A friend had about 60 photos that were very important to her, because she is planning to use them in a lawsuit.

She wanted to upload the photos to Google Drive and then delete them from the phone, but apparently she deleted them before the upload was finished (only 3 photos were uploaded).

Is there a safe way to recover the deleted photos? From what I can read on the internet, there are apps such as DiskDigger that will help recover deleted files, but I am worried about something: if I start doing stuff on the phone which involves moving things in memory like installing new apps, am I not taking the risk that the photos will be "hard-erased"?

What should I do? Thank you for your advice.


  • Phone is a Samsung with Android 4.42
  • Application used to take/handle photos is Camera (Google Photos not installed)
  • Memory used is internal memory. There is 142Mb free space available right now.
  • Every use of the device (especially taking more photos) reduces your chances of a successful recovery, yes. As this kind of question was asked a couple of times already, may I suggest you consult our data-recovery tag-wiki while waiting for answers – and edit your post to include where the photos were stored (internal storage or external SD card), as that's important for the recovery approach? – Izzy Apr 3 '17 at 19:11
  • Thanks for your comment. I'll edit the question. I know similar questions were asked, I hope the specificity of my question is still worth asking. – Seub Apr 3 '17 at 19:19
  • "Internal storage" and "not rooted" makes it hard – as you would have to install something to access the file system for recovery (an SD card could be used via a card reader on a computer), and the installation would take place on the very same storage (ouch, only 142M free makes overwriting even more likely). I have a list of recovery apps on my site you could check (and indeed, DiskDigger is in that list and well rated). Skip the "recycle bins", as they're no use for your situation. – Izzy Apr 3 '17 at 19:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.