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How to Recover Deleted Photos on Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini

author Carrie Murray
date Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Where do deleted photos go on Mac? In fact, the deleted photos are not totally removed from your Mac storage and can be recovered. Here we will show you how to find recently deleted photos on Mac as well as how to recover permanently deleted photos from Mac. The methods below can also be applied to recover deleted videos on Mac.

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Where Is Recently Deleted Photos on Mac?

Where to find the recently deleted photos on Mac depends on from where the pictures are deleted. If the photos are deleted in Photos app, you can find the recently deleted photos on the Recently Deleted folder on Photos app.

Show Recently Deleted Album on Photos for Mac

On Photos app, the deleted pictures are moved to the Recently Deleted album in the app and will remain in the Recently Deleted album for 30 days. If the photos are deleted from the Photos Library for less than 30 days, they can be recovered easily.

Step 1 On Photos app and click Recently Deleted.

Step 2 Select the photos you want to recover and click Recover. The deleted photos will be moved back to the album they were saved.

Recover Recently Deleted Photos on Mac

Note: On the older version of Photos app for Mac, there is no Recently Deleted album, you can find the recently deleted photos in File > Show Recently Deleted.

Cannot find 'Recently Deleted' album

Some people can't find Recently Deleted album in Photos app on Mac. So where is the Recently Deleted folder in Photos? First of all, Recently Deleted album only appears in the sidebar when there are photos that are recently deleted. That is to say, if there is no deleted photo, the Recently Deleted album will not show under the Albums tab.

Secondly, make sure you have really deleted the photos from the Photo Library. When you delete a photo from Albums, the photo is only removed the album but will still remain in the Photo Library, thus it won't show in the Recently Deleted album.

If you can't find a photo in the Recently Deleted album, the photo is probably deleted permanently. Check how to recover permanently deleted pictures from Mac.

Recover Recently Deleted Photos from Trash

If the photos are deleted from desktop or a Finder folder, the deleted photos should go to the Trash on Mac. As long as you haven't emptied the photos from Trash, the deleted photos are recoverable.

Step 1 Open Trash on Mac.

Step 2 Search the deleted photos in the search bar or organize the deleted files by dates, types to locate the deleted photos more quickly.

Step 3 Select the deleted photos you need and right click Put Back to get back the deleted photos.

Recover Deleted Photos from Trash

If you have emptied the deleted photos from Trash, you need a photo recovery software for Mac to help you find the deleted photos.

Recover Permanently Deleted Photos with Photo Recovery Software for Mac

Although we can't see them, the permanently deleted photos still stay in the Mac storage. With a Photo Recovery software like FonePaw Data Recovery, the deleted photos can be recovered from Mac storage. But you should act fast because the deleted photos can be covered by new data at any time.

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Step 1 Run FonePaw Data Recovery on Mac.

Step 2 Click Image and select the location where the deleted photos are stored. Click Scan.

Select Images on FonePaw Mac Data Recovery

Step 3 After scanning, the deleted photos are categorized according to their formats: PNG, JPG, HEIC, GIF, PSD, TIFF, etc. Select the photos you want to recover and click Recover.

Recover Deleted Photos on Mac

Tip: If you couldn't find the deleted photos you need, click Deep Scan, which can find out the photos that are deleted for a longer time.

Besides recovering deleted photos from Mac storage, you can also recover deleted pictures from external hard drive, USB drive (opens new window) on Mac with FonePaw Data Recovery.

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