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How to fix can't find recently deleted album on Mac

Updated on Dec 14, 2017 by Abby Haines to Mac File Recovery


Can't find recently deleted album on Mac? This page shows you how to fix the issue and recover the default albums. We also offers professional Mac data recovery software to retrieve deleted photos incase the solution won’t help.


To avoid accidental deletion of important pictures, Mac offers users a recently Deleted album to save all deleted items for 30 days for recovery. The recently deleted folder usually can be easily located in File menu.

Where to locate recently deleted folder on Mac

But some users reporting that they find no 'Recently Deleted' menu option in Photos on Mac. Let's see the common case:

Missing recently deleted photos album
"I recently mistakenly deleted a photo that I want to retrieve. But it is not in my photo stream, and the Recently Deleted folder has apparently vanished. Any suggestions??"

If you are the one who accidentally deleted or lost the Recently Deleted folder for no reason, please don't worry! Here are some troubleshooting steps you can try to fix the issue and recover deleted photos on Mac.

Solution from the developer

"To recover the default albums, tap and hold the button in the main album list view and select the fourth option, Restore Defaults. You will need to exit Limited Access mode to use this feature."

This method works for a part of users. But if you still suffering this problem after trying the above steps, we recommend you to try EaseUS Mac data recovery software to retrieve your deleted pictures back.

Our solution - recover deleted files using EaseUS Mac recovery software

Step 1. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select the location where data was deleted and click scan

Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.

scan the selected disk to find deleted files on your Mac

Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac