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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Phones and Tablets


There are several reasons why you would lose photos on your Android device. The most common one is accidental deletion. Whether you do it yourself or your child suddenly taps delete on your Android device, this is the most common way to lose photos as well as other data on your phone. Another way you can lose photos on your device is if you stored them on your MicroSD and then you lose the storage device. This happens more often that you think and is one of the most debilitating ways to lose data because it is almost unsalvageable.

But perhaps the least common but very serious way to lose your photos and other data on your phone is when the data on your Android phone is suddenly overwritten. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it is very likely that you will not get the data back.

The above reasons are precisely why you should have a backup of all the data on your phone. This way, if you lose it, you can easily get it back. But if you happen to lose your photos and you don’t have a backup, there are still ways you can get your photos back.

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Obviously you need a little help getting your accidentally deleted photos back, right? Well, how about getting help from the Worlds 1st data recovery software. Wondershare Dr. Fone for Android will help you get any kind of deleted data from your phone including messages, documents, audio files, videos and others. What’s more, you don’t have to spend time learning how to use it; it works very easily, recovering your data all in one click.

This software supports 2000+ android devices so you don’t have to worry about your phone being compatible.

Tutorial: How to Recover Deleted Pictures from Android Phones & Tablets

The first step is to download and install Wondershare Dr. Fone. Once installed, you should connect your Android phone to your computer using USB cables. It is important that you ensure your phone’s battery level is at least 20% for you to be able to do this easily. Once your phone is connected, you should see this window.

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The next thing is to debug your android device. Follow these steps to do so, this will depend on the version of Android you have on your device.

• For Android 2.3 or earlier, you should click on Settings and then Applications. Then click on Development and check the box marked USB debugging.
• If you are running Android 3.0 to 4.1, Click on Settings, then Development options and then check the box marked USB debugging
• For versions newer than 4.2, Click on Settings, then About Phone. Tap on “Build Number” several times until you get a note saying, you are under developer mode. Then click back to Settings and then Developer options and check the USB debugging box.

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The Wondershare Dr. Fone software will detect your android device and analyze it. Click on Start to allow the software to analyze your device. The analysis will take just a few minutes.

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A request will pop up on your phone or device. Click on Allow to make it proceed. This allows the software to complete a deep scan of your device.

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Once the deeper analysis is complete, the start button will appear again as you can see in the image above. Click on it and the program will once again do a deeper scan of both your SD card and internal memory. All the data that can be restored will be restored immediately.

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Just choose the pictures you want to recover and you will get them back immediately.

How photos are saved on the Android Phones and Tablets

There are typically two ways that most people will save photos on their phones. They will either use external memory card or internal memory.

1. External Memory Cards
Most people favor this form of storage because they often think that the photos are salvageable and can be retrieved from the phone or device at any time. While this is very true, it is also true that should your MicroSD card dislodge from the phone at anytime, you stand the chance of losing the small storage device. Losing your SD card means you lose all of your photos as well.

2. Internal Memory
Most of the time people don’t choose to use the internal memory on their phones; it is often a default choice. While it may be easy to just allow your phone’s storage to store all your photos, it is a more dangerous proposition. So many things could happen to lead to the loss of your photos. You could accidentally delete them or an overwrite could result in the loss of all your photos.

How to avoid losing photos on Android

There are several ways to avoid losing your photos. The easiest is to create a backup for your photos. With today’s cloud services, you can do this very easily and quickly. Android devices have a backup and restore settings that use your Google account. This is why you will be asked for your Google ID and password when setting up your Android device. Therefore you can use Google Back up to backup your photos easily. Here’s how. Before we describe the process, it is important to note that your Google Backup will be automatically updated every time you take photos.

To set up the syncing, click on Photos and then select settings.

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Then choose auto backup and turn it on, if it isn’t already on.

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In the next window, choose the size. You can choose Standard or Full size. Choosing standard allows you to get unlimited free storage.

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Just like that you have set up Google Syncing and every time you take pictures you will have an automatic back up.

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