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Different ways to recover deleted photos in iPhone

James Davis

Apr 07, 2023 • Filed to: Data Recovery Solutions • Proven solutions

There are numerous ways to restore the important data you might have lost in your iPhone. Most of the people don't use proper backup and restore features only to regret later. Now you might be wondering why you need a backup function. So let me tell you this, I am sure, for at least once in your life, you have ( if you haven't, then surely one day you will ) messed up while getting rid of some trash in your phone. For instance, sometimes you want to delete some unwanted files and you end up deleting the important one. I know it is very frustrating, because it is a very common mistake made by almost everyone. So if you are wondering whether or how you can recover deleted photos from your iPhone, let me assure you, you have come to the right place. Today I am going to explain some of the most common and useful ways (with step by step description) on how to restore permanently deleted photos from your iPhone. In the next few paragraphs, I am going to throw some light on the best and most professional ways to backup and restore your precious deleted photos/data.

First of all, let's have a look at the most easiest solution:

Part 1 Most Common situation

Method 1 Recover photos from Recently Deleted album

If you don’t have access to a computer and are in fact searching how to recover permanently deleted photos from an iPhone without a computer, then you should try the following method.

When you by mistake delete a photo, it can leave you feeling hopeless. This is especially true if you seem to have cleaned family photos, or photos of special events in your life. Many of us take pictures to remember events, share social media, or keep them in our phones and computers.

iPhone recently deleted location

With the launch of iOS 8, Apple added a recently deleted folder to make it easier for you to find deleted photos. When you delete an image from your iPhone, go to the newly deleted folder where it is stored for up to 30 days. Therefore, if the photos you want to restore were deleted within 30 days, you can find them in the Recently Deleted Folder.


When you delete pictures on iPhone, you can access your Photos app and go into your albums, then, scroll to the bottom and tap on "Recently Deleted." In that photo folder, you will find all the photos you have deleted within the last 30 days


Here's how to recover deleted photos from iPhone camera roll with photos app:

  • On your iPhone, open the Photos app
  • Scroll down to see "Recently deleted Album" (listed under "Other Albums"
  • Select “Recently deleted”
  • Select "Select" from the top right of the screen
  • Tap on the photos you would like to restore
  • Tap “Recover” that is located in the lower right side of the screen
  • Select "Restore image"
  • That's all you have to do! Your photo will be returned to your photo library soon.

Part 2 Can I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPhone?

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With the leading data recovery technology, Dr.Fone enables you to recover data like contacts, messages, photos, and more, in the most efficient and straightforward manner. Every piece of the data you lost will find their way back to you. It can recover files from many common scenarios. Also, you can use this iPhone data recovery to scan the deleted or lost data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and preview the details before recovery.

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  • Accidental Deletion
  • System Crash
  • Water Damage
  • Forgotten Password
  • Device Damaged
  • Device Stolen
  • Jailbreak or ROM flashing
  • Unable to synchronize backup

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Method 2.Restore Deleted Pictures from iPhone with iCloud Backups

Apple Cloud is a common way to back up and sync your files, including Photos. If you try to retrieve a photo from the recently deleted - and there is no photo available in there, then it means it has been longer than 30 days since you deleted the photos. So it may be available on the iCloud website.

iCloud backup

When you set up iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. You can use that storage space to back up your device and to keep all of your photos, videos, documents, and text messages securely stored and updated everywhere. Usually, your iPhone automatically backs up to your iCloud account, and if you delete photos from your iPhone, they'll also be deleted from your iCloud. To get around this, you can turn off iCloud photo sharing, sign in to a different iCloud account, or use a cloud server other than iCloud for photo sharing.

On Cloud.com, simply select the photos app, and the "Recently Removed" folder on the left side of the screen. It may mimic what you see on your phone, but there are times when it has photos that are not on your iPhone. Before you worry too much about lost photos, check out Cloud.com.

There are also iPhone backups to consider, which are also stored on iCloud. Apple stores your latest version of iPhone backup on iCloud, which is used to restore the phone or launch a new device.

Here's how to backup your iPhone with iCloud:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Click on the top banner ( it will have your profile photo and your name)
  • Select “iCloud”
  • Scroll down until you see “iCloud Backup”
  • Tap on “iCloud Backup”
  • Select “Back Up Now”

Method 3.How to backup photos to iTunes?

iTunes Photo

iTunes is a piece of software that lets you add to, organize and play your digital media collection on your computer, as well as sync it to a portable device. It's a jukebox player along the lines of Songbird and Windows Media Player, and you can use it on a Mac or Windows machine.

Honestly speaking, the most professional and most common method for photos backup in iPhones are iCloud and iTunes. However, iTunes offers you more a comfortable option to do just that. To use the service of iTunes, you will need a computer/laptop and a USB cable. So those who were wondering how to restore permanently deleted photos using a computer, this method is for you.

Steps to follow before iTunes backup photos:

  • Download the latest version of iTunes.
  • Now, open iTunes on your PC.
  • Connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable.
  • Tap the device icon, as shown below.
  • Here, click Images in the sidebar.
  • Check the box next to ‘Photo Sync.’ We also mean that if you have already opened iCloud photos, there is no need to sync them with iTunes.
  • Select the folder or application with which you want to sync the images. Select to sync all photos with selected albums.
  • You can also select Insert videos.
  • Be sure to use it.


Method 4.Backup iPhone data with Google Drive

Apple users can store their iPhone data and iCloud account in Google Drive. That includes photos, contacts and calendar. Google Drive backs up your iPhone photos to Google Photos. Similarly, your contacts and calendar are supported by Google and Calendar contacts respectively. But before you back up your photos and videos, make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Google Drive is a cloud-based storage solution that allows you to save files online and access them anywhere from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can use Drive on your computer or mobile device to securely upload files and edit them online. Drive also makes it easy for others to edit and collaborate on files.

  • Open the Google Photos app .
  • Sign in to your Google Account.
  • At the top right, tap your account profile photo or initial.
  • Select Photos settings  Back up & sync.
  • Tap "Back up & sync" on or off.


I am sure, there is no one in the world who wants to go through the trouble that is caused due to deleting some important files. So as it is often said, " it's better to prepare earlier than to regret later ", there are many ways in which you can prepare yourself to deal with such troubles. I would recommend you Dr Fone-Phone backup.  Everyone knows the importance of backing up iPhone data regularly. Dr.Fone provides the easiest and most flexible iPhone backup&restore solution. Most importantly, it not only restores Dr.Fone backup, but also restores iTunes and iCloud backup files without overwriting any data. Compared to backing up iPhone with iTunes, iCloud, Dr.Fone can help to backup and restore data more flexibly and restore data selectively, without overwriting existing data. Moreover, As I mentioned earlier, Dr Fone has more than 10 years of experience in Data recovery and backup,No matter you're using the latest iPhone XS, iPad Air 2, or the old iPhone 4, Dr.Fone is fully compatible with all models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Also, with the best technical ability, Dr.Fone is always the first one to fully support the latest iOS system and iCloud backup, Thus, it would be a smart decision to try it at least once.

James Davis

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