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6 Strategies to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone (Apple Never Tells You)

I deleted a photo from my camera roll on my iPhone 6. Can I recover the deleted photo from my camera roll? By the way, I did not make any backup. – Raid
I permanently deleted some pictures on my iPhone 7. And I Google some ways to find them back. Some claims that I should recover pictures from iTunes photo library. But I do know where is photo library on iPhone? Who can help me? – Chuck
Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone

Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

Have you ever deleted pictures from your iPhone 6s camera roll by accident?

What if you deleted some of your photos from your iPhone 5 permanently?

Without backup, can you retrieve deleted photos from iPhone 7?

If you also suffer from the same hang-up, how to recover the deleted photos on iPhone, then you just come to the right place.

Today, we will share you top 6 strategies that Apple never told you, to help you regain the deleted photos or pictures on iPhone, whether you did a backup or not.

Part 1. Can you recover deleted photos from you iPhone?

Can I recover deleted photos from my iPhone?

The answer is yes.

But the success rate is not 100% guaranteed.


For understanding the reason, you should first know how your data is stored on iPhone.

iPhone saves data on a database called SQLite. If you delete some data, the data is not erased or removed completely from iPhone. The data just disappeared in your eyes on iPhone. They are just marked as "Unallocated" from "Allocated", and still on your iPhone.

So the question is coming:

"Is there any way to read and restore the deleted photos?"

Of course.

What you need is an iPhone photos recovery program to get back the deleted pictures on iPhone in 100% success.

However, the deleted photos will disappear permanently, if you create new data (e.g. deleted new data), because these data may be overwritten by the new created data.

In another word, for getting the biggest chance of recovering the deleted photos on iPhone, you should bear the three things in mind:

1. Stop using the iPhone right away after you deleted the photos.

2. Get the good iPhone photos recovery software.

3. Back up your iPhone frequently to avoid any data loss.

Part 2. 6 ways to retrieve deleted photos from iPhone

Way 1. Get back the deleted photos from Recently Deleted 30 days (Without backup)

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:


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:

Step 1 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.

Find Recenetly Deleted

Step 2 Retrieve deleted photos from iPhone

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.

Recover Deleted Photos from Recenetly Deleted

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

However, if I deleted photos beyond 30 days, is it possible to recover deleted photos from iPhone?

Definitely yes.

Just go to Way 2.

Way 2. Recover iPhone pictures deleted any time (Without backup) (Easiest)

If you deleted the photos beyond 30 days, then you had better turn to the iPhone data software for help.

FoneLab - iPhone Data Recovery For Mac

Let's see how it works:


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

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

Step 1 Scan 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.

Scan iPhone


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

2. 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.

Scan iPhone

Step 2 Recover 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.

Recover iPhone pictures

Very easy to get back the deleted photos from iPhone directly.

Check the steps in this video demo:

Recover Deleted iPhone Data play-button

Still puzzles about "Can I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPhone?"

Surely you can, if you have ever made iPhone backup.

If you keep iTunes backup on your computer, then just visit Way 3.

Way 3. Restore deleted photos from iTunes backup (Free but wipe out all current data)

For rescuing the deleted photos from iTunes backup, you need to pay attention to the following tips:


1. Find the computer where you have backed up iPhone photos.

2. All data will be erases and replaced with the restored iTunes backup.

Look at the steps:

Step 1 Run iTunes on computer

Launch iTunes on your computer. You had better make sure iTunes is the latest version.

Step 2 Restore photos iPhone from iTunes

Connect your iPhone to computer, find your iPhone icon and click it. Navigate "Summary" > "Restore Backup…" to restore your iPhone with the backup.

Restore photos iPhone from iTunes

Then all your photos will be back to your iPhone.

Very smoothly for the whole process.

Nevertheless, you are not willing to restore all data forcibly.

Just try the Way 4 to recover deleted photos form iTunes selectively.

Way 4. View and find deleted iPhone photos with iTunes backup

In this way, iPhone Data Recovery still works to achieve the goal, recover deleted photos selectively without erasing any data.

