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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Updated on May 7, 2013

It is not unusual that many people accidentally delete files and especially photos from their android phones. Specific emphasis is placed on the Samsung Galaxy S3. The confusion comes about with the ‘Delete All’ button and which an individual will tap and delete everything. Hence the need for android owners especially the Samsung Galaxy S3 owners to learn how to recover deleted photos from Samsung Galaxy S3.

Android phones allow for extended functionality which goes way beyond the normal functions of a mobile phone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 phone is perhaps at the top of the range and an android phone which is able to provide features that are top of the range. Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8-megapixel camera producing excellent close-up shots both indoors and out. The kinds of shots which the phone is able to capture are of very good quality.

Therefore, in the event that you have deleted photos from the Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, you should get into panic mode. The cause for alarm is unwarranted. The photos are not gone. The deleted photos are somewhere within the built-in drive or within an external SD card. In actual sense the photos have not left the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The implication of this fact is that with photo recovery software, all deleted photos can be recovered or brought back. The storage options both the drive and the expandable storage of the phone work like the hard drive of a computer. The operating system doesn’t actually destroy the photos and the videos; it instead identifies the locations of the photos as free or blank. The space can now be utilized to store new information or files. The photos will only be lost if the space has been overwritten.


First and foremost, recovering the deleted photos from Samsung Galaxy S3 begins with downloading the photo recovery software for Galaxy S3. This software is to be installed into a PC or a Mac. It has been made available on both the PCs and the Macs.

It should be noted that the debugging mode on the phone has to be turned on. Make sure this is done before connecting the phone to the computer and scanning for the deleted photos. Debugging can be done by proceeding to ‘Menu’ and selecting ‘Settings’. Once you have gotten to settings, select ‘Applications’ and get to the ‘Development’ option. On the debugging mode option, click to select and the process is completed.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 phone should then be connected to the computer for scanning. If a memory card had been added, it should be detached and scanned separately. The specific drive often denoted with a letter is selected and scanning done.

After completing the scanning, both on the built-in storage and the memory card; check through the list of recovered files from the results shown by the software. The photos will be listed depending on the file extensions. Click to select the files you want and finally click on recover your photos.

The only hiccup is that ‘USB mass storage’ option has been left out with the android 4.0 update. Hence the USB connection mode is not possible with the Samsung Galaxy S3. This eliminates the possibility of recovering photos from the internal memory of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the photo recovery software.

A solution to this problem with the Samsung Galaxy S3 exists with the USB Mass Storage APK file app. This app can be downloaded and installed. The UMS mode is selected from the app and the USB mass storage capability is activated on the phone. The risk with using this app is that Samsung Galaxy S3 has to be rooted. Rooting of a device cannot be done just for the sake of recovering photos from the internal memory.

With this knowledge on how to recover deleted photos from Samsung Galaxy S3, you will continue to utilize the Samsung Galaxy S3 and get inspired by nature. The phone will live to its reputation of seeing, listening, responding and sharing of the unforgettable moments captured in life.


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