Cloud go away

Like the Titanic, iCloud photos are easy to sync but might stay there forever

Imagine you delete a photo from your iPhone. Any photo. A blurry photo of your puppy. Your selfie that didn’t come out quite right. Some nudes you sent to your ex. You deleted it, right? Are you sure? Oh, wait. Did you check Recently Deleted? Oops! Okay, you deleted everything from Recently Deleted. Your multiple nude photos (no judgement here) are gone.

Deleting a photo from Recently Deleted

Imagine that those photos are not deleted. Hypothetically. They are still accessible. Almost anyone can access them. Are you sitting down? Sit down. Your photos are not actually deleted.

Note:

Anyone can check which “deleted” photos are still stored in their iCloud with CopyTrans Cloudly. You can download the app and read more about it here.
What?!

They are still stored on Apple servers in some cases. Now, bear in mind that it only happens if you have iCloud Photo Library enabled on your device and your photos and videos are pushed to iCloud. If you’ve never used it before, you should be fine. But you’d be surprised how many people think that iCloud Photo Library is turned off on their device when in fact, it’s not. To check go to your iPhone Settings, navigate to Photos & Camera and see if the toggle next to iCloud Photo Library is on.

iCloud Photo Library is on

Anyway, how do we know? We could access them. Relax, not your photos. Long story short, we started developing a program that would help our customers back up and delete photos and videos from iCloud and found out that the supposedly “deleted” photos and videos are not actually being deleted.

So how does it work?

When you delete a photo from the Recently Deleted album it doesn’t get deleted by Apple. It gets marked as “deleted” and stays there for some time. We could retrieve photos that were deleted more than 1 year ago!

Retrieved iCloud photos deleted in 2016

P.S. And guess what? It’s 100% free.

  • Duane Barker

    absolutely perfect. A way to get back at Apple for stealing your computer control from you. What do Bill Gates ahd Apple have in common? They want control over your devices, not you.

    • Irina CopyTrans

      Yup, that’s the truth nowadays. Thanks for the comment, Duane!

  • Danilo_BB

    5GB iCloud size limit for free, correct ? and yours for free how is ?

    • Yes Danilo, you have 5 Gb of free storage in iCloud, right. If you use more that 5 Gb you have to pay for additional storage. Apple keeps all the files on iCloud servers for a certain period of time.

      • Danilo_BB

        but if I have 4GB of photos on icloud, can I have also 10GB of old deleted photos, or only 1GB ?

        • You can get all your photos that are stored on the iCloud photos. We don’t know how much data is pending there in your case. but you can try and see for yourself.