How to Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud on Mac

To be able to recover deleted photos on Mac from iCloud, you'll need to enable the iCloud service on your macOS device in advance. Otherwise, without synced iCloud backup, you should download third-party Mac photo recovery software to recover permanently deleted photos on Mac.

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1. Recover Photos from iCloud Copy and paste using your...Full steps

2. Recover Deleted Photos on Mac

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3. Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone

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Key Takeaways:

  • Deleted photos remain 30 days in the Recently Deleted album
  • Photos were permanently gone if you cleared the Recently Deleted album
  • Access to recover deleted photos within the last 40 days
  • Logging into requires your Apple ID and password - forget password?
  • If you delete the local photo from your iPhone/Mac, it also deletes it on iCloud
  • You cannot recover or restore files from iCloud you have permanently deleted 
  • Use special data recovery tools to recover deleted photos after 30 days, 40 days or a year

Apple users can benefit a lot from a syncing backup of all kinds of data on their devices on the iCloud drive. As is introduced by Apple, iCloud is the service from Apple that securely stores your photos, files, notes, passwords and other data in the cloud and keeps it up to date across all your devices automatically. iCloud also makes it easy to share photos, files, notes and more with friends and family. You can also back up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using iCloud. But can you recover deleted photos from iCloud at any time? It depends. Follow our tips for photo recovery on Mac, and choose the real solution to your case.

Solution 1. Recover Deleted Photos from

It's worth noting that iCloud mainly serves for syncing data based on your local drive or device, which means that the available backup contents are exactly the files on one of your devices. Deleted items on a local device won't show up in iCloud, either. What're the circumstances you can use iCloud to restore lost photos then?

  1. 1. Restore photos on an old device to the new device
  2. 2. Recover photos deleted recently, less than 40 days
  3. 3. Export photos without connecting your phone with PC/Mac

I hope you are now clear about iCloud's function and limits in restoring deleted files. If your purposes are in line with the scenarios in the example, you can follow the below guide to recover deleted photos from iCloud on Mac in simple steps. Otherwise, directly jump to the next data recovery solutions.

Step 1. Copy and paste using your favorite browser like Safari on Mac and open the link.

Step 2. In Photos on, click the Recently Deleted album in the sidebar.

Step 3. Select the photos or videos you want to recover, then click Recover. 

* In the Recently Deleted library, photos and videos show the days remaining before deletion. After that time, items will be permanently deleted. This may take up to 40 days.

recover deleted photos from icloud within 40 days

Step 4. Instead, if you're trying to download old photos and restore them to a new device, you need to switch to the Photos tab, select the photo(s) and click the "Download selected item" button.

download and restore old photos on icloud

Solution 2. Recover Deleted Photos on Mac

Since iCloud backup is not a true backup solution, the photo recovery chance is limited or even turns to be zero, especially when the deletion time has exceeded the maximum of 40 days. In such an event, you can only depend on a third-party recovery tool that is able to recover permanently deleted files from the original location. First of all, we want to show you how to recover the photos you removed from a MacBook or iMac, including an external hard drive/USB flash drive/SD card.

Also, there are some useful notes for you to improve the chance of deleted photo recovery:

  • Deleted files and photos remain on the hard drive until new data has overwritten the space.
  • Use the reliable data recovery software vendor's service instead of some crack software or low-quality ones

As a dependable, capable and reputable brand, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can perfectly solve the data loss problem for every home user and enterprise client. Follow the guideline to recover deleted photos on Mac by bypassing the iCloud service.

Step 1. Scan for lost photos

Select the location where your valuable photos were lost and click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location where you lost photos and click Search for lost files

Step 2. Select wanted photos

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately start a scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the photos you've lost earlier.

scan for lost photos on Mac

Step 3. Recover lost photos

Select the target photos and click the "Recover" button to get them back at once.

recover photos from Mac

Solution 3. Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone

Over half of users who demand iCloud photo recovery is within iOS devices instead of a Mac computer. The general rule is the same, to recover the photos removed a long time ago, or the items no longer exist in the Recently Deleted album, it's time to find a trustworthy iOS photo recovery tool for a full recovery.

This time, download EaseUS MobiSaver for iOS on your Mac/PC. 

There are three recovery modes you can choose from: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes and Recover from iCloud. When you don't have any valid backup in iCloud or iTunes, directly choose the iOS device mode and click Scan. All photos, videos, notes, messages and contacts will soon appear. 

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Your PC

Launch EaseUS MobiSaver, choose "Recover from iOS Device" on the left, and click "Start".

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Step 2. Scan for Lost iPhone Photos

EaseUS MobiSaver will automatically scan iPhone 13/12/11/X/XR/XS/8/7/6/5/4, and find present pictures and even some lost photos for you.

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Step 3. Preview and Restore Photos

Tick the "Photos" on the left. You can clearly see the photos in your phone and select the ones you need to recover. Choose "Recover to PC" or "Recover to Device" to start recovering photos.

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At the end of the post, we can safely arrive at a conclusion that iCloud photo recovery is limited, and the real solutions to recover permanently deleted photos and other types of files on both Mac and iOS devices should depend on specialized data recovery software. What we mentioned is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and EaseUS MobiSaver for iOS due to the fact of their dominant status in the data recovery industry.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and loves various electronic products.

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