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If you acci­den­tal­ly delet­ed pho­tos, then you should not wor­ry in advance. Often they can still be restored, espe­cial­ly if you act quick­ly. Today we are going to ana­lyze exact­ly how you can recov­er delet­ed pho­tos from dif­fer­ent devices — com­put­ers, smart­phones and mem­o­ry cards.

Pho­to recov­ery on Win­dows

Pho­to Recov­ery on MacOS

Pho­to recov­ery on phones

How to recov­er pho­tos delet­ed from a mem­o­ry card

Photo recovery on Windows

In Win­dows 10, even per­ma­nent­ly delet­ed files can be recov­ered. Pho­to: pureinfotech.com

Once delet­ed from the com­put­er, the files do not imme­di­ate­ly dis­ap­pear for­ev­er. First, the oper­at­ing sys­tem marks their loca­tion as reusable space. But the file will only be over­writ­ten when the device needs space.

There­fore, as soon as you have delet­ed the desired file, it is best to imme­di­ate­ly stop using the disk so that the file is not over­writ­ten.

Windows: Restore from Recycle Bin

Restor­ing from the trash

The eas­i­est way to get pho­tos back is to pull them out of the trash. This is where all delet­ed files are sent in the first place.

  • Click on the bas­ket;
  • Find the desired pho­to files;
  • Select them with Shift and right click;
  • Select “Restore” from the menu.

Windows: Restore via Windows Backup

If you con­stant­ly cre­ate a back­up of doc­u­ments, then the files can be restored from there. To do this, open File Back­up and Restore and find the doc­u­ments you want to restore. The Wiz­ard will then guide you step by step.

Windows: recovery through special applications

There are many free file recov­ery soft­ware avail­able online. Pho­to: lifewire.com

Since the cas­es of delet­ing the nec­es­sary files are com­mon, devel­op­ers reg­u­lar­ly cre­ate spe­cial appli­ca­tions that allow you to restore data after delet­ing it from the trash, even with­out cre­at­ing a back­up.

Such pro­grams include, for exam­ple, Disk Drill, a free appli­ca­tion for Win­dows 7, 8 and 10.

  • Install the appli­ca­tion, allow it access to sys­tem man­age­ment;
  • Run Disk Drill and select the dri­ve you plan to recov­er pho­tos from;
  • View the files, the pro­gram will allow you to see a pre­view;
  • Recov­er doc­u­ments by click­ing the Recov­er but­ton.

Photo Recovery on MacOS

Mac: Restore from Trash

Recent­ly delet­ed pho­tos in the Pho­tos app. Pho­to: hawkdive.com

Recent­ly delet­ed doc­u­ments are usu­al­ly in the trash if you haven’t emp­tied it yet.

  • Select the trash can icon and open the fold­er.
  • Right-click (or dou­ble-tap the track­pad on lap­tops) to open the menu of the file you want to recov­er and select Restore.

Mac: Restore via Time Machine

Like Win­dows, Mac has a back­up fea­ture called Time Machine or Time Machine.

In the upper right cor­ner, click on the icon of this appli­ca­tion and you can view the files by the time you delet­ed them. Select the doc­u­ment you want to restore and click the cor­re­spond­ing but­ton. Pho­tos will be returned to their orig­i­nal loca­tion.

Mac: iTunes backup

Phone back­up menu exam­ple. Pho­to: apple.com

If you sync pho­tos with iTunes and make a back­up of files, then you can restore them through this pro­gram. Usu­al­ly a back­up is made to an exter­nal dri­ve or anoth­er com­put­er.

  • Exit iTunes;
  • Go to the “This PC” fold­er and select the exter­nal dri­ve;
  • Select the iTunes fold­er, right-click on it and click “Copy”;
  • Paste where you want to use the fold­er;
  • Open iTunes by hold­ing down the Shift key;
  • A mes­sage will appear ask­ing you to select a fold­er from which to load the library. Select the fold­er you just past­ed and the Library.itl file;
  • Click “Open”. Ready.

Mac: Third party app

Apps like Disk Drill also exist for Mac com­put­ers and work in the same way as they do on Win­dows. It is enough to enter “data recov­ery” in the App­Store search and the store will show you the avail­able options.

Photo recovery on phones

With the help of the apps already men­tioned, you can recov­er pho­tos from iPhone or Android.

  • To do this, install the pro­gram and enter the admin­is­tra­tor pass­word;
  • Con­nect your smart­phone to a com­put­er, allow you to view files on it;
  • Click “Restore” next to the device icon;
  • Select files.


iCloud cloud ser­vice menu on a com­put­er. Pho­to: apple.com

Once delet­ed, all pho­tos on iPhone are stored for 30 days in the Recent­ly Delet­ed Pho­tos fold­er. You can get into it through Images -> Albums.

If your iPhone auto­mat­i­cal­ly uploads pic­tures to iCloud, then even after delet­ing them, you can restore them from there.

First check if iCloud is enabled: Set­tings -> Your Account -> iCloud -> Pho­tos. If the func­tion is enabled, the pho­to can be restored.

  • To do this, go to icloud.com with your Apple ID and go through ver­i­fi­ca­tion.
  • After that, go to the “Pho­tos” fold­er and there, as well as on the phone, there will be a “Recent­ly Delet­ed” fold­er.
  • In it you will find delet­ed pho­tos. How­ev­er, if you sync pho­tos from a Mac, tablet or phone, they will all be stored there.

Also, pho­tos that were syn­chro­nized but delet­ed from one device remain avail­able in the cloud and can be restored at any time.


The loca­tion of the fold­er where files delet­ed from Google Dri­ve are locat­ed. Pho­to: guidedtech.com

There are sev­er­al ways to recov­er pho­tos on Android. For exam­ple, an appli­ca­tion for com­put­ers.

You can recov­er pho­tos from your phone on Mac and Win­dows using a spe­cial pro­gram such as Tenor­share Ult­Da­ta. The appli­ca­tion sup­ports more than 2000 smart­phone mod­els and is able to restore data, includ­ing con­tacts and mes­sages, even from a mem­o­ry card and after the device is dam­aged or rolled back to fac­to­ry set­tings.

  • Install the pro­gram on Mac or Win­dows.
  • After the instal­la­tion process is com­plet­ed, run it and select “Restore all data”.
  • Now con­nect your smart­phone via USB cable to the com­put­er;
  • Instruc­tions will appear on the screen indi­cat­ing how to enable USB debug­ging on the smart­phone.
  • After this action is com­plet­ed, you will see a list of files. Among them, you need to select the ones you are inter­est­ed in and scan them.
  • After that, check the files again.
  • To view delet­ed doc­u­ments, you need to click the Show all tab and select Only dis­play the delet­ed items.
  • Now you can select the files of inter­est and restore them by click­ing the appro­pri­ate but­ton.

You can also restore files through the cloud, but only if you syn­chro­nize your smart­phone with it.

Google Dri­ve, like iCloud, has a fold­er for recent­ly delet­ed files. You can also find pho­tographs in it.

How to recover photos deleted from a memory card

You can only recov­er files from a mem­o­ry card using spe­cial appli­ca­tions. Again, you can use the Disk Drill appli­ca­tion, the method of which we have already described above.

If you are wor­ried about the safe­ty of your files and their acci­den­tal dele­tion, then it is best to make reg­u­lar back­ups or auto­mat­i­cal­ly upload cap­tured pho­tos to the cloud. Now this can be done even with mod­ern cam­eras, so do not neglect this oppor­tu­ni­ty so that delet­ed pho­tos can always be quick­ly restored.