How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, Oct 13, 2017

iPhone X/8/7 all comes with 256 GB version. However, for many, managing iPhone storage can be a tedious task, especially for those of us with 32 or 16 GB versions of the iPhone. So we have to delete photos from our iPhone from time to time to free up space. When deleting important iPhone photos by accident, can you recover deleted photos on iPhone?

Of course. There are three ways for you to recover deleted pictures from iPhone X/8/7/6/5.

  • Undelete iPhone photos from Recently Deleted folder. Open iPhone, go to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted. Choose Recover to undelete pictures on iPhone.

  • Retrieve old photos from iTunes/iCloud backup. With an iTunes/iCloud backup, you can recover photos that are deleted permanently on iPhone, lost photos after restore, photos from disabled/lost/dead iPhone. 

  • Use iPhone photo recovery program to recover deleted photos from iPhone without backup. To recover pictures without backup, you should stop using your iPhone once the data loss happens, otherwise, your lost photos might be overwritten by newly generated data.

This post will explain to you three possible ways to recover deleted photos on iPhone in detail. FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, an iOS photo recovery tool will be introduced to help you better cope with the photo recovery problems. The program can extract photos from iTunes/iCloud backup as well as recover deleted iPhone photos without backup. 

The iPhone photo recovery now offers the free trial. Download it to bring back your lost photos from iPhone.

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Solution 1: Recover Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up iPhone with iTunes, you might be able to find the deleted photos from iTunes backup. To get old photos back from iTunes backup:

  • Connect iPhone to iTunes and restore iPhone. All contents will be deleted after restore.

  • Restore iPhone data from previous iTunes backup.

However, there are two problems with the solution. Firstly, since you cannot view iTunes backup, you may restore the wrong iTunes backup. Secondly, if you have data that are not in the backup, you will lose the data forever after restoring the iTunes backup. 

Is there a way to recover old iTunes photos without restore?

Yes, you can use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery to extract deleted photos from iTunes backup. There is no need to restore the whole iTunes backup. This iOS photos recovery tool can extract photos only from iPhone backup. And to make sure that you can get the right photos back, it allows you to preview the deleted photos before recovering.

Step 1: Select iTunes backup and scan it

Launch iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" option while operating the program on your computer. Then, all iTunes backups on your computer will be shown.

Choose the iTunes Backup Files to Recover Data

Step 2: Extract deleted photos from iTunes backup

Choose the iPhone backup with the lost photos that you need. Click "start scan" button to extract photos and everything from the backup.

Scan iTunes Backup Files

Step 3: Preview and regain the deleted iPhone photos

After scanning, click Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library to view the deleted photos. Mark down the deleted photos and click "Recover" to recover all deleted iPhone photos to the computer.

Recover Data from iTunes Backups

Solution 2: Restore Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

If you have enabled iCloud Backup on your iPhone, you can also retrieve lost pics from iCloud backup. To restore deleted pictures from iCloud backup, you need to:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Content and Settings to factory reset your iPhone;

  • Set up your iPhone and restore the phone from iCloud backup.

If you don't want to reset your iPhone, use iPhone Data Recovery to extract deleted photos from iCloud backup. This is extremely helpful when you lose all photos on iPhone after restore, jailbreak or iPhone was lost.

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

Run the program and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Then log in your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. If you forget your Apple ID and password, local Apple retail store 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 can choose to restore photos only from the iPhone backup. Click the button "Download" to download photos from iCloud backup.

Download the iCloud Backups

Step 3: Scanning the backup

After the iCloud backup is downloaded, the software will scan the data in the backup automatically.

Scan the iCloud Backup Files

Step 4: View and retrieve lost picture from iCloud

You can take a preview of the photos and videos one by one until you find the deleted iPhone photos that you need. Choose the photos and click Recover. After a few seconds, all your lost pictures will be extracted and saved on your computer.

Recover Deleted iPhone Data from iCloud Backups

Solution 3: Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone Without Backup

If you don't have an iPhone backup and want to undelete the photos on iPhone, iPhone Data Recovery can find the deleted photos on your iPhone and recover them to PC. The program now supports recovering photos from iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s/5s/5c/SE without backup.

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.

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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 deleted photos. The scan time 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 both lost and existing images on iPhone. 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" at the bottom of right corner of the interface. Wait a moment, you can get back all the deleted iPhone photos.

Recover iPhone Lost Data Easily

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.

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 increase 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 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 devices will be saved on your iPhone as well. So you don't care much about sharing photos among devices, why not go 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". If you have deleted burst photos that you need, use iPhone Data Recovery to get back the photos.

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