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Hello, I desperately need your help! I accidentally deleted all my photos from iCloud, even from the recently deleted folder. Could you advise me on how to recover deleted photos from iCloud?


This article suggests the most effective ways to recover permanently deleted photos from your iPhone. Bear with us to restore photos from iCloud or any type of iPhone backup. If you don’t know what a backup is, do not worry: we’ll explain what to do step by step and with screenshots.

Step 1 to recovering iCloud photos: check if iCloud Photos was enabled on your device: go to Settings -> your Apple ID -> iCloud -> Photos. You will see whether the iCloud Photos toggle is on or off. If it is on now, iCloud Photos was probably enabled at the time of deletion.

Then, keep calm and follow our instructions:

If iCloud Photos was on when you deleted the images:

If iCloud Photos was off at the moment:

How to recover photos from iCloud

If your photos were in iCloud when you deleted them, maybe there is still a chance to bring them back. For this, try to use CopyTrans Cloudly: the app searches Apple servers for photos that were sentenced for deletion, but not deleted yet. No black magic: here is the mechanism of CopyTrans Cloudly explained.

Advantages of CopyTrans Cloudly:

✔️ Recover deleted iCloud photos
✔️ Restore permanently deleted photos from iCloud on PC
✔️ Keep quality, format, and structure

✔️ Download all the iCloud photos in one click
✔️ Upload photos and videos from PC to iCloud in different formats
✔️ Delete all the iCloud photos

So, here’s how to how to recover deleted photos from iCloud:

  1. Download CopyTrans Cloudly and run it.

  2. Try CopyTrans Cloudly for free
  3. Type in your Apple ID and password:

  4. Log in to CopyTrans Cloudly to recover photos

  5. If you use two-factor authentication, you will need to allow the connection on your device:

  6. Apple ID sign in requested to iCloud

  7. Enter the code you received:

  8. log in to icloud two-factor authentication

  9. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded.

    And now, how do I recover permanently deleted videos? Just click “Rescue”: you will then be shown if there are any photos to retrieve.

  10. Rescue deleted iCloud photos

  11. Select which folder you want to recover deleted pictures to:

  12. Select the folder to recover deleted photos

    CopyTrans Cloudly will show you the number of photos available and download the first 100 photos at once: you will be able to see if they are the ones you need. To recover the rest of the photos, you will need to purchase the app: we recommend that you do it straight away, as we can only get to each photo once, then Apple erases it.

    It might be that iCloud servers detect some suspicious activity and speed up the “irreversible deletion” process. Please make haste!

  13. Wait until all of the deleted photos and videos are downloaded…

  14. Recover deleted photos from iCloud with Cloudly

  15. That’s it! Your photos jumped back to your PC. You can now upload them to iCloud or your iPhone.

  16. Photos recovered from iCloud

If you don’t want to pay for extra iCloud storage and try to find a way to save all your memories on a PC, then CopyTrans Cloudly will solve this problem for you too. Just follow these two simple steps:

  1. Download all photos from iCloud
  2. Delete them all to free up space in your iCloud
Download CopyTrans Cloudly for free

How to recover permanently deleted photos

YouTube guide

For those who love visual instructions, we prepared a video guide on how to recover permanently deleted photos:

For help with installation, refer to the installation guide.

CopyTrans Cloudly will show you the number of photos available and download the first 100 photos at once: you will be able to see if they are the ones you need. To recover the rest of photos, you will need to purchase the app: we recommend that you do it straight away, as we can only get to each photo once, then Apple erases it.

It might be that iCloud servers detect some suspicious activity and speed up the “irreversible deletion” process. Please make haste!

How to recover deleted photos after deleting from recently deleted

Sometimes through a weird accident, the photos you thought were deleted for good end up in your Recently Deleted folder, either in iCloud or on your iPhone. If your photos are there indeed, getting them out is child’s play.

If you are sure the photos are not in Recently Deleted, see our solutions for recovering permanently deleted photos from iCloud.

  1. If you have your iPhone, go to Photos -> Albums, scroll down, tap Recently Deleted, tap Select, then select all the photos and tap Recover. Your photos are back where they used to be. Easy!

  2. How to recover deleted photos from iCloud

  3. If you don’t have your iPhone anymore, you can check whether you still have some photos in the Recently Deleted folder in iCloud. Go to iCloud.com and sign in to your iCloud. Tap on Photos, then select the Recently Deleted folder:
    Recently deleted folder in iCloud

    After that, select the photo you want to retrieve and tap Recover.

  4. Recover recently deleted photo from iCloud

  5. The drawback of the previous method (through icloud.com) is that you can’t select all the photos and recover all of them at the same time. Right now you can only select and download 1000 photos at a time. If you have thousands of photos that need rescuing, then it might become a hassle.

  6. Can't select and download more than 1000 photos in iCloud

  7. That’s where CopyTrans Cloudly comes in handy. Download CopyTrans Cloudly and launch it. Enter your Apple ID and password, wait until your library is loaded. Click Download, check Include recently deleted checkbox, and click GO! All the photos from the recently deleted folder will be downloaded on your PC.

  8. Download CopyTrans Cloudly

    Download recently deleted photos from iCloud

    Cloudly will also help if your photos cannot be found in Recently Deleted, so that’s a double win! Also, once you’ve downloaded all the photos to your PC, you can use CopyTrans Cloudly to upload them back to iCloud.

