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Fix iPhone Photos Disappeared from Camera Roll

Jean updated on May 07, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery |How-to Articles


Sometimes iPhone photos may suddenly disappear from iPhone. This may be caused by an iOS system update and unconscious deletion of the whole photo library. Or the album is hidden without knowing it. There are several ways to help you recover lost photos from your iPhone.

You may suddenly found one or more iPhone photos that disappeared from Camera Roll or Album. Don't be panic when you find your photos disappeared from your iPhone. Firstly find out the cause and the corresponding solution. We have listed the possible causes for such an incident as well as the solution to each.

Part 1. Why Photos Disappeared from iPhone

  • The photos were hidden by you or other people.
  • You have accidentally deleted your photos.
  • Photo disappeared from iPhone after upgrading the iPhone to the latest version of iOS, which may also cause disappearing contacts.
  • Many junky apps and files occupy your device's internal memory, which leads to the shortage of iPhone space. As a result, photos are not showing on your iPhone.
  • Phone Stream is not working or disabled.
  • Logging in to a different iCloud account or you have disabled iCloud Photo Sync
  • Restore your iPhone from an unknown backup

Part 2. How to Fix Photos Disappeared from iPhone by Setting iPhone

If your photos are not showing up on your iPhone, you need to find out the possible reason firstly, and then its workable solution. We have listed the possible causes in the above part. Here are the best photo recovery solutions we collected for you.

Method 1. Check Your Recently Deleted Folder

If your photos disappeared from your camera roll, please check if there is any chance that you or other people have deleted them by accident. All deleted photos will be sent to the Recently Deleted album for 30 days. During that time you can either return a picture from the Recently Deleted folder to your iPhone or choose to delete them permanently. 

Step 1. Tap on the Photos apps on your screen, find the option 'Album." 

Step 2.   Check the folder "Recently Deleted" under "Utilities" to see if your disappeared photos are showing up.

Step 3. If you are lucky enough to find your photos here, tap 'Select" and choose the photos you want to keep, tap "Recover" to recover them.

Method 2. Restart Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

If you did not find your photos in the "Recently Deleted" folder, you may need to try some other ways. The first one we suggest is to restart your device. Generally, a restart can fix most iPhone issues. The steps vary slightly among different iPhone models.  Check here for detailed guidance.

Method 3. Turn on iCloud Photo Library

If neither of the two ways listed above works, you can go to the Settings app to check if you have enabled the iCloud Photos Library. The iCloud Photos Library syncs all your Camera Roll photos to the iCloud driver so that you can access them on all your devices. If you fail to sync photos, here are some quick solutions to fix the "iCloud photos not syncing" issue.

Step 1. Tap on 'Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud." (For iOS 10.2 or earlier, simply tap on 'Settings" > "iCloud.")

Step 2. Move the bar on the right side to turn on the iCloud Photo Library.

Step 3. Wait for a few minutes, go back to your Photos app, and check if your photos are back.

Turn on iCloud Photo Library

Method 4. Sign in the Right Apple ID on Every Device

Being similar to method 3, make sure that you logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID on other devices. Check the ID information in Settings

Method 5. Unhide Your Photos

There is a chance that you may have hidden your photos in the past. Try to check if there are any hidden photos on your iPhone. Here's how to do it.

Step 1. Tap the "Photos" app, scroll down the screen to find 'Hidden" under "Utilities."

Step 2. Check if there is any photo. If you find the disappeared photos here, tap "Select" to choose the photos. Tap on the share button and choose "Unhide." Then all photos will go back to their original album.

Note: If the "Hidden" folder is not showing up in the "Photos." Go to "Settings" > "Photos" and Turn on 'Hidden Album."

Show Hidden Album in Album

Part 3. How to Recover Camera Roll Photos Deleted by iOS Update?

If none of the remedies above serve to solve your problem and photos are still missing somewhere, be prepared because they might have been truly gone for good. In this event, your best workaround is to try iTunes or an iPhone data recovery tool to get your lost photos.

Method 1. Recover Disappeared Photos with EaseUS MobiSaver

As we mentioned earlier, using iTunes to get disappeared photos will erase all the data stored on your iPhone. To avoid data loss, you can use this iOS data recovery software EaseUS MobiSaver to recover deleted data without erasing.

EaseUS MobiSaver is a reliable iOS data recovery tool that enables you to recover deleted contacts, photos, messages, videos, and many other iOS data from iTunes or iCloud without erasing. You can even find your deleted data back without backup. Besides, EaseUS MobiSaver has many outstanding features when it comes to recovering deleted files.

  • It has an easy-to-use and intuitive interface.
  • It is compatible with all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • It supports almost all iOS versions, including the latest iOS 13.
  • It is able to recover various iOS deleted or lost data like contacts, messages, videos, music, etc.
  • It has regular updates and bug fixes to keep the performance up to the mark.

Download EaseUS MobiSaver on your Windows PC or Mac, and let's make a full photo recovery by doing it like this.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Among the three recovery options, choose "Recover from iTunes" or "Recover from iCloud" depending on your backup location and click "Scan." You need to enter your Apple ID and password.

choose recover from itunes or recover from icloud

Step 2. After the scan is complete, all the files found by EaseUS MobiSaver will be displayed on the left side in well-organized categories. You can find the lost photos quickly under the Photos/Videos tab.

The software also allows you to preview selected photos one by one. Just hit the "Recover" button to export the recoverable image files and specify a folder to save them on your computer.

select photos and recover

Only old iPhone types such as iPhone 4s can benefit from the "Recover from iOS Device" mode, which allows you to recover photos from the internal storage even without any backups.

Method 2. Restore Deleted Camera Roll Photos from iTunes

If you have ever backed up your iPhone to iTunes, you can get the deleted photos by restoring your device from a previous iTunes backup. It is noteworthy that iTunes will permanently erase all of your current data on the iPhone. 

Step 1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your PC or Mac. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. If the "Trust This Computer" message shows up on your iPhone or iPad, tap "Trust."

Step 3. On the iTunes screen, find the icon "Summary" and click "Restore Backup" at the right-side panel.

Restore iPhone from iTunes

Step 4. Then, a list of backups with sizes and time of creation will appear. Choose the newest backup and hit "Restore."

Restore iPhone from iTunes backup

The Bottom Line

The article covers the possible causes for photo missing on your iPhone and provides the corresponding solutions to each case. You can check what is condition you’ve encountered and try the solution to get your photos back. And to minimize the risk for any data loss, we strongly suggest that you back up your iPhone regularly. If you find this article useful, share it on your social platform to help those in need.

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