Where is Recycle Bin on Samsung Phone and How to Recover Files

So you just tapped the delete option on your Samsung phone and sent some pictures or videos to the Recycle Bin? Now you tried to look up the Recycle Bin to restore the items, but where is the Recycle Bin on a Samsung phone?

In this article, I’ll show you how to recover your deleted videos and photos from a Samsung phone, and even if you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin, it’s still possible to get back your deleted items.

Read on for more.

Where is the Recycle Bin on Samsung Phone?

Just like a computer, a Samsung phone has a Recycle Bin to recycle deleted items. More precisely, the current Android OS (your phone is running under) provides this feature.

Here’s how to find it:

  1. Tap on the Gallery app.
  2. On the top right corner, tap on the three-dot Settings icon.
  3. From the dropdown menu, tap Recycle Bin.
  4. Now you’ll see all your recently deleted photos and videos here.

Note: The Recycle Bin in your Samsung phone only keeps files here for up to 15 days. From day 16, items here will be erased automatically. This video has more:

How to Recover Deleted Videos or Photos from Samsung?

Now that you know where to find the Recycle Bin on your Samsung phone, it’s easy to restore your videos or photos that are there. Just select these items and tap on Recover.

However, if you also emptied Recycle Bin or the files have been automatically deleted because it’s been there for more than 15 days, try the following methods to recover them.

What You’ll Need:

  • Your Samsung 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 — DO NOT take more photos or videos. If your pictures were stored in a mass memory card, remove the card out of your phone and put it in a safe place.

Method 1: Restore from Backups

  • When to use: you’ve backed up the media files using Samsung Cloud or Samsung Smart Switch.

Samsung Cloud allows you to back up and restore your device content, so you don’t panic if you accidentally delete a file on your phone. You can even restore files and sync data on other devices when you are logged into your Samsung account.

Samsung Smart Switch is an app that makes it easy to sync data between your device and your computer. If you’ve used the app to back up your media files (pictures, videos, songs, etc.), it’s very easy to restore them. This video has more:

Method 2: Android Data Recovery Software

  • When to use: your pictures and videos were saved on your Samsung phone’s internal memory (instead of a memory card).

We’ve reviewed the best Android data recovery software to use for this situation. Besides photos and videos, these programs are also able to recover SMS messages, Contacts, and other types of data from Samsung and other Android phones.

Here’s a quick tutorial:

  • Connect your Samsung phone to a computer.
  • Download and install one of the recovery software on your computer.
  • Follow the instruction until it scans your Samsung phone.
  • Preview and recover the media files it finds.

Method 3: Photo Recovery Tools

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

We also covered a list of photo recovery software that are worth trying. You can use one of the software to quickly restore lost images, videos, and audio files from almost any storage media including Samsung phones and tablets.

Here’s a quick step-by-step tutorial:

  • Load the microSD card to a card reader/adapter first, then plug it into your computer.
  • Get a photo recovery program and follow the instructions as shown on the app’s interface and install the program on your computer.
  • Select the drive your Samsung SD card stands for, define the file types you wish to retrieve.
  • A scan will be conducted to search for your deleted photos.
  • Once the scan is complete, see if your files are there and save them.

Last Resort: Send Your Phone for Data Recovery Services

Warning: do this only when the above methods fail to retrieve your files. Also, you’ll probably need to spend a lot of time finding a reliable service provider and pay fees that are probably much higher than your expectations.

We highly recommend you contact Samsung customer support first and see what advice they would give for your situation. Then do your own research and evaluate which data recovery company to work with.

Don’t send your device right away to a remote center, unless you know what you’re doing. Ideally, you should go to a local one that is close to your area.

Final Words

Samsung phones and tablets are great for capturing high-quality photos and videos. But due to accidental deletion and other human errors, these precious files can disappear.

When that happens, it can be really frustrating. Fortunately, it’s still possible to retrieve the files as long as you act quickly and take the right steps.

