What should you do when your JPEG pictures are lost? How to do a JPEG recovery? In this post from MiniTool, you can learn how to use professional data recovery software to effectively recover deleted/lost JPEG photos without bringing any damage to the original data.

JPEG Pictures Loss!!!

“Need Help! I took a lot of JPEG photos. However, I deleted them by mistake. Now, what should I do? Can I recover deleted photos? What’s more, is it possible to carry out JPEG recovery without affecting the original data?”

Now, in today’s post, I am going to show you how to quickly and easily recover JPEG photos.

What Is JPEG?

JPEG, short for Joint Photographic Experts Group, is a popular image format supporting compressed bitmaps of 8-bit and 24-bit color. It is suitable for transmission on the Internet and its suffix name is “.jpg” or “.jpeg.”

For users who like to shoot, pictures with this JPEG format are common. Regardless of whether it is shot with a cell phone or camera, the picture is in JPEG format generally.

Along with the widespread of JPEG pictures, JPEG image loss (from cell phones, digital cameras, or computers) is more and more frequent.

Now, more and more users want to know how to recover lost/deleted photos from their hard drives. If you are one of them, you can keep reading to learn how to get lost JPEG photos back.

How to Recover JPEG Pictures From the Recycle Bin

When your JPEG or other files on your local computer are deleted, they will be stored in the Recycle Bin temporarily. So, the first thing you should do after data loss is to check whether they are stored in the Recycle Bin.

If you can find lost files in the Recycle Bin, you can read this post to recover them: How to Recover Files Deleted From Recycle Bin.


Tip: Deleted files on USB flash drives are deleted permanently instead of going to the Recycle Bin. Here you may be interested in this post: How to Recover Data from Formatted USB Drive.

If you cannot find lost files in the Recycle Bin, you can try turning to a piece of data recovery software supporting JPEG recovery to get lost JPEG photos back.

Now I am going to show you 2 excellent JPEG photo recovery tools to help you recover lost JPEG pictures.

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How to Recover JPEG Photos With MiniTool Power Data Recovery

MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a reliable and free data recovery software, is recommended here. This file restore tool offers you a wizard-like interface as well as easy operations.

It can help you recover lost data including pictures (JPG/JPEG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, GIF, PSD, BMP, CRW, DCR, DNG, ARW, PSP, etc.), videos, documents, audios, emails, and so on.

What’s more, this simple and professional JPEG recovery software can recover photos from all file storage devices including internal hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, CDs/DVDs, and more.

In general, as long as the file loss is not caused by hardware failure, and the lost file is not overwritten by new data, you can recover them by using this read-only and powerful data recovery software.

Here you can watch this video to learn how to recover deleted photos with this file restore tool.

A step-by-step guide to recovering lost photos

Step 1. First of all, download the free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and then install it on your computer according to the prompts on the screen.

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Warning: Do not install this data recovery tool on the drive containing lost data to prevent data overwriting.

Step 2. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery. In the main interface of this data restore tool, you can see two data recovery modules.

  • Logical Drives: This module shows all partitions on your computer, including all internal hard drive partitions and external hard drive Lost partitions and unallocated space are included here as well.
  • Devices: This module displays all file storage devices on your computer, including external hard drives, USB flash drives, and CDs/DVDs.

Step 3. Now, select a suitable data recovery module to recover JPEG photos. For instance, you can keep the default selection – Logical Drives, and then select the partition where your JPEG pictures should exist and click the Scan button.

select the target drive to scan

After scanning, you will see all found files in the selected partition are listed. To only show JPEG pictures, you can move to the Type category list and choose the jpg file type from the Picture section as follows.

filter JPEG pictures

In addition, you are allowed to preview all photos to check whether they are needed.

preview found files

Step 4. Finally, check all wanted photos, and then click the Save button to store them in the file location you want (Do not store recovered files in their original path, and it is suggested to store them in another drive).

save all needed files

Thus, all work has been done, and all your lost JPEG pictures should be restored to the selected location path.


