Instagram is one of the most popular social networking services where you can share photos and videos. Instagram is available for all the major operating systems like Windows, Android, and iOS. People share many photos that they feel later should not have been posted. Instagram allows you to either archive the photos or videos that you don’t want to keep in public or permanently delete it. Instagram has also brought a new ‘Recently Deleted’ feature on the app. Let’s first take a look at how that feature works. Then we can look at other ways of recovery too.
Can you bring back recently deleted Instagram photos or videos?
It is indeed possible to recover the recently deleted photos and videos on Instagram. Even if you deleted one or more images or videos from your profile, they remain on the Instagram servers, in the app or device itself.
The storage of your device that runs Instagram is made of blocks of memory that get overwritten when new data is allocated to them. In a nutshell, nothing is deleted, only the address to the corresponding memory blocks is deleted. Therefore, you can recover the deleted images or videos provided they are not overwritten by any other data.
Method 1: Instagram’s new ‘Recently Deleted’ feature
Now, it’s possible to recover the deleted photos and video within the Instagram app. Instagram recently released its new ‘Recently Deleted’ feature from where you can find your photos, videos, reels, IGTV videos, and stories that you chose to delete. You need to know that the deleted stories that are not sent to your archive will stay in the folder as long as 24 hours. Everything else will be deleted automatically after 30 days.
Method 2: Recovery using Android Data Recovery Tool
This is the easiest method to recover deleted Instagram photos and videos. Android Recovery Tool is free software that does not require the creation of any backup to restore the deleted photos and videos on Instagram. Moreover, this method works equally well to restore media files on other social networking applications like WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram.
Method 3: You might get deleted Instagram photos and videos in the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder
Whenever your photos from the app get wiped away then don’t panic, just remember that the lost photos are not gone forever. Simply check the recently deleted folder and you can get back the erased photos.
When you post a photo or a video on Instagram, a copy of that file is made in your Gallery. When you delete the photo or a video from Instagram, the copy of the file is sent to the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder. You can search your deleted media file in the following steps on an Android smartphone:
- Open the Photos app on your phone
- Go to the ‘Album’ and scroll until you find the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder.
- In the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder, you can either search it manually or can find it by typing the initials of the image.
Remember: You can only recover deleted files from the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder that were deleted in the last 30 days.
Method 4: Seek your photo or video in the Instagram Archive
Instagram had released its ‘Archive’ feature in 2017. This feature allows you to save your photos, videos, or stories in the archive without making them public. It also stores your removed stories, deleted photos, and deleted videos. To get the deleted media file from the Archive, follow these steps:
Follow the below steps:
- Log into your Instagram account.
- Go to your profile
- Tap the Options button on the top-right corner
- You will see a list of option including the Archive
- Choose the Archive to see all your deleted photos and videos.
Method 5: Using your Google account to recover the deleted photos and videos
If you are an Android user, your smartphone is linked to your Google account. This technique works on the cloud from where you can get back all your deleted Instagram photos and videos. Just follow these steps to recover media files from your Google account:
- Open the Google Photos app on your phone
- You will find all the photos that you’ve ever clicked.
- If you don’t find the desired photo or video, go to the ‘Trash’ folder within the Google Photos app to recover the deleted file.
Deleting a photo or a video is a common practice among millions of people on social media. Whenever you in an unexpected situation when you want to recover the deleted files on your Instagram, the above tips shall come to your rescue.
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