How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Are permanently deleted photos gone forever? Read this guide to get 4 ways to get back the permanently deleted photos from iPhone 13/12/11, with or without backup.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 13, 2022
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PhoneRescue for iOS – Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

PhoneRescue for iOS helps you to recover deleted photos after deleting from recently deleted, or recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone with/without backup.

I recently accidentally deleted pictures from my iPhone 11 camera roll and later permanently deleted them from the recently deleted folder, forgetting they were in there. How do I recover photos that have been permanently deleted on my iPhone? Thanks.

If all your iPhone photos have gone after mistakenly deleted, restored, or iOS 15 update, you may wonder is there any way to recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone?

Firstly, you should notice that you can recover photos after deleting from recently deleted folder, since those photos won’t be actually erased from your iPhone after 30 days. You can use some special iPhone Photos Recovery tool to recover permanently deleted photos. Besides, you can also get permanently deleted photos back from your iCloud or iTunes backup. Keep reading and find a way to retrieve your photos or other data.

How to Recover Deleted Photos After Deleting from Recently Deleted?

Photos and videos will be remained up to 30 days after deleting. And you can recover deleted photos easily from the “recently deleted album”. It will show the photos before permanent deletion.

Here are the steps on how to recover deleted photos from the Recently Deleted album from iPhone without a computer:

Recently Deleted Folder on iPhone

Recently Deleted Folder on iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app on the iPhone.
  2. Tap on Albums.
  3. Choose the Recently Deleted folder.
  4. Tap Select in the upper-right corner.
  5. Select Recover All, or select the individual photos you want to recover.
  6. Afterward, click on Recover.

However, sometimes, you may seek to delete photos in the “Recently Deleted” Album to free up the iPhone space or the photos have been deleted for more than 30 days. In these cases, you may need to learn how to recover permanently deleted photos from your iPhone after 30 days. You can recover deleted photos on iPhone after deleting from recently deleted if you have backed up photos or videos before. You can either choose to recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone from iCloud or recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone from iTunes backup.  

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone?

If you have a backup, there is a great chance that you can recover deleted photos after deleting from recently deleted. If not, there is still a method to get deleted photos recovered. PhoneRescue for iOS, as a professional iOS data recovery software would be your best option when you seek to recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone without backup. It helps recover photos from any iPhone including the latest iPhone 13, or iPhone 12, iPhone 11/XS/X/XR, etc.

As for photo recovery, this app helps you scan and find permanently deleted photos on your iPhone that were not backed up. You can choose to preview, select, and restore those photos to the device/computer. Or if you have made a backup before, you can choose to view and extract the pictures from iTunes/iCloud backup. Check how can this tool help you:

PhoneRescue –  iPhone Photo Recovery

  • Recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone even 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 versions, 100% clean & safe.

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Video Tutorial on How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Detailed Steps for How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS and run it on your computer > Connect iPhone with a USB cable. Choose Recover from iOS Device and continue. It allows you to directly recover lost data from iPhone iPad.

Recover from iOS Device without Backup

Recover from iOS Device without Backup

Step 2. Select Photos to scan and hit the Continue button to start the process.

Scan All the Photos on iPhone

Scan All the Photos on iPhone

Step 3. Preview what photos are deleted > Select photos > Click To Device/Computer button to recover selected photos.

Recover Deleted Photos without Backup to Computer or iPhone

Recover Deleted Photos without Backup to Computer or iPhone

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone from iCloud?

To recover permanently deleted photos on iPhone from iCloud backup, you can either go to the iCloud official website or give PhoneRescue for iOS a try.

Option 1. Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud via iCloud website

As we all know, Apple always trying to protect users’ data. So it gives you some methods to backup your photos. iCloud is able to automatically sync all your photos and videos in your iPhone once you logged into the right iCloud account. So, with iCloud Photos synchronizes, you may find pictures back from another iOS device or iCloud.com. To recover deleted photos from iCloud after 30 days:

  1. Go to iCloud.com and log in to your iCloud account.
  2. Tap Photos and choose the Library at the top.
  3. Go to the Recently Deleted Album and then select the photos you want to restore.
  4. Click on the Recover.
Login iCloud and Check Photos

Login iCloud and Check Photos

Option 2. Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS

Also, you can use PhoneRescue for iOS to view and recover permanently deleted iPhone photos in your iCloud backup. No restore or data loss. Here is how:

Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS. Choose Recover from iCloud.

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Step 2. Log into your iCloud account and choose iCloud Backup.

Click on Recover from iCloud

Click on Recover from iCloud

Step 3. Select an iCloud backup > Check Photos only and click the OK button to download the backup.

Select iCloud Backup

Select iCloud Backup

Step 4. After the process is completed, access the iCloud backup to view the photos. Choose the photos you want to recover.

How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup

How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup?  

You can restore your iPhone to the previous iTunes backup that contains your deleted photos. But this will erase all your existing data on iPhone for iTunes/Finder won’t allow selectively to restore only photos. At this time, you can also try PhoneRescue for iOS to recover photos from iTunes backup without restoring or erasing your iPhone.

Option 1. Recover Permanently Deleted 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.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and open iTunes. iTunes will open automatically if you have backed up your iPhone with this computer.
  2. Click on your iPhone icon.
  3. Click on the Restore Backup.
  4. Get the backup that contains the photo you want to recover and click on the Restore.
Restore Photos from iTunes Backup to iPhone

Restore Photos from iTunes Backup to iPhone

Option 2. Recover Permanently Deleted Photos with Finder

On macOS Catalina and later, there is no iTunes, and you need to use Finder to sync your iPhone data. Here is how to use Finder to restore deleted photos to iPhone:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  2. On your macOS Catalina 10.15 or above, open Finder.
  3. Click on your iPhone in the left-hand menu when it appears.
  4. Click “Restore Backup…”
  5. Choose a backup.
  6. Click “Restore.”

    Restore iPhone Photos with Finder

    Restore iPhone Photos with Finder

However, recovering photos from iTunes backup will overwrite all the data you have on your iPhone now. So you are suggested to view and extract photos from iTunes backup using PhoneRescue.

Option 3. Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue for iOS

With the Recover from Backup mode of PhoneRescue for iOS, you can extract, preview, and recover permanently deleted photos from your iPhone in iTunes backup. You will not need to restore or wipe any data on your iPhone.

Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS. Choose Recover from Backup.

Choose Recover from Backup

Choose Recover from Backup

Step 2. Choose the Compare mode. Click the Only Scan Backup to scan the backup. Check the Photos icon to continue.

Scan the Backup to Get Photos

Scan the Backup to Get Photos

Step 3. Preview and select the photos to recover to your iPhone or computer.

Preview and Recover Photos from iPhone Backup

Preview and Recover Photos from iPhone Backup

The Bottom Line

Precious photos are the witness of our beautiful life, so everyone can imagine 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 almost without effort.

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* 100% Clean & Safe

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Senior writer of the iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android-related issues.

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