Tip: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition supports recovering files of no more than 1 GB. So, if you want to recover unlimited files, you had better choose a Personal or Business edition. And with MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal, you can recover files when the PC won’t boot.

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Bonus Tip

If you need to recover lost JPEG photos from Mac, you can try Stellar Data Recovery for Mac. As a piece of safe and easy-to-use Mac data recovery software, it can help you recover many types of files such as photos, videos, emails, and documents from MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Mac mini, and more with only 3 steps.

Step 1: Select the file types you wish to recover.

Step 2: Select the target disk or partition to scan.

Step 3: Preview and save lost files.

For a more detailed guide to recovering lost photos on Mac, you can read: See! I Can Free Recover Mac Photos with Ease.

How to Recover Lost JPEG Photos With MiniTool Photo Recovery

MiniTool also releases another data restore tool – MiniTool Photo Recovery to help you recover lost photos. This tool is designed to recover lost photos (JPG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, CRW, CR2, NEF, ORF, RAF, SR2, MRW, DCR, WMF, DNG, ERF, RAW, etc.), pictures, images as well as videos from hard drives, SD cards, digital cameras, and other storage devices within 3 steps.

Step 1. Download, install, and launch MiniTool Photo Recovery and then click the Start button.

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click Start

Step 2. Select the target drive that contains lost photos, and then click the Scan button.

start to scan the selected drive

Step 3. Preview found files to check whether they are the needed ones. Then select all desired photos and click Save to store them in a safe location separate from the original path.

save all needed files

SEE! MiniTool Photo Recovery can help you quickly recover JPEG photos and pictures in other photo formats.

If you want to know more information about this professional photo recovery software, you can read this post: Memory Card Photo Recovery – Recover Lost Photos Free.

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Necessary Tip – Backup JPEG Photos (And Other Files)

Now you already know how to recover lost JPEG photos. Although photo recovery software can recover deleted or lost data easily, you had better back up all important photos and other files to prevent file loss from happening again. After backup, you can easily get deleted or lost files back from backup files for free.

Do you know how to back up your files with ease?

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a professional backup solution to keep your data always protected. This reliable file backup tool can help you back up OS, files, folders, disks, and partitions. With this data backup software, you can easily restore data once a disaster occurs.


Tip: MiniTool ShadowMaker provides you with a 30-day free trial, so you can download the trial edition and try it out to check whether it is suited for you. And this file backup tool supports backing up data without booting your computer.

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Bottom Line

I believe you already know how to recover your lost or deleted JPEG photos.

Should you have any other solutions to recover lost JPEG photos from all file storage devices like damaged, formatted, and RAW hard drives, please share them with us by leaving comments in the comment area below.

If you have any questions about MiniTool Power Data Recovery or MiniTool Photo Recovery, please feel free to contact us via [email protected].

JPEG Recovery FAQ

How do I recover a JPG file?

  1. Launch MiniTool Photo Recovery and click the Start button.
  2. Select the drive containing lost photos, and click the Scan button.
  3. Preview and select the needed JPEG pictures to store them in a safe location.

How do I recover pictures from a <a href=https://www.minitool.com/data-recovery/sd-card-errors.html target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' >damaged SD card</a>?

  1. Connect the damaged SD card to your PC.
  2. Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
  3. Under the Logical Drives section, select the target SD card to scan. Or you can go to the Devices section to scan the whole SD card.
  4. Wait for the scanning process to complete.
  5. Preview and select all needed pictures to save them in a safe place.

How do I open a JPEG image?

All image viewers and editors support JPEG files. Windows users can open JPEG images with built-in Microsoft programs like Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Windows Photos, and Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer. Mac users can open JPEG files with Apple Preview and Apple Photos.

How do I recover pictures on my Android phone?

  1. Download and install MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android.
  2. Connect your Android phone to your PC.
  3. Launch MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android and select Recover from Phone.
  4. Scan your Android device to recover lost or deleted pictures.

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