How to Recover Deleted Pictures and Photos from Mac

Daisy updated on Jan 16, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


Don't know how to recover deleted or lost photos, pictures and images on Mac? EaseUS Mac photo recovery software will show you how to recover deleted/lost photos and pictures on Mac in 3 steps. Download this software and restore your lost Mac photos immediately.

Recover deleted photos in Photos App on Mac
Recover deleted photos from Trash/emptied Trash
Recover deleted photos from Time Machine backup
Recover deleted pictures and photos from Mac with Mac data recovery software [Recommend]

Methods on this page can be applied to restore deleted photos from Mac Trash bin, Photos App, Time Machine backup. 

Tip: To avoid further data loss and prevent lost photos from being overwritten by new data, don't store new photos or using the device or partition where you lost your photos. 

Pictures or Photos Loss Trouble on Mac

How to recover deleted pictures and photos from Mac is a practical question which might be encountered by any Mac users. Pictures, photos, and images could be easily lost on Mac computer and some other devices due to various reasons like false operation, careless deletion, formatting and virus attack etc.

If you are facing any of the following unusual situations with your Mac, MacBook Pro, iMac, etc. and other external storage devices, follow and perform fast photo recovery on your Mac immediately:

  • Have you lost your photo, pictures or images from Mac?
  • Are you looking for a Photo recovery Mac software?
  • How can the deleted photos be recovered from the Mac hard drive?
  • Can it retrieve the lost photos from the digital camera?

Facing these troubles, how will you react and save your precious photos then? Now a Mac data recovery software can rescue your data on Mac.

Recover Deleted Photos in Photos App on Mac

The Photos App is a built-in tool on Mac to classify and manage pictures and photos. If you accidentally deleted photos or pictures in the Photos App, don't worry. The Photos App will save your deleted items in the Recently Deleted album for 30 days.

You can directly recover the deleted photos from the Photos App:

1. Open the Photos App on Mac, double-click on "Recently Deleted".

Recover deleted photos from Photos App.

2. Select thumbnails of your deleted photos, click "Recover".

Restore deleted photos on Mac.

Then you can go back to the original album in Photos to check and use the recovered photos again.

Recover Deleted Photos from Trash or Emptied Trash on Mac

If you happen to deleted or removed photos from Mac hard drive or desktop to the Trash, you know that you can directly find and restore them from the Trash.

1. Open Mac Trash.

2. Locate and drag the deleted photos back to the desktop on Mac or desirable location on Mac.

Recover deleted photos from Trash.

If you've emptied the Trash on Mac, the photos are permanently removed from Mac. Don't worry, you can refer to this page: recover deleted files after empty Trash bin for a guide. Also, you can read on and try to restore permanently deleted photos with Time Machine or Mac data recovery software.

Recover Deleted Photos from Time Machine Backup on Mac

If you have created backups of the deleted photos with Time Machine, congratulations! Your photos, images, and pictures are all safe. And you can simply follow tips below to restore the lost photos:

Step 1. Connect the Time Machine backup disk to your Mac and click the Time Machine icon at the Status menu on Mac.

Connect Time Machine backup disk to Mac.

You can also click "Finder", and then open "Time Machine" application.

Step 2. On the bottom and the right corner of the screen of Mac, scroll the Timeline to find the date when you did a backup of photos. 

Check replaced files from Time Machine backup.

Also, you can click the up arrow next to the Time Machine window to find the right backup version. You can double-click a photo or picture to check if they are your lost photos.

Step 3. Select desirable photos and click "Restore" to retrieve the old versions of overwritten files.

Restore replaced files from Time Machine backup on Mac

Recover Deleted Pictures and Photos from Mac with Mac Data Recovery Software

The reason why we recommend you use Mac data recovery software is that when you don't have Time Machine backups or the Mac trash has been emptied, none of the above Mac photo recovery tips would work. Fortunately, best Mac data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is ready here to help.

It fully supports Mac HFS+/FAT/NTFS/NTFS5 file system on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9, etc., and works great in helping solve the following problems:

  • Recover deleted photos, music files, and other multimedia types of files.
  • Recover recent deleted photo with original name and path.
  • Recover photo from partitions which have been lost, overwritten or damaged by a virus on Mac hard drive.
  • Recover pictures from SD cards, Compact Flash cards, USB memory sticks, PC hard drives etc.

3 Steps to Recover (Permanently) Deleted Pictures and Photos from Mac:

Apply this software to restore your deleted pictures or photos on Mac hard drive or external storage devices like USB, SD card or external hard drive on your own with ease now.

Step 1. Select the location where your valuable photos were lost and click Scan button.

select the location where photos lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will start immediately a quick scan as well as a deep scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost photos

Step 3. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the photos you've lost earlier. Select the target files and click Recover Now button to get them back at once.

click recover now to recover lost photos on your Mac


This page provided complete solutions to help you recover deleted photos from Photos App, Trash bin, Time Machine, or Mac hard drive/storage devices with Mac file recovery software. If you deleted iPhoto Library on Mac and lost photos, you can follow this page to recover deleted iPhoto Library and photos on Mac.

If you have further problems on Mac, refer to our Mac File Recovery source page and find solutions.


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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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