How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone with Ease

Want to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone but do not know how? Read this guide to get 3 ways to get back the pictures you removed from Recently Deleted folder. And a video tutorial included.

By | Last Updated: May. 23, 2019
Recently Deleted Folder on iPhone - iOS 12

Recently Deleted Folder on iPhone – iOS 12

As is known to all, there is an album called Recently Deleted on iPhone storing all the pictures that you tend to remove from the device. Those photos will be actually erased from your iPhone after 30 days. With this feature, you can easily recover the photos that you recently deleted.

However, sometimes, when you eager to delete some pictures to free up iPhone space, you may choose to clean the Recently Deleted album since the photos always take huge storage. Then you suddenly find that you just delete some precious pictures that you want to keep forever. In this case, is there a way to retrieve those photos? The answer is Yes. If you have a backup, there is a great chance that you can get back the Recently Deleted photos. If not, there is still a method to recover them. Now let’s take a look at the three methods below:

How to Recover Recently Deleted Photos from iCloud

As we all know, Apple always trying to protect users’ data. So it gives you some methods to backup your photos. And iCloud could be a good example. And this feature is able to automatically sync all your images in your iPhone once you logged into the right iCloud account. So, if you turn on this feature before, you may access your permanently deleted photos at the corner of your iCloud Photos synchronizes. So you may find pictures back from another iOS device or the iCloud.com where you synced the photos.

Turn on iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Sync

If you want to see how to extract photos from iCloud, you can refer to these guides: How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud >

How to Recover Permanently Removed Photos from iTunes Backup

In addition to iCloud, iTunes is another good choice for most iOS users to do the backup. You can check if you have already backed up your iPhone to iTunes before. And if you did, you have a great chance to get back photos since the backup may include those data you’ve deleted.

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Restore Photos from iTunes Backup

However, note that restoring from backup may rewrite the existing data on your iPhone. So you are suggested to view and extract photos from iTunes backup using PhoneRescue.

How to Get Back Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone Directly

If you didn’t back up your iPhone or you are afraid of the data erasing risk, PhoneRescue for iOS would be your the best option.

As for photo recovery, this app helps you scan and find permanently deleted photos on iPhone directly. You can choose to preview, select and download the photos to the device/computer with the original pixels. Or if you have made a backup before, you can choose to view and extract the pictures from iTunes/iCloud backup. So you do not have to restore the whole device.

Let’s refer to the following operation guide:

Step 1. Launch PhoneRescue for iOS > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

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Step 2. Choose Recover from iOS device > Click the Right Arrow.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone – Step 2

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone – Step 2

Step 3. It will let you select the type of data you want to recover, just tick Photos and click on OK to scan your iPhone.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone – Step 3

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone – Step 3

Step 4. Preview and select the photos you want to recover > Click To Device/Computer button to recover selected photos.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone – Step 4

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone – Step 4

This video tutorial will help you quickly learn about it:

The Bottom Line

Precious photos are the witness of our beautiful life, so everyone can image how sad if we lost them. To avoid data loss accrued, we sincerely recommend you back up your iPhone data termly. If not, PhoneRescue is the final but the best option for you. It is quite easy to use and does not need you to have any technical knowledge. After downloading PhoneRescue, you can recover your lost photos as well as videos, contacts, messages, notes and any other data that matter to you most without effort.

Tom Boyer

A writer for iMobie, has been covering iOS, Mac and Android related How-to Articles / Apps Reviews for 3+ years. Like sharing something about data recovering knowledge and apps.