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[4 Ways] How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

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“I have a few photos the I need for an upcoming courtcase that were on my iPhone 13 at one time about 7 months ago and I NEED to recover these deleted photos, I sent them in text as well...someone please help!”

If you found yourself in a bad situation of losing or deleting some photos on iPhone by accident, you would get frustrated and anxious.

Then here comes a question: can you recover deleted photos on iPhone? Luckily, deleting photos on iPhone or iPad is recoverable as long as you act in time.

Here you are in the right place, this tutorial could be valuable a lot for you to learn how to recover deleted photos from iPhone 13/12/11.

Way 1. How to Recover Photos on iPhone via Recently Deleted Folder

Considering that users can easily delete photos by taping the wrong option, Apple thought enough of it and add a feature that deleted photos will be saved in Recently Deleted Folder in Photos App, so that users have enough time to recover them and save them back to the Camera Roll.

recover photos from recent deleted folder

Way 2. Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

To keep existing data safe on your iPhone, it is highly recommended to recover deleted photos from iPhone with FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, an application to access and view deleted and existing photos and other data on the device and save them to your computer. With the program, you can restore deleted photos without reset your iPhone to factory settings.

Main Features of FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  • It is powerful enough to recover more than 20 types of data, including photos, videos, messages, WhatsApp chats, WeChat, Viber, Kik, Line, notes, contacts, voice memos, safari history, etc.
  • It supplies 3 recovery modes to help users improve success rate of recovery: directly recover from iOS device, recover from iTunes backup and recover from iCloud backup.
  • You can preview the deleted photos and other data with the trial version for free.
  • It supports to recover iPhone data whether they are lost due to device crash, stolen, jailbreak, iOS update, etc.
  • It is compatible with the latest iOS devices and iOS versions, including iPhone 14/13 and iOS 16/15.


How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone without Backup:

Step 1: To start recovering photos, you need to download and run the program on your computer, then choose the mode of "Recover from iOS Device".

iphone recovery

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to computer. Once it is recognized, all the data types will be displayed. To shorten the scanning process, you can choose only Photos or other data types you want and click "Scan" to begin scanning.

select a data type

Step 3: After the process, the data that you select will be display in category and in details. You can preview them to find out the lost photos, then tap on "Recover" to save them on your computer.

recover deleted photos from iphone

Way 3. Selectively Recover Photos from iPhone via Backup

If you are not in the situation as above and contacted Apple support for help, they will ask whether you have synced your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud once in a while.

Actually, there is a great opportunity to restore with iTunes/iCloud backup. Some users also complain that they don't manually back up their device with iTunes/iCloud, don't worry, iCloud will automatically back up when this iPhone is plugged in, locked, and connected to WiFi.

Recovering photos from iPhone backup is simple but not that convenient, the current content and settings on your iPhone will be erased, and you cannot selectively recover specific data from iTunes/iCloud backup. So you can keep reading to learn a better way to recover photos from iCloud backup.

recover photos from icloud backup

Preview and Selectively Recover Old Photos on iPhone from iCloud:

This method is totally different from the official way to restore from iCloud backup. You can preview the backup data in advance before restoring and do not need to reset your device to factory settings.

Step 1: Run FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and select the recovery mode of "Recover from iCloud". Enter your Apple ID and password to sign into the iCloud account.

log into icloud

Step 2: Select "Photos" and other type of data you would like to recover and then click "Scan" to begin downloading iCloud data.

select icloud file types

Step 3: After you've downloaded the data, you can preview and choose the photos you want to recover, then click "Recover" to save these photos on your computer

preview photos icloud

Way 4. How to Recover Photos from iPhone via iCloud Photo Library

This method will be available if you have enabled iCloud Photo Library. You can access and restore photos from iCloud on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This approach requires you to connect your device to a stable Wi-Fi network. Let's check:

  1. Find Settings tab on your iPhone, click it then select iCloud. Ensure that you have already signned in the iCloud account.
  2. Click "Photos" to turn off iCloud Photo Library, then turn it on.
  3. After that, the original photos and videos will be restored and uploaded to your device.

icloud restore photos


After reading the solutions mentioned in this post, you can choose the most suitable method to try. It is advisable to back up your iPhone data in advance if you choose to restore iPhone from iCloud backup, as you have to erase all content and settings from Settings to factory reset your iPhone, which will lead to more serious data loss.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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