This article will show you how to retrieve your photos if you have accidentally (or not so accidentally) deleted them from iCloud. There are a few ways of doing so, depending on where you deleted the photos from and whether you had iCloud Photos enabled. Let’s get started!
- How to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud
- How to recover deleted photos from iPhone
- How to get recently deleted photos back
How to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud
We are sometimes able to recover photos up to 1 month ago, but there is no telling when the photos will actually be deleted, so the matter is very time-sensitive and we recommend using CopyTrans Cloudly as soon as possible. For more details on how it works, please read this guide.
Check out our YouTube video and written instructions on how to retrieve deleted photos below:
If you have more than 100 photos ready to be recovered from iCloud, you will be asked to purchase the full version of the app. If you are satisfied with how the program works, we recommend you to purchase it right away, or at least on the same day, as we’ve been getting reports that the photos aren’t rescuable on the next day any longer. We aren’t sure how this process works, but it might be that iCloud servers detect some suspicious activity and start the “irreversible delete” process right away, so your photos become “unrescuable”: so, all things consedered, we highly recommend to make haste recovering your photos.
Download CopyTrans Cloudly and run it. Type in your Apple ID and password.
If you use two-factor authentication, you will need to allow the connection on your device.:
Enter the code you received:
Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. To retrieve permanently deleted photos and videos from iCloud, click “Rescue”:
Select which folder you want to recover deleted pictures to:
That’s it! Now you will just need to wait until all of the deleted photos and videos are downloaded on your PC.
IMPORTANT!Your deleted photos do not stay on Apple servers forever. If you see this message, it means the program had searched for your files and discovered that the photos are already gone from Apple servers as well. To prevent this from happening, we recommend recovering your photos as soon as possible (and in one go, for the reasons decribed above).
How to recover deleted photos from iPhone
Didn’t have iCloud Photos enabled on your iPhone? To check whether iCloud Photos are enabled, go to Settings, tap on your name, tap on iCloud, tap on Photos – you can see whether iCloud Photos toggle is switched on or off. There are four ways of recovering deleted photos from your iPhone! Choose the method you prefer:
If you never made any backups, you can go to your local iPhone repair shop and ask them whether they can extract deleted photos from an iPhone. They might be able to help you.
How to get recently deleted photos back
If none of the suggestions worked, you may still have your photos in the Recently Deleted folder either in iCloud or on your iPhone. There are three ways of doing so.
If you have your iPhone, go to Photos, tap Albums, scroll all the way 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:
After that, select the photo 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 1000 photos at a time. If you have thousands of photos that need rescuing, then it might become a hassle.
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 in one go.