How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR [4 Methods]

Lost some valuable photos from your iPhone XR and want to get them back? In this guide, we will show you how to recover deleted photos from iPhone XR easily, no matter you have iTunes or iCloud backup or not.

By iMobie | Posted on: Dec. 11, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 17, 2018

I accidentally deleted photos out of the “selfie” album and these photos did not go to the recently deleted album, nor are they backed up to my iCloud iTunes. How can I recover deleted photos my iPhone XR? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR

With the advanced camera system, most iPhone XR users may have taken lots of wonderful photos. However, just like the user above, some users may lose some important photos due to accidental deletion, iOS upgrade failure, factory reset, etc. And these deleted photos can be overwritten by new data created from iPhone at any time. So, when photos get lost, the most important thing is to stop using your iPhone and retrieve the lost photos as soon as possible.

This tutorial takes you through the best ways to recover deleted photos from iPhone XR, including not only the traditional iTunes and iCloud backup recovery ways, but also the way for these users who have no available backup. Whether you have backup or not, you can get your precious photos back.

Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR via Recently Deleted Folder

Apple added Recently Deleted folder in iPhone’s Photos app since iOS 8, so that iOS users have a chance to get back the accidently deleted photos. But these deleted photos in your Recently Deleted folder stay there for 30 days. After that, it’s gone forever.

Step 1 Open the Photos app > Tap the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2 Swipe to the bottom and tap on Recently Deleted > Check if your wanted photos are stored there.

Method 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR without Backup

Lots of iOS users may don’t have the habit of making a regular backup of device. And sometimes, even you do make an iTunes or iCloud backup, the backup may not include the photos you lost. In such cases, is it possible to get your deleted photos back? The answer is absolutely YES.

To recover deleted photos on iPhone XR without backup, the only available way is to use some safe and professional iPhone data recovery software, and PhoneRescue for iOS is the tool we highly recommend. Not just because it is one of the safest tools in the market, but also because it has helped over millions of iPhone iPad users retrieve wanted files successfully, even without any backup. And below are its incomparable features on iPhone XR photos recovery.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS.

Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer firstly (or directly click the Download button below) > Run it.

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Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Connect iPhone XR and Choose recovery mode.

Connect your iPhone XR to the computer with its USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click on Right Arrow to proceed.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR without Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR without Backup – Step 2

Step 3. Scanning the deleted photos on your iPhone XR.

Uncheck Select All button and check Photos only > Click OK button to proceed.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR without Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR without Backup – Step 3

Step 4. Select the photos to recover.

Preview and select the photos you want to recover > Click To Device button to recover them to your iPhone XR’s Photos app, or click To computer button to store them on your computer for a backup.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR without Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XR without Backup – Step 4

Method 3. How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR without Computer [iCloud]

Before you trying this iCloud method, there are something you must clear that restoring from iCloud backup requires you to erase all data on your iPhone XR firstly, and these erased files can’t be recovered. In addition, it is a blind full restore. You can’t restore only deleted photos and check the backup files in advance.

If you choose a wrong backup that doesn’t contains the photos you lost to restore from, you may lose all important files on your iPhone XR and can’t get the lost photos back either. If you are not quite sure whether your iCloud backup stores the photos you want or not, refer to Method 2 or the guide: How to Selectively Restore Photos on iPhone XR from iCloud without Wiping Data.

Step 1 Go to “Settings” on your iPhone XR > “General” > Scroll down and choose “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR without Computer – Step 1

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR without Computer – Step 1

Step 2 Reach to the Apps & Data screen > Select Restore from iCloud Backup option.

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR with iCloud – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR with iCloud – Step 2

Step 3 Log in your iCloud account (Apple ID) > Choose backup > Select the backup contains your lost photos.

Method 4. How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR with iTunes

Restoring with iTunes will also wipe all data as well as settings on your device, and the files on your iPhone XR will be completely replaced by the iTunes backup files. So, choose the right iTunes backup that stores your deleted photos to retrieve to your device.

If you are not sure whether the backup you made before contains the lost photos or not, try other two methods in this guide, or move to the tutorial: How to Check and Recover Only Photos from iTunes Backup.

Step 1 Update iTunes to the latest version on your computer > Open iTunes > Connect your iPhone XR to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2 Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes > Click Summary in the left panel of iTunes > Choose “Restore Backup” option.

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR with iTunes

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone XR with iTunes

Step 3 Choose the backup stores your deleted photos > Click on Restore button get them back.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to retrieve deleted photos on iPhone XR, and Method 2 is the recommended one, as it won’t cause any data loss on your device. If you find this guide useful, just share it to help more iPhone XR users who are searching for a way to recover deleted or lost photos.

iMobie

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