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How To Recover Deleted Photos On IPhone
How To Recover Deleted Photos On IPhone

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How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: Step-by-Step Instructions

photo album on iPad
photo album on iPad

Photos in iPhone are a memory of happy moments in life, interesting people and bright events. Losing them all through accidental failure or carelessness can be extremely frustrating. There are several ways to recover recently deleted snapshots - using standard application options and third-party programs.


  • 1 When is photo recovery necessary and is it possible
  • 2 Recover photos on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with built-in tools

    • 2.1 Download iTunes backup

      2.1.1 Video: how to restore data from a backup

    • 2.2 Recover photo archive from iCloud
  • 3 Using third-party programs

    • 3.1 Wondershare Dr Fone Utility

      3.1.1 Video: Recover Files with Wondershare Dr Fone

    • 3.2 EaseUS MobiSaver Software
    • 3.3 Recovering Snapshots with iSkysoft iPhone Data Recovery
    • 3.4 The UndeletePlus utility
    • 3.5 Using the iPhone Spy Stick

When is photo recovery necessary and is it possible

If one day you did not find your favorite photos on your iPhone, this could be due to the following reasons:

  1. Reset iPhone settings.
  2. Accidentally pressing the wrong button while processing or saving photos.
  3. Malfunction of the device.

Whatever the reason for the absence of photos on your gadget, there is always a chance to restore them. The main thing to remember is that you need to start restoring immediately, and besides that, perform a number of other actions:

  1. Do not use your phone, install or run applications, or take new photos until the old ones are returned. Deleted photos are present in the device's memory for some time, but the segments in which they were recorded are marked as containing deleted data, so if you start actively using your iPhone, new information will be written into them. Then the recovery procedure will not give the desired result - some of the photos will be "broken", others will not be able to be returned at all.
  2. Turn off Wi-Fi and mobile data on your device to avoid overwriting segments.
  3. Do not postpone the recovery procedure and do not interrupt if you have started. So the chances of enjoying your favorite pictures again will be much higher.

    Disabling Wi-Fi on iPhone
    Disabling Wi-Fi on iPhone

    In order not to accidentally overwrite the segments in which the lost photos were recorded, you need to immediately turn off Wi-Fi and mobile Internet

Before proceeding with the recovery, familiarize yourself with all the methods, evaluate your technical capabilities and start with the simplest - perhaps it will allow you to return all the data without unnecessary time expenditures.

Recover photos on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with built-in tools

Photos can disappear not only from the iPhone, but also from other Apple gadgets - iPad and even iPod Touch. It's not easy to accept, but the recovery methods work for all of these devices, so don't despair. Some methods will be effective for devices with any version of the OS, others will only work on iOS 8 and higher.

Download iTunes backup

The first thing that can come to mind is to use the restore from iTunes backup option. However, in order for this to work, you must have such a copy. If you did it not so long ago, then follow the recovery instructions:

  1. Connect your device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) to your personal computer or laptop and launch iTunes.
  2. Select the device where you want to recover data.

    ITunes interface
    ITunes interface

    After starting iTunes, you need to select the desired device and go to the backup and restore data section

  3. Select the "Recover from a copy" option and click on it. The process of returning data from the backup will start, all the information that was on your device during the period when you last connected it to the PC will be restored. If the copy was encrypted, enter the password.

    Selecting a backup to restore
    Selecting a backup to restore

    After choosing a suitable backup, you must click the "Restore" button

Video: how to restore data from a backup

Recover photo archive from iCloud

Owners of iPhones with iOS 8 may have noticed a new feature in their device - an iCloud photo archive. With its help, you can quickly return accidentally erased photos, because they will be stored on the cloud server for another thirty days. This is done just so that their owner has the opportunity to change his mind and again wish to have these photos on his gadget. Photos will be available for recovery even if you turned off the "iCloud Music Library" option.

Follow these steps to return the photos you want:

  1. Go to the "Albums" section on your gadget, then open the "Recently Deleted" section. It is in this album that the disappeared photos will be saved. There you can also see how many more days each photo will be stored until it is completely deleted from the device and from the cloud.

    Recently Deleted section in iPhone album
    Recently Deleted section in iPhone album

    Photos will be stored in the "Recently deleted" section for a month after you delete them from the device

  2. You can restore a single snapshot, or all at once, or just a few. To return multiple images, press the “Select” button at the top, then mark the desired photos. To restore a single snapshot, select it and click Recover.

    Data recovery screen
    Data recovery screen

    After clicking on the "Restore" button, the selected files will be restored

Using third-party programs

Of course, if your smartphone has an earlier OS version, you won't be able to use some recovery methods. But there are several more options, one of which will certainly suit you. Special utilities are used to quickly and efficiently recover deleted data.

