How to recover deleted photos from laptop

Here we will tell you some of the simplest and most common methods to recover deleted photos or files from your PC

First question that comes to mind: is it possible to recover deleted photos? Yes, pictures can be recovered after they are deleted. Losing your photos is not the end of the world and in many cases you can easily recover them from the Recycle Bin.

As for permanent photos, there are still ways to achieve our goal, as long as the data hasn’t been overwritten.

How to recover deleted photos from PC?

There are various ways and methods to recover photos from PC, some of them are explained below.

Method 01: The Easiest Way to Recover Photos with Tenorshare 4DDiG

Tenorshare 4DDiG – Windows Data Recovery allows you to easily recover all deleted, formatted or lost data from your computer or memory card. Recover your lost data from common locations like Desktop, Recycle Bin and Selected Folder as well as devices and drives in various situations like accidental deletion, emptied recycle bin, crashed system, malware infection and more.

Step 1: Select the location

After installing and launching Tenorshare 4DDiG Windows Data Recovery, you will come to the main interface below, which shows locations such as Devices and Drives and Common Location. In our case, choose the location where you lost photos from a list of hard drives, then click Start to proceed.

Step 2: Scan the chosen location

4DDiG instantly scans the selected hard drive anywhere to extract deleted photos. List scanned items based on Tree View and File View as 4DDiG keeps finding deleted files in the drive.

Step 3: recover lost files

After the scanning process is finished, you can preview the scanned files, then you can choose the files you want to recover and click “Recover” and all the lost files will be back soon.

Method 02: recover deleted photos from recycle bin

Usually, when you delete files from your computer, they are moved to a temporary storage location called the Recycle Bin. If the Recycle Bin is enabled on your computer, chances are you can easily recover deleted photos from it.

Follow these instructions:

  • Step 1: open the Recycle Bin on your computer.
  • Step 2: after selection, click the Restore option in the context menu. They will then be restored to their original location.

Method 03: How to recover photos with the backup function

From Backup and Restore window (Windows 7) in Windows system it can also help you to recover deleted photos from computer without software, but only if you have enabled it before.

  • Step 1: Go up Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
  • Step 2. Select “Restore my files”, then follow the steps as indicated.

Method 04: How to Recover Deleted Photos from Previous Versions

Another way to recover deleted photos from your computer is to use the file history backup feature in Windows 8/10/11, which automatically makes a copy of each file in your Documents, Music, Photos and Videos folders every hour. Note that you will only be able to restore your photos if the File History feature was enabled before the time of deletion. The process is quite simple.

  • Step 1: Go to the folder where your photos were stored before deletion.
  • Step 2: Right click on the folder and then choose the “Restore previous version” option.

Bonus Tips: how to make sure deleted photos can be recovered?

It is inevitable that you sometimes accidentally delete some important photos, but there are some things you can do to make sure that the deleted photos can be recovered without much effort.

Tip 1: Set up the recycle bin correctly

Right-click the Trash icon to open the Properties menu. First uncheck the “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin“. Also, increase the maximum size of the Trash folder so that it can hold large files.

In addition, you can set the retention time of deleted files in the Recycle Bin via Settings > System > Storage > Change how we free up space automatically.

Tip 2: turn on file history

To restore deleted photos from previous versions, you need to manually enable the File History feature.

  • Step 1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History.
  • Step 2. Click the “Turn on” button. If you don’t have a drive configured, connect an external drive first or choose to use the network path.

Tip 3: enable backup in Windows

To restore photos from backup in Windows, you need to enable the backup function in advance.

  • Step 1. Go up Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Click “Set up backup” from the interface.
  • Step 2. Select a drive to store automatic backups. You can let Windows or yourself choose what to back up.

Tip 4: Increase your chances of recovery

As mentioned above, when new data is produced, the old data will be overwritten and thus will be lost forever. Therefore it is not recommended to save important photos to the system disk, where the operating system and other programs will easily generate new data.


Tenorshare 4DDiG is not only effective in recovering deleted photos but also works on lost files, data recovery from damaged USB / SD card. Once you have found your lost deleted photo, try Windows Backup and Restore feature first, if it doesn’t work, you can use some data recovery software like Tenorshare 4DDiG to help you.

Louise Grollman is a proficient writer specializing in software and web-related how-to guides. With a keen understanding of the digital landscape, Louise provides step-by-step instructions, tips, and insights to help readers navigate and master various software applications and web development techniques.