I hope you find this guide helpful and that you’ve managed to restore the deleted or missing photos. Remember to use Samsung Smart Switch or Samsung Cloud to make backups of all your media items from now on.

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  • D-Kay

    The J7 does NOT give you an option of Recycle Bin/Trash folder when in Gallery and then Settings. Only 3 selections of which we never use nor need. We need to free up space, transferred pics and vids to the desktop to free up space but need to install the new app before 30 days! My P.O.S. J2 has the setting to empty trash, have files immediately removed instead of the 30 day limbo, but the more expensive J7 doesn’t have this basic feature???

  • Homayoon

    I am anxiety mental syndrome and in my galaxy tab a uninstalled the original sumsung media player how can I restore this?

  • ALM

    There is no recycling bin on my Samsung Galaxy.

  • Amu Jane TV

    Hi there, I accidentally deleted a video from the recycle bin that I was working on very hard on and I’m trying my best to find a way to recover it… please help me because I’m getting desperate because I need this project to send for university project.

  • Lerato

    Hi I accidentally deleted my videos on my samsung I’m trying to find recycling bin to get them back please help

  • Ms Coney Centurias

    I deleted my videos from recycle bin of my phone A70 by accident Can i restore it back? please help thank yo

  • Ms Coney Centurias

    Howto restored my Videos accedentaly deleted from recycle bing of my samsung A70 i want the video back to my galery please help thank you

  • Afewerk

    Here, only video and pictures recovery options are listed. But how can we recover deleted sms text messages and where can we find then on galaxy recycle bin???

  • Siddhartha

    Hi I deleted few contacts on my samsung galaxy A10 but I am not able to find the recycle bin. I want to permanently delete these contacts from recycle bin and my phone.

  • L Jackson

    I went to the drop down menu as instructed but there was no recycle bin.
    Is there another way to access the recycle bin?

  • Rm

    If i have taken new photos afterwards then I will not be able to get deleted videos back?

  • Le-an

    Thanks VERY MUCH. This was VERY helpful.

    Now… my question is…. can I recover files deleted from trashbin?

    Once I deleted it on trash, where can I find them? Sorry for the silly question but I wanted to recover a file I accidentally deleted from trash.

  • Rose

    Is there a way to do it WITHOUT s computer?

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      AnySoftwareTools Team

      Yes, read this post again (updated)

  • Cathy

    Hello Chris, my name is Cathy and I accidentally deleted my grandsons video, and I’m devastated, but I’m mot technology skilled and so I don’t have computer to retrieve it, is there anyway to do so on the phone?? I have a galaxy 5 note.

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      AnySoftwareTools Team

      Do you have a backup? Also, have you checked out the Recycle Bin?

  • Kailey

    But what if you don’t have a computer

  • Laura

    i restored photos and videos from my galay s7 from the trash bin it said restored but when I go to my gallery I can’t find them

  • Nico Saayman

    Hi Chris,

    I just came from a holiday, and a friend of mine have sent me lots of photos via whatsapp. I have kept them on my phone until I could put my own photos, and those ones that she took in one folder.

    When I checked her whatsapp , all the photos she sent was missing. Then I looked and found it in my recycle bin on the samsung clooud. I have tried to recover it, but it constantly says there is no connection. I am connected via wifi, but with no cellphone network. I had to recovcer my samsung account passowrd, and then when I have setup my Samsug S8 again, and looked in my recycle bin all her photos are no gone.

    Is there any way to retrieve them? Please let me know.
    Many thanks in advance.

    Kind Regards,
    Nico Saayman

  • Sherri Fitzer

    Hi I need to use talk to text because I have a Tremor issue due to lupus anyway I accidentally deleted some voice recordings off of my Samsung S5 Android phone if you could please help me recover them I would really appreciate it apparently I put them in the trash and I can’t get them out I do not own a separate computer thank you I look forward to hearing from you this would be a godsend since my mom has severe dementia and I was supposed to be recording all of the screaming & threatening that she says
    have a good day
    from Sherri