4 Ways to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone with or without Backup

Recover Deleted Photos on Camera Roll Photo Library

"I deleted a photo from my camera roll on my iPhone 6. Can I find back the deleted photo from my camera roll?" – Raid

"I delete some pictures on my iPhone. And I Google some ways to recover them. Some claim that I should recover pictures from iTunes photo library. But I do know where is photo library on iPhone? Who can help me?" – Chuck

Have you ever deleted pictures from your iPhone camera roll by accident? What if you deleted some of your photos from your photo library by mistake? Restoring deleted photos or pictures is the first choice. But, how? Keep reading to get the way from this article.

Part 1: How to recover deleted photos from iPhone via iPhone Data Recovery

Method 1: Recover photos directly from iPhone without backup

iPhone Data Recovery will be a good helper to retrieve deleted photos on camera and photo library from iPhone 7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS/iPad Pro/iPod directly without any backup.

1Scan iPhone

Download, install and run the iPhone Photo Recovery on your PC. Select "Recover from iOS Device" mode, and connect your iPhone to computer. Wait seconds, and this program will detect your device automatically.

Note: If your iPhone runs on iOS 7 or higher, then you need to tab "Trust" on your iPhone for scanning your iPhone data successfully.

Scan iPhone

Click "Start Scan" button and the software enters the analyzing process.

For iPhone 4/3GS, you need do more 3 steps before continuing this photos recovery process.

♦ Hold your iOS device in hand and click the Start button.

♦ Press and hold the Power and Home buttons at the same time for exact 10 seconds.

♦ Release Power button and keep holding Home button.

Start Scan

2Recover photos and pictures on camera roll and photo library

Select the photo files you want to recover (all photos or only deleted photos), and then click "Recover" button. The deleted photos on camera roll and photo library will be recovered and saved in local disc.

The result information includes the deleted photos, which will be marked with a trash bin.

Recover photos

1. Make sure iTunes is the newest version in PC.

2. Don't run iTunes at the same time when using the software.

3. Download and install the plug-in when the software prompts (Only for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS).

Method 2: Recover photos directly from iPhone with iTunes backup

Since you could get photos from iTunes sync, then you are also allowed to recover deleted photos on camera roll or photo library from iTunes backup file. This professional iPhone Photo recovery tool can also help you recover your deleted photos from iTunes backup file. This part will show you how to reach it.

1Scan iTunes photos

Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File". This software will detect your iTunes backup on this computer automatically. Choose the exact iTunes backup that you want, click "Start Scan" to start the iTunes scanning process.

If your iTunes backup is encrypted (the backup file with the lock image), then you need to enter the password for scanning. If you forget iTunes password, no worries, click here to fix iTunes password forgotten.

Scan iTunes photos

2Restore camera roll photos and photo library pictures

After scanning all iTunes backup photos, you could view iTunes backup files in details. Click "Photo Library" and "Camera Roll" to see the detailed photos and pictures. Check what you want to restore, click "Recover" to save the deleted camera roll photos and photo library pictures to PC.

Recover Photos

Apart from the above recovery modes to retrieve deleted or lost data from iPhone directly and iTunes, this software also enables you to recover deleted photos from iCloud with its "Recover from iCloud Backup" mode.

You can learn the steps from the video below:

Part 2: How to recover deleted photos on iPhone directly

This way of recovering deleted photos from iPhone is offered by Apple. It enables you to restore photos from iPhone directly without any tool. But it has some limitations. So before retrieving deleted photos from iPhone, you need to make these points clear.

1. iPhone must works in iOS 8 or newer.

2. You are allowed to get back those photos deleted within 30 days.

The detailed guides are as following:

Tab "Photos" on your iPhone > "Albums" on iPhone.

View the list of albums, and select "Recently Deleted". Here you could find all the delete camera roll photo thumbnails. Each one has a number on it, which shows how long that photo can be recovered. You are allowed to view them.

Recover Photos

After checking all the deleted photos that you want to recover, click "Recover" to restore them. You are capable of recovering a single deleted photo or multiple deleted photos.

Come back to "Albums" or "Photos", and you will find your undeleted photos from camera roll as usual.

Recover Photos

Part 3: How to retrieve deleted iPhone photos from iCloud

You can log in your icloud.com to recover your deleted iPhone photos. The steps would be similar as you recover deleted photos from you iPhone directly.

Type in your Apple ID username and password on icloud.com.

Click on Photos and then click Albums at the top.

Click the Recently Deleted album and select the deleted photos you want to restore. Then click Recover button to retrieve them.

Recover Photos from iCloud

Part 4: How to recover deleted iPhone photos with iTunes backup directly

iTunes would automatically create backups of your iPhone every time you sync iPhone with iTunes. If you want to use iTunes to recover deleted photos, here is the steps.

Connect iPhone with computer you usually sync with.

Go "File" > "Device" > "Restore from Back up".

iPhone will start to restore and reboot. You can find the deleted photos in Photos after a few minutes.

Recover Photos with iTunes

Make sure not use iTunes to sync again before recovering as the new sync my overwrite the previous backup.

Extended reading: What is difference between camera roll and photo library

Before you try to retrieve deleted pictures or photos on camera roll or photo library, you need to clarify the difference between camera roll and photo library.

What is camera roll photos and pictures

The photos you snap with your iPhone camera, and the pictures that you save from text messages, or download from websites on your iPhone, will store on camera roll on your iPhone automatically. But the web-optimized pictures may degrade quality.

What is photo Library on iPhone

When it comes to photo library, you will think of iTunes. Yes, Photo library stores photos that are transferred from your computer via iTunes sync process. And you could find photo library folder on your iPhone. Then where is photo library? Actually, the photos and pictures from "Photo Library" stores on "Photos" on iPhone. Except from photos or pictures from "Camera Roll", "Photo Stream" and "Screenshots" on your iPhone's "Albums", other photos or pictures on "Photos" are those from photo library.

Compared to iTunes photo library, you will not miss iCloud photo library. iCloud photo library, accessing iCloud photos via www.icloud.com, stores your photos and pictures with full-resolution.

The difference between camera roll and photo library has been clear here. Now we will find the ways to help you recover your deleted photos or pictures on camera roll and photo library.

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July 18, 2017 16:25 / Updated by to iPhone, Photo, Picture
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