How to Recover Deleted Photos on Your iPhone or iPad

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Have you ever deleted a photo by mistake on your iPhone or iPad? Luckily, if you’re running at least iOS 8, it’s actually very easy to recover deleted photos – as long as you do it within a certain amount of time.

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Here’s how it works. If you’ve deleted a photo by mistake, navigate back to the main menu of your native Photo app, which has a lot more features you may be overlooking Did You Know the iPhone's Basic Photo App Can Do This? Did You Know the iPhone's Basic Photo App Can Do This? Apart from being a home for all of your device's photos and videos, Photos is full of surprises. Read More . You should see all the various albums you have in the Photo app, including one about halfway down the screen called “Recently Deleted”.


Tap the album and you’ll see a grid of all the photos that you have deleted in the past 30 days. You can either select multiple photos and tap the “Recover” button in the bottom right-hand corner or if you want to recover just one photo, you can open that photo up and tap the “Recover” button in the same spot.

If you wait more than 30 days, the photo can no longer be recovered.

Do you have any tips or tricks for recovering deleted photos? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. ZOE
    December 21, 2018 at 3:16 am

    To recover deleted should make sure that you deleted data has not been overwritten,then you can find a data recover app or 3rd party recover software.I am willing to recommend Mobikin Doctor for iOS,which helps me a lot.

  2. Conifterato
    September 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Deleted photos will be saved in a "deleted" folder for 30 days, have you checked there? If there is nothing, check whether you have made a backup with iTunes. If you have, just connect your iPhone to PC and choose to restore all data (including photos) with iTunes. However, you may take a risk of data loss when restoring with iTunes as previous data will be overwritten. I heard that imyfone d-Back and dr fone can be used to view photos, but i'm not sure.

  3. Dave
    September 5, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I have used iMyFone D-Back to recovery my deleted files on iPhone. The software can get back the photos I deleted last year. Awesome?

  4. bellagreen
    July 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    If you tend to recover the photos after 30 days or the "Recently deleted" was gone, how comes? Search on, I got some tools to get the data recover but I do not know whether it works for all iDevices?

  5. Devin Potter
    July 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Nice sharing!