macOS Ventura update is the next big thing for macOS. It is a free update for macOS that adds new features and improvements to your Mac, including a redesigned Dock, a new dark mode, a new Finder, performance improvements, bug fixes, and more. 

Like all previous systems, the latest Mac operating system has advantages and shortcomings. After upgrading to macOS Ventura, one of the apparent problems is that photos disappear, which can occur unexpectedly. If you are unlucky to encounter the same issue, don't panic. You can learn how to recover lost pictures after macOS Ventura update in several ways.

This article covers effective solutions to restoring missing photos after upgrading macOS 13. You can get back lost pictures from Trash on your iMac or MacBook, recover photos with Mac data recovery software, or restore from Time Machine. 

Restore Lost Photos After macOS Ventura Update from Trash

If you've updated to macOS Ventura and lost some of your photos in the process, don't despair. There are a few things you can do to try and recover them.

First, check your Trash folder. If you accidentally deleted the photos, they may be in there. To access the Trash folder:

Step 1. Open Finder and click on the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

Step 2. Select "Go to Folder" and type in "~/.Trash". This will take you to the Trash folder.

Step 3. If you see missing photos here, select them and click "Put Back" to restore your photos.

Recover Deleted Files on macOS Ventura from Trash

Recover Lost Photos After Upgrading to macOS Ventura with Data Recovery Tool

If the photos aren't in the Trash folder, try using a data recovery tool like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. This software can easily help you recover deleted files on Mac, including photos. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac scans the drive and shows you any files that can be recovered. Select the photos you want to recover and click "Recover" to save them to your Mac.

Highlights of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac:

  • Support SD card recovery on Mac and other device recovery, including SSD, USB, external hard drive, etc.
  • Recover lost files in all types like photos, videos, documents, emails, and more
  • Compatible with all macOS versions, including macOS Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, etc.
  • The overall requirements of 3DS

Download and install EaseUS Mac data recovery software and take the steps below to recover lost photos after macOS Ventura update quickly.

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.

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Retrieve Lost Pictures After macOS Ventura/Monterey/Big Sur with Time Machine

If you have enabled Time Machine before macOS upgrading, your photos will be automatically backed up. If you lose data during the upgrade process, you can quickly restore files from the Time Machine backup

Here's how to restore missing pictures on Mac with Time Machine:

Step 1. Open Time Machine. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it in Spotlight.

Step 2. Select the volume that contains your lost photos. This is usually your primary hard drive.

Step 3. Find the date of the macOS update in the timeline on the left side of the window.

Step 4. Click on that date, then click "Restore". Time Machine will start restoring your lost photos to their original location.

Recover Deleted Files on macOS Ventura from Time Machine

Step 5. Once the process is complete, you should find your lost photos back in their original locations.

Wrap Up

Overall, losing photos after macOS Ventura or any other OS update can be frustrating. However, you can do a few things to try and recover them. First, check your Trash folder to see if the files are there. If they're not, try using a data recovery program like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Or you can resort to Time Machine backup if it's turned on in advance.

Finally, if all else fails, contact Apple support for help. With a little effort, you should be able to get your lost photos back.

Recover Lost Photos After macOS Ventura Update FAQs 

Find more instructive questions and answers about lost photo recovery after upgrading to macOS Ventura, Monterey, or Big Sur. 

How can I get my pictures back after an update?

The most helpful way to get missing pictures backup after an update is by applying for a professional Mac file recovery program:

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 2. Scan your hard disk for lost photos.

Step 3. Preview and restore the images you need. 

Why did all my photos disappear on my Mac after the update?

It's frustrating when you update your Mac and find that all your photos have disappeared. There are a few possible reasons why this might happen, and one possibility is that the updates changed the location of your photos directory. 

You can try searching for your photos in the Finder if you know where your photos were stored before the update. Alternatively, you can open the Photos app and look in the Preferences for the location of the photo library.

How do I recover Photos on my Mac photo library? 

You can recover photos from the Mac photos library in these steps:

Step 1. Run Time Machine and open all your available backups.

Step 2. Find the latest backup of your photo library.

Step 3. Click Restore to recover your Photos library.

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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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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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