How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone, Android, SD Card & Windows

Accidentally deleted important photos looking for ways to recover deleted photos? This guide will show you several ways to separately retrieve deleted photos from iPhone, Android phone, SD card and even Windows PC.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted: Aug. 16, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 16, 2018
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It can be quite annoying no matter you lose all the photos or just one lovely picture. So you come here to find the solution to recover deleted photos. And is it possible? Actually, when you delete the photos, they just marked as useless and can be recovered before they were being overwritten by new generated data. So, to recover deleted photos, all you need to do is stop using your Android phone, iPhone or laptop immediately and act fast. In this guide, we will separately show you how to recover deleted photos from iPhone, Android phone, SD card and even Windows.

Part 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card

If your deleted photos from your SD card, the only way available to you is to try some prettier programs to recover your photos from a SD card. There are quite a few options for software that can recover photos from a SD card, and the software mentioned in many sites is PhotoRec for Windows, which is a free option.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos on Android

Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos on Android via Google Photos

If you have synced your photos to Google Photos for backup, then you can easily get your deleted photos back by restoring them from your Google Photos account. And the photos that are deleted from Google Photos will stay in your trash for 60 days.

Step 1 Go to Google Photos app > Tap on “Menu” at the top left > Select “Trash” folder.

Step 2 Touch and hold the photos you want to recover > Tap Restore at the top right to restore them back.

Method 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos on Android via PhoneRescue for Android

If above way fails to help you find your deleted photos, or you want to retrieve deleted photos from Google Photos after 60 days, the best Android data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for Android can help.

PhoneRescue for Android can help you find and recover deleted photos on Android in just 1 click. It just takes you 5 minutes to recover over 3000 pictures in original resolution. Also, it supports previewing the deleted photos on Android phone before recovering, and allowing you to select the photos you wanted most to recover.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for Android on your Mac or PC computer > Open it > Connect your Android phone to computer with a USB cable. and here we take Samsung for an example.

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Step 2 Choose Photos to scan > Click Next to confirm. If you have rooted your device, the Deep Scan function would be available at once. If not, to start with, PhoneRescue will root your device. Rooting your device may take a few minutes. Please keep patient.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android – Step 2

Step 3 Select the photos you need > Click Download to Computer button.

How to Recover Deleted Pictures from Android – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted Pictures from Android – Step 3

Part 3. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

To recover deleted photos from iPhone, there are four methods for you to finish the task.

Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone – Recently Deleted Album

Since the iOS version iOS 8, Apple has added an excellent feature in Photos App on iPhone called Recently Deleted Album, which will store your deleted photos for 30 days in case you can retrieve them later. So, you can check your Recently Deleted album to see whether your deleted photos are still stored there.

Step 1 Open Photos App on your iPhone > Tap on Albums > Scroll down to find Recently Deleted album.

Step 2 Open Recently Deleted album > Preview the recently deleted photos and check if there are the photos you want to recover.

Step 3 Click Select > Select the photos you want to recover > Tap on Recover in bottom-right corner.

If you haven’t made any backup before losing photos, or the iTunes or iCloud backup you made doesn’t include your deleted photos, move to Method 4 to recover photos from iPhone even without any backup.

Method 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone – iTunes Backup

If you have made an backup with iTunes before deleting photos, you can directly recover deleted photos by restoring from the iTunes backup. But you have to clear that this way will erase all existing data on your iPhone and be replaced with the backup files. If you don’t want to wipe any files on iPhone, move to Method 4 to make it.

Step 1 Open iTunes on your computer > Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2 Select your iPhone icon when it appears in iTunes > Look at the date and size of each backup and pick the most relevant one > Click Restore button to start the process. Do not disconnect your device until the process finishes.

Method 3. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone – iCloud Backup

Since restoring from iCloud backup will erase all data and settings on iPhone, and it won’t allow you to restore only photos, you’d better be 100% sure that the iCloud backup includes your deleted photos, or you may lose more important files. If you’re not sure, simply refer to Method 4 to recover deleted photos without erasing current data, even without backup.

Step 1 Go to Settings > General > Reset > Choose Erase All Content and Settings option to reset your iPhone as a new one.

Step 2 Turn on your device and follow the instructions to you reach the Apps & Data screen > Click Restore from iCloud Backup > Choose Backup > Select the iCloud backup contains the photos you lost.

Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone - iCloud Backup

Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone – iCloud Backup

Method 4. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

If you don’t want to erasing any data while restoring, or you just want to recover only deleted photos on iPhone, try this 100% safe iOS data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS to easily make it. It’s recognized as the #1 iPhone, iPad and iPod touch data recovery tool in the market, as it has successfully helped over millions of iOS users recover deleted or lost files including photos .

PhoneRescue for iOS offers you 3 different recovery modes, from iDevice directly (even without backup), from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup. It will not erase anything while restoring from iTunes/iCloud backup, and it allows you to view the backup files and choose specific data to restore, out of traditional backup restoring limits.

Now, Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow the steps below to recover deleted photos from iPhone without backup.

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Step 1 Launch PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Plug in your iPhone.

Step 2 Select Recover from iOS Device > Click Right Arrow to start scanning.

How to Retrieve Deleted Photos from iPhone – Step 2

How to Retrieve Deleted Photos from iPhone – Step 2

Step 3 By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck Select All option and then choose Photos. Click OK to confirm.

How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures from iPhone – Step 3

How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures from iPhone – Step 3

Step 4 Select photos > Preview and choose the photos you need > Click Download to iDevice/Computer button.

How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures from iPhone – Step 4

How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures from iPhone – Step 4

If you want to recover deleted photos from iTunes or iCloud backup without erasing any data on your device, just refer to:
How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup >
How to Recover Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup >

Part 4. How to Recover Deleted Photos in Windows

When you delete a file in Windows, the file will be moved into Recycle Bin. In this case, you can directly recover deleted photos by below steps.

Go to Recycle Bin on your Windows PC > Find your deleted photos and right-click them > Click Restore to get them back.

If your deleted photos aren’t in the Recycle Bin, then you have to get help from some professional recovery software to dig out the deleted photos and recover them to your PC.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to recover deleted photos. Hope you have successfully recovered your lost photos with above detailed guide. If you find this guide useful, just share it to help more people.

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.

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