According to a recent report, people around the world have taken 1 trillion photos with their phones. It goes without saying that smart devices equipped with quality lenses and high pixel cameras have turned users into prolific shutterbugs.
In 2014, a record of 2.7 trillion photos were stored on smartphones. 80% of this number resided in Android models. With so many images flying around, it is natural to accidentally delete a few. But pictures are memories and some may be irreplaceable.
What you need is a simple, quick and effective recovery software that can dig into the recesses of your device and retrieve your precious photos. Dr. Fone for Android is such a solution.
It supports over 2000 Android makes and models, and works in perfect synch with all the OS versions in the market today.
Preparing your Device
Some prep is required before a device can be probed by Dr. Fone. The whole process is broken down into three distinct milestones:
Milestone 1: Device Connection
Milestone 2: Device Identification
Milestone 3: Preparation for the scan and the actual scan
Please keep in mind the following details before connecting your device to Dr. Fone:
- You must stop using the device as soon as an image is deleted. This prevents overwriting of information with new data and makes the recovery more successful.
- The scan must be initiated with at least 20% charge in the battery.
- The device can’t be identified unless it is in USB Debugging mode. To activate the same:
- Click on the Settings icon under the Applications tab.
- Scroll down to access Developer Options.
- Check the box against USB Debugging.
If the process seems a little bit complicated, don’t worry. A guide will appear with illustrated instructions on how to go through the process for different OS versions.
The Actual Retrieval Process
Step 1: Connect the Device to a PC or Laptop with Dr. Fone Installed on It
This is possible with the help of the USB cord provided with the handset. The following screen greets the user, prompting the connection.
Step 2: Allow Dr. Fone to Identify the Connected Device
Upon successful connection, Dr. Fone identifies the connected device by checking its make and model against the data of accepted devices stored in its repository. This may take up to a few minutes and is only possible in the USB Debugging Mode.
Returning users may need to click ‘Allow’ on the Superuser Authorization pop-up presented on their phone and hit ‘Start’ on the computer, as indicated below.
The following screen indicates that the identification is complete. Hitting ‘Next’ takes the user forward to the third and final milestone.
Step 3: Choose Data Type and Scan Mode
Dr. Fone can recover data in multiple types and format. Users must keep in mind though that the more types they select for retrieval, the slower are the results and heavier is the processing power use.
For the purpose of this tutorial, since only images need to be retrieved, the checkbox next to the option ‘Gallery’ should be ticked. Clicking ‘Next’ pulls up the scan mode selection page.
Select the option ‘Scan for deleted files’ under the Standard Mode. As stated, it takes less time and restricts the search to deleted data only. Advanced Mode is for the more tech-savvy users.
Step 4: Allow Dr. Fone to Apply a Root to the Device
Without root application, it is not possible to recover deleted pictures Android. The root ensures that the device warranty is not violated.
This phase also displays important information about the smart phone like its device name and type, its version, number and so on… This data proves to be useful if the phone is stolen and requires tracking.
Step 5: Choose Individual Files and Recover Them to a PC or Laptop
With the root application concluded satisfactorily, it is time for the actual scan to start.
Users have two recovery options:
1. They can recover important items on the fly while the scan is underway. There are two buttons presented to them, Stop and Pause. Using the former stops the scan midway, the latter pauses it so that it can be resumed at a later time. When the scan is paused or stopped altogether, the ‘Recover’ button becomes clickable.
2. They can allow the scan to complete. If this is the case, the directory to the left is fully updated with the actual file count. Since this tutorial is concerned with the retrieval of images, that is the only available option shown here. The individual items are to the right.
Users can select the items they want to recover by checking the boxes next to each. Using the bar to the extreme right allows direct searching of data by name.
Once ‘Recover’ is clicked, the following popup will appear. Users can then ‘Browse’ to select the location where they wish to save the retrieved images.
And this completes the process to recover deleted pictures Android. The accidentally deleted image files can now be transferred back to the original device or printed for safekeeping.
As you can see, retrieving files from Dr. Fone is easy with 5 simple steps.
- Connect the Android device to a PC or laptop where the program is installed.
- Allow Dr. Fone to identify the connected device.
- Choose the data type to recover and the mode of scanning.
- Allow application of root to the device.
- Recover individual items.