Losing precious photos can be a heartbreaking experience, especially when they are accidentally deleted from your iCloud account. However, thanks to the built-in features of iCloud and some third-party software options, it is possible to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud and bring back those cherished memories.
In this guide, we will take you through the step-by-step process of how to recover deleted iCloud photos, so you can rest easy knowing that your memories are not lost forever. Whether you accidentally deleted photos from your iCloud or you have experienced data loss, we have got you covered. So, read on and discover how to get deleted photos back and relive those special moments again. 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.
- How to recover photos from iCloud | Automatic way
- How to get Recently Deleted photos back
- How to recover photos from backup to PC
- How to recover photos from backup back to iPhone
- How to recover deleted photos? | FAQ
How to recover photos from iCloud
If your photos were in iCloud when you deleted them, there still may be a chance to bring them back.
While working on a new app we have found out, that when a user deletes a photo from iCloud, it gets hidden but not deleted straight away! This photo stays on the Apple Servers for some time – for months or even years. So we managed to search Apple servers for photos that were sentenced to deletion, but not deleted yet, and restore those deleted pictures! To retrieve deleted photos, use our unique CopyTrans Cloudly:
So, here’s how to recover deleted photos from iCloud:
Download CopyTrans Cloudly and install it.Get CopyTrans Cloudly
Enter your Apple ID and password:
NOTE: We use a secure SSL connection and do not store your account data unless you want us to save it for faster login. In this case, it will be saved on your PC within the app’s settings.
Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded.
And now, how do I recover permanently deleted videos? Just click Rescue: you will then see if there are any photos to retrieve.
Let’s say the app found some photos to recover. How to get permanently deleted photos back? Select which folder you want to recover deleted pictures to:
How do I get deleted photos back? Wait until all the deleted photos and videos are downloaded…
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 get the full version of the app: we recommend you do it as soon as possible as Apple gives us only one shot at rescuing and then deletes everything.
How to recover permanently deleted photos
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.
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.
How to find deleted photos on iPhone? 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!
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:
How to retrieve deleted photos? Select the picture you want to retrieve and tap Recover.
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 1,000 photos at a time. If you have thousands of photos that need rescuing, then it might become a hassle.
How to find recently deleted photos? That’s where CopyTrans Cloudly comes in handy. Download CopyTrans Cloudly and launch it. Enter your Apple ID and password and wait until your library is loaded. Click Download, check the Include recently deleted checkbox, and click GO! All the photos from the recently deleted folder will be downloaded to your PC.
How to get deleted photos back
iCloud Photos were disabled: how to recover my pictures?
If you couldn’t recover any photos with the automatic method, that might mean that you didn’t have iCloud Photos enabled on your iPhone and 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 iCloud for FREE and then extract any data to your PC — CopyTrans Backup Extractor. You can even run the app without the iOS device itself!
⚡ There’s a discount coupon at the end of this guide if you need to use more than one CopyTrans app to get your photos back. 😉
Follow the steps below to:
Recover photos from a local backup
How to recover photos from iCloud? 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:
After you have downloaded CopyTrans Backup Extractor, these are the steps to take:
Install the program, run it, and wait until the program finishes the automatic backup hunt.
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.
Choose the one that you think may contain your photos and enter the backup password in case it is encrypted.
After your password is validated, you will see the list of all data types available in the backup. Select Photos and click on Extract.
Select the folder you want to extract your photos to. Wait a bit… and that’s 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!
If you found yourself asking “What!? It had a password on it?”, see this guide by Apple about encrypted iPhone backups. We also have a guide of our own with tips on what to do if you forgot your iOS backup password.
Recover photos from an iCloud backup
If iCloud Photos were 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 some backups?
How to retrieve photos from iCloud? Here’s how to search for your iCloud backups:
- If you haven’t done so already, download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:
Install and run the program. On the welcome screen, choose Log in to iCloud for more backups.
Enter your Apple ID and password.
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 the backup to PC, following the standard steps.
iCloud deleted photos
Recover deleted photos from a backup to iPhone
If you’ve found a local backup on your PC, there is an easy way to restore deleted photos from a backup to the iOS device with CopyTrans Shelbee.
Unlike iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee will:
✔️ Transfer all your SMS, iMessages and chats including pictures, videos, links, and documents, to the new iPhone*;
✔️ allow you to restore all your apps or just some of them;
✔️ do full or incremental backup;
✔️ allow to choose the folder to save backup;
✔️ validate backup made;
✔️ compatible with iTunes backup;
✔️ support encrypted iPhone backup;
To restore photos to the iPhone, just follow these steps:
Download and install CopyTrans Shelbee.
How to recover recently deleted photos? Open the program and connect your iPhone. Click on Custom restore.
Click on the green pencil icon to select which backup you want to restore your data from. Now click Next.
Wait until the loading process finishes.
Now you can select the data you want to restore. In this case, we choose Photo.
Please note that the data you selected will be overwritten: the device photos will be replaced with the ones from the backup. Now click Next.
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.
Wait until the restore process finishes. That’s it! Your device will now restart.
While restoring, CopyTrans Shelbee may ask you to enter an iOS backup password to decrypt the data in the backup. What is an iOS backup password?
How to recover deleted photos?
Does deleting photos from iPhone delete from iCloud?
When you delete photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad, you automatically delete photos from iCloud. The photos are also deleted from all devices linked to iCloud.
How do I permanently delete photos from an iPhone?
To delete all photos and videos permanently, you also have to delete them from the Recently Deleted folder. Otherwise, your iPhone will automatically delete them after 30 days.
Does iCloud keep photos even if deleted from photos on iPhone?
You can find your deleted photos and videos in the Recently Deleted album for 30 days, where you can recover or permanently remove them from all devices.
Can I retrieve deleted photos?
To sum it up, how can I recover deleted photos?
- First, check the Recently Deleted album.
- Then, you can directly search Apple servers to see if your deleted photos still linger there.
- If it didn’t help, you can look for backups and restore photos from them to the PC.
- Lastly, if you find an iTunes backup, you can restore photos back to the iPhone.
These methods will also help to recover permanently deleted photos. Do not forget to back up your photos from time to time to make sure you never get into this sort of situation!