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Let’s say you (or your curious child) accidentally deleted all the photos from your iPhone. What happens? Those photos go to the Recently Deleted folder. You go there, tap Select, then select all the photos and tap Recover. Your photos are back where they were. Easy!

Recover photos on iPhone

But what if you accidentally deleted your photos from the Recently Deleted folder as well?
There are a few tools out there that can help you retrieve your photos from an iCloud backup or from an iTunes backup. But what if you don’t have a backup?

If you don’t have any kind of backup but you had iCloud Photo Library enabled, we can help!

CopyTrans Cloudly is an app that helps you recover deleted iCloud photos. In some cases, we can restore photos and videos that were deleted more than a year ago! Here’s the full story.

Anyway, back to business.

Here’s how to retrieve permanently deleted photos from iCloud

Follow this step-by-step guide to download all permanently deleted photos to your computer.

  1. Download CopyTrans Cloudly and run it. Type in your Apple ID and password.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  2. If you have a two-factor authentication, you will need to allow the connection on your device:
    Apple ID sign in requested

  3. Enter the code you received:
    Apple ID verification code
    Two factor authentication

  4. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. To download permanently deleted photos and videos from iCloud, click “Rescue”:
    Retrieve permanently deleted photos from iCloud Photo Library

  5. Select which folder you want to rescue the photos to:
    Select folder rescue

  6. That’s it! Now you will just need to wait until all of the deleted photos and videos are retrieved.
    Rescuing photos

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Irina 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.