How to Recover Deleted Photos from Android Gallery App

Summary: Lost your valuable pictures from Android Gallery? Don’t panic. Read this post to know the quick and easy ways to recover deleted or missing photos from Android phones. You can apply these methods on any make and model of Android devices including Samsung Galaxy variants, Google Pixel, and Motorola among others..

Android phones are widely used to capture, store and share photos. Its Gallery app saves thousands of photos and videos segregated in Albums like WhatsApp images, Camera images, screenshots, and others.

However, we all make mistakes, sometimes in a hurry or unknowingly, which lead to loss or deletion of the photos from the mobile phone’s Gallery app.

Here we will share, what all you can do to recover deleted photos from Android gallery app.

Methods to recover deleted Photos

  1. Recover from Google Photos
  2. Recover from Google Drive
  3. Use SD card photo recovery tool for Android
  4. Restore photos with Android Backup Services

Method 1: Recover Android photos from Google Photos

Almost all mobile phones have Google Photos, the photo sharing and storage app. Any photo taken with your Android mobile or shared via WhatsApp on your mobile device gets automatically saved in Google Photos.

Even if you delete a photo from the Gallery app, you can see them in your Google Photos until you permanently remove them from there.

How to restore pictures deleted from Android Gallery using Google Photos

  • Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone
  • Select the deleted photo, which you want to restore
  • Tap on Menu icon (three dots on the top right)
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  • Select ‘Save to device’. If the photo is already on your device, this option won’t appear. The image will be saved in your Android Gallery under the Albums > Restored folder.

Problem: Deleted photos from Google Photos or can’t find deleted Gallery pictures in Google Photos?

Solution: Recover from the app’s Trash or Bin

Photos deleted from both Android Gallery and Google Photos on your Android phone stay for 60 days in the Trash or Bin of Google Photos app.

How to recover deleted photos from Android Gallery on Google Photos

•          Open Google Photos

•          Tap on Menu icon (three dots) on the top left

•          Click Trash or Bin

•          Touch and hold the photo you want to restore and tap Restore

Method 2: Recover Gallery photos from Google Drive

You can retrieve the deleted Gallery photos from your Google Drive account on your mobile or computer.

How to restore Android Gallery pictures from Google drive:

  • Open Google Drive on your phone or computer in a web browser
  • All the uploaded or backed up photos appear. Select the photos you want to restore and download the files from there.


  • When you delete a photo in Google Photos, it will also be deleted from Google Drive.
  • When you delete folders, including the Google Photos folder in Google Drive, the photos and videos in those folders will stay in Google Photos.

Problem: Can’t find your Gallery photos in Google Photos and Google Drive

Solution: Contact Google Drive support

If the photos are permanently deleted from Google Drive and Google Photos, you may take the help of the Google Drive support team.

How to contact Google Drive Support

  • Open the Google Drive contact form
  • Click Missing or deleted files
  • Select a contact option –  Call, chat or email to share permanently deleted photos from Google Drive problem

Method 3: Use Photo Recovery Tool for Android

If your deleted Gallery photos were saved in the mobile’s SD card and not in Android’s internal memory, use an SD card photo recovery tool — Stellar Photo Recovery. The software is popularly used to recover deleted photos from Android Gallery App.

You can try the free version of the Photo Recovery Software here

Photo Recovery photo recovery mac

It is fast, secure and restores all types of images from any Android phone SD card.

The software works on damaged, corrupt, formatted, inaccessible mobile SD cards too and recovers the deleted and lost photos.

In addition, you can also restore your Gallery videos and audio files with the help of Stellar Photo Recovery. It is available for both Windows and Mac computers.

Steps to recover Gallery photos with Stellar Photo Recovery

  • Download and Launch Stellar Photo Recovery software on your PC or Mac
  • Connect the Android phone SD card to computer via a card reader
  • Select your SD card from the location window. Click Scan
Stellar Photo Recovery Standard
  • Once the scan is completed. A list of found photos appears. Preview, recover and Save at the desired location.
Stellar Photo Preview Screen

Watch this video to know the step-by-step process of recovering from Stellar Photo Recovery :

Tip: Do NOT save the recovered Gallery photos in the same Android SD card. Save them either on your computer or in another storage drive.

Problem: Your Android SD card asks to format before you can open it.

Solution: Perform Chkdsk scan followed by photo recovery

Perform Chkdsk scan on your PC. If this doesn’t help, you are left with no choice except to format the mobile SD card. But, before that retrieve the lost photos, videos and audio from the SD card with Stellar Photo Recovery.

Steps to perform Chkdsk scan

  • Go to Windows Start option
  • Type cmd in the Search box
  • Right-click cmd and select the Run as Administrator
  • A command prompt opens, type chkdsk < SDXC card drive letter>:/f (e.g., chkdsk E: /f)
  • Hit Enter

Method 4: Restore photos with Android Backup Services

These days, Android phone manufacturers provide their own inbuilt backup functions in the devices. You can back up your phone’s app data to the phone’s cloud backup, local backup, Google backup, or external storage. The options vary with the mobile phone brands. Some mobile phones like Huawei even have a built in backup app.

The location path of the backup function may differ with Android phones. Generally, you can find it in the Settings of your phones.

For example,

restore photos with Android backup services
Figure: Backup & reset location on Redmi Note 5

On Xiaomi Redmi phones: Settings> Additional Settings> Backup & reset

On Samsung phones: Settings> Cloud & Accounts> Backup & restore

On LG Android phones: Settings> Backup & Reset> LG Backup Service

If you had turned on the device backup service, restore the deleted Gallery pictures from these backup files.

Did you create a .nomedia file on your Android to hide photos?

Your photos might not be visible in Gallery due to .nomedia files you created on your phone to hide the phone’s pictures.

The .nomedia files don’t let your device to load the photos in the Gallery app and the folder’s content remain hidden.

Thus, if you don’t see your pictures in Gallery, check for .nomedia files in the ES File Explorer and delete them.

Your photos will be visible again in the Gallery app.

To delete .nomedia file in Android:

In ES File Explorer Menu go to Settings> Display Settings > enable Show Hidden Files

All the .nomedia files will be visible in the phone’s folders. You can delete them now.

Suggestions to not lose your Photos and Videos on Android Phones

  1. If the Photos are not properly visible, the you can try to open the files in ES Explorer or Total CMD file manager . You can also try to transfer your pictures to the DCIM/Camera folder on SD card or in device internal memory so that it becomes visible in android gallery app.
  2. Be sure to enable the backup feature on your Android Phone to avoid losing files
  3. If you are able to see only thumbnails then clear cached images in Android Gallery and delete file .thumbnails in DCIM folder.
  4. If your pictures are disappearing from android gallery app then may be you need to clean up your storage space . You can clean up your device via file manager using CCleaner utility for Android

Wrapping up

Backup is a huge respite from accidental deletion or sudden loss of your precious photos from Android Gallery. You can always get back your photos from Google Photos, Google Drive or your phone’s Android backup service.

However, in absence of backup, the recovery software is the only way out. Stellar Photo Recovery software provides is an assured and quick way to restore the lost or deleted Gallery photos saved in your Android SD card. You can also download the software’s free trial to assess its performance and preview the deleted photos.

You can try the free version of the Photo Recovery Software here

Photo Recovery photo recovery mac

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