Samsung Photo Recovery: How to Recover Photos from Samsung Phones and Tablets

Taking photos with a mobile camera on a Samsung device doesn’t require any technical expertise, and is much easier to do compared to pulling out a good ol’ point and shoot camera or a bulky DSLR. Mobile cameras allow you to capture precious moments with family and friends, or panoramic vistas of your vacation, so that you can reminisce the good times for years to come.

But what if your photos accidently disappear or get deleted due to one or more problems with your Samsung device? Even if you haven’t experienced the tragic loss of your photos, you should take the necessary precautions to safeguard them because “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.

So if you're wondering how to recover deleted photos from Samsung phones, good news is that there are several ways to go about it, some that may work more efficiently and quickly than others.

Increase the success rate of Samsung photo recovery

Even though you may have accidently deleted photos from your Samsung device, they are still stored in its hidden memory. But Samsung photo recovery in this case is only possible if those files aren’t overwritten by new ones. This means that you should refrain from taking any new photos or transferring any new files regardless of the type until you recover photos from Samsung device.

Furthermore, it is recommended that you turn connectivity options such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off, because certain apps tend to download files automatically when connected to the internet via these options.

In order to ensure no new data gets loaded onto your device, your best bet is to stop using the device completely until you recover the photos and files you need.

And apart from not using the phone in order to prevent new data being loaded onto the device, it is equally important that you do not delete data anymore, because you may mistakenly delete a few essential files permanently.

Find a reliable tool for Samsung photo recovery

Apart from not loading new photos and files onto your device in an effort to prevent overwriting, it is also important to find a trusted solution to help you recover your deleted photos.

When looking for the best solution for Samsung photo recovery, it’s really easy to get lost in the crowd and settle for freeware or the cheapest option available. But free is not always the best option, and most software solutions that fall in this segment are either tedious to use, or lack essential features needed to get the job done right.

When the question of how to recover deleted photos from Samsung crops up, one of the easiest and efficient solutions is undoubtedly dr.fone – Recover for several good reasons.

dr.fone - Recover (Android)

Most Reliable Samsung Photo Recovery Software to Help You Out

  • Not just limited to Samsung photos, but recovering several types of file types: contacts, messages and even app data.
  • Works well for a wide range of scenarios such as deleted Samsung photos by accident, broken phone data recovery and selective recovery as well.
  • Simply a joy to get your deleted photos back on Samsung: connect, scan, and recover the photos that you once thought were gone forever.
  • Compatibility with Samsung devices running Android OS 2.1 to the latest to 7.0.
Available on: Windows Mac
4,831,740 people have downloaded it

So whether you're working with an old version or new version of Android Samsung, great chances are that you can get your lost photos back.

Before you set out to use dr.fone – Recover to retrieve your lost photos, it is important to determine whether the photos are stored in the internal storage or microSD card of the device or if you want to recover photos from a broken device. Reason being that the process to recover photos with dr.fone – Recover varies according to the situation, and knowing exactly where the photos are stored will speed up the recovery process.

Scene 1: Recover deleted photos from a Samsung device

If the photos that you wish to recover are stored on the your Samsung device itself (that is, internal storage), you first need to download the correct version of dr.fone – Recover for your operating system whether Windows or MacOS.

Step 1. Install the software and then launch it to start the recovery process.

Step 2. Connect the Samsung device with your computer with an appropriate USB cable. You will then be prompted to enable USB debugging mode, which is done via the settings menu on your device. Follow the onscreen instructions carefully, and make note of the version of Android running on your device if you don’t know it already.

Step 3. Now click next, and Allow Superuser mode if you have a rooted device.

