5 Amazing Software to Recover Deleted Photos

I bet you had experienced accidentally delete photos from your digital devices, properly many times. And you may also wonder if the whole digital thing was a disaster rather than innovation because it always so easily makes your precious memory disappear. Don’t treat yourself as a victim of high technology; you should understand that the shortcoming of one technology can be made up by another. This means there are many ways to recover those missing data, once lost memory can be found again by using third party software. To find the right software among all of them is a difficult task, many software needs to pay to use. But after researching the Internet for a long time, I have found these 5 free photo recovery software. I think it will be a great loss if I didn’t share them with other people.

And one more thing might be useful to you, don’t save any new data in a hurry after losing data, the new data possible cover the old one and make it more difficult to recover and possibly unable to recover at all.

Let’s meet the top 5 free photos recovery software.

PS: you may also like to try the best photo viewer for Windows 10.

Note: Sorry that all Mac photos recovery software requires payment, so this free software is only workable with Windows operating system.

Be patient, since we should start with the

NO. 5: Recuva.

Recuva is very handy when you need to recover data like photos, documents, music files, and even emails. This software can scan your drive for the files before recovering them in the blink of eyes. If the situation is to recover photos, you might need to know that this software supports formats like Nikon RAW and Canon RAW (CRW). Users are capable of recovering data from their digital camera’s memory card.


By the way, you can use this software to recover data as well as delete data forever. Nowadays to protect personal information becomes more and more difficult. Anyone can get the access to your devices and dig out every piece of your life. That’s really creepy. It is defiantly useful to have software to clean the traces left behind at your digital devices. Recuva is capable of doing this, and it is very good at it.
Why not have a try, one tool can not only help you find back the valuable memory but also protect this memory from bad people. Never mention is it powerful scan function can support you to backup large amount of data.

Outstanding Features:

  • 1: Free but powerful
  • 2: Simple interface
  • 3: Easy to handle
  • 4: Clearly mark the state of the related files, users will be informed as Excellent files or Unrecoverable files.

Note: System requirements: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP (both 32-bit and 64-bit version)
Latest version: 1.51.1063

NO. 4: PhotoRec

You can tell what this software does when you see its name. Of course, you can use it to recover photos from your devices, but actually, PhotoRec can do much more than that, and it is designed to recover data like video, documents and photos. You can use it to help you get back data from your hard disks, CD-ROMs, digital camera memory card.


This software is even better than Recuva because it ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data which allows it to keep working even if the media file system has been reformatted or damaged several times. Now you see how tough this software it is. Its DOS-like interface might be very attractive to some computer enthusiasts. And one of the rarest functions of this software is that PhotoRec is capable of recovering a deleted partition. This function is not available for most free photo recovery software.

When the need to recover data is complete, the software will make the recovered file at the same size or slightly larger than the original data. The wonderful thing is that sometimes, PhotoRec can detect the file’s original size from its header, under this situation, the recovered data will be as the same as the original one.

If you want to learn more about this software or willing to share your experience with other users, don’t hesitate to visit the PhotoRec forum.

Click the link below to enter the forum.


Supported operating system:

  • DOS/Windows 9x
  • Windows NT 4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7
  • Linux
  • FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
  • Sun Solaris
  • Mac OS X
  • Almost every Unix system

Medias that can work with:

  • Canon EOS 60D, 300D, 10D
  • Casio Exilim EX-Z 750
  • HP PhotoSmart 620, 850, 935
  • Nikon CoolPix 775, 950, 5700
  • Olympus C350N, C860L, Mju 400 Digital, Stylus 300
  • Sony Alpha DSLR, DSC-P9, NEX-6
  • Pentax K20D
  • Praktica DCZ-3.4

NO. 3: ZAR (Zero Assumption Recovery)

Some people may wonder why ZAR is on the list, since it is not free software. Fortunately, the free version of ZAR is enough for you to recover delete photos. Don’t worry that this function won’t work well because it is free.


Please follow the steps below to learn how to use this software.

Step 1: Download and install ZAR on your computer

After downloading this software, you just need to follow the installation instruction to launch it on your computer. You should see the primary windows after successfully launching. The first option is Image Recovery (Free), click and then move to the next steps.

Step 2: Choose the device you need to recover data from

The software’s interface should show the list of devices that can be used. Pick up one and pay attention to its capacity.

You might meet a situation like a device that cannot be recognized by the software as the device available for recovery when you were using a camera. If so, you should change a card reader instead of in order to fix your problems. Click the Next button to move on.

Step 3: Scan files

You will see the sentence “Fully automated processing. No action required” in the interface when entering this step. The software design a picture make up of different color dots to show you the situation of your drive.

