How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone, Android and Hard Drive

Updated on March 17th, 2021

Rohit Arora

Summary: This post aims to offer the solution on how you can recover deleted photos from iPhone, Android, or any hard drive with the help of Stellar Photo Recovery software.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone, Android and Hard Drive How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone, Android and Hard Drive

Smartphones have become a significant part of your lives, especially when it comes to capturing photos and videos on the go. Their built-in cameras are continuously getting better with larger screens, high resolution, and several AI features. No doubt, whether Android or iPhone, these devices are giving DSLRs a run for their money.

Having said, protecting these photos for a lifetime always bothers users.

Can you really keep your digital photos and videos forever?

The answer is ‘Yes,’ but it is indeed a task to manage hundred thousands of photos and videos shot with Android, iPhones and other cameras.

This blog describes different solutions to recover deleted photos and videos caused due to any reason from iPhone, Android, SD card, and hard drive.

How to recover deleted photos from smartphones, cameras, PC, & Mac drives

Digital photos are usually stored in your mobile phone internal memory, SD card, computer or external hard drive. However, these storage media and drives have a limited life span depending on their usage (read/write cycle). Also, they can get corrupt anytime due to virus infection or mishandling causing loss of stored data. Accidental deletion and formatting are the other most common reasons that cause loss of multimedia files.

Let’s know how you can recover and tackle the loss of pictures, videos, songs etc., from different devices:

  1. Recover photos, videos from iPhone
  2. Recover from Android phone
  3. Recover photos, videos from Camera, SD card, PC, Mac & external hard drive

1. Recover photos, videos from iPhone

Accidental deletion, jailbreak, water damaged, broken or even stolen iPhone, whichever the case, you are most worried about the lost data in your iPhone. In any such situation, Apple’s own backup solutions are your best bet. You can easily recover lost Camera Roll, Photo Stream, voice memos, music, Notes, etc., from iCloud or iTunes backup. However, here’s a drawback – recovery from these methods will replace your current data on iPhone.

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If you do not want to part with the existing data on your iOS device and recover only those lost files, Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone is the most feasible option. The software also works when you are unable to restore any lost data from iTunes or iCloud.

It offers three recovery options — ‘Recover from iPhone’, ‘Recover from iTunes Backup’, and ‘Recover from iCloud Backup’. You can select and recover only the desired content rather than restoring all unwanted data iPhone, iTunes or iCloud.

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The iPhone data recovery software works irrespective of the iPhone version you are using – iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6S Plus, 6S, 6 Plus, 6, 5S, 5c, 5, 4S and 4. It supports latest iOS 12.1.1. Furthermore, it is easy-to-use, fast, and safe to download.

2. Recover multimedia files from Android phone

Android phones are most susceptible to data loss. Accidental deletion, virus, or formatting can lead to loss of saved photos, videos, and audio files. However, if you keep the backup in Google Photos, Dropbox or any other cloud storage or drive, directly reinstate the lost Android data from there. Else, use Android SD card recovery software — Stellar Recovery for Android.  The Android data recovery software can restore deleted photos, videos, contacts, messages, and call history etc.

The software recovers your lost data from both Android phone’s internal memory and external SD card.

3. Recover deleted photos from Camera, SD card, PC, Mac & external hard drive

Whether a photographer or common user, you prefer to store camera photos and videos in SD card, computer or external hard drive.

Nevertheless, the bitter truth is that none of the storage drive and media is data loss proof. They are prone to corruption and damage. Moreover, deletion, formatting, and virus infection in the media can lead to data loss anytime.

In any such situation, use a professional software that can retrieve lost multimedia files from memory cards, SD cards, computer or external hard drive etc.

Stellar Photo Recovery is one such tool that recover deleted photos and lost MOV, MXF, FLV, MP4, MP3, OGG, WMV, JPEG, TIFF, Adobe EPS files etc., from both external and internal storage media. The software also supports vector, raster and RAW camera files recovery of camera brands like Sony, Samsung, Nikon, Sigma, Fuji, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Minolta, Epson, Olympus etc.

Moreover, it recovers media files without hampering their original quality. The software supports both external hard drive and SD card recovery. It is available for both Windows and Mac.

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You may try manual methods, when:

Situation 1: Your Windows PC does not detect the SD card or external hard drive.

Solution to try: Update your PC and reinstall the driver.

Situation 2: You do not see the drive letter of your camera card/ SD card/hard drive in the list of drives

Solution to try: Assign a new drive letter.

Situation 3: You get message to format the storage card/drive, which leads to loss of data stored on it

Solution to try: Perform Chkdsk command on PC.

Dos to Protect your Photos from Loss

• Always maintain a data backup
• Install antivirus on your computer and mobile phone
• Download software, movies or games from trustworthy sources
• Do not interrupt when the upload or download task is in process
• Keep your iOS, Windows and macOS updated
• Do not interrupt during file download/transfer
• Properly insert/remove SD card from computer/smartphone/camera

Wrapping Up

Photos and videos are precious and you want to keep them for a lifetime. The data recovery software suggested here provides a straightforward resolution to recover photos, audio, and videos, irrespective of the type or level of corruption existing in the file or the device itself. These tools offer quick recovery of data from Apple, Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Regardless of the cause of data loss, these data recovery apps possess the ability to work in all situations.

The trial version of all the software is available. You can scan and preview the recovered photos, audio, and videos from the problem storage drive. However, to save them and use their full functionality, you need to purchase.

To sum up, backups and practising care while using your devices are the best ways to prevent loss of photos and videos. Nonetheless, data recovery software mentioned here are always there to keep you out of those daunting situations of photos and videos loss.

For any query, feel free to comment below or contact our customer support.

About The Author

Sumona Chatterjee

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. 

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  1. I had a problem transferring file from iPhone to MI Android phone deleted or lost videos and photos. Thanks for describing to regain photo, video from iPhone!

  2. Nicely described! I’m looking for a way to restore photos from a disabled iPhone 7 without using iTunes or iCloud?

  3. Will this work on my android device? I tried to Disk Drill with their android feature but I did not get all my deleted photos.

  4. Hi, few days ago, I have switched from iPhone to Android and delete all my iPhone data along with many photos which are stored on iCloud. But, now I am unable to download them. Is there any way to recover them?

  5. Yes, great solution. However, with a backup copy in OneDrive or drop box, we can save ourselves from losing our photos.

  6. My iPhone 6 is disabled, and I have 6 months’ worth photos on it. I also mistakenly not backed my data. Is there any possibility to recover all those photos without spending excessive money on it?

    1. How disabled it is? Is your iPhone water damaged or only the screen is broken? A damaged or broken iPhone is recovered in data recovery labs. However, if it’s intact then give a try to Stellar Recovery for iPhone Software and use its preview option check whether all your deleted photos are recovered. Note: You will require registering the software to save recovered iPhone data to another media.

    1. Hi Susan,

      Thanks for writing to us.

      You have to download Stellar Recovery for iPhone on your Windows or Mac computer. After it, plug you iPhone 6 and launch the tool to recover all deleted pictures.

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