How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Monday, Oct 13, 2014

iPhone 7 comes with 256 GB version. However, for many, managing iPhone storage can be a tedious task, especially for those among us with 16 GB versions of the iPhone. So we have to delete photos from our iPhone from time to time. Now on the iOS 10, the "recently deleted" folder is supposed to be our second chance to recover the deleted photos. However, to get more storage space, we often empty the folder. So there is great possibility that we erase iPhone photos accidently. Then, How to recover deleted photos from iPhone?

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can help users to retrieve deleted pictures from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. It can extract photos from iTunes backup, restore lost pictures from iCloud and even pull up the deleted images from iPhone itself. For those who want to free up space but never desire to lose photos in Camera Roll, you can also run this program to backup iPhone photos to your computer firstly, and then delete them from iPhone to save space.

Download the trial version and handle by following the instructions, you will be surprised that all your data including images, messages, contacts, notes, videos, etc. can be restored with this helpful software. Why not have a try at once?

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Now three methods by using this software to recover lost data from iPhone are provided below. Please note that you should stop using your iPhone once you found data loss happened, or your lost photo might be overwritten by new generated data.

Solution 1: Recover Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup
Solution 2: Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5
Solution 3: Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup
Bonus tips: Better Manage Photos to Free up iPhone Space

Solution 1: Recover Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Select iTunes backup and scan it

Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option while operating the program on your computer. Then, all iTunes backup files on your computer will be shown.

Choose the iTunes Backup Files to Recover Data


Step 2: Start to scan the backup of iTunes

Choose what you want back from iTunes backup files and click "start scan" button to extract it.

Scan iTunes Backup Files


Step 3: Preview and regain the deleted iPhone photos

After scanning, all found data are shown. Preview them carefully, choose what you want and mark them down before clicking "Recover". You will get them on your computer seconds or minutes later.

Recover Data from iTunes Backups


Solution 2: Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5

Step 1: Download, install and launch the program

Download and install the software first and link up your iPhone and computer. Then, launch iPhone Data Recovery on your computer.

Note: You can only directly retrieve iPhone photos from iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS as full quality photos. For iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5s/5c/5/4s, when you choose "Recover from iOS device", you can only get back the thumbnail of the photos.

Connect iOS Device to Computer


Step 2: Start to scan

Tap "Start Scan" button, the program will begin to scan your iPhone for all the data. The proceeding depends on the amount of your data.

Scan Your iPhone Deleted Data


Step 3: Preview photos one by one

After scanning out all your iPhone data, you can see all found images in the computer, including the lost ones and the existing ones. They are listed in category orderly. You can refine the results by turning on the button "only display the deleted items" to only preview the deleted photos. If it is needed, you can click other items, such as contacts, messages, call history, notes to find back what you need, too.

Display the Deleted Photos Directly


Step 4: Restore photos from your iPhone

Following step 3, mark down the photos you need and click the "Recover" in the bottom of right corner of the interface. Wait a moment, your photos will be saved on your computer.

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Solution 3: Recover Lost Data from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Install the application and log in by entering your private Apple ID

First of all, install and run the application. Then, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File", and log in your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. If you forget your Apple ID and password, the Apple retail store you bought might help you.

Login Your iCloud with Apple ID


Step 2: Download your iCloud backup

After entering the program, all your iCloud backup files will be found. You need to choose the contents you want and click the button "Download" on the right side of the list.

Download the iCloud Backups


Step 3: Scanning the backup

After the download, the software will scan the data in the backup automatically.

Scan the iCloud Backup Files


Step 4: Preview and restore photos from iCloud

You can take a preview of the data one by one you get after the scanning, such as contacts, photos, messages, notes, videos, etc. You can choose any data that you'd like to restore by simply ticking it. After a few seconds, all your lost data will be extracted and saved on your computer.

Recover Deleted iPhone Data from iCloud Backups


Note: The recovered photos will be saved on your computer but not on your iPhone. If you want to import recovered photos back to your iPhone, FonePaw iOS Transfer allows you to do it in a few seconds.


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Bonus tips: Better Manage Photos to Free up iPhone Space

Photos make up of the great part of our iPhone storage. SO better managing the iPhone photos will significantly increasing the phone storage space. Here are the tips:

Do Not Double Save Photos

When we use iPhone's HDR mode, we have two photos saved on the phone: the HDR version and the normal version. Or if we use apps like Instagram, we'll have the the filtered version and the normal version.

To stop double save photos, we may: go to "Settings" > "Photos&Camera" and disable "Keep Normal Photo". Or  toggle off "Save Original Photos" on Instagram.

Turn off Photo Stream

Turning on photo stream means that photos of other iOS device will be saved on your iPhone as well. So you don't care much about sharing photos among devices, why notgo to "Settings" > "Photos&Camera" and disable My Photo Stream? It will save much space.

Turn off Burst Mode

When you're taking a photo, if you hold down the shutter for slightly longer, the camera will automatically take a series of photos. And there is not exactly a way to turn off the burst mode. But we can not use the mode, or when we do, choose one picture when it asks whether to "Keep Everything" or "Keep Only 1 Favorite".

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