How to Recover Deleted Photos and Screenshots from iPhone X/8/7/6/5

Find Deleted Photos on iPhone

How to Recover Deleted Photos and Screenshots from iPhone X/8/7/6/5

It is easier to deleted iPhone photos than it is to take them. Accidentally deleting important photos and screenshots is probably a weekly occurrence for every iPhone user. Especially when you are innocently trying to free up space on your iPhone. There are however a few ways to recover deleted screenshots and photos. So relax and try a few of these tutorials. We’re here to help. There are three ways you can recover deleted photos from an iPhone.

Recover deleted iPhone images from:

  1. iPhone X
  2. iPhone 8
  3. iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
  4. iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
  5. iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
  6. iPhone 5/5c/5s
  7. iPhone SE
  8. iPhone 4/4s

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Find Deleted Photos on iPhone

Although it seems like a pretty obvious option, we have to include all options. The iPhone Recently deleted folder was introduced in the release of iOS 8. After you delete an image from your Photos app, the picture will then appear in your Recently Deleted folder. Please be sure to check this app before moving onto the tutorials below. You may be surprised what’s still in there. Your iPhone Recently Deleted folder will store deleted photos and screenshot images for a total of 30 days. So grab them before it’s too late.

To view your Recently Deleted folder, go to: Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted.

If you did not find your deleted photos here, backups may be your saving grace. If you adhere to Apple’s encouragements to backup your phone on a regular basis to iCloud or iTunes, you may still have possession of the photos that have been deleted. Use the tutorials below to extract your photos.

Recover Deleted iPhone Photos from iCloud

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery Free Trial

Use your Mac or PC to download the Enigma Recovery free trial. Once it has been successfully installed, open the program to the start screen.

Step 2 – Recover from my iCloud

To download photos from your iCloud backup select this option from the side panel: ‘Recover from my iCloud’.

Step 3 – Log in

Log into your iCloud backup. This process offers the most secure login as the software will not save your login details and will offer a two-factor authentication login process.

Step 4 – Select backup file

The software will show you all the backup files you can recover images from. It may be a good idea to scan more than one backup if you don’t see the photos/screenshots you are looking for in the first scan.

Step 5 – Scan for photos

Select to scan for Photos, to retrieve all the images that were backed up at the time of the backup. Now start the scan and the software will retrieve all of the images in the iPhone backup selected.

Step 6 – View photos

After the scan, you will be able to view retrieved images in the ‘Photos’ tab. If you would like to keep and save the photos retrieved, please unlock the full version to export your images.

Step 7 – Save to desktop

You can save selected or all images to your desktop by using your export option. ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location through ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

If you did not find the photos you were looking for, try scanning another iCloud backup file with a different date. Or if you would like to try scanning a previously made iTunes backup file, please continue on to the next tutorial.

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Extract Deleted iPhone Photos from iTunes

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery Free Trial

Download the Enigma Recovery free trial to your laptop or computer. The software is compatible with both Mac and Windows versions.

Step 2 – Recover from my iTunes

Open the software to the start screen and select ‘Recover from my iTunes’ from the side panel.

Step 3 – Select a backup file to scan

The software will show you all the backup files created in iTunes on your laptop or computer. Select which backup file you would like to recover from. If your backup files are encrypted, you will need your password to scan each file.

Step 4 – Scan for Photos

To scan your backup file for photos, screenshots and other images, please select ‘Photos’ from the data type menu and start the scan.

Step 5 – View Photos

After the scan you can view the retrieved thumbnail images in the ‘Photos’ tab. If you would like to export and save these images, please unlock the full version of Enigma Recovery if you have not done so already.

Step 6 – Save Images

To save the images you have ticked or all images go to ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > select a location to save through ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

You will be able to retrieve deleted photos form your iTunes backup if you created the backup after the images were taken/saved to the phone, but before they were deleted. It’s always worth a try to retrieve photos from an iPhone backup, especially while Enigma Recovery offers a free trial!

Export Photos from Recently Deleted Folder

To save photos from your Recently Deleted folder to your laptop or computer, follow these steps.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Enigma Recovery can help you recover deleted data from your iPhone and save it to your computer. Download Enigma Recovery right now to begin the process.

Step 2 – Connect iPhone to laptop or computer

Open the software and connect your iPhone to the computer. At this point you may be asked to trust the computer with your iPhone. To continue, tap ‘Trust’ on your iPhone.

Step 3 – Select data type

To scan your phone for deleted images from the Recently Deleted folder, select to scan ‘Photos’. Now start the scan.

Step 4 – View deleted Photos

The photos from your recently deleted folder will appear in the ‘Photos’ folder as deleted.

Step 5 – Save photos to desktop

To save the deleted photos to your desktop computer or laptop tick the selected photos and go to ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > select location by clicking ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

iPhone Photo Recovery

Once an iPhone photo is deleted, it goes into the Recently Deleted folder. The invention of this absolute lifesaver of an album, came with the introduction of iOS 8. For 30 days your deleted photos and videos will remain in the folder where they can be recovered at any time. Once they have been deleted from the Recently Deleted folder, getting them back can be a little tricky.

While deleted photos cannot be extracted straight from the phone’s internal database, they can sometimes be found in an iPhone backup. Enigma Recovery is an iPhone Data Recovery tool capable of rooting through your iPhone backups and extracting only the important bits. If your photos are regularly backed up to iCloud or iTunes, use the Enigma Recovery free trial to scan your backup and find lost photos.

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Sarah McGregor joined the Enigma Recovery Team in June 2014. As Digital and Content Marketing Executive she writes help blogs and ‘How to’ articles for the website. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys connecting with our customers through social media and email.