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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.

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 an 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! For this, use our unique CopyTrans Cloudly:

With CopyTrans Cloudly, you can:

✔️ Recover deleted iCloud photos.
✔️ Restore permanently deleted iPhone photos from iCloud on PC.
✔️ Download permanently deleted photos to PC in the original quality.


✔️ Download all iCloud photos in one click.
✔️ Download iCloud photos in albums just as you have organized them.
✔️ Upload photos and videos from PC to iCloud in different formats.
✔️ Delete all iCloud photos in one go.

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

  1. Download CopyTrans Cloudly and run it.

    Get CopyTrans Cloudly

    If you need help installing CopyTrans Cloudly, please refer to the installation guide.

  2. Enter your Apple ID and password:

    recover deleted photos iphone

    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.

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

  4. Apple ID sign in requested to iCloud

  5. Enter the code you received:

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  7. 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.

    How to retrieve deleted photos

  8. 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 to do it as soon as possible as Apple gives us only one shot at rescuing and then deletes everything.

  9. 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:

  10. How to recover permanently deleted photos from gallery

  11. How do I get deleted photos back? Wait until all the deleted photos and videos are downloaded…

  12. Recover deleted photos from iCloud

    If the app didn’t find any photos to rescue, it means a) photos are already gone from Apple servers, OR b) iCloud Photos weren’t turned on when you deleted the pictures. In the case of the latter, you can search for a backup.

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

  14. Photos recovered from iCloud

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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.

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 this section on how to recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone.
  1. 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!

  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 1,000 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 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.

  8. Download CopyTrans Cloudly

    How to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup

    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 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!

What’s so good about CopyTrans Backup Extractor?

✔️ find all the backups automatically (FREE feature);
✔️ free version allows you to see what a backup includes;
✔️ compatible with different backups: iCloud, iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee;
✔️ extract data from any backup to your PC.

⚡ 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

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:

Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

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.

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  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. How to get permanently deleted photos back

    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.

  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.

    How do you recover deleted photos

    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 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?

Here’s how to search for your iCloud backups:

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

  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 two-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.

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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.

Check CopyTrans Shelbee out!

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

⚡ 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. 😉

To restore photos to the iPhone, just follow these steps:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Shelbee.

    Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  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.

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  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 the 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 an 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: 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. How to get deleted photos back on iPhone

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

  19. iPhone restore photos finished

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?

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!

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