3 Ways to Recover Deleted Photos (& Videos) from Samsung Galaxy Phone

So you just tapped the delete option on your Samsung Galaxy phone and sent some photos or videos to the Trash bin, and all of a sudden you realized that there were several precious pictures got mistakenly removed. Now you tried to look up the Trash bin to restore, but where is the Trash in a Samsung Galaxy phone?

There is NO such feature! Unlike PCs, Samsung Galaxy doesn't have a Recycle Bin or Trash to recycle deleted items. More precisely, the current Android OS (your phone is running with) does not provide this feature.

Is there a way to recover deleted photos or videos from a Samsung Galaxy?

There is. In fact, there is more than one. We are going to show you 3 different methods to help you undelete the media files quickly.

Please note: the Samsung Galaxy photo recovery guide below works for all types of mobile phones such as Galaxy S3, S4, S5, S6 & Galaxy Tab as long as your device runs Google Android OS. Also, it doesn't matter whether your pictures are lost due to accidental deletion, factory reset, or card reformatting, etc.

Keep reading to learn how!

What you may need:

  • Your Samsung Galaxy phone/tablet
  • A computer
  • Backup files (optional)
  • Android data recovery software (optional)
  • Access to the Internet

First things first

Stop writing new data to your phone — that means do not take additional photos or videos. If your pictures were stored in the mass memory card, remove it out of your phone and put it in a safe place. The reason why you're encouraged to do this any new files you generate could overwrite your lost pictures and videos, thus making them unrecoverable.

Solution 1: Restore from Backups

When to use: you've backed up the media files using Samsung Kies.

Samsung Kies is a software that makes it easier for you to sync data between the device and your PC or Mac. If you've used the software to back up your media files (pictures, videos, songs, etc.), it's very easy to restore them. This video has more: 

Solution 2: Android Data Recovery Software

When to use: your deleted pictures and videos were saved on your Samsung Galaxy internal memory (instead of a memory card).

SmartPhone Recovery PRO for Android is probably the best tool for this situation. Besides photos and videos, the program also recovers SMS messages, Contacts, and other types of data from a Galaxy Android device. Best of all, the trial version allows you to preview the found media items. The software can run on a Windows PC or Mac machine.

Here's a quick tutorial:

  • Connect your Samsung Galaxy device to a computer.
  • Download SmartPhone Recovery PRO and install it on your computer.
  • Launch the program, select the "Android Data Recovery" mode from the left pane.
  • Follow the instruction until it scans your phone or tablet. Make sure to read the instruction texts carefully, as you may need to root Android.
  • Preview and recover the media files it finds.

Note: if your Samsung Galaxy phone does not have USB Mass Storage, or the above software does not pick up the device as a USB mounted device. Follow the guide in this article to enable USB mass storage mode. Also, before you start, make sure to backup the data on your device just in case.

Solution 3: Try a Photo Recovery Utility

When to use: the lost media files were stored on an SD card attached to your Samsung device.

We recommend Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery, a comprehensive digital media recovery software that offers both a Windows and Mac OS version. You can use it to quickly restore lost images, videos and audio files from almost any storage media including Galaxy phones and tablets. Here's a quick step by step tutorial:

  1. Load the MicroSD card to a card reader first, then plug it into your computer.
  2. Download Stellar Photo Recovery and follow the instruction to install it on your computer.
  3. Now click the big blue button located in the center to start, select the drive your Samsung SD card stands for, define file types you wish to retrieve.
  4. A scan will be conducted to search for your deleted photos.
  5. Once the scan is complete, see if your files are there and save them later.

Final Words

Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets are great at capturing daily moments you experience. But due to various reasons: these precious photos or videos can disappear. When that happens, it can be really frustrating even devastating. Fortunately, it's not impossible to retrieve the photos as long as you act quickly and take the right steps.

Hope you find these Galaxy photo recovery tutorials helpful, and you've managed to get your valuable data back. Remember to use Kies to make backups of all your media items from now on, as we know, recovery can be hard but backup is always easy.

Chris Hwang

Chris is a certified computer technician since 2008. He writes everything related to computer issues and loves helping people solve problems. Currently, he's extending his interests into cloud computing.

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