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How to Recover Photos from SD Card on Android Phone & Tablet

Rob Parsons Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:21 PM

I need to recover deleted photos from the memory card. It's a San-disk 32 GB MicroSD card I use on my phone with Android 8.1. I accidentally deleted a photo that is really valuable for me. I never back it up anywhere. How to do next?

Now and then your phone's internal storage is clogged up, and tend to feel sluggish. Then you insert an SD card to Android phone to save the camera photos which take a lot of room. Chances are you or someone accidentally deleted important photos on the memory card.

Take it easy! There're ways to recover pictures on SD card in Android smartphone, and chances are good if you haven't written anything to the card before conducting the recovery.

Option 1: Restore SD Card Images on Android via Google Photos

Google Photos is by far the easiest approach for both backing up & syncing photos on an SD card (or internal storage), and subsequently restoring them to an Android device—whenever you mistakenly deleted a couple of photos.

Once you've enabled "Backup & sync" feature in Google Photos, it's then a breeze to restore deleted pictures to SD card on Android. You will need to download photos from Google Photos to device first and then transfer them back to external memory card.

  • Open Google Photos app on Android.
  • Open the photo(s) you wish to restore to SD card
  • Tap three dots located at the upper right of the screen.
  • Tap Download (Save to device on some models) to save the image to Gallery.
  • Now move the downloaded photos to SD card. [Refer to this instruction].

Fail to back up photos from SD card to Google Photos? Get the answer from this post.

Option 2: Grab Android SD Card Recovery App and Card Reader

Though you've never backed up the photos locally or online, you can connect the SD card to a computer and use a dedicated recovery utility to attempt to recover deleted photos from Android SD memory card. One of the most portable software options is SD Card Data Recovery, which works on both Windows and Mac computers.

The light-weight program uses a smart technique to quickly get access to SD card storage for lost or deleted photos and then retrieve them to computer. It natively supports all formats created by the Android phones: JEPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, etc. There's a "Deep Scan" feature which can handle more stubborn files.

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The program isn't difficult to use - just run the quick scan and see what files have been found. Follow the step-by-step guide precisely, and you'll be able to retrieve photos from SD card on Android phone & tablet, and get back the precious pictures in no time.

Perform Android Pictures Recovery from MicroSD Card

Go and download Data Recover via the green Download Now button above, and then install it on any computer.

Step 1: Connect SD memory card to computer

When discover the loss of pictures on the SD card, take the card out of Android, and then put in into the computer via a card reader.

The card will be then recognized and you can see it on the program's interface.

Step 2: Select "Image" and drive to scan

Proceed to choose "Image" and the drive for your inserted SD card.

Click the blue Scan button on the lower right of the screen.

Get Back Lost Photos on Android SD Card

Step 3: Choose lost or deleted photos to retrieve

The Android SD card photos recovery tool will automatically force a quick scan. Don't press on "Deep Scan" until you fail on your first attempt to retrieve the pictures, as the in-depth scan could take much more time upon the size the of the photo files.

When this finishes, you will see the found pictures on the screen, classified by image file formats.

Check the tiny boxes next to each name in order to select the pictures you're going to recover.

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Step 4: Retrieve SD card photos in Android mobile and save locally

Click Recover button, and then choose a folder different from the scanned SD card to store the recovered photos.

Hit the Recover button again and you should be good to go.

Once your photos get back, you can transfer them back to your Android photo library.

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Option 3: Employ Android Pictures Recovery Software

What if you don't prefer to use a card reader? In this case, Android Data Recovery is awesome for recovering photos from SD on an Android smartphone. It will identify the SD card inserted in Android and scan around it for the disappeared pictures.

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  • Open the tool, and connect Android to computer.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on the device (instructions).
  • Highlight "Gallery" and "Photo Library", then click next button.
  • When prompted, click Rooting Tool button and download KingoRoot to have your Android rooted. [Read also: How to root and unroot an Android device]
  • Wait for the program scanning images on the SD card as well as internal memory.
  • When it's done, choose the images you're trying to retrieve.
  • Press Recover button to retrieve MicroSD card deleted photos on Android, and save onto computer.

Also Read: How to Get Back Photos on Android


Hopefully these methods will have retrieved photos on Android SD storage, and any problems you have been with the SD will disappear. BTW, having backups of any precious images over the cloud storage gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you can always get them back.

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