I got a Galaxy S6 recently and none of my private mode pictures were transferred from my Galaxy S5 when Sprint transferred everything to my new phone. My normal pictures appeared when I entered my gallery, however upon entering private mode, it was empty.

I still have my Galaxy S5, but it have been factory reset. Is there any way I could retrieve them?

  • Based on this comment on AndroidCentral, the pictures were stored on /storage/Private/. – Andrew T. Jan 13 '16 at 2:26
  • So is there any way to get to them or have they been permanently deleted? – user146000 Jan 13 '16 at 2:35
  • It's unclear by what you meant on the question. You didn't specify your previous device, or how you transferred the data to Galaxy S6. At best, I could only assume you had Galaxy S5 before, and you transferred the data your new S6 (I could be wrong...). So, please edit your question to add the details. Personally (I don't use Samsung, so I don't know), transferring is similar to copy-pasting the data, so your private pictures should still be there on your old device, but again, I could be wrong since I don't know how it works. – Andrew T. Jan 13 '16 at 2:40
  • Sorry for that... i did have an s5 and when sprint transferred my files to the s6, the private mode pictures did not appear. – user146000 Jan 13 '16 at 2:50
  • I tried to clarify the issue based on my understanding (you replaced your S5 with S6 after Sprint did the data transfer, so you don't have your S5 anymore)... is it correct? If not, feel free to edit it and improve the detail again. – Andrew T. Jan 13 '16 at 3:04

I once had my device reset (not exactly the factory reset though, my device got rebooted by itself and it got reset). As it's a kind of reset, all of mobile settings had been reset to default. Just for the sake of trying, I have enabled (reconfigured it, as if it's the first time) the private mode and provided the same pin, I have set earlier. Surprisingly all of my older files have appeared under the private section.

I'm not sure if this method works for a factory reset. But sure, it's worth a try.

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