How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

All photos were deleted by my little daughter, unfortunately, I backup nothing. It’s very important to me because those pictures are about my daughter's 2-year birthday. I really hope to recover them but I don't know how to do. Please give me some suggestions. Thank you very much! – Ammy.

We know that it’s not only Ammy's problem. Lots of people have ever been met with this kind of problem and asked for help to recover deleted photos from iPhone. Thus, it’s very urgent to make backup, especially when you stored some important files on your iPhone. But how to recover deleted iPhone photos with/without backup?

This article is going to show you a great solution. If your iPhone running in iOS 8 or above, maybe you can recover lost iPhone photos from recently deleted folder. If you can't find the photos on the trash, you should find a data recovery software which allows you glance your iPhone to restore deleted data directly. If you don’t know how to do, I can introduce this iPhone Data Recovery to you, it admits you to recover your iPhone photo, and it do a good job with iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2/1, iPad mini 4/3/2/1 and so on.

Why Need A Professional iPhone Data recovery Software

1. Support to recover deleted photos without backup, including Camera Roll photos, Photo Stream photos or Photo Library photos, it can recover 22+ files type of data from iPhone like pictures, videos, contacts, notes, call history, sms, messages/attachment from WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Kik, Skype etc without backup.

2. Selectively restore iPhone photos by extracting unreadable/encrypted iTunes and iCloud backup file, avoid all newly created data being overwritten by entire old backup, it support recover 22+ files type of data from iPhone.

3. Preview all iPhone photos in thumbnails to make sure deleted photos isn't erased from iPhone internal memery before you recover them, you can recover what you need and save the deleted photos to your computer.

4. Compatible with all the models of iPhone iPad iPod running all versions of iOS system, including the latest version of iOS 11 and new iPhone X.

5. Get back iPhone data due to mistaken deletion, device stuck, smashed, water damaged/broken, system crash, forgotten password, virus intrusion, jailbreak, iOS upgrade etc.

6. Repair iOS system issue and get iOS devices back to normal without data loss, including white/black screen, recovery mode/Apple logo stuck, start up exception etc.

Download the free trial version below and follow the detailed steps to recover deleted photos from iPhone camera roll/photo library/photo stream and more.

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Part 1: Recover deleted photos from iPhone directly

Step 1. Run the program and connect your iPhone to computer

You'll get the the main window below after installing and launching the iPhone Data Recovery software on your computer.

For iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s, you can directly click "Start Scan" button. For iPhone 4/3GS, you can choose "Advanced Mode" at the corner of the window to get a deeper scan. Then you need to get into the scanning mode before recovering. Now, follow the guide as below:

enter dfu mode

After you got into the scanning mode sucessfully, the iPhone recovery software will scan your iPhone automatically.

iphone scanning

Step 2. Begin to preview and recover iPhone photos

While the program is scanning, you can start to preview data, or you can do it when the scan finished. It's a well-organized scanning report. The program allows you to preview and check all data by the category. If you want to recover lost iPhone photos, please choose Camera Roll or Photo Stream to preview them first. Then mark the data you want and save on your computer by clicking "Recover" button.

recover iPhone photos

Part 2: Recover deleted iPhone photos from iTunes backup

If you daily back up iPhone data to iTunes, you can recover deleted photos from entire iTunes backup via iTunes, but you need to know, the existing data on iPhone will be covered by the old backup, including sms, contact, notes, call history and other data, so you will lost all new data. Here is the step to recover deleted photo from iTunes:

Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to computer, when iTunes detect your phone, right-click on iPhone and select "Restore from Backup", then choose appropriate backup to restore.

recover deleted notes from entire itunes backup

In order to avoid all new data being overwritten by entire old iTunes backup, you can follow the below way to extract iTunes backup and selectively restore iPhone photo .

Step 1. Choose the backup of your iPhone to extract it

After downloading and installing the iPhone photos recovery program, run it on the computer. And then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on the top of the window. Then all iTunes backup files will be found and displayed on your computer automatically. Here you need to mark the one for your iPhone (the one with a recent date) and click "Start Scan" button to extract it.

extract iTunes backup

Step 2. Preview and recover iPhone photos

After the scan, now you can preview the files found in the scan result. To view your photos, you need to click Camera rollor or Photo Stream. And then choose want you want and click "Recover" button to save them on your computer effortlessly.

recover iphone photos from iTunes

Part 3: Recover iPhone photos by extracting iCloud backup

Step 1. Choose the mode and sign in iCloud account

After run the iPhone photo recovery software on the computer, you can swith to "Recover from iCloud Backup File", then you need to enter Apple ID and password to login in iCloud account, the software will display your iCloud backup files.

login iCloud

Step 2. Download iCloud backup and extract it

Choose one iCloud backup which you want to access and click the "Download" button, then choose the type of files you want to download in the pop-up. After that, you can click the "Scan" button to access your iCloud backup.

extract iCloud backup

Step 3. Preview and recover iPhone photos

After finish the scan in a few minutes, the iCloud photo back will display in the scan result. Then you can tick the photo you want to recover and click on the "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

recover iPhone photos from iCloud

Now, download this iPhone Photo Recovery program and begin to recover deleted pictures from iPhone.

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If you want to recover deleted iPhone photos from entire iCloud backup, you can pick up iPhone, click "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings" > "Erase iPhone". When your iPhone restart automatically, tap "Set Up iPhone" > "Restore from iCloud Backup", then enter your Apple ID and password to access iCloud backup, select a backup to restore your deleted photos.

But as the same situation as iTunes, you need to use entire iCloud backup file to restore photos, the recently data on iPhone will be overwritten, in order to avoid the loss of existing data, the same way as iTunes, you can extract iCloud backup.

Another way you also can have a try, you can open web browser, go to, enter your Apple ID and password to sign, then click "Photos" > "Albums" > "Recently Deleted", choose the photos to restore. If the deletion time is more than 40 days, the deleted photo will be cleared out of the iCloud forever.

Part 4: Recover deleted photos from iPhone "Recently Deleted" Folder

If you are using iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus or other iPhone running in iOS 8/9/10, the Photos app now adds a Recycle Bin, when you deleted photos, they will be recycled to the Trash and store 30 days. So if you delete some important photos by mistake and want to get them back, you can find them on the Trash, follow the below tips.

Enter "Photos" app > Click "Albums" menu > Click "Recently Deleted".

You will see all deleted photo display in the screen, you can click the photo you want to recover and the photo will be opened, you just need to click the "Recover" button on the bottom right of the screen, then click "Recover Photo" in a pop up. General speaking, the picture will be restored to the original album. Most of the time, you can see the photo in Recently Added.

If you want to recover multiple deleted photos, you can click "Photos" app > "Albums" > "Recently Deleted", then click "Select" button in the top right of the screen, select multiple photos you want to recover and click "Recover" > "Recover Photos" to get photos back. Or you can recover all deleted photos by clicking "Recover All" at the bottom right of the navigation.

This method is also suitable for iPad pro, iPad air 2/1 and other iPad running in iOS 8/9/10/11, you can try it.

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