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How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPad

Daisy updated on Mar 25, 2021 to iPhone Data Recovery |How-to Articles


Accidental deletion of photos occurs on various devices, including your iPad. If you want to recover deleted photos on your iPad, you will know how to do it from this guide.

Overview of iPad Photo Recovery

Among all possible reasons that cause data loss, accidental deletion could be the main factor. To recover deleted photos from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, there are actually various solutions for you.

Depending on whether you have a backup or not, you will need different tools to help you retrieve lost photos on the iPad. If you have a backup, you can use the corresponding software or service to recover photos. While if you don't have a backup available, using third-party data recovery software is necessary.

Read on and learn how can you perform iPad photo recovery successfully.

Recover Deleted Photos on iPad from Recently Deleted

The easiest way to recover deleted photos on iPad is to restore items from the Recently Deleted folder. As you may know, the Recently Deleted folder will keep photos and videos you delete for up to 40 days. Thus, as long as you haven't emptied the folder after deleting pictures from the iPad and the pictures are deleted within 40 days, you can easily get back lost photos (and videos) from the folder.

To recover photos on iPad (or iPhone) from Recently Deleted:

Step 1. Open the Photos app.

Step 2. Go to "Albums" > "Other Albums" and tap "Recently Deleted."

Step 3. Click "Select" in the top right corner of the screen and tap to choose photos and videos you want to recover.

Step 4. Tap "Recover" > "Recover Photos" to get these items back to your iPad (or iPhone).

How to recover photos from Recently Deleted

However, it's more common that you want to recover permanently deleted photos from your iPad. If you do, follow the methods below instead.

Recover Deleted Photos with iPad Data Recovery Software

Using iPad data recovery software is the only solution when:

  • You want to recover permanently deleted photos
  • You don't have a backup available
  • You want to restore files from an iTunes/iCloud backup selectively

With the iPhone recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver, you will be able to recover deleted files on your iPad easily, either with or without a backup. Other than photos, it also supports videos, contacts, messages, and more. Other than accidental deletion, data lost due to other reasons can also be recovered.

Let me take retrieving photos from an iTunes backup as an example. If you want to perform iPad photo recovery from the device, choose "Recover from iOS Device" instead.

To recover photos from iPad:

Step 1. Connect the iPad to your computer, select "Recover from iTunes," and then click "Scan" to continue.

Start to recover iPhone 5 photos

Step 2. Wait for the program to scan for lost photos.

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Step 3. Among the lost times, select the photos you want to recover, and click the "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

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After recovering deleted photos to the computer, you can transfer photos from PC to iPad to move pictures to your tablet.

Recover Deleted Photos on iPad from a Backup

Generally, you can use the tool or service that you back up photos with to recover deleted files on your iPad. For example, if you made a backup of your iPad with iTunes, you can use iTunes to restore deleted files on the device. If you backed up iPad photos to Google Photos, you can apply the service to retrieve pictures.

To recover deleted photos from iPad via an iTunes backup:

Step 1. Connect the iPad to the comptuer and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Unlock the device, trust the computer, and make sure your iPhone is recognized by iTunes.

Step 3. Click the device icon in iTunes and head to "Summary."

Step 4. Click "Restore Backup," select a backup, and then click "Restore" to restore everything from the backup to your iPad.

How to recover deleted photos on iPad with iTunes

If you are looking to restore iPad from an iCloud backup, follow Apple's guide to get things done.

The Bottom Line

It's always necessary to back up photos on your device. If possible, you can make backups of the whole device often to prevent complete data loss. As you can see, when there is no backup, your only choice is to use a data recovery tool, which may fail sometimes due to data overwritting. Thus, don't hesitate to back up your device right now.

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