Recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Galaxy S4

Recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Galaxy S4: We’ll discuss the various methods that you can go about recovering your deleted Galaxy S4 videos, photos, etc. Also, there are some videos that you might find useful. Let’s begin! Note that the methods outlined work both for to recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Galaxy S4’s internal memory and the external SD Card memory as well.

Things you’ll need

Recover Deleted Images On Galaxy S4 with Recuva

Recuva: By now, you ought to have already downloaded and installed Recuva on your Windows 10 (works with most other versions) PC. Start the program and choose what types of files you want to try and retrieve.  In order for Recuva to restore deleted Galaxy S4 photos, you have to connect your Galaxy S4 to your computer or insert the memory card/SD Card directly.

  • Click through the menu until you reach a screen asking you which location to search for deleted files.
  • Plug your card reader into your computer or connect the Samsung Galaxy S4 and select the root directory where your camera stores the image files.
  • Normally called DCIM, or the name of the camera manufacturer or model.

Run the scan and see what files it turns up. Hopefully you will get some results here, which means the software has found your images. Select all the images you want to restore, and click the “Recover” button.

  • Choose a place you want to restore the files to.
  • You will want to choose somewhere you can access easily, like the desktop or your pictures folder.

Check the files that have been recovered, then back them up! That’s it for Recuva, you’ve successfully learned how to recover deleted images from Samsung Galaxy S4 using Recuva. If you don’t find the files with Recuva, you can always try out DiskDigger, another great choice.

Recover Deleted Pictures On Samsung Galaxy S4 with DiskDigger

The good thing, one of, about DiskDigger is that it doesn’t require installationYou can save it a flash drive or other storage device and use it on the go, as is. If you’re restoring deleted images from a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, then here’s what you need to do:

  • Start Diskdigger
  • Choose the drive you want to recover from
  • Choose whether to do a deep scan, or a deeper scan (the first option works just fine).

Once done, run the search and find. The program will display each of your deleted picture files in a window and you can choose the ones that you’d like to restore. In case the names are not recognizable, DiskDigger has a built in preview tool to help you discern what each image is about. Next up, PhotoRec for Mac.

Recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Galaxy S4 with PhotoRec

For PhotoRec, the process looks a little more complicated but you’re using Mac so you’re probably already accustomed to these types of interfaces, as it’s a command-line interface rather than a graphical/visual one. These steps will help you along the way so no need to worry.

  • Start up PhotoRec and enter your Mac password if prompted, so the program can have access to all drives.
  • Then, select the drive that you want to recover (i.e. your memory card) using the arrow keys to highlight the correct option.
  • Press enter to proceed, and choose the FAT16/32 partition in order to scan the directory structure set up by your camera.
  • Press enter to keep going to the next menu, and select the Other option (FAT/NTFS).

Continue to the next screen using the enter key. This next selection will tell the program where to look for the files. If you suspect the memory card is corrupted, use the “Whole” selection. Otherwise for deleted files, select “Free”. Hit enter again and select where to save the recovered files — use the C key to confirm. Then, start the recovery process.

Recover Deleted Photos on Galaxy S4 with Dr.Fone for Android by Wondershare

In order to use Dr.Fone for Android by Wondershare to recover delete photos on Samsung Galaxy S4 devices, your Galaxy S4 needs to be rooted. If it is not, then this section of the guide is not useful for you. If it is, then continue with the following steps:


  • This process requires root privileges on your Galaxy S4.
  • USB debugging enabled
  • For Galaxy S4 devices running Lollipop, authorize the PC via the prompt that appears on your phone.


  • Turn off Wi-Fi and data connections on your Galaxy S4.
  • Install Dr.Fone for Android, launch it and register.
  • Connect your Galaxy S4 to your computer with a USB cable

Once Dr.Fone for Android makes the connection to your Galaxy S4 smartphone, you’ll be able to select the types of deleted files that you want to recover. You then have to choose whether you want to scan for deleted files or all files. For a speedy recovery of lost pictures, select the ‘Deleted files’ option. Accept the RSA key prompt on your smartphone (check ‘Always accept’), making the connection between the two devices secure and, of course, grant Superuser permission when prompted.

  • Dr.Fone will analyze your Galaxy S4 and reboot it.
  • If you receive a message on your PC to say your phone has connected again, ignore it.
  • Any prompts on your phone that request permissions for Dr.Fone should be granted.
  • Once Dr.Fone analyzes your phone you’ll get the scan results screen where you can check the boxes for the photos (or other files) that you want to save, then hit Recover and you’re done.

Thanks for reading: How to Recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones. We hope that this tutorial has helped you.  This post is a supplementary article for the how to Recover Deleted Photos from Android article.

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