How to recover deleted photos from android

Android are sweeping the world, devices powered by android are normally capable of taking photo or video shots. If you accidentally deleted files from an android phone, be no worry, chances are that the deleted photos can be brought back with proper photo recovery software with ease.

Why deleted photos can be recovered from android phone

While a delete command is sent to "kill" certain photo or video files on an android device, the operating system got the permission to utilize the space where the selected files occupied on the memory, but nothing happens to the deleted files. So, it is crucial to avoid taking new photos which demand storage space that may be occupied by the deleted files, thus makes the deleted files being overwritten and irrecoverable.

It is necessary to use different tactics to perform photo recovery on android with different generations of operating system. This article will illustrate the method to recover deleted photos from android 2.3 gingerbread and android 4.0 ice cream sandwich and above.

Recover deleted photos from android 2.3

Files deleted from both internal memory and SD card can be recovered.

Phones like the Sony Xperia arc, HTC EVO, Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola razr belong to this category.

Recover deleted photos from android 4.0

Photos and videos deleted from SD card can be recovered, files deleted from internal memory are permanently erased, regretfully. Samsung Galaxy S3, Google galaxy nexus, galaxy note, Xperia z, HTC droid DNA belong to this category.

The step by step guide

First, download android photo recovery software, the software is able to recover image, video and audio files deleted from android devices, the software is available for both windows and mac.

For android 2.3 phones and below, set the USB connection mode as USB mass storage by tapping settings – wireless and network – USB connection – USB mass storage, then connect the phone with computer via USB cable.

For phones powered by android 4.0 and above, it is recommended to pull out the SD card and plug in computer with a SD card reader, if you don't have a SD card reader, just connect your phone with computer.

Start android phone photo recovery, click "recover photo, audio & video"

Select the drive letter that represents the android device

Click "scan", the scanning process will round up all the media files deleted from the android phone and listed the files by file types. After the scanning is completed, choose files for recovery.

Recover deleted photos from android.

Frequently asked questions

How to set USB connection as USB mass storage mode on my HTC one x?

Tap Settings -> Connect to PC -> Default Connection Type -> Disk Drive, android is open so the OEMs like HTC is allowed to customize the skins and user interface. The language is different but the behavior and purpose is still the same.

Can't find drive letters that represents the internal memory of my nexus 4 in "select media for recovery" window.

As per mentioned, files deleted from internal memory of android 4.0 phones are permanently erased. So, files deleted from phones that doesn't support expandable memory like nexus 4, Sony Xperia s, galaxy nexus can't be recovered.

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