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Deleted photos iPhone

Truth be told, we mostly keep our precious memories as photos on our iPhones. It frightens us to even think that they might suddenly disappear, whether by accident or because of a software error. The question is, how to recover deleted photos from iPhone?

This guide will take you through 5 ways to recover deleted iPhone photos:

How to retrieve deleted photos on iPhone

The first place to look for the deleted pictures is Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone.

  1. Go to Photos and choose Album view at the bottom. Scroll down to find Recently Deleted album. Find Recently Deleted folder in your Photos app

  2. Click on the Select button (top-right corner) and choose to Recover All deleted pictures or select the ones you want to recover manually. The Recover button is always at the bottom-right. Recover deleted photos to iPhone

  3. The photos will be back to your camera roll immediately!

Extract photos from iPhone backup

If the photos you were looking for are not in Recently Deleted folder, don’t worry. If you have a backup, the photos can be extracted from it in no time. Maybe you have an old (or new!) backup that was done automatically by iTunes. Or maybe some software you used in the past did a backup for you, who knows!

Do a complete automatic backup search on your PC with CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  1. Run CopyTrans Backup Extractor. The program will automatically start searching for backups on your PC. This should be super fast! Searching for backups

  2. After a few seconds, you will see the list of all available backups. Click on the one that contains your photos. All backups in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Select ‘Photos’. Data types

  4. Select a folder (like Desktop) for extraction. Wait until the photos are extracted. Voila! If you click on “Open containing folder”, you can see which photos have been extracted. Data extraction finished screen

If you need more help with CopyTrans Backup Extractor, check out our Getting started with CopyTrans Backup Extractor guide.

Restore deleted photos to iPhone from iTunes Backup

Consider yourself lucky if you have managed to find a recent backup in iTunes – it can restore most of your deleted pictures to iPhone. There is, however, one major drawback – iTunes doesn’t know how to be selective, soit will overwrite other types of data as well, such as notes, contacts, settings, etc.

If you are OK with a full restore, head over to the official Apple Support website for a guide on how to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iTunes backup. Recover photos from iTunes backup

Alternatively, you can restore iPhone from backup via CopyTrans Shelbee – read our official iPhone restore tutorial. The program can restore your photos separately or as a part of full restore.

Restore deleted photos from iCloud backup

There is yet another way to recover deleted photos on iPhone. It requires a recent backup in iCloud containing the pictures you have deleted. This method will preserve the latest changes on your device while allowing you to restore your photos. Let’s go!

  1. To preserve the most recent data on your device, you’ll need to make a fresh backup with CopyTrans Shelbee.
    NOTE: Some items, e.g. your music library, won’t be saved in the backup

    Download CopyTrans Shelbee English Installer | 4 MB Choose Backup in the main menu

  2. Next, make sure that you have a valid iCloud backup that contains deleted photos. On your iPhone, go to Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud -> Storage -> Manage Storage -> Backups. You should be able to see the device, date, and size of the last backup.Verify that you have the backup with the deleted photos and videos

  3. If you have the backup you want to restore, go ahead and reset your device. Yes, you’ll need to erase all content, but we will get everything back! Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.Erase all content and settings

  4. Restart your device. Go to Apps and Data, select “Restore from iCloud backup” and log in to your iCloud account.Restore the backup with the deleted photos

  5. Select the backup that contains your deleted iPhone photos.Choose the backup that contains the deletes photos from iPhone

  6. As soon as the restore is completed, head to your Camera Roll and copy all your photos and videos to your PC with CopyTrans Photo.

    Download CopyTrans Photo English Installer | 4 MB Drag and drop the pictures from left to right

  7. Once you have recovered deleted photos and saved them on the computer, you can restore the most recent backup that you’ve created with CopyTrans Shelbee at the very beginning of this tutorial. Restore iPhone from backup

  8. The last step is to bring your deleted photos back to your iPhone. Use CopyTrans Photo to add photos to your device.
    drag and drop pc photos to iphone in copytrans window

Restore deleted iPhone photos without backup

It is possible that by now you already realize the importance of making regular backups. Truth be told, however, there are not many people that follow this advice: most of us find ourselves in desperate need of a backup after things have gone wrong. This is when iCloud Photo Library comes in handy – it never forgets to make a backup of your photos. If you had it enabled, you can easily get deleted pictures back on iPhone with the help of CopyTrans Cloudly:

Download CopyTrans Cloudly English Installer | 4 MB

  1. Run CopyTrans Cloudly. Log in to your iCloud account. CopyTrans Cloudly login screen

  2. To recover deleted photos from iCloud, click on “Rescue” and choose the folder you want to save them to. Retrieve permanently deleted photos from iCloud Photo Library

  3. If your deleted photos and videos are still on the Apple servers, we will be able to download them back to your PC. Rescuing photos: download in progress

  4. TIP: CopyTrans Cloudly can also back up all iCloud photos on the PC at once and erase all photos from iCloud in just one click, freeing up your storage.

Hope one of these methods will help you recover the lost iPhone photos. Please make sure that you back up your device on a weekly/monthly basis to ensure the safety of your precious memories.

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