How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone with/without Backup

How to recover deleted photos from iPhone? Read on this guide to learn 4 ways to get back deleted iPhone photos. No matter whether you have made a backup in advance, you can get a chance to retrieve them. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro included, and also works for iOS 14.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 30, 2021
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I had an old iPhone 11 plus and I accidentally deleted some of my previous photos last weekend. These photos are important to me so I really want to recover my deleted photos. Please tell me how to retrieve deleted photos?

Like the user mentioned above, unexpected deletion of old photos on an iPhone could be a disaster in our life. Except for mistaken deletion, some other operations also can result in iPhone photos deleted or lost: a failed jailbreak, iOS update, iTunes sync, or iCloud restore.

No matter what has made your iPhone photos deleted, deleting photos accidentally and unexpectedly always drives you crazy!

Recover Deleted Photos

Recover Deleted Photos

If you are wondering can you retrieve deleted photos and are seeking solutions to get deleted pictures back, this post is what you are looking for. In this guide, we will tell you everything about iPhone photo recovery, and all the possible ways to recover deleted photos. No matter whether you have made an iTunes or iCloud backup in advance, you can get a chance to restore deleted photos on iPhone.

Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone via iPhone’s Recently Deleted Feature

Apple also knows we accidentally delete photos from iPhone sometimes, so that since iOS 8, it added a feature into iOS devices to help us recover recent deleted photos. If you are running with iOS 8 or later iOS version, you will get a “Recently Deleted” album in the “Photos” app, which will store your deleted photos for 30 days, so that you can get enough time to restore them back to iPhone’s Camera Roll or other albums if you accidentally delete photos on iPhone.

Before retrieving deleted photos from iPhone via the “Recently Deleted” feature, there are several things you need to know firstly:

  • Recently Deleted Feature only helps you recover pictures that you delete from Camera Roll.
  • Recently Deleted album only keeps deleted photos for 30 days. Once it gets to the deadline, you need to recover the permanently deleted photos on iPhone.
  • Recently Deleted Feature only applies you deleted a single or a small number of photos from your iPhone. You are unable to recover pictures if you get the entire Camera Roll lost or disappeared when restoring iDevice, syncing your iCloud, or updating iOS device.

To recover deleted photos or pictures from iPhone via the “Recently Deleted” feature, you need to perform the following steps on your iPhone:

  1. Go to Photos App > Tap on Albums > Scroll down to find the Recently Deleted album.
  2. Open Recently Deleted album > Preview the recently deleted photos and check if there are photos you want to recover.
  3. Click Select > Select the photos you want to recover > Tap on Recover in the bottom right corner.
How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone via Recently Deleted

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone via Recently Deleted

If you fail to recover deleted photos from iPhone, you can read the following part to try other ways to retrieve deleted iPhone photos.

Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone with Backups

Normally, if you delete photos or pictures from iPhone, and ask help from Apple, they will first ask you“Have you backed up your iPhone to iCloud, or have you ever synced your iPhone to iTunes” If you say “YES”, they will advise you to restore your iPhone with the backup you had made. However, if you have made an iTunes or iCloud backup before deleting your photos from your iPhone, you can follow us to recover deleted photos from iPhone backup.

  • Although you can recover deleted iPhone photos by restoring your iDevice with iTunes/iCloud backup, during this process, all the current data on your iPhone will be erased and replaced by the content in backups. This means the recently taken photos, newly received text messages, and other contents that are not included in backups will be erased, and can’t be recovered anymore.
  • Since you cannot view files in your backup, you will not know what pictures will be recovered to your iPhone before restoring your iDevice. This makes it possible that you restore your iDevice at the expense of losing all the current data on your iPhone but only to find this backup doesn’t contain the deleted photos you want to recover.

Therefore, to keep all your existing iPhone data safe and restore your iPhone restore photos according to your demands, we strongly suggest that you should recover deleted iPhone photos from backup with PhoneRescue for iOS. As a professional iPhone backup extractor, PhoneRescue for iOS can scan iTunes backup and iCloud backup so that you can preview backup files and selectively restore deleted photos. In the next part, we will show you how to recover deleted iPhone photos from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Now let’s move on!

PhoneRescue for iOS – iPhone Photos Recovery

  • Recover photos from iPhone with/without backup.
  • No harm to the existing data and no need to restore your iPhone.
  • Recover iPhone photos from iTunes or iCloud backup directly.
  • Support all iPhones and iOS 14 supported, 100% clean & safe.

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Free Download100% Clean & Safe

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Recover Deleted iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

Except for deleting photos accidentally, PhoneRescue for iOS also works when you get iPhone broken, lost, or stolen, and want to extract photos from iTunes backup. Now read on our post to learn how to preview iTunes backup files and recover deleted iPhone photos from iTunes backup.

Step 1. Get PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Install and run it on your computer > Connect iPhone to the computer > select Recover from Backup > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right corner.

Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone with iTunes Backup

Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone with iTunes Backup

Step 2. Select the right iTunes backup from the list of iTunes backups, and click Right Arrow to proceed. You can choose to scan all data on backup or get only the differences between iPhone and backup.

Choose iTunes Backup on iPhone

Choose iTunes Backup on iPhone

Step 3. By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck the Select All option and then choose Photos.

Extract iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

Extract iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

If your backup is encrypted, you need to enter your password to decrypt the backup. If you forgot it, you can easily recover it with iPhone backup unlocker.

Step 4. After analysis and scan, click Photos on the left panel to preview the photos in your iTunes backup, and see if they are the photos you want to recover.

