How to recover your mistakenly deleted data and photos on Android

Recovering deleted photos or files on Android is quite possible. And it’s even very easy. There are several solutions for this. Some require a PC, some don’t. We have selected the two easiest to use for you. They use DiskDigger Photo Recovery and Dumpster. They will allow you to do the manipulation directly on your phone. One of them requires root to work effectively and the other does not.

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Recover Accidentally Deleted Photos on Android

Who has never experienced this? A gesture that slips, the movement of too much and presto, the photos of holidays with Grandmother (or photos much more unmentionable) are directly deleted without any other form of process. You are inconsolable before the immense loss of these precious files. Dry your tears, a solution exists.

And her name is DiskDigger Photo Recovery. The application is free for recovering mistakenly deleted photos, but there is also a paid Pro version for recovering other types of data. This costs €2.64 on the Play Store. Whether it’s the free or paid version, this solution requires rooting your smartphone or tablet to fully function. If this is not the case, you will not be able to explore the extent of it. Start by downloading the application by clicking on the link below.

Dumpster on Play Store
  • If your device is not rooted, the app will perform a “limited” scan of your deleted photos by looking for them in the cache. Only photos freshly deleted by mistake can therefore be saved. (because it is less likely that the system is already overwritten on the flash memory sectors where they were physically stored).
  • If your device is rooted, the application will search for photos in all the memory of your device and will flush out all traces of photos, but also deleted videos.
  • Select a partition to scan, then choose the file types to recover. To save a lot of time, we advise you to select only the desired file type.
  • Once the search is started, the application begins to display all the photos present on your device (those deleted or not). The scan takes a very long time. So don’t lose patience: you will eventually find the photos you are looking for.
  • Once found, select them and save them locally or in the Cloud.

This solution really works: it allows you to recover photos deleted by mistake. The sooner you use it after deletion, the greater your chance of recovering the images. Indeed, when files are deleted from your smartphone, they do not disappear from storage, but just are deleted from the registry, making them invisible to the system. Physically, the files are still present until other data replaces it. The longer you let the time pass, the less likely you will be to recover some or all of the deleted photos.

Second solution: an application that serves as a recycle bin

Some brands offer a trash can in the Gallery by default. Any deleted image is first kept in a transient folder which functions as a recycle bin (with, sometimes, a time limit to recover them before permanent deletion). For models that do not benefit from this feature, there is fortunately a solution. Her name is Dumpster.

Once active, this application from the Google Play Store can watch over the main media files in order to save you from disaster in almost all circumstances. Indeed, the app runs modestly in the background and plays the role of your favorite trash can on the computer. This is enough to make the concept familiar to you! It will simply be necessary to ensure a mandatory prerequisite. Dumpster will have to be installed before committing the irreparable. Understood, the application will not be able to recover a file erased before its installation. It’s logic.


  • Download thedumpster app on your precious Android device by clicking below.
Dumpster on Play Store

How to Configure Dumpster Efficiently

  • Accept the End User License Agreement.
  • Configure what will be the files to protect by clicking on/off. The initial, default configuration should be fine for most uses. Validate then.
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  • After one analysis of your files (the operation should take about ten seconds), you arrive at the main screen of Dumpster.
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  • The interface is very readable. On the symbol at the top right, it is possible to sort by date, size, type and name.
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  • Under Dumpster, it is possible to classify theview by file type, a very practical function.
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Recover file deleted by mistake

  • From now on, any erased file will appear in this very practical “basket”, example with these few beautiful photographs. Freshly erased, so we find them here (with an Eternity Warriors 3 advertisement).
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  • By clicking on the type of media, here Camera, oh joy, we find all the deleted files.
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Permanently delete all protected files

  • By default, the application will back up all the files chosen during the initial configuration.
  • It is still possible to specify a number of days or weeks before complete deletion saved media by going to the settings.
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  • Other option, if you prefer delete files before this time (or because you deactivated the previous function), just go to the menu at the top right.
  • Then select “Empty Dumpster“. As indicated, this operation is irreversible, so be careful!
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You now have all the cards in hand to avoid disaster. Finally, note that Dumpster does not monitor all files on the device, but just the media indicated in the initial configuration. Let’s take a very simple example. If you use a file explorer and you delete an obscure .phn file, then it will really be erased.

These are the few limitations of such an application. Finally, this tutorial uses the free version of the application. If you switch to the paid version (2.99 euros), you will then have the possibility of removing the advertising screens and protect permanent deletion by a secret code. Practical in case curious little ones have fun going to see your personal basket.

Did you encounter any difficulties? Any comments to improve this tutorial? Tell us everything in the comments of this article. And to go further, also follow this tutorial: how to backup all your data on Android.

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