How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone

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Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 18, 2021

I recently accidentally deleted pictures from my 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, restore, iOS update, you may wonder is there any way to recover permanently deleted photos?

Firstly, the photos in the Recently Deleted folder will be recovered easily, since those photos will be actually erased from your iPhone after 30 days. Besides, you can also get permanently deleted photos back through iCloud or iTunes backup. What’s more, it is possible to find deleted photos without backup here. Keep reading and find a way to retrieve your photos or other data.

Recover Deleted Photos from Recently Deleted without Computer

Photos and videos will be remained up to 40 days after deleting. And you can get them back easily from the recently deleted album. It will show the days remaining before deletion.

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

  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.
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, are permanently deleted photos gone forever? 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. If not, there is still a method to recover. Now let’s take a look at the three methods below to recover photos from iPhone:

Recover Permanently Deleted Photo without Backup

How can I recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup? Here is an app to recover deleted photos on iPhone, which is PhoneRescue for iOS. As a professional iOS data recovery software, it would be your best option. It helps recover photos from any iPhone including the latest iPhone 12.

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 for iOS – Retrieve iPhone Data

  • 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 14 supported, 100% clean & safe.

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To get permanently deleted photos back:

  1. Connect your iPhone: 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.
  2. Choose Recover from iOS Device: Recover from iOS Device allows you to directly get back deleted and lost photos from iPhone iPad. Click it and head to the right arrow.

    Choose Recover from iOS Device

    Choose Recover from iOS Device

  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.

    Select Photos Category Only

    Select Photos Category Only

  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.

    Preview the Photos and Choose to Recover

    Preview the Photos and Choose to Recover

Video tutorial on how to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone:

Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud

Option 1. Recover from icloud.com

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 Recover Photos

Login iCloud and Recover Photos

Option 2. Recover from iCloud Backup with PhoneRescue (no data loss):

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:

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

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    Click on Recover from iCloud

    Click on Recover from iCloud

  2. Log into your iCloud account and choose iCloud Backup.
  3. Select an iCloud backup > Check Photos only and click the OK button to download the backup.

    Choose iCloud Backup

    Choose iCloud Backup

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

    How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup

    How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup

Recover Permanently Deleted Photos 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 restore or erase your iPhone.

Option 1. Recover Photos with iTunes

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 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 with PhoneRescue (no data loss)

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.

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

    Choose Recover from Backup

    Choose Recover from Backup

  2. Choose Compare mode. Click the Only Scan Backup to scan the backup.
  3. Check Photos to continue.
  4. Preview and select the photos to recover to your iPhone or computer.

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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 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 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.