7 Solutions to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac [Time-Saving Ways]

Recovering deleted photos from an SD card on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is the first and best solution. You can put your photos back from the Recently Deleted album or Trash. And you can also get back the images with the Terminal, macOS Undo option, iCloud backup, and Time Machine backup.

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Why Do You Lose Photos from SD Card on Mac

You may feel the convenience of its portability for an SD card user and feel troubled when you encounter data loss. Have you ever met the following situations while using an SD card?

  • Accidentally deleted your photos on your SD card while checking your graphics on Mac.
  • Encounter malware infection while using your SD card.
  • Lost important photos because of sudden power loss.
  • Lose precious SD card photos on Mac because of incorrect ejection.
  • Suffer physical damages while using an SD card on Mac, and lose files on the SD card.

We are here to help you recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac, so don't be frustrated when you lose photos from an SD card on Mac. Keep reading to learn seven solutions and recover deleted photos Mac.

Notice:
Deleted photos from SD card with Command + Delete shortcut will not be stored in Trash on Mac, so you cannot use the Put Back option in Trash or use commands in Mac Terminal. If you use the delete shortcut on Mac, you don't have to waste time recovering deleted photos with the Trash folder.

Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac with Software

The deleted photos will be erased on your SD card after a period of time, and you still have a trace to find these photos and get them back. If you are not an expert, you'd better recover deleted photos from an SD card Mac with recovery software – EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

As a professional photo recovery tool, what can it do for you?

  • Recover SD card photos on Mac and recover documents, emails, videos, and audio.
  • Support SD card recovery Mac, SSD recovery, external hard drive recovery, and memory card recovery.
  • Recover and repair corrupted or damaged photos and videos on the SD card.

You will take only three simple steps to recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 1. Select the SD card

  • Correctly connect your memory card to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.
  • Go to "SD Card Recovery", find your Canon/Nikon/Go Pro/DJI/Sony SD card, and click "Search for lost files".
select a location and scan for lost SD card data

Step 2. Filter lost SD card data

After the scan, all files will be presented in the left panel in the scan results. Find wanted photos, videos, and other files.

filter lost data on your SD card

Step 3. Preview and recover data

Preview the SD card data and select the wanted files. Then, click the "Recover" button. Don't save the recoverable files to the SD card itself in case of data overwriting.

recover data from SD card Mac

Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac with Undo Option

Users who accidentally delete photos from SD cards on Mac can use Undo option to retrieve the images immediately. How to use Undo option to recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac?

Step 1. After deleting the photo from an SD card on Mac, you can click "Edit" from the menu bar.

Step 2. Choose "Undo Move of xxx" to undo your operation. Command and Z keys can also help you undo the operation.

bring back mac deleted photos via undo option

Retrieve Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac with Put Back Option

Do you know there is a Trash folder on your Mac? A trash folder can store your unwanted files and folders for a while. If you delete photos on your SD card by right-clicking and then regret it and want your photos back, you can go to the Trash on Mac and put back your photos.

Step 1. Where is Trash on Mac? You can use Spotlight to search or find the Trash icon.

check the icon to find Trash on Mac

Step 2. After you find the Trash on Mac, you can open it and view your deleted files.

Step 3. Select one or more photos and right-click them. Choose "Put Back", and then the photos you select will be restored.

recover mac deleted iMovie projetcs through the put back option

Note: After emptying the Trash, Mac Trash recovery is also possible. You can return to the first method to recover an emptied Trash.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac with Terminal

To recover photos from the Trash folder, you can apply Mac Terminal with the Trash folder recovery command. If you are not familiar with the Terminal commands, you can follow the tutorial below:

Step 1. Open the Terminal on Mac. (If you don't know how to open Terminal on Mac, you can click the link to learn more.)

Step 2. Type in Terminal command cd .Trash, and hit the Return button.

Step 3. Type in ls -al ~/.Trash to view the Trash folder's contents.

Step 4. Type in mv xx ../ hit the Return key. (You should replace xx with the exact file name.) 

terminal recover deleted files on mac

Retrieve Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac from Recently Deleted

Do you know you can recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac from macOS Recently Deleted? This folder can store your unwanted photos for a while. If you regret it and want your photos back, you can go to the Library and recover them.

Step 1. Enter the Library on Mac, and you can see the "Recently Deleted" album.

Step 2. Scroll down to see if there are deleted photos you want.

Step 3. Select the wanted photos and right-click them. Choose "Recover", and then your photos will be recovered.

recover deleted photos through the put back option

Retrieve Deleted Photos from SD Card on Mac with iCloud Backup

iCloud will automatically back up files and folders for Apple users, and every user will have free 5 GB of storage space to keep data. If you accidentally lost photos from an SD card, you can check if your iCloud backed up these photos. Then, you can go to the website and recover these photos:

Step 1. Open the iCloud website and log in with your Apple account.

Step 2. Open the link of "Account Settings".

log in iCloud and click account settings

Step 3. Scroll down and click "Restore Files". Then, you can see all the iCloud backups and restore the deleted photos.

restore files with iCloud backup

Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card Mac with Time Machine

Recovering deleted photos from an SD card on Mac is relatively easy, especially when you have a previous Mac Time Machine backup of your SD card. We will show you how to recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac with Time Machine backup.

Step 1. Launch Time Machine from the menu bar on Mac.

Step 2. Select a backup with the timeline, and choose a backup to restore.

Step 3. Hit the "Restore" button, and your deleted photos will be recovered.

retrieve deleted photos via time machine from mac

Conclusion

We have discussed 5 different solutions to help you recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac. We highly recommend Mac users install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to preview and recover photos on SD cards. By downloading this software, you can simply recover the deleted photos on SD cards.

If you have SD card backups, you can restore the Time Machine backup or iCloud backup to get back your photos. And accidentally deleted photos from an SD card can be restored in the Recently Deleted album or with the macOS Undo option.

Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card Mac FAQs

The seven solutions are not complex, and we hope you can recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac successfully. You can check the following questions and answers if you got more questions.

Can I recover photos from a corrupted SD card on Mac?

Corrupted SD card recovery on Mac is possible with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, and you can get back your photos in three simple steps:

  1. 1. Select and scan your corrupted SD card.
  2. 2. Filter lost SD card files, and then choose "Pictures".
  3. 3. Click "Recover" to restore photos on a corrupted SD card.

Can I recover deleted files from an SD card on Mac?

You can recover deleted files from an SD card on Mac with data recovery software. We have five functional tools to recommend:

  1. 1. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac
  2. 2. Disk Drill
  3. 3. Data Rescue 5
  4. 4. PhotoRec
  5. 5. TestDisk

How to recover permanently deleted photos from the SD card?

The simplest way to recover permanently deleted photos from the SD card is by applying a photo recovery program – EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

  1. 1. Connect your SD card to your Mac and select your SD card to scan.
  2. 2. Filter the files, and choose "Pictures" when you need to recover photos.
  3. 3. Preview the photos, and click "Recover" to restore the deleted photos on your SD card.

How to recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac without the software?

You can recover deleted photos from an SD card on Mac in four ways:

  1. 1. From Recently Deleted album.
  2. 2. macOS Undo option.
  3. 3. iCloud backup.
  4. 4. Time Machine backup.

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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