iPhone Photos Disappeared from Camera Roll After iOS Update


Jean updated on Feb 04, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery | How-to Articles


Do not panic when iPhone photos disappeared from Camera Roll after the latest iOS version update! There is a chance that the images are somewhere hidden without letting you to view, or even all photos were removed from the photos app, third-party iOS data recovery software can recover lost photos in the album.

Why have photos disappeared from Camera Roll after iOS 13/12 update?

"After getting iOS 13 update, iPhone restarted automatically. Nearly 2,000 photos have completely disappeared from my Camera Roll without reason, I want to get them back because I have so many memories in those photos. This is rather upsetting."

-- Question from the Apple community

Every time when users upgrade the iPhone to the latest version of iOS, they may face diverse data loss issues such as disappearing contacts, losing messages, and missing photos as happens with the user mentioned. A lot of factors may contribute to iPhone photos disappeared issue, including:

  • Many junky apps and files occupy your device's internal memory, which leads to the shortage of iPhone space. As a result, the iPhone can't show photos.
  • An unstable system after updating the iPhone to iOS 13/12 may result in photos disappeared from the iPhone.
  • Photo Stream is not working or disabled.
  • Logging in to a different iCloud account or you have disabled iCloud Photo Sync.
  • You have hidden photos.

Whatever the reasons, we've sought to find the best Cameral Roll photo recovery solutions by consulting our IT technicians and listening to experienced customers, and now here they are, in the next coming parts. For your reading convenience, we divided the solutions into two parts. One is for the recovery of photos that are unseen but never lost, and the other is for the photos that were erased by the iOS update from its Camera Roll.

Part 1. How to show missing photos in Camera Roll by adjusting settings
Part 2. How to recover Camera Roll photos deleted by iOS update

The second part's solution asks you to download the reputable iOS data recovery software called EaseUS MobiSaver, if you've tried all the methods associated with settings before coming to this tutorial, go ahead and directly use this distinct way to get back all your valuable memories.

Part 1. How to show missing photos in Camera Roll by adjusting settings

There are five accesses to making your disappeared photos show up again in the photos app after getting the newest iOS update.

Method 1. Restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Many iPhone issues can be fixed simply by restarting your device. It is easy to restart your device. The steps vary slightly among different iPhone models. 

On iPhone 8 or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button > Press and immediately release the Volume Down button > Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

On the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons until the Apple logo appears.

On the iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together until the Apple logo appears.

Method 2. Check your Recently Deleted Folder

All photos you deleted will be sent to the Recently Deleted album for 30 days. During that time you can either return a picture from the Recently Deleted album to your iPhone or choose to delete them permanently. To find your disappeared images in the Recently Deleted album, you can:

Step 1. Tap on the Photos app on your iPhone > Albums > Recently Deleted.

Step 2. If photos are there, you can move it back into your Photos album by tapping Select, choose the items and tap Recover.

Method 3. Turn on iCloud Photo Library

If your disappeared photos are not in the Recently Deleted album, you can go to the Settings app to check if you have enabled iCloud Photos Library. The iCloud Photos Library syncs all your Camera Roll photos in iCloud so that you can access them on all your devices like other iPhones, iPad, or iPod touch. 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 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

If you have ever hidden your photos in your Moments, Years and Collections view on your iPhone, then you can unhide them via the Photos app. Here's how to do it.

Step 1. Tap on Photos app > In the Albums tab, tap the Hidden album.

Step 2. Select the photos and tap Unhide.

Part 2. 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 let iTunes or the famous iPhone data recovery software search through all over the places where photos were kept.

Method 1. Restore deleted Camera Roll photos from iTunes

If you have ever backed up your iPhone to iTunes, you can get the deleted camera roll photos by restoring your device from iTunes backups. It is noteworthy that iTunes will permanently erase all of your current data on the iPhone. If you want to recover deleted photos but keep all files on your iPhone, method 2 is exactly what you need.

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, tap Summary > Choose "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

Method 2. 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 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. Even there is no backup available, you can 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 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.

The Bottom Line

This guide has covered all possible solutions to fix "photos disappeared from iPhone after update" issue. We hope you have solved your problem by using the solutions offered in this guide. Out of data security considerations, we strongly suggest you back up your iPhone regularly to avoid data loss.

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