Step 1 Scan 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.

Note: 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

Step 2 Recover pictures from iTunes

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 pictures from iTunes

Wow, very perfect.

But you may have a sad story like Jimmy.

"My computer is crashed and all iTunes backup files are gone. Is there any way to help me to recover the deleted photos on iPhone?" - Jimmy.


Using iCloud backup to help you get back the photos on iPhone, if you did have.

Move on Way 5 to get the details.

Way 5. Recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud photo library (Free but erase all current data)

What you need to prepare is keeping your iPhone connected with WLAN.

Step 1 Reset iPhone

On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings". Here, you will factory reset your iPhone and make it as "New".

Reset iPhone

Step 2 Restore photos from iCloud

Follow the on-screen instructions, and go to "Apps & Data" screen, tap "Restore from iCloud Backup" > Sign in your iCloud account, and pick up the iCloud backup that contains the deleted photos to restore them.

All what you need to do is to wait patiently to restore all iClouid backup to your iPhone including the deleted photos.

Recover pictures from iCloud

A free but time-consuming way.

What's worse, all existing data on iPhone are gone and replaced with the iCloud backup.

For safely keeping both iCloud backup and current iPhone files intact, just march Way 6.

Way 6. Access and recover deleted photos from iCloud selectively

In this way, you just need your iCloud account and a computer with iPhone Data Recovery.

Step 1 Download iCloud backup

Again, run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Click "Recover from iCloud". Sign in your iCloud account.

Sign in iCloud

Step 2 Scan photos on iCloud

Then, choose the data type you want to recover. Here we can check the "Photos" option and click the "Start" button to begin scanning iCloud photos.

Scan photos on iCloud

Step 3 Access photos from iCloud

After the scan is complete, you will find all photo types displayed in the interface. Click "Photo Library" to see all the photos stored on Photo Library. Camera Roll and Photo Stream works similarly. Tick the pictures that you want to save, click "Recover" to save the photos from iCloud to your computer.

Access photos from iCloud

The above 6 strategies of recovering the deleted photos from iPhone have shred here.

More suggestions just leave your comments at the bottom.

Recovering the deleted photos is not the best way, because you cannot guarantee every recovery is 100% successful.

Developing a good habit of backing up photos and restoring to computer is the point of avoid any data loss.

Learn extra tip to backup and restore iPhone photos.

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Part 3. Backup and restore iPhone photos

For backing up iPhone photos, you need iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Why choose this software?

Let's check the steps.

Step 1 Download, install and run this software on your computer. Click "More tools" > "iOS Data Backup & Restore" > "iOS Data Backup".

Run iOS Data Backup and Restore

Step 2 Connect your iPhone to computer, click "Standard backup" or "Encrypted backup" > Select "Photos" and "App Photos" > "Next" to start to back up iPhone photos.

Backup iPhone Photos

Step 3 After backup is successful, you could come back to the main interface, select "iOS Data Restore" > Select the backup and click "View Now" to view the backup photos. Checkmark those you want to recover, and click "Restore to PC" to extract the photos from the backup to computer.

Restore iPhone Photos

Here, the conclusion should be made that iPhone photos recovery can be made from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. If without backup, you could also retrieve the deleted pictures from iPhoen directly. Honestly, the ideal way of saving the photos is to backup and restore them on PC.

Extended reading: If your music files disappeared or deleted at its own, then you should visit this post: How to recove deleted music from iPhone.

Part 4. FAQs of recovering deleted photos from iPhone

Where do permanently deleted photos go?

On your iPhone, go to Photos > Album, scroll down and tap Recently Deleted. Select the photos you want to recover.

Are permanently photos gone forever?

No. The deleted photos are not truly gone. Instead, they are sent to the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app. They will be removed from the Recently Deleted album after 30 days.

Can you recover deleted photos from Android?

Yes. With Aiseesoft Android Data Recovery, you can recover all deleted photos, messages, contacts, documents and more from Android phone.

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