Steps to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

--Tuesday, Nov.29, 2016

It is said that photo takes up most storage on female users' iPhones, which seems really plausible for the reason that women like taking selfie all the time. Once I checked out my bestie's Camera Roll, to my surprise, 70% photos she got are photos of herself. What a 'confident' woman she is!

To free up storage on iPhone, most people would choose to remove some photos regularly or on a whim. Whether on purpose or by accident, we might mistakenly delete some photos that we didn't mean to remove or we got regretful after doing so. It could be the photo of business record, the one of the holiday in Hawaii or the one of the unforgettably romantic data. Whatever it is, we need them back, but how? Here's how. Check it out!

Method 1: Is It Possible to Retrieve Lost Photos from iPhone?

Once mistaken deletion of photos happened, the first idea that comes across your mind is probably that deleted photos are gone for ever. However, it’s feasible to get them back with simple steps. Why? Because lost photos are not gone at the moment they were deleted. They just turn invisible and inaccessible. They still stay somewhere in storage unless there are new contents being written in the storage. To some extent, new data would overwrite old data making them erased. Therefore, please stop using your iPhone as soon as photos were deleted/lost/missing. You still get chances to get them back. Check out the methods below.

Retrieve Precious Memory

Method 1: Directly Recover Lost Photos from iPhone

The easiest and most effective method, which tends to be ignored, is to launch the "Photos" app > "Albums" > "Recently Deleted" and check out whether your deleted photos are still here. If yes, select and recover them. As long as the photos was not deleted over 30 days, you can easily retrieve them.

Note that if photos were deleted from "Recently Deleted" album or over 30 days,  stop using the phone to take photos or save images, because doing so may overwrite your original data which actually are stored on your phone somewhere you just can't find them. If the data got overwritten, there is no way getting them back. Therefore, we have to resort to professional software.

You will never recover deleted photos after 30-day deadline, but iPhone Data Recovery will always be a great helper. Do as followings, and get your memorable moments back with ease. Let's see how to do it.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Computer
If you've never tried iPhone Data Recovery ever, you need to download and install it on computer at first. Then, run the software and connect your iPhone via USB cable to the program.
Note that the program will choose "Recover from iOS Device" by default.

Connect to Software

Step 2. Scan and Preview Photos
Now, select "Photos" from items and hit the "Start Scan" button. After the scanning, all the photos will be listed on the program. Deleted photos will be retrieved and marked in red with small rubbish bin in front.
Note that photos can be listed randomly, chronologically or according to folder by switching among the icons next to the Search bar.

Choose Photos to Scan

Step 3. Select and Recover Photos
You are allowed to selectively choose photos to get them restored. Tap on "Recover to Computer" and choose the route to save photos on computer. It takes a few seconds to finish exporting selected photos to computer. Then, you can view them in full size.

Recover Memorable Images

Method 2: Extract Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

It's lucky if you have backups via iTunes.  You can restore data from previous iTunes backup files via iTunes. Just connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes and  head to "File" > "Devices" > "Restore from backup". Atfer quite a while, your data will be retrieved though it will reset your device in the first place. You may thus suffer from loss of other data.

Step 1. Launch iPhone Data Recovery

iPhone Data Recovery can also restore data from iTunes backup files with ease. Different from iTunes, you can recover data selectively.  Launch the software and choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" from the toolbar on the left. The program will automatically scan for the iTunes backup files on computer. Choose one backup file and tap "Start Scan".
Note that you need to manually select the position of iTunes backups if you've changed the default route.

Choose a iTunes Backup to Scan

Step 2. Preview and Restore Photos to Computer
The scanning process takes time according to the size of the backup file, but it usually takes less than 10 min. This function scans for all your data in the backup file. If you just want to have photos recovered, highlight the "Photos" option which will scan out photos and videos. You are able to select photos and "Recover to Computer". Then, you can preview these photos on your computer.

Preview and Recover Photos of iTunes Backup

Method 3: Undelete Photos from iCloud Backup

Data can be also restored from iCloud directly on your iPhone. Navigate to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings". After the rest, select "Restore from iCloud Backup". Simlilar to the way restoring data from iTunes. It has to reset your data and clear all your data before performing data recovery.

Step 1. Open the Software and Sign in iCloud
iPhone Data Recovery can directly extract data from iCloud. Perform the program and you will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. No worry. The software will not store any users' personal information.
Note that for iOS 9 iCloud backups, users need to install the iCloud Panel before recovering data back.

Log in iCloud

Step 2. Download iCloud Backup
After logging in iCloud, iCloud backup files will be listed on the interface. Select one backup file and tap "Download" button. Then, a pop-up will prompt you to select the types of file you want to retrieve. Highlight "Camera Roll" and click on "Next".

Choose Types of Data to Download

Different from extracting iTunes backup, you have to download the iCloud backup, which can take a while depending on your network and the size of the file. After done downloading, the photos stored in iCloud will be displayed on the interface. If you have a great number of photos, you can choose to chronically list them. Now, you can click on and select photos you want to get back and tap on "Recover to Computer".

Recover Photos on iCloud

That's all it takes. Once you choose the right software, retrieving deleted data is just a cakewalk. Though there are always means to restore lost files, you should have had no such a disturbance if you didn't inadvertently delete your photos on iPhone. Right? So, you'd better think twice before you remove a photo. What's more, to be on the safe side, it's recommended to make backups regularly for existing data lest they get lost.

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