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  • Fix all photo issues like photo grainy, photo pixelated, photo not opening, etc.
  • Enlarge the repaired photos to 2X, 4X, and 8X with AI technology.
  • Repair photos of 15+ different photo formats, such as JPG, PNG, NRW, etc.
  • Support a wide range of storage media including cameras, SD cards, mobile phones, hard drives, etc.
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How to Repair Corrupted PNG Files? (5 Methods)

The use of images on the web is most in the PNG file format. Many logos are also designed in this format. Graphic designers professionally use this file format to save and upload material over the internet. The very commonly known file format is yet unknown to many people out there, sometimes people also encounter various problems with image corruption.

We will be casting light on the PNG file, PNG repair tool and letting people know more about this format. Moreover, sharing the magical solution of how to repair corrupted PNG files will also be discussed in detail.

Part 1: What Is PNG File And What Does It Use for?

A PNG file stands for a 'Portable Network Graphic' file that is used for saving images. The format is compressed with lossless compression, and it was mainly created to replace the 'Graphic Interchange Format (GIF). PNG file format is commonly used to store different web graphics, digital photographs, and images with transparent backgrounds.

The file format is open with no copyright limitations. PNG files support indexed, palette-based 24-bit RGB or 32-bit RGBA color images. Graphic professionals generally save graphics in PNG file formats for further use on the web.

The lossless data compression file format, primarily designed to replace the old GIF format, is used to store graphics, etc. The format was designed to transfer images on the internet. PNG files do not support animation, but operating systems like macOS, Windows, and Ubuntu, store screenshots in PNG format by default.

The format is generally used by web design to develop a transparent background or semi-transparent background image. PNG files are very often used to design logos because they can be placed over a background image. The file format supports palette-based images, grayscale images. The wide color range contributes to the effect of the file size of PNG format.

Part 2. Causes of PNG File Corruption

For anything that is causing trouble, how and why are the two important questions to investigate first. Like for instance, your PNG file is not working. You would first want to know why the file is not working. Generally, people have no idea for any such thing that what causes file corruption. Let's shed light on few factors that cause PNG file corruption;

1. Interruption during Transfer

Transferring a file from one device to another and then interrupting it in between the transfer can also aid in corrupting your PNG file and make it inaccessible.

2. Formatted Device

Suppose you formatted your device or the disk that contains the PNG files, which will eventually cause the corruption of any PNG file.

3. Virus Attack

Your device might be under a malware or virus attack. A virus damages all the disks and data on the device. Under that attack, your PNG files might get corrupted. Also, we provide knowledge of the methods to virus infected videos.

4. Damaged Media

Every time the device doesn't need to be faulty. Sometimes, the file might be the real trouble, and it can be corrupted and damaged. Maybe downloading it from an unknown source can cause this problem.

Part 3. 5 Methods to Repair Corrupted PNG Fileshot

The commonly used PNG file format might be corrupted sometimes. Suppose you are sharing a PNG file with some officials, and suddenly you see that the image is inaccessible. What will be your reaction at that very moment? A question will pop up in your mind immediately that how to repair corrupted .png files?

In such a panic situation, you need a quick way to resolve your problem. Few easy to implement methods are:

Method 1: Using Wondershare Repairit for Desktop

  • Repair damaged photos with all levels of corruption, such as grainy photos, dark photos, pixelated photos, faded photos, photos not opening, etc.

  • Repair images of 15+ different formats: PNG, JPEG, JPG, CR3, CR2, CRW, RAF, TIFF, DNG, ARW, NEF, GIF, etc.

  • Repair critically damaged or corrupted photos available on SD cards, phones, cameras, USB flash drives, and more.

  • The "AI Image Upscaler" feature can enlarge the repaired photos to 2X, 4X, and 8X.

  • Intelligently restore old/scatched photo and colorize black and white photos with various AI effects.

  • No limit to the number and size of the repairable photos.

  • Support Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and macOS 10.10 ~ macOS 13

First of all, the user should download and install the tool on their systems.

