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Best photo recovery apps for Android phone

Submitted on 03/09/2019

DiskDigger for Android – app to recover deleted pictures from Android internal storage

It’s not that easy to find a good (=effective) app to recover deleted photos from an Android device as not all of them are able to scan device’s internal memory. DiskDigger for Android is a nice exception on the photo recovery apps list. This application not only has a free version but also doesn’t require for your device to be rooted. DiskDigger is undemanding to install and compatible with Android versions starting from 2.2.

DiskDigger for Android - best photo recovery app (2017)
Diskdigger - recovery app for Android

The DiskDigger for Android free version features are limited insignificantly and will solve your main problem, it will undelete photos on your Android phone. Yet you won’t be able to recover files of other types or upload them from a mobile device to remote server using FTP.

There are two modes in which you can find deleted pictures on Android: Basic scan and Full scan. In the former DiskDigger doesn’t require root-access to your phone memory. For full scan you’ll need root-access to the file system (Superuser privileges). This will make it more likely for you to recover lost photos due to scanning the whole internal storage of a device. Check rooting apps for Android here

As in many other photo recovery apps, in DiskDigger a results preview window appears. Thus you can select out the files and images to recover and identify which of them were damaged and can’t be restored. The files can be filtered based on date, file size and name.

The recovered files can be saved to a memory card or uploaded online, for instance to Dropbox and Google Drive, or e-mailed. As it’s not recommended to save photos on the same disk they were restored from (to avoid damaging or overwriting), this option is extremely helpful.

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Recuva – popular app to recover deleted photos from a memory card

If you had files deleted from a memory card, we’d suggest looking closely at Recuva app. This free data recovery tool hardly needs any introduction as it’s been among top apps which recover deleted photos from Android memory card as well as phone or computer.

Recuva - recovery app for Android and PC
Recuva software for PC

Since we are talking about recovering photos from a phone, it’s worth mentioning that Recuva can’t restore lost files from device’s internal memory because to read from internal storage it needs to be mounted as a separate disk and displayed in the Explorer (we’ll have an article specifically about it). Thus the app searches images on a memory card, connected to the computer via card reader.

The application scans selected memory card sectors restoring the folders’ structure. As a result, to recover pictures from Android will be a bit easier because you won’t have to delve in a pile of nameless files (when you delete an image its name is often lost).

Deep Scan is one of Recuva’s most useful features. Activating it you increase the recovery chances massively although you still can find corrupted images with grey areas, distortions, etc.

Shortly speaking, Recuva will render assistance in case you deleted photos stored on your Android device microsd. Even an inexperienced user can figure out how to operate this recovery app (it has a step-by-step recovery wizard) while there’s also an Advanced Mode for more experienced users.

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Wondershare Dr Fone for Android – easy photo recovery without root

Wondershare has long been in top 3 best photo and data recovery software for Android, iOS and other platforms. Believe it or not, developers tested Dr Fone on 6000 devices (according to the official report on their website), and our own tests show it is compatible with Android 2.2 and above. Keep it in mind that for the app to work properly you need root access which can be activated by the Dr Fone wizard.

Dr Fone for Android recovers accidentally deleted photos on Android phones and tablets. In the recovery wizard tick Gallery and select Standard or Advances mode. In the latter the application gets complete access to Android file system, which in theory increases your chances to find an image using this app. Yet it’s not very safe and fraught with troubles.

In the preview window one can look through the found data as well as filter it by date and name or save to the computer.

Wondershare Dr Fone app supports two scan modes – one for a memory card and the other for internal storage. It also has an experimental scan mode for the devices which don’t work. If your phone is broken (physically damaged or wouldn’t switch on), Dr Fone is able to recover the device and restore your precious images.

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EaseUS MobiSaver for Android – recover lost photos from Android Gallery in two clicks

MobiSaver is a relatively new photo recovery product. Considering it was developed by the well-known company Easus, it’s clear why other products’ features migrated into MobiSaver - a memory scanner app for mobile.

Mobisaver app
Mobisaver app for Android

This application was designed to recover data from internal memory or microsd. It’s recovery features are very similar to those of, say, Wondershare Data Recovery, which means that it won’t take you long to figure out the recovery settings (MobiSaver doesn’t have its own settings). All the operations are performed in a wizard. As a result, in Gallery you’ll be able to see the pictures which were found and can be restored.

EaseUS MobiSaver doesn’t guarantee that it will find the images in remote sections of your device memory with limited root access. Yet it will get you back the data which hasn’t been rewritten.

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Dumpster – recovery of photos from recycle bin

Lost photos are a lesson to learn: remember to back up your files to Dropbox, Google drive or your computer’s hard drive to recover them easily. If you haven’t done that, there’s another sound way to keep your photos and other data from being lost from the internal memory and sd card.

Dumpster is a real recycle bin on your Android device. Once you install this free app on your device, your photos are backed up automatically. When deleted they move into the recycle bin and can be restored from it.