How to get deleted photos back

iCloud Photos was disabled: how to recover my pictures?

Didn’t have iCloud Photos enabled on your iPhone? It may still be possible to extract photos from a backup stored in iCloud or on your PC.

If you don’t know anything about backups or have no idea whether you have them at all, it never hurts to check! Luckily, we made a tool that can search for backups on your PC and in iCloudCopyTrans Backup Extractor. The app will also help you extract data from any backup to your PC. You won’t even need an iPhone to operate it!

Advantages of CopyTrans Backup Extractor

✔️ compatible with different backups: iCloud, iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee or other programs;
✔️ find all the backups automatically;
✔️ free version allows you to see what a backup includes;

So, bear with us and learn how to:

Recover photos from a local backup

If you lost your photos to iCloud the Merciless and iCloud Photos weren’t enabled, let CopyTrans Backup Extractor take a look: maybe there’s a local backup where all these photos are stored safely? If so, our app can hunt your backups down and recover your photos.

How to get deleted photos back? You can download the app and run the search for free here:

Try CopyTrans Backup Extractor for free

After you have downloaded CopyTrans Backup Extractor, these are the steps to take:

  1. Install and run the program. If you need help installing the program, refer to the installation guide.

  2. Wait until the program finishes the automatic backup hunt.

  3. how do i recover permanently deleted videos

  4. You will see the list of all the backups on your PC. If you want to find iCloud backups as well, log in to your iCloud account with CopyTrans Backup Extractor.

  5. Choose the one that you think may contain your photos and enter the backup password in case it is encrypted.

  6. enter the backup password to login

    If you found yourself asking “What!? It had a password on it?”, see this guide by Apple that tells about encrypted backups on your iPhone. We also have a guide of our own with tips on how to remember your iOS backup password.

  7. After your password is validated, you will see the list of all data types available in the backup. Select Photos and click on Extract.

    data type list to extract from your backup

    Select the folder you want to extract your photos to. Wait a bit…

  8. Got it! Your photos are waiting for you in the folder of your choice. You can now check whether your precious photos are among them. We hope they are!

  9. photos extracted result screen

Recover photos from an iCloud backup

If iCloud Photos was disabled on your device – do not lose heart. The way that iPhone works, if your photos were not synced to iCloud, they would be included in your iCloud backup. How to find deleted photos? Let CopyTrans Backup Extractor search: maybe it will find one?

Here’s how to search for your iCloud backups:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:
  2. Try CopyTrans Backup Extractor for free

  3. Install and run the program. If you need help, refer to the installation guide.

  4. On the welcome screen, choose “Log in to iCloud for more backups”.

  5. Log in to iCloud with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  6. Enter your Apple ID and password.

  7. Enter Apple ID and password to access iCloud backups

  8. If you have 2-factor authentication enabled, you will also need to insert a verification code sent to your device.

  9. enter the verification code to login

  10. That is how to find iCloud photos! CopyTrans Backup Extractor will display all your backups, both on PC and in iCloud. iCloud backups are marked with a cloud icon, while PC backups have a folder icon next to them. You can now extract files from backup to PC, following the standard steps.

  11. find iCloud backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

iCloud deleted photos

Recover deleted photos from a backup to iPhone

Once you’ve found your local and iCloud backups, there is an easy way to restore deleted photos from a backup with CopyTrans Shelbee.

Advantages of CopyTrans Shelbee:

✔️ Restore only photos and videos from backup in a few clicks;
✔️ Restore full iPhone backup or just some selected data;
✔️ Compatible with iTunes backup;
✔️ Support encrypted iPhone backup;

✔️ Can do full or incremental backup;
✔️ Allows choosing the folder to save backup;
✔️ Validates backup made;

To restore photos, just follow these steps:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Shelbee

    Try CopyTrans Shelbee for free
  2. Open the program and connect your iPhone. Click on Custom restore.

  3. Custom restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  4. Click on the green pencil icon to select which backup you want to restore your data from.

  5. Select a backup to restore from

  6. Now click “Next”.

  7. Click next to restore photos on iPhone

  8. Wait until the loading process finishes.

  9. Loading the data to recover in progress

  10. Now you can select data you want to restore. In this case, we choose “Photo”.

  11. Select data to restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

    While restoring, CopyTrans Shelbee may ask you to enter the iOS backup password to decrypt the data in the backup. What is an iOS backup password?

  12. Please note that the data you selected will be overwritten. So, the device photos will be replaced with the ones from the backup. Now click “Next”.

  13. Confirmation screen in CopyTrans Shelbee

  14. CopyTrans Shelbee will ask you to choose where you want to save the backup of your device in case something goes wrong during Custom restore. Select the destination and click “Start”.

  15. Save destination device backup in CopyTrans Shelbee

  16. Wait until the restore process finishes.

  17. Custom restore in progress

  18. That’s it! Your device will now restart.

  19. iPhone restore photos finished

We want to believe this guide has proven useful to you. Do not forget to back up your photos from time to time to make sure you never get into this sort of situation!

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Iris is a marketing and tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market, who dyes her hair in the color of her cats' fur (future cat lady detected) and enjoys sitting on her balcony on a rainy day reading books, watching TV shows, playing video games and drinking hot chocolate. With marshmallows.