How to Recover Photos from Android after Factory Reset

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“HELP! I’m so upset right now. A few of my Android apps weren’t working. Then I backed up my information and did a factory reset for my new bought Samsung Galaxy phone, but when I restored it I realized my pictures hadn’t been backed up. I am incredibly upset about this, and would love to know if there is a way of recovering those photos. Thank you in advanced!”– One Android user asked on AndroidForum.

The factory reset will wipe out all data and settings on your Android device, no matter it is Samsung or other phone brand. If you didn’t backup your photos before resetting, you may not restore the photos except you use some professional Android data recovery software. And in this post, we’ll show you how to use this kind of app to recover your lost photos from your Samsung Galaxy device. Not 100% recovery rate, but you can have a try since you have no other choice available.

How does Android data recovery app work?

Actually, your lost pictures won’t be completely erased from Android device unless some new created data overwrite the pictures leftover. Therefore, the Android data recovery apps can scan your device and the SD card on your device to find the deleted items. After the scan, these apps even enables you to preview the lost pictures and help you choose any items to recover to your Android device.

Usually, these apps run on computer and can be used to recover data from most of popular android devices including Samsung, HTC, LG, HUAWEI, Sony etc. Therefore, no matter what brand you are using, you can have a try.

Next, to make you know better on how to use this kind of Android data recovery, we take Wondershare dr.fone as an example, and we’ll show you how to recover photos from Android phone with this app.

5 Steps to Recover Photos from Android after Factory Reset with Dr.fone

Step 1. Launch wondershare dr.fone for Android on your PC/Mac, choose “Recover” when you see the following interface. Then connect your Android device to the computer via cable.

Click Recover to recover data on android

Click Recover to recover data on android

Step 2. Please make sure you have enabled USB debugging on your Android device. You need to allow the program superuser authorization on the screen if your Android device is a rooted one. Simply follow the instructions, stated in the window of the software.

Also Read: What is “Rooting” on Android? The Advantages and Disadvantages

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Allow the program superuser authorization on Android phone

Step 3. You can choose “Gallery” to recover when you see the interface as follows. After the selection, click on Next.

Select Gallery to recover

Select Gallery to recover

Step 4. After clicking on “Next” button, dr.fone offers you two scanning modes: Standard and Advanced. It is highly recommended to go for “Scan for deleted files” in Standard Mode. After the selection, click on “Next” to go ahead with the scanning process.

Scan only for deleted files with drfone

Scan only for deleted files with dr.fone

Step 5. After the scan process, you can select the Gallery and choose the items you want to recover by clicking on the “Recover” button at the bottom.

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As you can see, it’s simple to use Android data recovery apps to recover photos from Android phone or tablets. Besides photos, these apps are also capable of recovering other kind of data, such as messages, call history and contacts. So if you lost some other important content on your Android device after the factory reset, you can also try this method to get them back.

Of course, to avoid another data loss, you’d better to backup your device frequently. Thanks for your viewing, and if you have any better idea to recover android pictures, please post it on the comment section.

This entry was posted in on Dec 13, 2017 by Mandy Joyce.

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