite, or another backup service? All of these services have ways to restore your documents. For example, the process in Google Photos is the same as the one for Facebook described above.