How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

Unlike recovery of deleted iPhone contacts, it is quite harder to recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad. If you can quickly recover your lost photos, it would be a stroke of luck for you. But you should not be disappointed. This is iOS system, and there can be a workaround.

To begin with, you can employ three methods of using iTunes and iCloud/Photo Stream. If the three methods fail to give any results, you can go for some third-party softwares for recovering deleted photos from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Now, let’s check how the first three methods work for you.

How to Retrieve Lost Photos on iPhone/iPad having iOS 9/10

Step #1: Launch Photos app.

Step #2: Tap on Recently Deleted album.

Step #3: Select the photos which you want to recover and then tap on Recover

Step #4: Tap Recover Photo or Recover Video to confirm.

Restore Deleted Photos from iPhone/iPad Using iTunes

Photos have sentimental values in your life as they are sweet memories you have created. This would inspire you to sync your iPhone with iTunes; and this practice of yours would give your photos back to you. In other words, you can easily get your lost photos from the last back-up you have taken by syncing your iPhone with iTunes. All you need is to restore that backup from iTunes to iPhone.

Step #1: Connect your iPhone with iTunes on computer or Mac.

Step #2: Launch iTunes.

Step #3: If you are using iTunes 12, click on View from the menu bar.

Step #4: Now enable Show Sidebar.

Step #5: Right click on your device and then click on “Restore from backup…”

Step #6: Finally, select the latest back and go ahead.

This process of restoring deleted photos will take some time. Please note that,

If the deleted photos were captured after the last back-up, iTunes will not recover these photos.

While restoring the device, iTunes will also restore other data like contacts, mail and other things that you sync with iTunes from your iPhone.

Recover Deleted Photos from Photo Stream/iCloud

Photo Stream has been updated with some robust features since the launch of iOS 5 and 6. Photo Stream is one of iCloud services, which can sync all photos you capture on iPhone or iPad. You can access your photos then from other iOS device or Mac. Thus, Photo Stream is your good option for backup apart from being a place to share photos. You need to enable Photo Stream to send your pictures to iCloud Photo Stream.

So if you have enabled Photo Stream on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily restore your lost photos from iCloud. To enable Photo Stream:

Settings → iCloud → Photos and then toggle My Photo Stream ON.

Now check your iPhone/iPad

Step #1: Launch Photos app.

Step #2: Tap on Albums from the bottom menu.

Step #3: Tap on My Photo Stream option.

Here, you can check if your lost photos are in this album.

In addition to above two methods, some pro users use third-party software, which can be a costlier affair for many users.

While you are using any third-party app or software, note that these softwares search your deleted photos deep within the file system and overwrite the data after a few seconds or minutes. Third-party software can better perform if you employ them immediately after you have accidentally deleted your photos.

Before you connect your iPhone to computer or Mac, put it on DFU mode. Now launch the software which will recognize your device and enter into the file system. The rest will be taken care of by software itself.

A few popular softwares

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery for Mac and Windows

WonderShare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac)


WonderShare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows)

From the entire information presented above, users get one takeaway: take backup of your photos regularly otherwise you have to undergo this rigmarole of technicalities.

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