How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Read this guide to get 3 ways to get back the permanently deleted photos you removed from the Recently Deleted folder. You can use the methods to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone 11/Xs/Xr/X/8/7/6s.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 20, 2020

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 deleted pictures that you recently deleted. Here are the steps:

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

Recover Photos from Recently Deleted Folder on iPhone

However, sometimes, when you eager to delete some pictures to free up the 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 to recover photos from iPhone 11/Xs/Xr/X/8/7/6s:

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 where you synced the photos. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to 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.
Recover Recently Deleted Photos from iCloud

Recover Recently Deleted Photos from iCloud

iCloud will keep the recently deleted photos for 40 days.

Well, there are some easier ways to recover your deleted 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.

  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 the Restore Backup.
  3. Get the backup which contains the photo you want to recover and click on the Restore.
How to Restore Photos from iTunes Backup to iPhone XS/XR – Step 2

How to Restore Photos from iTunes Backup to iPhone Xs/XR – Step 2

However, to recover 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.

How to Get Back Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone Directly

If you didn’t back up your iPhone and don’t know how to retrieve deleted photos which will risk the data erasing, PhoneRescue for iOS, as professional iPhone photos recovery software, would be your the best option. It helps recover photos from any iPhone like iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and the latest iPhone 11.

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.

PhoneRescue for iOS – iPhone Data Recovery

  • Recover 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 13 supported, 100% clean & safe.

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Let’s refer to the following operation guide:

Step 1. Run PhoneRescue for iOS

Download the latest version of PhoneRescue for iOS and run it on your computer. And then connect the target iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Choose Recover from iOS Device

There are three models to recover your data under the Data Recovery category. Here we choose Recover from iOS Device to directly get back permanently deleted photos from iPhone.

How to Recover Deleted Snapchat Photos on iPhone – Step 1

How to Recover Deleted Snapchat Photos on iPhone – Step 1

Step 3. Select Photos to scan

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

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup – Step 3

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup – Step 3

Step 4. Preview and Recover Photos

After the scanning, it will show you all the pics you have on your iPhone, including the deleted ones. Here you can preview and select the photos you want to recover. Then 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 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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 Some users were bothered that the iPhone was without enough storage, you can learn from How to Delete All Photos from iPhone> to free up the iPhone. Also, some Android users had encountered in mis-deleted precious pics,  Recover Deleted Photos Android> would help to retrieve them in several minutes.

Joy Taylor

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