Losing important data from an Android phone can be a distressing experience. When data is permanently deleted, it may seem like all hope is lost. However, there are methods you can try to recover your precious files. Here are few steps on how to recover permanently deleted data from an Android phone. While success is not 100% guaranteed, these techniques can significantly increase your chances of retrieving your lost files.
The moment you realize that data has been permanently deleted, it's crucial to stop using your phone right away. Continuing to use the device increases the risk of new data overwriting the deleted files, making recovery more difficult. By halting any further data operations, you preserve the integrity of the deleted files and improve the likelihood of successful recovery.
If you had previously enabled Google Backup on your Android phone, there's a chance that your data may have been backed up to your Google account. To check if this option is available, navigate to Settings > System > Backup and verify if Google Backup is enabled. If it is, you can potentially restore some of your deleted data from the backup, saving you from permanent loss.
To recover lost photos using Google Photos:
Open the Google Photos app: Launch the Google Photos app on your Android phone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in with the Google account linked to your photos.
Tap the "Library" tab: Located at the bottom of the screen, tap on the "Library" tab to access additional options.
Select "Trash": In the Library tab, you'll find several options. Look for "Trash" and tap on it. This is where deleted photos are temporarily stored.
Browse and select photos: Inside the Trash folder, you will see a list of deleted photos. Scroll through the images and select the ones you want to recover. You can tap on individual photos to mark them for recovery.
Recover photos: Once you have selected the photos you want to recover, tap the "Restore" button. This will restore the selected photos back to your Google Photos library.
Check your albums: After restoring the photos, navigate to your albums or the main photo feed to ensure that the recovered photos are now visible in your Google Photos library.
It's important to note that the photos in the Trash folder are kept for 60 days before being permanently deleted. If you don't recover them within this period, they will be permanently removed from your Google Photos account.
Additionally, if you have previously enabled the "Back up & sync" feature in Google Photos, your deleted photos may still be available in the "Recently Deleted" folder for up to 60 days. This folder is separate from the Trash folder and can be accessed by following these steps: