- Photos deleted on an Android will land in the ‘Trash’ folder for up to 60 days
- There is software for photos that disappeared on iPhone or Android
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You’re browsing photos on your camera roll, your finger slips and poof – a cherished image is gone forever.
Before you panic, know there might be a way to bring it back from the dead.
The best part? It works even if you accidentally deleted something days ago.
Perfect for those times you realize, ‘Dang it, I deleted the best pic I took of my dog/kid/self the other day.’
Many people have accidently deleted the perfect photo, but there are several ways to recover it
Google Photos is one of the most forgiving apps for accidental deletions. An ‘undo’ button usually flashes on your screen for a few seconds after your misstep.
Any photo you delete will land in the ‘Trash’ folder for up to 60 days — as long as you’ve enabled ‘Back up and Sync.’
Dang, a whole two months to change your mind!
● On your iPhone or Android, open Google Photos.
● At the bottom, select Library > Trash.
● Touch and hold the photo you want to keep. Tap Restore.
FYI: Even if you don’t have ‘Back up and Sync’ enabled, there’s a good chance your photo will stick around for up to 30 days.
If you empty the ‘Trash’ folder, you’re out of luck.
Any images you delete will appear in the Recently Deleted album. Whether you have iCloud enabled or not, you’ll have up to 30 days to get them back
Any images you delete will appear in the Recently Deleted album.
Whether you have iCloud enabled or not, you’ll have up to 30 days to get them back.
● Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
● Select Albums and tap Recently Deleted.
● Use Face ID or Touch ID if prompted.
● Select the deleted photo and tap Recover.
If you can’t find a deleted pic, there’s a slim chance it’s actually ‘hidden.’
● Open the Photos app. Select Albums and tap Hidden under Utilities.
● Use Face ID or Touch ID if prompted.
● Select the photo you want to unhide. Tap the More button and select Unhide.
Voila! And now your deleted (or hidden) photo is back.
Let’s say you struck out …
A cute picture of your dog/cat/kid isn’t in the ‘Trash’ folder. It’s time to bring in the heavy hitter.
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When all else fails, you can try a third-party tool.
Stellar Data Recovery is a popular option, but it’s not cheap.
The program starts at $29.99 for Android users and $39.99 for iPhone users.
It’s not the cheapest software out there — but it’s a safer alternative when compared to nasty, invasive programs that claim to be free.
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how it works:
● Download Stellar Data Recovery onto your computer.
● Connect your Android or iPhone via USB, then launch the software.
● Choose the type of data you’d like to recover. In this case, photos.
● Select your Android or iPhone device and click Scan.
● Once finished, any recoverable photos will be displayed.
Backup is the best prevention
Android and iOS let you back up your photos to the cloud for safekeeping. It’s easy, and you don’t have to install extra software to do it.
On an iPhone:
● Open Settings on your device and tap your name at the top.
● Tap iCloud, then Photos.
● Turn on iCloud Photos to start saving your photos to the cloud.
The process may take some time to complete. Once it’s finished, any photos you take will be automatically saved to the cloud. You can also view them on your desktop by signing into iCloud.com with your Apple ID.
● Open the Google Photos app and sign in if you need to.
● On the top right, tap your account photo or initial.
● Select Photos settings, followed by Back up and sync.
● Toggle Back up and sync on.
● You can now Save the photo in your desired location.
Once your backup is done, future photos you take will be saved to the cloud. You can view, edit, and sort them inside the Google Photos app and see them from your desktop at Google.com/photos.
Note: iCloud and Google Photos come with limited free storage. More will cost you 99 cents to $1.99 per month.
If you have an Amazon Prime account, Amazon Photos offers free unlimited, full-resolution photo storage, plus 5 GB of video storage for Prime members. Get a 30-day free trial if you want to try it out.