So you’ve deleted a precious picture from your phone. Or worse, you broke or reset your device and lost them all. Now you need to know how to recover deleted photos from an Android phone.You’ve got a few options. They range from the simple to the more advanced, so hopefully there’s a solution that works for you. Let’s get started.

1. How to Recover Deleted Photos From the Cloud

It’s easy to recover a deleted image from your gallery, as most of these apps now use a Trash or Recycle Bin similar to the one you have on the desktop, so just look for that in whatever gallery app you use.

Most cloud and photo apps (not including Instagram) also offer to back up your photos in the background. If you’ve got this turned on, then chances are your photo isn’t really deleted.

Deleting a photo from your phone’s gallery app won’t delete it from your cloud backup service. To get it back, just log into your cloud app and download it once more. In Google Photos, open the image and select Download from the menu. For Dropbox, this is located at Export > Save to device.

If you deleted the image from your cloud backup, you can recover it from there, too. Most cloud services use a recycle bin that allows you to restore any deleted file within a certain time frame.

How to Retrieve Deleted Photos on Google Photos

On Google Photos, open the app, select Library, then Trash or Bin. Long-press on each image you want to recover, and hit Restore. Deleted files remain available for 60 days.

Recover Deleted Files From Microsoft OneDrive

For Microsoft’s OneDrive, open the app and go to Me > Recycle bin. Select your files and tap the Restore icon. OneDrive keeps deleted files for up to 30 days, although it may delete them sooner if your recycle bin is larger than 10 percent of your total storage space.

OneDrive Restore Photo Android

How to Restore Deleted Photos From Dropbox

In Dropbox, you need to log in on your desktop to recover deleted images, as you can’t do it in the app. Go to Files > Deleted files, then select the ones you want to restore. They’re available for 30 days after deletion.

Other cloud apps work in similar ways. Check the terms for your account to see how long a particular service keeps your deleted files.

2. How to Recover Deleted Android Photos From Your SD Card

What if you don’t back up your photos to the cloud? If you need to know how to recover deleted photos from your gallery app, your best hope is that you’ve saved them to your phone’s SD card.

You can connect your card to a desktop computer and use special recovery software to attempt to recover the lost pictures, so long as it isn’t encrypted. But there are no guarantees with this.

Deleted files remain on a memory card only until they get overwritten by new data. Thus, as soon as you realize you’ve deleted photos by mistake, you should remove your card from your phone to reduce the risk of them being overwritten.

In case you were wondering, this method won’t work on your phone’s internal storage because Android doesn’t use the old USB Mass Storage protocol anymore. This is the same reason why it’s difficult to recover deleted text messages on Android.

Restore Deleted Images With EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

The best free image recovery software is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. You can download it for both Windows and Mac.

First, connect your memory card to your computer, either through a card reader or via your laptop’s SD card slot.

Install and run Data Recovery Wizard. Once it launches, it will show you all available drives from which you can recover data. This should include your hard drive and the memory card.