For example, if you didn’t use a card reader to connect your camera memory card to the computer, the picture might be full of red dots which means Bad sectors. Then you should stop the process and change a card reader to restart, the situation will be better after that. You should do the same thing if the scan went wrong and didn’t process for a long time.

Step 4: Preview and then select files

If the previous step were finished, you will see a list that allows you to preview the photos. After checking the files, mark the little box in front of the file’s name.

In the case to select all files in one time, please mark the “Root” button.

After that, click the Next button.

Step 5: Recover Photos

Choose a folder to save the recovered files and then click “Start copying the selected files” and let the software to finish the final part of this process.

Note: Please check the follow things before using ZAR to recover photos

  • 1.The photos you need to recover should be deleted before copying to computer
  • 2.Accidentally format your memory card, not by using some professional software
  • 3.Some camera failure occured and the images are not accessible any longer

Supported file formats: GIF, JPEG, TIFF, CRW (Canon RAW data), MOV, AVI movie, WAV, CR2 (Canon CR2 RAW format), ORF (Olympus RAW format).
Latest version: ZAR 9.2

NO. 2: PC Inspector File Recovery

PC Inspector File Recovery can deal with file systems like FAT 12/16/32 as well as NTFS and help you to recover losing data.


Outstanding features:

  • 1.Like PhotoRec, this software can handle damaged partitions. What’s more, this software can do it automatically.
  • 2.If you don’t have enough space to save the recovered data, through this software, you can save data on network drives instead
  • 3.Even if the harder entry was no longer available, files still can be recovered by this software

Please check the supported disk formats as follows:


Latest version: PC INSPECTOR File Recovery 4.x.

NO. 1: PicaJet Photo Recovery Free.

Finally come to the NO.1 photo recovery software, PicaJet Photo Recovery Free.
This software allows you to recover photos that had been accidentally deleted or formatted.

No matter what kind of media cards, PicaJet Photo Recovery can work perfectly with all of them.

The process to handle it won’t be difficult after you download and launch this on your computer, you should connect your drive which contents the data once been deleted or formatted to the computer, after the software scanning the drive, you can preview and select the photo you would like to recover.


Outstanding features:

  • 1.Process fast and stable
  • 2.Provide a lot of fun to discover the tricks of its complicated but well designed interface
  • 3.Not only capable of recovering photos, also allows its users to handle photo files through it.

After reading about all these five well-performed software, you might feel a little confused about how to choose the suitable one for you. Well, it is not very difficult to decide which one to use, as long as you clearly know your own requirements.

If you were not confident at operating a computer, and do not have much time for recovering deleted photos, Recuva should be the top for your consideration.

And for those people’s operating system is OS X, Linux or even DOS, you should keep on using PhotoRec, this software will never let you down.

Has a damaged drive waited to deal with? If you were not in a hurry, ZAR will be a good choice for you. To scan a corrupted drive might take some time, but ZAR will finally get the data back, just trust it.

If you would like to manage the images after they had been recovered, PC Inspector and PicaJet will be the best choice for you.

Well, the last part of this long article should be some useful information about how to recover photos from iPhone or Android phone.

Nowadays, people actually take more photos by phone rather than a digital camera. They can upload pictures to their social network immediately after shooting them. For one socially active person, properly he or she has to deal with a lot of photos taken by phone every day. Cannot avoid a situation like accidentally deleted photos happens. That’s why I think people should all prepare software to help them recover data both from their phone or computer.

Here are my recommendations below.

The iMyfone D-Back – iOS Data Recovery (also have Windows version) is the software can help people to recover lost contacts, SMS, photos, notes and other more kinds of data. The amazing thing is you can use it to directly recover data from iDevice or backup data both from iTunes and iCloud.

You can learn to use it within 3 simple steps

  • Step 1: After downloading this software, connect your Device
  • Step 2: Scan Device
  • Step 3: Data Recovered

Supported iOS devices:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 11 / 11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone XR / XS (Max)
  • iPhone X/8 (plus)
  • iPhone 7 (plus)
  • iPhone 6/6S (plus)
  • iPhone 5/5s/5c/4s/3GS
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad 1/2/3/4
  • iPod touch 4/5/6

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For Android users, also recommend software from iMyFone, which named as iMyfone D-Back for Android Data Recovery. It works pretty much the same as its iOS version, also capable of recovering data like messages, photos, contacts, videos, and other kinds of data. if your operating system is corrupted because of some software update or ROM flashing, D-Back for Android will help you to recover valuable data within few clicks.

Check its supported devices:

  • Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony Xperia, Motorola, Goole, ZET, HUAWEI etc.

Note: don’t worry if your android device is not on the list, you can root it yourself.

System Requirments: Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP(both 64 bits or 32 bits version)
CPU: 1 GHz
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Disk: 1 GB or larger

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