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How to Recover Deleted Photos from an iPhone



How to Recover Deleted Photos from an iPhone

Find out how to recover those recently deleted iPhone photos by reading this guide.

Photos on your iPhone may very well be the most valuable piece of data you have. Apps can be re-downloaded at any time. If you’re saving your passwords in plain text on your phone, you’re putting yourself at risk of being compromised.

They sit beside messages and voice notes as miniature crystallized memories of people, places, and times, and they serve as a nice complement to them. Also unlike them, images take up a significant amount of storage space and are consequently at risk of being destroyed — either intentionally or accidentally— as a result of this.

It is possible to restore iPhone images that have been erased recently quickly and simply. No, we aren’t talking about retrieving images from an iPhone that has been dropped in the toilet, damaged, or gone through a factory reset, but this simple tutorial may be all you need.


  1. Launch the Photos application on your iPhone.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click on the Albums navigation tab to open a list of albums.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the Albums list and select Recently Deleted.
  4. Select the photographs you wish to recover and hit Recover on your keyboard.

The first step is to launch the Photos app on your iPhone. Tap on the Albums tab, which is located near the bottom of the screen. This will bring up a big list of your iPhone images, which will be divided into categories by clicking on them. Beginning with genuine albums you’ve named and those of installed programs, we’re looking for an “album” that is more specialized in its content.

Continue to scroll down past the album thumbnails, past the Media Types category, and down until you reach the Utility area. You should be able to discover an entry titled ‘Recently Deleted’ in this section. Give it a gentle tap. You will locate any images that you have deleted within the last 30 days in this section. Similar to the ordinary email client, content you delete is not immediately deleted, but instead is held in this Recently Deleted holding pen for up to a month before it is finally disposed of completely.

To recover a single photo, simply tap on its thumbnail and then press the Recover button, which should appear near the bottom of the screen. You will be prompted to confirm the action using a pop-up window, after which the photo will be returned to its original location in your photo library. In other words, it will not appear at the top of the page as if the picture had just been taken.

If you wish to recover multiple photographs at the same time, choose them all by clicking on the Select button at the top of the recently deleted album page. This allows you to select numerous thumbnails at the same time. The real restoration process continues in the same manner as before. Tap the ‘Recover All’ button in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and then confirm the action to transfer the photos back to your photo library in their original location.

Troubleshooting and Further Suggestions

If you find that the straightforward ‘Recently Deleted’ method does not, for whatever reason, work, you’ll have to resort to one of the more in-depth approaches described below to fix the problem.

The normal technique for retrieving data from a phone that has been lost is to restore it from a backup. These are either saved on iCloud — on Apple’s servers — or on a Mac to which the iPhone has been linked at some point in time.

However, restoring your iPhone from a backup will result in the loss of any data that has been added since the backup was created. When you set up a factory reset iPhone, you can choose to restore from a backup. You can also restore from a backup by bringing the iPhone to a Mac and selecting Restore iPhone from the phone’s page in the Finder app.

Check to verify if the images you’re looking for have been posted to your iCloud account first, before taking such dramatic measures. Visit iCloud Photos and sign in with your Apple ID to browse through your collection of previously uploaded photos. This may be accomplished with virtually any web browser.

If none of these options work, and your iPhone, for example, is broken in a way that cannot be repaired simply, a highly expensive micro-soldering repair may be your only alternative, as described above. This may easily end up costing more than the phone is worth, it may or may not work, and it serves as a reminder to all of us that constantly backing up your data is a good idea.

Christian Edet is a movie and gaming freak. An experienced writer whose interests include games, cars, insurance, and tech provides relevant information to all interested. He graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, and studied Business Information Systems (BSc.)