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How to Recover deleted pictures on iPhone? 5 Best Solutions

Summary: This article shares the best methods to recover deleted pictures on iPhone. Read on in detail about how to recover deleted photos using Recently Deleted Folder, iCloud, iTunes, and iPhone Backup. Also, learn how to recover permanently deleted photos using professional iPhone data recovery software.

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For many iPhone users, photos are the most important data stored on their device – so losing those photos can be a disaster.

However, even if you accidentally deleted some or all of your pictures on iPhone, you can get them back.

We'll discuss how to recover deleted photos on your iPhone with or without backup.

How to Recover Deleted Pictures on iPhone?

There are five best solutions to recover deleted pictures on iPhone. Use the solution that fits your needs and helps you recover your lost pictures.

1. Recover Deleted Pictures on iPhone from Recently Deleted Albums

Pictures taken with the iPhone Camera application are saved by default in the Photos application. If a photo or video is deleted, it's moved to the Recently Deleted folder in the Photos app. This folder is the same as your computer’s Recycle Bin and retains the deleted photos for 30 days. Once this period expires, your photos are permanently deleted from this folder. Perform these steps if you want to recover recently deleted photos on your iPhone:

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Tap on Albums at the bottom.

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  • Scroll down to find the Recently Deleted folder.

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  • Tap on the Select option at the top-right corner of the screen.

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  • Select the deleted photos you want to recover on your iPhone.

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  • Now, tap Recover, and the pictures will be returned to their original iPhone albums.

Note – If you want to restore all the deleted photos from your Recently Deleted folder, tap on the Recover All button.

How to Recover Deleted Pictures on iPhone From a Backup?

If your photos are not in the Recently Deleted folder, you might get them back by restoring your iPhone from a previous backup. There are three ways to restore deleted photos on iPhone – iCloud website, iTunes backup, or Finder.

When recovering photos from your iPhone from backup, pay attention to the date of creation of your backups. Use the most recent backup but don't delete all older backups. It's always good to have multiple backups if something goes wrong.

 2. Recover Photos on iPhone using iCloud via the iCloud website

Apple's iCloud Backup helps you recover deleted photos from your iPhone to your system. For iCloud to automatically back up all your pictures and videos, you must first set up and enable iCloud Photos on your device. Here's how to enable iCloud Photos to Backup all your photos:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap iCloud and then go to Photos.

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  • Toggle on iCloud Photos to enable it.

To restore photos from iCloud, follow these steps:

iclud login

  • Once logged in, select 'Photos' from the app list.

click on photos

  • Go to Recently Deleted Album, select the photos you wish to restore, and click Recover.

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3. Recover Photos on iPhone using iTunes

Many iPhone users use iTunes backup to recover their deleted photos and videos. This Apple's proprietary tool syncs your iPhone files to your PC or Mac. Follow the steps to recover deleted photos from iTunes backup:

  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac system with macOS Mojave or an earlier version.
  • Click on the iPhone icon at the upper-left corner of your iTunes window.

click on phone icon in iTunes window

  • Click the Summary tab in the left pane.

click on the Summary tab

  • Now in the Backups section, click on Restore Backup.

click restore backup

  • Select the backup you want your phone to use.

Note - macOS Mojave is the last version of Apple’s OS to ship with iTunes. In macOS Catalina and newer version, iTunes is split into different apps: Podcasts, Books, TV, and Music. Moreover, Finder is used to manage and sync content on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

  • Once the restoration process is complete, check the Photos app to see if the deleted photos were recovered. If not, try repeating the process and return to the most recent backup or choose an older backup.

 4. Recover Deleted Pictures on iPhone using Finder

To restore the pictures on iPhone using Finder in macOS Catalina 10.15 or above, follow these steps:

  • Open Finder on your Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or above.
  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac system.
  • Select your iPhone from the location lists on the left.

select your iphone in the Finder

  • Navigate to the General tab and click Restore Backup.

click Restore Backup in Finder

  • Select the backup date you like to use for restoring.

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  • Click the Restore button to confirm.

How to Recover Pictures on iPhone without Backup?

What to do if there is no iPhone backup or you cannot restore pictures using iCloud or iTunes? Use iPhone data recovery software to restore lost iPhone pictures.

Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone can find and restore deleted/lost pictures, videos, chat messages, audio, contacts, etc., from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. This software is easy to use when restoring deleted photos, and you can operate it even if you don't have technical knowledge. Follow the steps to discover how to use software to recover deleted photos:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  • Download Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone on your PC or Mac.

  •  Select Recover from iPhone on the main screen of the software.

Note – If required, you can even Recover from iCloud backup or recover from iTunes backup module.

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  • Select the data type and click Next. The scanning process will start.

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  • Once the scanning is completed, preview the data. Select the recovered data you want to restore and click Save.

preview the recovered data

  • Choose the destination to save the recovered data.

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The data loss issues in Apple can be resolved easily through multiple backup solutions — iTunes, iCloud, and iCloud.com. However, these native backup recovery solutions fall short when you need to recover specific data, though you can easily recover deleted photos in your iPhone from these backup options. However, you will also end up replacing every existing data on your device!

Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone fills this gap quite efficiently. It recovers your deleted photos in water damage, jailbreak, factory reset, Black Screen of Death, etc. In addition, this software has an exceptionally high data recovery success rate, making it an essential utility for iPhone users.


1. How can I recover the permanently deleted photos from my iPhone?

Check the Recently Deleted album in your Photos app if you have your iPhone. Or you can use iCloud or iTunes backup to recover them. If photos are not in the Recently Deleted album and you don't have the backup, then use iPhone data recovery software like Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone to recover deleted photos.

2. Can I recover the permanently deleted photos from my iPhone without any backup?

It is possible to recover permanently deleted iPhone photos without any backup. Still, the chance of success depends on how soon you begin the recovery process and your choice of iPhone data recovery software. We recommend Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone.

3. Where do deleted photos go on the iPhone?

When you delete a picture on an iPhone, the photo will not immediately disappear from your device. Instead, it is moved to the Recently Deleted folder of your Photos app. To recover a deleted photo from this folder, tap on the photo and select Recover.

4. How can I recover permanently deleted photos from an iPhone after 30 days?

The best option to recover deleted photos on iPhone after 30 days is to restore them using iCloud backup, iTunes backup, or the Finders app in macOS Catalina or the above version.

5. How do I recover deleted photos that were hidden on my iPhone?

First, check the Hidden album on your iPhone to see if it contains the photos you're looking for. To do so,

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Navigate to Albums > Utilities > Hidden.
  • If the photos are not there, use iPhone data recovery software to restore them or use a backup if you have one.
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