How to Recover Deleted Images From Phone Memory

By Ty Arthur

Your cell phone can be a useful tool for quickly taking snapshots of friends and family. If you've accidentally deleted an important photo, you don't need to lose that memory forever, as it is a relatively simple process to recover lost data. When you delete a file from your phone's memory it isn't actually deleted. You can use a file recovery utility to scan through your phone's memory and recover the lost image file.

Step 1

Use one of the Resources links to access a data recovery program such as Recover My Files or Data Doctor Recovery. Download the program and follow the on-screen installation instructions.

Step 2

Remove the cell phone's memory card. Insert the card into the corresponding port on your computer's built-in memory cards reader.

Step 3

Acquire an external card reader if your computer doesn't have a built-in unit. Attach the card reader to a USB port and then insert the memory card into the reader.

Step 4

Open the data recovery program. Choose the option labeled "Complete Recovery" or something similar. Click "Next."

Step 5

Click the check box that corresponds to the memory card connected to your computer. Click "Next."

Step 6

Scroll through the list of file types that the program can recover. Click the check box labeled "Images" or "Graphics." Select "Next."

Step 7

Click "Start" and wait for the program to search for deleted image files on the phone's memory card. Check through the list of detected files and find the one you want to recover.

Step 8

Click the file and then choose "Save." Choose the location on your computer's hard drive or on the phone's memory card where you want the recovered file to be saved. Repeat the process with any additional image files you want to recover.