When using your iPhone or iPad, you might delete some of your photos or even an entire photo album by mistake. Except mistaken deletion, many other operations also can lead to iPhone photos deleted or disappeared, like iOS 12 upgrade, jailbreaking failure, or factory settings restore etc. Indeed most of us have experienced this and it's really a nightmare of losing precious photos. But don't despair. Recovering deleted photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad is not an easy task, but not impossible. In this article we're going to show you 4 possible ways in which you can try to retrieve deleted photos from iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, 7/7 Plus/6s/6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini (including iOS 12).
If you accidentally delete photos from iPhone or iPad, worry not because Apple built a feature into iOS to help us recover deleted photos. For iOS 8 or higher iOS version, the Photos app has a Recently Deleted photo album, and iPhone deleted photos will be kept there for 30 days, giving you time to restore them before they permanently disappear.
Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, then go to Albums and scroll down to find the "Recently Deleted" album.
In the Recently Deleted photo album, you will see all the photos/videos you've deleted in the last 30 days and the remaining time for them to be permanently deleted.
Tap "Select" and then the photos or videos you wish to save, then click on Recover > Recover Photo to remove the recently deleted photos/videos back to your Camera Roll.
Note: The Recently Deleted album only keeps deleted photos for 30 days, once it gets the deadline, they will be deleted permanently. Besides, this feature only works if you deleted a single or a small number of photos . If you get the entire Camera Roll lost or disappeared by iOS update or factory restoring, it won't help.
If you have synced your iPhone or iPad to iTunes, you may have a copy of these photos that you want to get back saved in the last backup of iTunes. In this case, you can try to restore iPhone/iPad from iTunes backup to get your deleted photos back.
Open iTunes on your PC or Mac which you've synced with, then use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.
Click on your iPhone icon once it appears in the left panel on iTunes. Then click on "Restore Backup" from the Summary tab.
Choose the most recent iTunes backup you want to retrieve, then click "Restore" and wait for the restore process to finish.
Note: It is easy to recover deleted iPhone photos by restoring your device from iTunes backup. However, you can't preview the files in the backup and decide what files will be restored. And you will be in the risk of losing recently taken photos/videos, newly received text messages and other data.
Similarly, if you have backed up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud instead of iTunes, you may have a backed-up version of photo there. You can simply restore the iCloud backup and recover your accidentally deleted photos.
Switch on your iPhone and go to Settings > General > Reset, then select "Erase All Content and Settings".
Follow the steps on your screen until find the Apps & Data section, then click on "Restore from iCloud Backup".
Log into your iCloud account and choose the most relevant iCloud backup, then finish the setup of your iPhone and continue enjoying the device.
Note: During restoring from iCloud backup, all the current data on your iPhone or iPad will be erased and replaced by the contents in the backup. It is possible that you may find the backup doesn't contain the deleted photos you want to recover and more data was lost.
After trying the above three ways, you may still fail to recover deleted pictures form iPhone. Don't worry. There are a tone of third-party programs that let you dig into the file system of your iPhone to find deleted photos. Here I would like to introduce FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, a professional iOS data recovery software that allows you to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup. Not only can it restore deleted photos and videos, it also recover text messages, contacts, call history, voice memos, notes, WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, WeChat etc.
Using a USB cable to connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer and launch FoneGeek iPhone Photo Recovery software.
Select "Recover from iOS Device" and let the program recognize the connected iDevice, then click the "Start" button to go on.
Now choose "Camera Roll", "Photo Stream", "Photo Library" etc. and click the "Scan" button to scan the device for deleted photos & videos.
After scanning, preview the pictures/videos and select the ones you want to recover, then click on "Recover" to save the photos in your computer.
You do not have to worry so much about your deleted photos when an accident occurs. As you can easily retrieve deleted photos from iPhone using the above four methods. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is really a better choice compared with iTunes and iCloud recovery options. It is very easy and convenient to use. But bear in mind that if you continue using your iPhone after accident happens, the deleted photos might be overwritten and become unrecoverable. Thus, it is important to regularly back up your iPhone photos and data regularly. Instead of iTunes or iCloud backup, we strongly suggest you try FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore. With it, you can selectively back up certain types of data on your iPhone, and restore the data from backup to your device as you need.
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