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      Summary: Have you 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 the loss or deletion of photos from the mobile phone’s Gallery app.

      But no worries. Here you will learn how to recover deleted photos from the Android Gallery app. This post shares the best 7 ways worth trying to restore deleted photos on Android devices, both with and without software.

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      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, shared via WhatsApp, or downloaded from any app 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 recover deleted photos from Android Gallery free using Google Photos:

      • Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone
      • Select the photo, that you want to restore
      • Tap on Menu icon (three dots on the top right)
      recover deleted photos from Android Gallery free using Google Photos
      Download Gallery pictures free using Google Photos
      • Select ‘Save to device’ or ‘Download’ depending on your Android model. 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.

      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
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      Download Android Gallery pictures from Google Drive
      • All the uploaded or backed-up photos appear. Right-click on the photos you want to restore and select Download to recover the image 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.

      Method 3: Android Recovery Tool to restore photos from Android Phone

      If your deleted Gallery photos were saved in the Phone’s internal storage or the Phone’s SD card then, use an Android Data Recovery tool — Stellar Data Recovery for Android. The software is popularly used to recover deleted Gallery photos that were saved on an Android SD card.

      You can try the free version of Stellar Data Recovery for Android software for unlimited picture recovery by clicking on the download button below.

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

      The software works on damaged, corrupt, formatted, inaccessible mobile SD cards too, and recovers 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 Data Recovery for Android:

      • Download and Launch Stellar Data Recovery for Android software on your PC.
      • Connect the Android phone SD card to the computer via a card reader
      • Select the type of data you want to recover & click Next.
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      • Once your Android® phone is connected, click Scan to initiate the scanning process.
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      • Once the scanning is completed, preview and select the recovered data & click Save to restore them at a desired location.
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      Watch this video for the step-by-step process to recover Gallery pictures from an Android SD card with the help of Stellar Photo Recovery :

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

      Mostly Android photos are saved in the internal storage of the Android device. You can recover permanently deleted Android photos with the help of recovery software. However, make sure your Android device is rooted and has USB debugging enabled.

      Caution: Rooting makes your Android phone’s warranty null and void.

      Method 4: Restore photos with inbuilt Android backup services

      These days, Android phone manufacturers provide their own built-in 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 phone.

      For example,

      Photos Backup & reset location on Redmi Note 5
      Photos 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 have turned on the device backup service, restore the deleted Gallery pictures from these backup files.

      Recover Gallery photos by deleting ‘.nomedia’ files
      Nomedia file located in Android SD card

      Did you create a .nomedia file on your Android to hide photos and later forget? Your photos might not be visible in Gallery due to the .nomedia files you created on your phone to hide the phone’s pictures. The .nomedia files don’t let your device load the photos in the Gallery app and the folder’s content remains 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.

      Steps to delete the .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.

      Apart from built-in Google Cloud backup apps, you might be using other cloud storage such as DropBox or OneDrive, etc. If you have enabled Android Gallery backup in any such cloud backup, restore the deleted Gallery photos from there.

      The benefit of cloud backup is that you can recover deleted smartphone photos from any device simply by logging into the account.

      Cloud backup in Android Xiaomi phone
      Xiaomi Cloud backup option

      Further, Android manufacturers like Xiaomi, Google Pixel, Samsung, Huawei, etc., include their own cloud backup services in their new models. Check for the feature in the settings of your Android phone and restore the deleted Gallery app photos.

      Quick Tips to Protect Photos from Loss on Android

      • Back up Android photos on the cloud.
      • Always ensure some free space on your Android device. Use any secure Android cleaner like the CCleaner utility.
      • Regularly delete image cache files in Android, if only image thumbnails are visible.

      Wrapping up:

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

      However, in the absence of a backup, the recovery software is the only way out. Stellar Data Recovery for Android software provides an assured and quick way to restore the lost or deleted Gallery photos saved on your Android phone.  

      Download the software’s free trial to assess its performance and preview the deleted photos.

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      1. I have deleted photos from Google Photos and now don’t know how to recover Gallery pictures from Google Photos.

      You can recover deleted Gallery pictures from the Google Photos 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 the Google Photos app. Here are the steps to recover deleted photos from Google Photos on Android:

      • Open Google Photos and tap on the Menu icon (three dots) on the top left.
      • Click Trash or Bin.
      • Touch and hold the photo you want to restore and tap Restore.

      2. What to do if I can’t find my Gallery photos in Google Photos and Google Drive?

      If the photos are permanently deleted from Google Drive and Google Photos, you may take the help of the Google Drive support team. Another quick solution is to use photo recovery software to retrieve lost pictures from Android internal storage and SD card by using the steps given in this post.

      3. How to recover deleted photos from the Android Gallery of Samsung phones?

      You can recover Gallery pictures from Google Photos, Google Drive, or Samsung Cloud. Also, try to recover missing photos with the help of ES File Explorer on a Samsung smartphone. For details click on how to restore photos from Samsung Galaxy.

      4. How to recover photos when my Android SD card asks to format before I can open it?

      You can perform a chkdsk scan on your PC followed by photo recovery. If this doesn’t help, you are left with no choice except to format the mobile SD card. However, before that retrieve the lost photos, videos, and audio from the SD card with Stellar Photo Recovery.

      Steps to perform Chkdsk scan:

      • Go to the Windows Start option and 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.

      4. How to retrieve deleted Photos on Android Tablet?

      You can follow the methods shared in this post to recover photos from an Android tablet.

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      About The Author

      Sumona Chatterjee linkdin

      Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


      1. I must say that this is amazing. I am very much relieved to find my lost photos and I would really like to thank you Stellar.

        1. Hi,
          The safe folder feature on some Android is important, and you can be assured that your private data won’t fall into the hands of thieves or strangers. However, you may require the credentials to recover the photos from a locked folder. Try our other blog to find the correct answers.

      2. I mistakenly deleted my pictures in gallery and its also not in thrash pls can u help me with steps to get them back and how do I also see pictures I’ve backed up before pls help me I need it urgently

        1. Hi Karis,
          Try checking your photos on Google Photos or any backup. Also, try to go through the steps in the blog.

      3. Hi sumona, none of the method worked,I tried each method plus installing the stellar free photo recovery software

        1. Hi Daniella,
          I suppose your photos are overwritten from the device and you can try the Stellar Photo Recovery Standard version to scan the drive to search for the missing files.

          1. Hello…I factory reset all the data..I have a applock software where i safe my pictures its totally del all the picture so where can i recover my pictures.

          2. You can contact to the app developer to confirm your account and get back your account access. From there you may have the chance to recover the photos saved onto the app lock.
            Else, If your deleted photos were saved on the mobile’s SD card then you can use Stellar Photo Recovery. You can follow the blog for the steps.

      4. None of the above method worked. I don’t want to purchase the software to recover just 2 photos. Please help.

        1. Hi Mary, In such a case you can download our Stellar free photo recovery software. It will let you recover 10 files of 25 MB each for Free.

      5. Hi Sumona, I had an issue with Samsung S8 when I update the phone get error message “couldn’t open connection to server”. How to fix it? Any solution please help

        1. Hi Simon, Please follow the steps to fix this problem,
          1. Go to the settings > connections>
          2. Click more connection settings > reset network connection This will solve the problem, but you will have to reenter your Wi-Fi passwords and re-sync all your Bluetooth connections.

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