How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Jean updated on Nov 06, 2020 to iPhone Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

No matter how you lost iPhone photos, you can always find 4 solutions to recover permanently deleted, erased, or wiped data from all iPhones including iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XS/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s.

Data loss can happen for various reasons and these include accidental deletion, human error, physical damage, iOS update, jailbreak. or reset iPhone/iPad to factory settings, etc. To reduce the potential of data loss on your iPhone, it's crucial to create a backup of iPhone data. Thus, you can access and restore your data when data loss happens. This applies to any kind of data, including photos - may record an important moment of your life or precious memory of loved ones. If you lose these pictures, you may feel frustrated, angry, and upset. But you don't have to worry too much, because this guide will give you some feasible solutions to recover deleted photos from iPhone, whether you've deleted them permanently or not.

PAGE CONTENT:
Solution 1. How to Get Back Deleted Pictures from Recently Deleted Album
Solution 2. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup
Solution 3. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup
Solution 4. How to Retrieve Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup
Bonus Tip 1. How to Recover Deleted Pictures from Android Device
Bonus Tip 2. How to Retrieve Deleted Photos from Computer

Solution 1. How to Get Back Deleted Pictures from Recently Deleted Album

After you have deleted photos, the first thing you need to do is to check the "Recently Deleted" folder. For iOS versions later than iOS 8, photos deleted will be still kept on your iPhone for 30 days in case you want to retrieve them later. While if your photos have exceeded the 30-day limit, you can use the following methods to do it.

Step 1. Open "Photos", and tap on "Albums" to locate the folder of "Recently Deleted."

recover iphone photos from recently deleted folder

Step 2. Open it and search for the photos that you want to recover. Select the images and tap "Recover."

Notice:
How to delete recently deleted photos on iPhone? This is a common question frequently asked by users. The normal way to delete the Recently Deleted folder is to open it inside Albums and hit the "Delete All" button. But if it is not working, you can go to the Settings App > General > iPhone Storage > Photos > Tap on "Empty" next to the Recently Deleted Album.

Solution 2. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

Without a proper recovery plan, there is the potential of permanently losing your data. If you cannot afford to permanently lose your important files, it's better to download a reliable iOS data recovery tool on the computer in case of data loss. EaseUS MobiSaver, a safe and reliable iOS data recovery tool, is exactly what you need. As a professional data recovery tool, it has the ability to recover photos, contacts, videos, movies, messages, etc from iPhone/iPad with or without backup. In contrast to traditional recovery methods (iTunes and iCloud) that perform a full restore to iPhone, this powerful tool lets you restore only wanted pictures to the device. More importantly, it can restore lost data without backup.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Among the three recovery options, choose "Recover from iCloud" > Enter your Apple ID and password.

recover iphone deleted photos from device

Step 2. Then, it will start to scan your device. After that, all the files that were found will be displayed on the left side. You can find the iCloud photos quickly by choosing the "Photos/Videos" category > Preview the recoverable pictures one by one > Click "Recover" and specify a location to save them on your computer.

Scan photos on your device

Starting from solution 2, all solutions displayed below will need to make sure that you've made a backup before. If you haven't made a backup, the following solutions are useless for you.

Solution 3. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

If you've ever backed up your iPhone to iTunes, then you can recover the whole back up to your device to get the lost photos. If you're not sure whether you've backed up the iPhone with iTunes, just go to check your iTunes backup location on your computer. Besides, it is worth mentioning that this will erase your current data on the iPhone and replace your current iPhone data with the backup you restored from iTunes. If you don't mind losing current data, just go ahead to use this method to get back pictures. While if you don't want to lose current data, then you can use the iTunes alternative tool in Option 2 to recover pictures without erasing.

Option 1. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Pictures from iTunes

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer. Once your iTunes detect your iPhone, you'll see your iPhone icon appears on your iTunes interface. If iTunes fails to detect your device, quick to fix this issue before restoring.

Step 2. In iTunes, click on your device icon in the upper left corner.

Step 3. Select "Restore Backup..." on the right panel.

Restore iPhone from iTunes

Option 2. How to Retrieve Permanently Deleted Pictures from iTunes without erasing

By using this way, you can selectively restore pictures from iTunes backup. But you'll need to download EaseUS MobiSaver on your computer at first, and then follow the steps below to retrieve permanently deleted pictures from iTunes without erasing.

Step 1. First, download EaseUS MobiSaver (for iOS device) > Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer > Start EaseUS MobiSaver > Select the "Recover from iTunes" > click the "Scan" button.

Rstore iPhone from iTunes

Step 2. MobiSaver will automatically scan your backup file to find the lost data. All the files that have been found by MobiSaver will be displayed on the left side in well-organized categories.

Restore iPhone Photos from iTunes

Step 3. You can preview the detailed contents of your lost contacts and then choose the pictures you want to recover and click the "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

Preview photos you want to restore

Solution 4. How to Retrieve Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

iCloud is another option to get back your lost photos. To use this method, you'll need to make sure that your iCloud Photos has been enabled on your iPhone. A computer is also required to use this method.

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com in any web on your computer > Sign in to your iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Click on "Photos" > Click on "Albums" at the top.

Step 3. Click the "Recently Deleted" album > Choose photos you want to restore > Click on "Recover."

Apart from this way, you can also get back your deleted photo by resetting your iPhone to factory settings and then restore it from a backup that contains the deleted photos. But in this way, all of your current data will be erased.

Bonus Tip 1. How to Recover Deleted Pictures from Android Device

Apart from retrieving deleted photos from Apple Devices, you can also get back photos from Android and PC. Follow the details below and recover photos from Android.

EaseUS MobiSaver for Android - PC version (With a Computer)

Root your Android device first and follow the article guide to recover deleted pictures on Android phones/tablets.

recover android photo with computer

EaseUS MobiSaver App - Mobile version (Without a Computer)

It's the app version that allows you directly recover deleted pictures on Android without a computer

recover data from android without a computer

Bonus Tip 2. How to Retrieve Deleted Photos from Computer

To retrieve deleted photos from computer, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - a professional data recovery software that can help you recover deleted pictures in different image file formats with consummate ease, including JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF/TIF, BMP, PSD, ORF, RAF, MRW, RAW and more.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac - Mac version

Similarly, you can apply the Mac photo recovery software to recover Mac deleted pictures from a hard drive, USB stick or SD card on your Mac.

select a location and click scan

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - Windows version

Photos lost from your computer hard drive, USB flash drive or memory card can be retrieved by applying this Windows data recovery software with ease. See how to use this free photo recovery software.

recover photos from a mac

The Bottom Line

From the above-introduced solutions, you can recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone. Of all the solutions, Solution 2 is the most recommended since it is useful without doing any harm to your current data. If this guide is helpful to you, don't forget to share it with others.

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