Recover All Photos Stored In Your Email Account With Lost Photos [Windows]

Tina Sieber 14-08-2012

recover photos emailLost Photos is a Windows application that can help you find photos stored in your email account. It works with any Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, .Mac, MobileMe, or Google Apps email address. Photos are downloaded from your webmail account and stored locally on your computer.


Lost Photos is for everyone who dreads having to manually download photos received via email or has failed to do so consistently. It’s for treasure hunters and explorers of the past. If you ever lost photos, here is a chance to re-discover some of those you have once shared with friends via email. In any case, Lost Photos is fun and a bit like traveling back in time.

This is how Lost Photos describes its service:

All of us have years of emailed photos – to us or from us – lost deep in our inboxes and archives. Lost Photos makes it easy to find any photo you’ve ever sent or received stored in your email account. Just imagine what’s lost deep in your email – photos with friends and family that you don’t even remember existed. With Lost Photos, you’ll find them again and be able to quickly share them in a more permanent place.

How Does It Work?

After installing Lost Photos, launch it and enter your email address and password. Under Options you can exclude small images, which are likely just icons. You can also ignore images in GIF format or images received prior to a specific date. Once you click Find My Photos!, the app will automatically search the entire account and download all photos you have ever sent or received.

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As Lost Photo scans your mails, it instantly displays the stream of photos it is downloading. You can scroll through your photos and view single ones right as they are found.


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Best of all, you can directly post selected photos to Facebook or Twitter or email them from within the tool.

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Once you uploaded a photo to Facebook, click the Tag your friends button to be taken directly to the photo on Facebook.


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Should you need your Internet bandwidth, you can Pause the search anytime and Resume it later, by clicking the respective buttons. And should the program ever crash, don’t worry, you can simply continue from where it left off by logging back into the same email account and clicking the Find Missing button.

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What Happens With The Photos?

As Lost Photos finds photos in your email account, it downloads them to your computer. Click the Show Photos in Explorer button to open the folder in which Lost Photos stores your photos. In Windows 7 the folder is located in your user folder under AppData/Local/Lost_Photos. The application creates a separate folder for each webmail account that you download photos from.



Lost Photos works as promised, has a very sleek and functional graphical user interface, and being able to share discovered photos via Facebook, Twitter, and email from within the application is really smart.

Since Lost Photos rides on the wave of Pinterest, it’s too bad that it doesn’t allow you to pin photos directly to a Pinterest board. This is definitely a feature to be added in future releases. Alternatively, being able to save photos to an online photo storage site, be it Flickr or Picasa, would be ingenious.

Before using Lost Photos, keep in mind that it will bring back memories, both good and bad. You might discover photos that you didn’t ever want to see again. So be sure to use the tool with caution. But all in all, it’s a fun application and highly recommended!

Let us know what you rediscovered when you used Lost Photos.


Related topics: Data Recovery, Email Tips, Photography.

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  1. Jabeer ahmed
    September 19, 2016 at 11:32 am

    My photos are lost in my account

    • Tina Sieber
      September 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      What account and what do you mean they are lost?

  2. muotechguy
    August 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Also available for Mac, by the way, but I don't think it warrants a separate review. Personally, it didn't find anything on any of my .me or gmail accounts; at least, it found images, but nothing I actually *wanted*, and certainly no photos. Just silly graphics from HTML emails or site mockups and screenshots. Meh.

  3. Antanas Antaso
    August 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Then you installing it on Windows,installer is downloading program form ... Let's see ,founded something... Also Emsisoft reports it as suspicious as malware site...

    • muotechguy
      August 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      That's a pretty serious accusation. How do you know it isn't caused by existing malware on your system?

    • Tina
      August 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm


      I installed Lost Photos and didn't notice any third party installation. Whenever there are optional installs, I usually highlight them in my review and I typically don't allow them to be installed.

      Just to be sure, I re-ran the Lost Photos installation. The Lost Photos setup file downloaded from the website downloads a 1.2MB Install Manager. My firewall, virus, and malware scanners didn't pick up any suspicious activity.

      According to VirusTotal, the setup file downloaded from the website is safe:
      Also the Install Manager downloaded to the Temp folder appears to be clean:

      So it seems like this is not an issue with Lost Photos, but you may have been infected by another source.

      Where did the malware install to on your system or where did you find it?

  4. Aatif Khan
    August 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Didn't really find it that impressive when I was testing it myself.

    • Throwback City
      May 1, 2016 at 8:14 am

      You should check out - we do this, but for free and so much better!

  5. Tug Ricks
    August 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    If it's not working... If you're using this for a Gmail account, be sure that you have IMAP enabled. If not, it won't work.

    • Tina
      August 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Thanks for the heads-up, Tug. Didn't know that!

    • Throwback City
      May 1, 2016 at 8:13 am

      You should check out - we do exactly this, but for free and so much better!

  6. GrrGrrr
    August 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    looks good.

    but title is wrong,a recovery should not be recovery (as in data recovery), rather lost & found

    • Tina
      August 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Recover can mean all sorts of things and I think it does work quite well in this case. The tool finds and extracts photos from the depths of your email account. It's a bit like recovering materials in recycling.

      • Jack D
        August 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        A useful addition would be a feature that would "unattach it" or delete it from the email in which it was found. Would shrink those email stores quite nicely.

        • Tina
          August 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

          Great idea, Jack. However, I'm not sure a third party app could provide that option. Ultimately, it's something Gmail would have to allow.

          I think this feature request also came up on another article of mine, in which I explained how to find big emails in Gmail to free up storage space: 3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account

    • Throwback City
      May 1, 2016 at 8:14 am

      You should check out - we do exactly this, but for free and so much better!