I Deleted My Photos by Accident

Introduction

It can be a very frustrating or even heartbreaking experience to lose your images. Missing photos and videos can be lost forever. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to protect those precious memories.

File Recovery.

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For our next step, we need to determine what kind of device you are using.

? What kind of device are you using?

  1. Desktop
  2. Laptop
  3. Smartphone
  4. Tablet

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It can be a very frustrating or even heartbreaking experience to lose your images. Missing photos and videos can be lost forever. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to protect those precious memories.

File Recovery.

For our next step, we need to determine what kind of device you are using.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave

The following guide will walk you through the steps to recover files on your Windows computer.

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The following guide will walk you through the steps to recover files on your Mac computer.

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To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen
  1. Open the Google Photos app.
    Google Photos.
  2. Swipe from the left, and select Trash.
    Google Photos menu with Trash highlighted.
  3. Select Restore at the top.
    Trash with Restore highlighted.
  4. Select any images you wish to restore, then select Restore at the bottom right.
    Restore with item selected and restore highlighted.
  1. Open the Google Drive app.
    Google Drive.
  2. Swipe from left to right, and select Trash.
    Drive menu with Trash highlighted.
  3. Look through the files listed for missing files.
    1. If you see a file you wish to restore, select the 3-dot menu for that file.
      Trash with 3-dot menu highlighted.
    2. Select Restore from the menu.
      File menu with Restore highlighted.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the missing files in question are able to be recovered using traditional means. At this time, the only option for recovering your lost files involves contacting a data recovery firm.

Professional data recovery firms can salvage and repair data that has been otherwise lost forever. Of course, in some situations, data recovery won’t always be possible. Sometimes a system can be too corrupted or damaged to retrieve missing data. The methods used to recover lost data depend on how the data was lost in the first place. One of the major factors involved in data recovery is cost. Costs involved for data recovery services can carry a tremendous range (hundreds to thousands of dollars) and will vary based on a large number of factors involved with your data loss case.

Contacting a data recovery firm is completely optional. Some find that data recovery services are not the best fit based upon what information was lost. That being said, only you can know what your data is worth to you. Reaching out to a data recovery firm in your area to determine whether or not your data can be saved and what it may cost to do so will help determine if this option is a good fit for you.

If you intend to pursue professional data recovery services, it is extremely important you stop using your device. Shut it down and do not turn it back on until you have spoken with the professional data recovery service you have chosen.

Continuing to use your device in any way can destroy the data permanently, without any chance or hope of recovery.

iCloud automatically backs up your data, including your photos, to their cloud servers. It is possible your device isn't connected to iCloud, and can't show your missing data.

iCloud will automatically enable when you log in with your Apple ID for the first time.

You can manually sign in to iCloud, iTunes and App Store, iMessage, FaceTime, and your other Apple services in one place.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Sign in to your [device].
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password. If you don't have an Apple ID, tap Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it? and follow the on-screen prompts to set up your free Apple ID account.
  4. If you protect your account with two-factor authentication, enter the six-digit verification code and complete sign in.

iOS device showing the apple id selected

  1. Open the Photos App.
    iOS Photos.
  2. Select Albums.
    Photos app with Albums highlighted.
  3. Select the Recently Deleted album.
    Recently Deleted folder highlighted.
    The Recently Deleted album will only appear if there are items in it.

    Skip to the next step if you do not see the Recently Deleted album at the bottom of your Album list.
  4. If you see an item you were looking for select it.
    Recently deleted with image highlighted.
  5. Select Recover at the bottom.
    Image displayed with Recover highlighted.
  6. Select Recover Photo.
    Recover Photo highlighted.
  1. Open the Photos App.
    iOS Photos.
  2. Select Albums.
    Photos app with Albums highlighted.
  3. Select the Hidden album.
    Albums with Hidden highlighted.
    The Hidden album will only appear if there are items in it.

    Skip to the next step if you do not see the Hidden album at the bottom of your Album list.
  4. If you see the item you are looking for, select it.
    Hidden Album with image highlighted.
  5. Select the Menu icon at the bottom.
    Image display with Menu icon highlighted.
  6. Select Unhide.
    Photo menu with Unhide highlighted.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the missing files in question are able to be recovered using traditional means. At this time, the only option for recovering your lost files involves contacting a data recovery firm.

Professional data recovery firms can salvage and repair data that has been otherwise lost forever. Of course, in some situations, data recovery won’t always be possible. Sometimes a system can be too corrupted or damaged to retrieve missing data. The methods used to recover lost data depend on how the data was lost in the first place. One of the major factors involved in data recovery is cost. Costs involved for data recovery services can carry a tremendous range (hundreds to thousands of dollars) and will vary based on a large number of factors involved with your data loss case.

Contacting a data recovery firm is completely optional. Some find that data recovery services are not the best fit based upon what information was lost. That being said, only you can know what your data is worth to you. Reaching out to a data recovery firm in your area to determine whether or not your data can be saved and what it may cost to do so will help determine if this option is a good fit for you.

If you intend to pursue professional data recovery services, it is extremely important you stop using your device. Shut it down and do not turn it back on until you have spoken with the professional data recovery service you have chosen.

Continuing to use your device in any way can destroy the data permanently, without any chance or hope of recovery.

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