4 Ways to Perform iPhone Deleted Photo Recovery

Accidentally delete photos from iPhone and want to get them back? This article will guide you to perform iPhone deleted photo recovery in 4 ways step by step to recover deleted photos on iPhone.

Demi by Demi Updated May 9, 2023
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Did you accidentally delete photos from your iPhone? And it seems that the longer you wait to attempt iPhone deleted photo recovery, the less likely you are to be successful.

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Don’t worry. There are ways to recover them! No matter whether you’ve got a backup for deleted photos, you will get solutions to recover deleted photos from iPhone in this guide. Let’s get started.

iPhone deleted photos recovery in Photos app

If you immediately realize that you deleted the wrong photo, you are given an undo option to get the deleted photo back in your iPhone Photos app. 

That’s because when you delete a photo, it will be moved to the Recently Deleted folder, where it stays for 30 days, giving you a chance to restore it. You can follow the steps below to undo deletion.

Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone > Tap Albums on the footer menu > Scroll down to locate and open the Recently Deleted album using your Face ID (iOS 16 and later).

Step 2. Preview and select the photos you want to restore and tap Recover x Photos to get them back.

Photos recently deleted folder

If the photo has been deleted for more than 30 days or you have emptied the Recently Deleted folder, then it may be time-consuming to perform iPhone deleted photo recovery. Keep reading to get other solutions.

Perform iPhone deleted photos recovery with backup

Lucky you if you have backed up iPhone photos regularly using iCloud or iTunes. You can still recover deleted photos after deleting from Recently Deleted folder by restoring backup.

While you don't need to be upset if you have no backup, since the next part also provides you with a solution without backup.

1# Restore deleted photos from iCloud

If the deleted photos were from Photo Stream or iCloud Library, they will be not temporarily saved in the Recently Deleted albums on your iPhone. Instead, you can restore them by visiting the website of iCloud by the following steps.

Step 1. Visit iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

sign in iCloud mainpage

Step 2. Click Photos > Tap Recently Deleted album under Library > Choose the deleted iCloud photos you want to recover > Tap Recover to confirm.

tap recover from recently deleted photos

Warm tip:
Restoring photos from iCloud may use up your data plan. In other words, you should have enough iCloud space to save the photos, otherwise you may not be able to recover deleted photos in this way.

2# Restore deleted photos from iTunes backup

iPhone deleted photos recovery can also be achieved if you use iTunes to backup iPhone files. Since iTunes offers full backup and restoration only, make sure have the latest iTunes backup available, or you may encounter data loss more or less.

Here are how to recover iPhone deleted photos from iTunes backup.

Step 1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

Step 2. Open iTunes > Click the phone icon > Click Summary > Choose Restore Backup.

iPhone restore backup

Step 3. Pick the latest backup file > When asked, enter your password > Click Restore and wait for it to complete.

confirm restore from backup iPhone

Recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup

If you are not in the habit of regularly backing yo your iPhone, your final hope is to use third-party iPhone data recovery software to make iPhone deleted photos recovery possible.

Here in this guide, we highly recommend AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS, which can meet all your demands for a perfect iPhone deleted photos recovery app.

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👍 High effectiveness. It helps scan and recover data from kinds of loss circumstances, like permanently deletion.

👍 No data loss. It ensures that no previous data on your iPhone is deleted during the procedure.

👍 Wide compatibility. It works well with a wide range of iPhone from iPhone 4 to iPhone 14, as well as iPad and iPod.

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Download AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS on your computer, and follow the steps below to get deleted photos retrieved to your iPhone.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Tap Trust on your iPhone to let it readable.

Step 2. Launch AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS > Click Scan > Scan Now to let it scan your iPhone.

Start scan now

Step 3. When scan finishes, tap Photos and select the deleted photos you want to recover > Click Recover to confirm. You can also choose other types of files in this step.

select photos to recover

Wait for the recovery to complete and you can check the deleted photos on your iPhone.

Bonus: Backup iPhone photos without data loss

Hope you have recognized the necessity of data backup after reading the section above. If you are concerned about limited iCloud storage space, iTunes and iCloud operations are too cumbersome, or you just want to selectively backup iPhone, FoneTool is for you.

Just for an example, here are three steps to guide to selectively backup iPhone photos using FoneTool. Before that, download FoneTool to your computer first.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer > Launch FoneTool, and choose Phone Backup > Click Get Started under Selective Backup.

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Step 2. Check Photos to preview and choose photos you’d like to backup > Click OK to confirm.

photos select all

Step 3. Optionally, choose a backup storage path to save the backup > Click Start Backup.

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It would be great if you have successfully achieved iPhone deleted photo recovery after trying methods in this guide. However, if you are failed, hope you have learned your lesson and schedule regular backup for your iPhone in the future. If this guide help you, please share it with others.


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