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      Summary: This post shares the personal experience of one of my friends, who happened to lose her vacation photos from her Samsung S8 smartphone. She’s not a techie but loves to deep dive into her problems…You may find her story interesting (and relevant), as to how to recover deleted photos from samsung phones! ...Read on…

      It was a huge mistake deleting photos from my Samsung Galaxy S23 Gallery. I wanted to make some space in my phone but the cleaning spree made me lose several of my precious photos. I didn’t realize the blunder until I began to look for last year’s family vacation in the S23 gallery…they were all gone.

      I am sharing my story feeling that it helps you come through a similar situation and restore deleted photos back to your smartphone.

      How to Recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Phones

      What I didn’t know about Samsung phones

      I frantically looked over the Internet to find (any) solution to Samsung Galaxy photo recovery.

      What I found was a revelation…Samsung provides Samsung Cloud to save photos and other files, and you can access your Gallery and other data via the website also.

      Helluva! I never noticed this in my Samsung Galaxy

      So went on to recover deleted photos from Samsung Cloud.

      How to find deleted photos on Samsung Cloud

      As a Samsung phone user, I had 15GB of free storage on the Samsung Cloud. So, all my phone photos were saved there. The cloud has a Trash folder that keeps all the deleted image files for 15 days, from where I could restore them.

      restored deleted photos from Samsung Cloud

      Here’s what I did next:

      restore photos from Samsung phone
      • Opened Settings on Samsung phone
      • Selected Samsung Cloud
      • Clicked Gallery
      • Clicked Trash
      • Selected the deleted photos, and clicked Restore

      Samsung Cloud helped so far to recover photos that were removed within the past 15 days. However, I couldn’t restore many of the deleted photos on the Samsung S8 that were beyond this window. 

      Searching for alternatives, I came across a photo recovery software called Stellar Photo Recovery that claimed to recover deleted photos from Samsung Galaxy S23, S22, S21, and other Samsung Galaxy Phones. I decided to give it a shot as there seemed no other way out.

      Here’s what I did:

      • Download the free trial of Stellar photo recovery software.
      • Connected my Samsung SD card to my laptop through a card reader
      • Launched the software
      Stellar Photo Recovery- Select
      • Selected the Samsung SD card and clicked Scan
      • Clicked Recover
      Stellar Photo Recovery- Recover
      • Previewed the recovered files

      I found that these were the photos I needed back

      But, the free trial needed an activation key to save the photos, so I purchased one to save the photos on my laptop. It took me roughly 10 minutes to restore about 600 pics from my 16GB SD card. Worked like magic… felt happy.

      Lessons learned: securing photos on Samsung phones

      • Backup is important:

      When you buy a Samsung phone, turn on the Gallery app’s Auto Sync feature so that all your photos are automatically saved to Samsung Cloud.

      • Go to Settings > Samsung Cloud > Gallery. Toggle the slider to turn Sync On.
      securing photos on Samsung phones
      • Use apps like Google Photos and ES File Explorer File Manager:

      Google Photos is a photo-sharing and storage app. Permanently deleted photos from your Samsung mobile phone remain in the trash of Google Photos for 60 days. You can restore Samsung deleted photos from the app’s Trash on your phone.

      ES File Explorer File Manager helps you to manage your Android phone data. All the deleted photos and other files go into its Recycle Bin under Tools. So, if you happen to delete photos from any Samsung phone, you can restore them from the Recycle Bin.

      In all, backup along with good photo recovery software Should be enough for such contingencies. Samsung Cloud is fine but has its limitations. Try using Google Photos or ES File Explorer to get a more reliable backup. A Samsung phone photo recovery tool would help close in on any gaps and unsavory situations like it did for me.

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

      Photo Recovery Photo Recovery Mac

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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 have lost my photos from my gallery (galaxy a03) also got deleted from trash, they were not backed up by google photos or google drive or any other source….but I truly need them back….is there any way??? Please please ….

        1. Hello Mah Noor,
          Recovering photos from the gallery are possible using Stellar Photo Recovery software only if those photos were on the Phone’s SD card. If those photos were in your Android’s internal memory then you may have to choose Android data recovery software, which can help you recover deleted files from android internal memory.

        1. Photos that have been deleted in the last 15 days can be found in the Trash section of the Gallery app. To access it, tap the three-dot button in the Pictures tab of the Gallery app. If you’ve missed the 15-day window, your only option is a photo recovery app like Stellar Photo Recovery.

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