Step 4. The scanning process will now commence, and you will be presented with the option to choose the item (s) that you wish to recover, and your preferred scanning mode.

samsung photo recovery from internal storage
Start to recover Samsung photos from internal storage

The “Scan for Deleted files” mode is less intense and quicker than the “Scan for All files”option. Click Next to begin the scanning process, and remember that you can always pause the scanning process by clicking “Pause”.

modes to recover samsung photos
Choose a scanning mode for Samsung photo recovery

Step 5. The dr.fone – Recover dashboard should now be populated with the results of the scan, from where you can preview the items and decide which ones you’d like to recover. After you select all the items you wish to recover, click Recover and you will be asked to choose where you’d like to store the photos.

lost samsung photos scanned out
Select the detected Samsung photos to recover

Scene 2: Recover deleted photos from Samsung SD card

If you accidently wiped out photos from your SD card and wish to recover them, don’t pull your hair out just yet because here’s how to go recover them with dr.fone – Recover.

Step 1. Fire up the dr.fone – Recover software on your computer, and select Recover.

launch the samsung photo recovery tool
Start Samsung photo recovery software

Step 2. Next, connect the Android mobile device with the memory card inserted or memory card inserted into a card reader with your computer. Now click Next!

Use a SD card reader
Use SD card reader to help Samsung photo recovery

Step 3. A window such as the one below will pop up once the software detects an SD card.

SD card detected
SD card detected for photo recovery

Step 4. Now you will be asked to select a scanning mode from two options—Standard Mode and Advanced Mode. It is recommended that you try the Standard Mode first, which allows you to scan for only deleted files or all files on your SD card. If you don’t see what you’re looking for with the Standard Mode, trigger the Advanced Mode for a more in depth scan.

standard and advanced modes for samsung photo recovery
Standard and advanced recovery modes

Step 5. After selecting your preferred recovery mode, click Next to begin scanning your SD card.

SD card being scanned
Scanning for deleted Samsung photos

Step 6. The dr.fone – Recover software interface should now be populated with all the files fetched as a result of the scan. They will be neatly displayed into categories, making it easy to select the ones you wish to recover. Lastly, select the ones you want, and click Recover.

lost samsung photos detected
Interface showing all the lost Samsung photos

Scene 3: Recover photos from a broken Samsung device

You can even recover media like photos and videos from a broken Samsung phone as long as you follow the following steps correctly.

Step 1. Launch dr.fone and click Recover.

samsung photo recovery on broken phones
Recover photos from broken Samsung

Step 2. Connect the broken Samsung phone with your computer using an appropriate USB cable and click Recover Data from Android.

Step 3. dr.fone – Recover by default will already have all the data types selected, but you can uncheck the ones you do not wish to recover. Once you’ve done that, click Start to continue.

go to SMS to export text messages
Select the photo file type for Samsung photo recovery

Step 4. You will now be prompted to select the state of your cell phone: Touch does not work or Black/broken screen.

different samsung faults
Choose the correct fault type for Samsung photo recovery

Step 5. Once you’ve selected the right fault to match the phone state, you will be presented with a window that asks to select the correct device name and model of your device. Take note that this function only works on a handful of Samsung devices— Samsung devices in Galaxy S, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab series at the time of writing. Now click Next.

select samsung device model
Select the correct Samsung device model

Step 6. It is highly important that you select the right device name and model from the above dropdown menu otherwise you will have bigger issues to deal with. Then enter the code as instructed.

confirm samsung photo recovery
Enter the code "confirm" to continue Samsung photo recovery

Step 7. Next, follow the onscreen instructions to put your device into Download mode.

  1. Turn the device off by hitting the power button.
  2. Press and hold Volume "-", "Home" and "Power" button on the phone.
  3. Press "Volume +" button to enter download mode.
download mode of samsung
Boot your Samsung phone into Download mode

Step 8. Once your phone enters Download mode, dr.fone – Recover will begin to analyze the connected device, and download the recovery package.

download the recovery package for samsung
Downloading Samsung photo recovery package

Step 9. After the scanning process is complete, you will see the files types displayed by categories. Lastly, select the files to preview, and then click Recover to save all the photos you thought were gone with the wind.

review deleted samsung photos to recover
Preview photos to recover to your Samsung device

Scene 4: Samsung photo recovery from the cloud

If you did take the extra step of syncing the photos on your device with Google Photos via your Gmail account, good news is that they can be all yours again in just a few clicks, and without using a computer. However, it is important to note that photos that are deleted are stored in the Trash folder for 60 days from the time of deletion.