Dumpster settings
Dumpster settings

In the settings define storage size and period. You can also turn on cloud backup to keep the deleted files on the Internet. This function is paid but most of Dumpster’s basic features will allow you to recover lost photos that you had on your Android device for free.

We highly advise you to have Dumpster to secure your pictures, videos and other data from being lost irretrievably.

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Undeleter

It's a program for recovering deleted files from the internal memory of Android and SD card. It works with all data types and it also allows you to bring back to the initial state accidentally deleted photos and/or videos.

In order to be able to use the whole range of its capabilities, you have to install root rights on your device, i.e. give the utility full access to the file system. Without it the results of recovery from internal memory will be very limited. Moreover, Undeleter can be used in order to retrieve files from SD cards without granting root rights to the app.

The program is free if you agree on viewing ads. In order to disable advertising and get the feature of working in the background mode you will require a key which can be bought on Google Play.

The program features:

  1. Scanning for deleted and corrupted photos of the internal memory and external storage of a storage device.
  2. Previewing deleted photos before their recovery.
  3. Creating the backup copies of retrieved photos in Dropbox and Google Drive and synchronizing with the existing accounts of the specified "cloud" storage.
  4. Complete removing of photos and/or videos without the possibility of their recovery.

The advantages:

  • high probability of recovering a photo in its original state;
  • high speed;
  • the capability to create a "cloud" copy;
  • previewing feature.

The disadvantages:

  • advertising;
  • a key is required for more comfortable use;
  • the probability that some photos can't be recovered or that they will differ from the original ones.

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Photorec

This data recovery app allows you to restore photos deleted from cameras, video recorders, tablets and smartphones. Even if the file system of your SD card is severely damaged, Photorec searches for signatures and successfully recovers files with corrupted headers.

The program can be downloaded for free from the official website along with the manual on its use.

Its features:

  1. You can recover photos on your phone in the following ways: by scanning the entire disk (Whole) or only free zones (Free).
  2. You can checking the integrity of a file before its recovery.
  3. And reconstruct fragmented files.
  4. It supports all existing formats.

The advantages:

  • Photorec uses read-only mode which protects you against accidental overwriting of data;
  • It allows to find and recover the majority of lost images;
  • Complies with Windows/Linux/Mac OS operating systems;
  • Has user-friendly graphical interface;
  • Bypasses the file system.

The disadvantages:

With the high efficiency of this utility its main disadvantage is that recovered photos are saved in free order and with other titles which might make it difficult to sort them further.

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MiniTool Mobile -- Android photo recovery

A free tool for recovery of lost and corrupted photos and images from devices running under Android operating system. It successfully recovers multimedia formats, WhatsApp attachments as well as custom and downloaded files.

The cases MiniTool Mobile Recovery can cope with:

  1. accidental deletion of files;
  2. OS system errors;
  3. virus attacks;
  4. incorrect updates and hard reset;
  5. errors in the performance of a memory card.

MiniTool Mobile Recovery can recover data from both phone and memory card, regardless of the reason for data disappearance. Root rights are required for proper scanning of your gadget.

There are two program versions available: a free (trial) and paid one. Via the free version (Free) you can recover up to 10 files. When in the full version (Full) there is no limit on the number of saved images.

The pros and cons of the program:

  • The speed of the scanning process: it searches for deleted files on your phone very fast;
  • Since the program works in read mode you can stop the process at any time;
  • Previewing found images.

Among the drawbacks of MiniTool Mobile Recovery is its incapability to work with the internal memory of Android devices.

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GT Recovery

GT Recovery is the best Android data recovery software to restore accidentally deleted photos without connecting your device to a computer. Works only on root devices.

Supports the recovery of images lost after the following cases:

  • accidental deletion;
  • deleted photo recovery after memory card formatting;
  • device hard reset.

GT Recovery works quite simply:

  1. In the main window you have to select your case of file deletion;
  2. Run scanning;
  3. Upon completion of the scanning process a list with all found items will be displayed on the screen;
  4. You have to mark the files you need and specify the folder in which you want to store them.

The advantages:

  • it works with the majority of available formats;
  • has easy-to-understand interface;
  • you can preview the results of search;
  • and run the app from a SD card;
  • it scans the devices connected via a USB.

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DiskDrill

A program for recovering deleted images from any storage devices: from a phone or tablet, memory card, external device and HDD/SSD.

Its features:

  1. Three recovery modes: quick search, deep scan and undelete;
  2. Recovery of photos after formatting;
  3. Protection against accidental deletion in the future.

DiskDrill has two versions available: free and PRO. Via the free version you can recover up to 5000 MB of information and it also can protect your data and has unlimited preview. The PRO version in addition to the mentioned above features has quick and deep scan modes, it can search for partitions and there is no limit on the recovery of all existing file formats.

Its advantages and disadvantages:

Among the advantages of DiskDrill are:

  • ease of use;
  • several modes allowing to retrieve an image right after its accidental deletion or full formatting;
  • protection of data against deletion;
  • genericity, i.e. the app complies with any formats and devices.

The main drawback of the utility is that the titles of files aren't always restored in their original state which can make it difficult to find them.

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