Step 1: Add photo

Once the system is installed, launch it so that you can use it to repair the damaged photo. Choose "Photo Repair" in the "More Types Repair" section, then click on the 'Add File' button that is in the center of the screen. This will allow you to choose and load corrupted images from your Mac or Windows system for repair. You can upload as many photos as you want to.

add photo

Step 2: Repair Process

Once you have selected all the photos that you want to repair, click on the 'Repair' button. This will start the process of repairing corrupted images.

repair photos

Make sure you do not close the application during the repair process. An indicator in the bottom left corner will show you the progress of the process. It will take few minutes to complete the repair.

Step 3: Preview and Save

As soon as the process is completed, all the repaired photos will appear on the screen. User is now requested to preview the photos and select the ones they want to restore. Once you are satisfied and you have selected all the desired photos to restore, click on the "Save" button and save the images to any location.

save photos

Upscale the repaired photos with AI

Before saving the repaired photos, users can also use the new feature "AI Image Upscaler" to enlarge the repaired photos to 2x, 4x, or 8x, without changing the clarity of the photos.

upscale photos

If you don't want to download software or the corrupted photo is no more than 300M, you can also try the online version of Wondershare Repairit.

Method 2: Using Wondershare Repairit Online

An online tool to repair corrupted photos is the Wondershare Repairit Online. In case the tool is new for you, let's introduce the main features of it:

Wondershare Repairit Online

  • Fix any level of corruption with a very high success rate: photos pixelated, covered with grey areas, cannot be opened, etc.

  • It supports customers repair 300 photos per month and supports each photo of 300M online.

  • Repair critically damaged or corrupted photos available on SD cards, phones, cameras, USB flash drives, and more.

  • The online version supports various photo formats: JPEG/JPG/CR3/CR2/NEF/NRW/RAF/DNG/TIF/TIFF.

  • Security enough: files are transferred via a 2048-bit encrypted connection and deleted after 3 hours.

  • It fixes photos online without damaging the original quality or integrity.

add photo online

The steps of Repairing corrupted photos with Repairit Online are very simple, you just need to add the corrupted photos and wait the automatic repairing process finishes, then download the fixed photo on your device!

Method 3: System File Checker

System File Checker or sfc.exe is an inbuilt utility in Microsoft Windows. This utility allows users to restore any damaged or corrupted files in the Windows system. So hence, this can be tried and used to fix the corrupted PNG files.

1. Go to the search option and type 'Run.'

2. When the run Window appears, type cmd' and press on Enter' button.

type cmd in run and press enter

3. Once that is done, type sfc/scannow' in the command prompt Window and then, again, press on 'Enter' button.

scan your system

This will check the entire system for corrupted files and if, there exists any, then restart the system and try to open any PNG image file again. It may not cause trouble now.

Method 4: Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)

The DISM or the system update readiness tool fixes component corruption errors in Windows. It helps to prevent service packs and Windows updates from installing.

1. Press the' Windows + X' key together on the keyboard as they are the shortcut keys to open a menu with Command Prompt.

2. Select Command prompt.

3. Once it's opened, type the following commands and press the 'Enter' key.

I. CheckHealth' this will check that whether corruption exists in the system or not.

II. DISM/ Online/ Cleanup-Image/ CheckHealth'

III. RestoreHealth' this command will automatically repair and restore the corrupted files.

IV. DISM/ Online/ Cleanup-Image/ RestoreHealth'

Method 5: Wondershare UniConverter

Another method to repair any corrupted PNG file is to convert it into some other format. The conversion might seem difficult to you, but the following steps will guide you on how to use the software;

Download and install the tool and launch it on your system.

1. Now, from the left menu, select the last option as 'Toolbox.'

2. A new window will appear. From that toolbox window, the user should select 'Image Converter.'

select image converter

3. Once the image converter window opens, click either on the file icon or, else, on the '+' button, allowing the user to import a local image that you want to convert. You can also drag and drop the image.

add image files

4. The added image will appear on the software's interface in the thumbnail with options. Explore the options and edit the image according to your desire.

edit your image

5. Once you are satisfied, select the file format to save the file from the top right corner and after that, click on 'Covert' in the bottom right corner to complete the process.

convert your image

What's more, there still have many interesting articles for you to reading:

1. Cannot Open PNG File? Fix It!

2. Complete Guide to JPG/JPEG/PNG


The article aims to provide its users with the best and most suitable options to repair any corrupted PNG file with minimal effort. Also, the introduction of the Wondershare Repairit will help users to repair any corrupted image files.