If they are the photos you want to recover, you just need to select them and then click the To Device button to get them back to your iPhone’s Photos app or click the To Computer button to recover them to the computer.

If you fail to find the deleted iPhone photos in this iTunes backup, you can repeat Step 1 to Step 4 to scan other iTunes backups and check whether they have the photos you want to restore.

Select Photos to Recover from iTunes Backup

Select Photos to Recover from iTunes Backup

If you choose to recover deleted photos from iPhone to computer, then you also can get them back to iPhone again with AnyTrans  by following this guide: How to Add Photos from Computer to iPhone without Data Loss >

How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone with iCloud Backup

If you backed up your iPhone to iCloud before deleting your photos, you can read the following instructions to learn how to view photos in the iCloud backup and recover deleted iPhone photos from iCloud backup.

Step 1. Get PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable > Select Recover from iCloud > Click the Right Arrow button to go to the next step.

Step 2. Input your Apple ID and password > Click Right Arrow to sign in to iCloud account.

Sign in iCloud to Download iCloud Backup

Sign in iCloud to Download iCloud Backup

Step 3. Select the right iCloud backup > Click Download button > Click OK button to download Photos from iCloud backup.

Download Photos from iCloud Backup

Download Photos from iCloud Backup

Step 4. When the backup is downloaded, select this backup > Click Right Arrow button to scan this iCloud backup and load downloaded files > Preview the Photos in iCloud backup > Select the photos you want to recover > Click To Device button to get them back to iPhone’s Photos App directly or click To Computer button to recover them to PC/Mac computer.

Select Photos to Recover from iTunes Backup

Select Photos to Recover from iTunes Backup

Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

After checking Recently Deleted albums, iTunes backup, or iCloud backup, you find that you still fail to recover deleted photos from iPhone.

Luckily, you still have the last chance to get them back – using some iPhone data recovery tool like PhoneRescue for iOS, which allows you to recover deleted pictures from iPhone without backup.
When it comes to recovering deleted photos from iPhone with iPhone data recovery software, you may have many choices. While having too many choices is not a good thing, because the more choices you have, the longer time you need to choose the best one. After all, the sooner you get started, the bigger chance you’ll get back deleted iPhone photos. Therefore, we recommend you PhoneRescue for iOS for the following advantages:

  • Fitted with the advanced smart scan technique, it will scan your iPhone thoroughly for listing all deleted and hidden files and data only if they are not overwritten.
  • It allows you to download software free, and scan your iPhone for deleted files for free. Before helping you finds deleted iPhone photos, you needn’t pay for it.
  • Promises you “60 Days Money Back Guarantee”. Even if you purchased it, you still can ask for a refund within 60 days if it fails to recover deleted photos from iPhone. Buy Now >
  • Except for recovering deleted iPhone photos, 20+ types of iPhone files are also supported, like messages, contacts, notes, videos, calendar events, call history, etc. Whatever you lose from iPhone, you can get them back.
  • PhoneRescue for iOS works well with all the iPhone models, including old iPhones like iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6s, and the latest iPhone 12/11/11 Pro(Max). Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow us to recover deleted photos from iPhone without backup.

Step 1. Get PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer, install and launch it > Connect your iPhone to the computer with its USB cable, and select Recover from iOS Device > Click the Right Arrow button on the bottom right corner.

Choose Recover from iOS Device

Choose Recover from iOS Device

Step 2. By default, all categories will be selected. Please uncheck the Select All option and then choose Photos.

Scan the Photos in Your iPhone

Scan the Photos in Your iPhone

Step 3. PhoneRescue for iOS will scan your iPhone for listing all the deleted but not overwritten photos.

When the scanning is finished, you will find all photos listed on the right, including your recently deleted items.

Preview and select the photos you want to recover and then click the To Device or To Computer button to recover the photos to iPhone’s Photos App directly or download them to the computer.

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup

If you choose to recover deleted iPhone photos to computer, you can store them on the computer, or sync them to the iPhone again with AnyTrans by following tutorials:

How to Sync Photos from Windows Computer to iPhone >

How to Sync Photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes >

Backup iPhone Photos Regularly to Avoid Other iPhone Photos Deleted or Disappeared Problems

If you have tried all the methods mentioned above, and still failed to get back deleted photos from iPhone, it means they have been overwritten. No matter what tool you use, they can’t be recovered anymore.

We are sorry for this, but we think you may have learned an important thing – back up your iPhone photos regularly, not only photos, to avoid any possible iPhone data deleted or lost problem.

Because iCloud syncing and iCloud backup is not as stable as iTunes, it may just back up part of your iPhone contents. Although you did make a backup with iCloud, you still can’t make sure all the content on your iPhone has been backed up. Therefore, we strongly suggest you back up iPhone photos with AnyTrans or iTunes or to the computer instead of iCloud syncing or iCloud backup.

AnyTrans – iPhone Photo Transfer

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You can consider making a full backup of your iPhone with iTunes, or just transfer your iPhone photos to your computer for backup by AnyTrans just like the following screenshot shows:

Choose Photos Category

Choose Photos Category

The Bottom Line

After reading this guide about how to recover deleted photos from iPhone, you may retrieve deleted iPhone photos successfully, or have learned lessons – once you get your iPhone photos deleted or lost, you have a chance to get them back, but no one can guarantee you “100% success rate of recovery”. Therefore, back up your iPhone photos and other content regularly to avoid such problems in the future. Don’t forget to download PhoneRescue for iOS to have a try.

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