How to Retrieve Deleted Photos from Phone Internal Memory

Submitted on 09/18/2017

Losing photos and videos from Android Gallery is the most frequent case for photo recovery. The worst thing is that phone internal memory isn’t designed for data recovery. Suffice to say, standard recovery software simply won’t see internal memory as removable media (such as USB stick or SD card).

If you try hard, it is possible to retrieve photos from your phone internal memory; some cases are described in our guides. Haven’t found the answer? Here I am going to answer some of your questions.

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How to recover data from Android phone internal memory

Got updates to my xiaomi redmi 3. Installed update, all works. But I lost my videos and photos from phone internal memory. Now the weird thing is device memory shows 25GB instead of 32. Maybe my lost files are resting there. I searched all folders but found nothing. How to recover photos from phone memory, where to look for them?

Answer. Images and videos are stored in the DCIM/Camera folder. Unless you had saved them onto your SD card, your multimedia were in the internal memory so you should look for them in there.

It is possible that during the update the folder with your images was overwritten. By the way, part of the device total space is given to system memory so not necessarily your files are hidden.

Try scanning your device for the lost files using DiskDigger (for Android). If it fails to help, make an image of your phone internal memory and then scan the disk connected to the computer using Recuva app.

I wanted to delete a bad photo and accidentally deleted some others that I needed. The photos were in phone memory. When I connect my phone to the computer, it doesn’t show up as a disk. So as far as I understand, basic recovery software won’t help me get my photos back as they’re in the phone memory. What app can I use to recover them? I’d rather go for a simple variant as I’m not too good at these things. If possible, it’d be nice to have step-by-step instructions.

Answer. There exist no simple methods to recover photos from phone memory. As a rule, recovery software for Android works only with external media or requires root access and still doesn’t scan the whole internal memory of your phone. Consequently, the only possible solution is to make an image of internal memory and at the next stage use any recovery tool. It’s essential that you won’t use the phone before that otherwise the deleted files in the phone memory will be overwritten.

I can’t figure out how to recover deleted photos from phone internal memory and not memory card. I really need my photos from Camera folder. When I use the apps you recommend I only get some odd images recovered, like from Telegram or someone’s profile pics. Can I recover the pictures I need?

Answer. Indeed, although developers claim their software retrieves files practically from wherever, in fact most data is ignored during a scan process either because you don’t have sufficient permissions or because the software doesn’t support your memory type. If you’re experienced enough, make an image of your device internal memory using our instructions. The process takes long but you are likely to find the pictures you need among the trash. Besides, it is a way to recover deleted photos from android internal memory for free without any limits on the amount of files and time.

1. I bought a new phone (ZTE Blade X3) and wanted to move memory card from the old phone but forgot to power off the new one. All my pictures from internal memory disappeared and those on memory card remained. I have only one question: how to recover deleted photos from Android phone internal memory?

2. I accidentally deleted a folder with photos from my phone internal memory. As a result photos remained in Android Gallery but as black and grey squares which read “file deleted or corrupt”. Can I recover lost photos somehow?

Answer. To begin with, check if there are copies of the photos on your memory card (they can be hidden) and check for errors using a Windows chkdsk utility.

If you still can’t find them, hot on the trail use DiskDigger or make an image of the phone memory and then, with the help of PhotoRec for Windows or Recuva, recover deleted photo from phone memory.

Trying to get back a lost album from Gallery I downloaded two Android photo recovery apps. Partially some photos were back but not the most valuable ones. How to try again with minimal risks? Is it real to get my lost photos back in this case? The photos were stored in Android internal memory.

Answer. You risk nothing when you scan your phone internal memory multiple times. Yet, the longer you use your phone after the deletion of photos, the lower your chances are for successful recovery. Any tool uses internal memory and can write files over the previous ones to the area marked as “available space”. Make an image of your phone internal memory and experiment in a read-only mode.

I moved my valuable pictures to the folder of a game clash of clans which I was playing. Then as I looked into that folder on my phone, photos disappeared. Can I recover my photos in the internal memory of SAMSUNG GALAXY J2, ANDROID OS 5.1.1?

Answer. Yes, if you follow the steps in the instruction. First and foremost, figure out which disk has your photos and create a raw copy of that very partition. Piriform Recuva should be able to recover your photos if the recovery status is yellow or green.

Here’s the problem: my tablet is not responsive, I got some photos recovered in support center but they formatted internal memory. I tried apps but the tablet is read as MTP not memory stick and can’t be scanned. Is it possible to restore deleted photos from phone memory by copying internal memory image and its partitions?

Answer. Yes, we described the process in our recovery guide. Using FTP server you can create an exact memory card image in the form of a raw file and mount it on the computer; then using any recovery tool (we’d suggest Recuva) recover deleted photos from Android internal storage.

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