Wondershare Dr Fone Utility

One of the useful programs for recovering lost data is Wondershare Dr.Fone utility. Although it is not completely free, its basic functionality is quite enough to get the images you want. The interface of the program is quite simple, so it will not be difficult for any person to understand it and not waste precious time before data is erased. The program is installed on the Windows operating system.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your computer. Download and run Wondershare Dr.Fone utility.
  2. Find the option to scan data and run it. After a few minutes, the program window will display all the lost data available for recovery.

    Wondershare Dr Fone interface
    Wondershare Dr Fone interface

    Press the green button to start searching for data that can be restored

  3. The program will run for some time. It may take a few minutes if your device has a lot of information.

    Photo scanning and search process
    Photo scanning and search process

    The program can search for deleted files within minutes

  4. After finishing the scanning process, mark the photos that you want to return to the device and click the Recover button.

    List of files available for recovery
    List of files available for recovery

    Check the files you want and select the restore option

After a while, the pictures will be restored and placed in the "Photos" folder on your device. Please make sure your device has enough space before pressing the Recover button.

Video: File Recovery with Wondershare Dr Fone

EaseUS MobiSaver Program

All data recovery programs in general have similar options. The launch of these options is also about the same.

  1. Install the EaseUS MobiSaver software on your computer. Do not connect your phone or tablet to your PC. This is done in the following steps.
  2. Decide on the type of files you want to return to your device.
  3. Press the "Start" button and now connect the gadget to the PC. When the phone is recognized, select "Next". Scanning of data available for recovery will begin.
  4. After scanning is complete, a list of data is displayed. Select the files you want to recover, then click “Recover” and specify the folder where the program should place the reconstructed snapshots.

    EasyUS MobiSaver program window
    EasyUS MobiSaver program window

    Select the photos you want to recover and click on the Recover button

Recover snapshots with iSkysoft iPhone Data Recovery

ISkysoft iPhone Data Recovery is available for download on PC and Mac. The program is not free, but a trial version is available, which is enough for quick file recovery. Let's take a look at how to get your pictures back if you own a MacOS computer instead of a Windows PC.

  1. Connect your gadget to your computer.
  2. Run the utility and select what data you want to recover - in addition to photos, you can recreate notes, call history, information from the calendar, instant messengers, and attachments.

    ISkySoft iPhone Data Recovery Utility Window
    ISkySoft iPhone Data Recovery Utility Window

    The iSkySoft iPhone Data Recovery utility can recover data of different types

  3. Once the scan is complete, you will, like other programs, receive a list of files that you can return to your device or computer. Select the ones you need and click Recover.

    Selecting files to recover
    Selecting files to recover

    Check the files you want and click the restore button

  4. Select the device to which the photos will be restored - to a computer or phone.

    Choosing where to recover files
    Choosing where to recover files

    Files can be returned to your computer or phone

  5. After a few minutes, the photos will reappear on the selected device.
File backup selection window
File backup selection window

Select the backup file in the utility window and restore data from it

UndeletePlus Utility

We act according to the already known algorithm:

  1. Install the UndeletePlus program on your PC and run it.
  2. Connect your gadget to your computer. When it is recognized, run a file system scan. To make the process go faster, it is better to put filters on the required data types in advance (select only images).
  3. Mark the files that appear in the list with checkboxes, then click "Restore". Specify the location where the computer will place the pictures. After the restoration operation is completed, your photos will be in the specified folder.

    Undelete Plus program interface
    Undelete Plus program interface

    The checked files will be restored to the device

Using the iPhone Spy Stick

If all the previous methods did not work, try a completely unusual recovery method using a special flash drive with software embedded in it. The only thing worth considering is the cost of such a device, which is over a hundred dollars. However, if you want to surprise your friends and be known as a geek among them, it might make sense to spend money.

Flash Drive iPhone Spy Stick
Flash Drive iPhone Spy Stick

Flash drive iPhone Spy Stick allows you to recover data on an iPhone using special software

  1. Connect your iPhone Spy Stick and your iPhone to PC.
  2. Run a special utility from a USB flash drive.

    Spy Stick Utility
    Spy Stick Utility

    Spy Stick utility will display all photos that can be recovered on your device

  3. Select the data you want to recover. Wait for the files to appear on your device again.

Recovering lost photos is easier than it seems at first glance. Sometimes it is not even necessary to install anything at all, the data recovery program may already be on your PC, then it will take several times less time to return the necessary photos. The listed methods and programs will be enough to be able to get the missing images again.

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