Step 1. Open the Google Photos app on your Samsung device.

Samsung photo recovery from the cloud
Recover Samsung photos from cloud

Step 2. Navigate to the top main menu and then select Trash.

Step 3. Select the files you want to recover, and tap Restore.

select the file type to recover
Select the photo for recovery

Step 4. The photos will now be restored back to the folder (s) from where they were initially deleted.

Why it is possible to recover photos from Samsung devices?

In order to select the best way to recover photos from Samsung devices, it is important to understand how Samsung stores photos on mobile devices.

Photos taken with your Samsung device are stored by default on your device’s internal storage (similar to the hard drive on your computer). However, your device will prompt you to select a location if you have a microSD card installed.

You can also configure the photo app on your Samsung device to back up your photos to the cloud with Google Photos/Drive or Dropbox. In terms of backing up your Samsung photos to the cloud, it is important to note that photos stored in the cloud are in sync with your device and vice versa. If you delete a photo from your Samsung device, it is still available on the cloud for some time.

So why Samsung photo recovery is possible even if you delete them knowing or unknowingly in other situations?

Deleted Samsung photos are still stored in the data area of the phone, and will only be permanently wiped off when they are overwritten by new data. Some of the major causes of data loss include flashing ROM, damaged or broken phone, restoring factory settings and incorrect operation among others.

Tips: Prevent photo loss on Samsung devices

It is always good practice to backup your photos using any of the many online and offline storage solutions available. This will truly save a tremendous amount of heartache moving forward. Most of the available mobile media backup solutions offer the essential features for backup and recovery, but on the downside often entail a complicated process.

Backing up to the PC

When choosing the best Samsung photo backup software, you need to be looking at two things—performance and usability, both available with the dr.fone – Backup & Restore software. Here are 6 key advantages of using dr.fone – Backup & Restore as your primary mobile backup solution.

dr.fone - Backup & Restore (Android)

Best Backup Software for Samsung photos and More

  • Ability to select files and back up with just one click.
  • Compatibility with over 8000 Android devices.
  • Preview and restore the backup to any Android/iOS devices.
  • Backup files are never overwritten.
  • Support for 9 different file types.
  • Easy to use with no technical expertise required.
Available on: Windows
3,870,698 people have downloaded it

Backing up to the cloud periodically

One of the most common ways to backup your photos is with Google’s native Google Drive app. Here’s how to go about it.

Step 1. Start by opening the Google Drive app on your Samsung device, and then from the main window click the red plus icon at the lower-right corner. Then choose the "Upload" button.

upload samsung photos to cloud
Back up Samsung photos to cloud

Step 2. Select the files you wish to backup such images, audios, videos, Word/Excel/PPT/PDF documents, and more, and click the Done button to initiate the backup process.

Select the file type to upload
Upload Samsung photos

Final thoughts

Lost your precious photos? Or think you did? Worry not because there’s a good chance you can cherish them once again with the recovery solutions listed above. Many of them offer basic features, but dr.fone – Recover truly takes the gold in this space owing mostly to its ease of use, performance and best of all compatibility with a large number of Android devices.

If the information presented above didn’t help resolve your issues or didn’t help you recover the files you were looking for, please let us know your thoughts in the comments section. And if the software did work its charm, you can share it with your friends too!


1.Samsung Data Recovery
2 Samsung Backup
3 Samsung Problems
4 Samsung Kies
5 Samsung Manager

They're downloading

dr.fone - Recover (Android)

dr.fone - Recover (Android)

Recover deleted data from Android devices, SD cards and broken Android devices.

dr.fone - Backup & Restore (Android)

dr.fone - Backup & Restore (Android)

Backup data on your Android devices easily and restore backup files selectively to any device.

Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Hot Articles
Home > How-to > Samsung > Samsung Photo Recovery: How to Recover Photos from Samsung Phones and Tablets