How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

Two easy ways you can recover deleted photos from an iPhone

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How to Recover Deleted Photos

If you’re an iPhone user, you have likely captured some of your most precious memories on your iPhone. Sometimes, however, it seems like it is easier to delete iPhone photos than it is to take them! It can, therefore, be devastating when you lose photos on your device, especially if they captured an invaluable moment. Whether you’ve accidentally deleted photos, or a failed device OS upgrade or sync with iTunes has caused your photos to disappear, there are a couple of methods that you can use to retrieve your deleted photos.

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Method 1: How to Find Deleted Photos on iPhone

When a photo is first deleted from your iPhone, it automatically goes into the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder on your device. If you do not manually remove the photo, it will be removed after 30 days, so this is usually the best and quickest way to find and retrieve your accidentally deleted data

To recover photos from the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder, without an iPhone backup:

Step 1

Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

Open photos app on your iPhone

Step 2

Tap ‘Albums’ and then ‘Recently Deleted’. You should see all the photos that you deleted within the last 30 days (unless you have manually deleted them). Preview the pictures and videos included in the album to check if the photos you need are there.

Open albums and recently deleted folder to view deleted photos

Step 3

To choose the photo(s) that you need to recover, tap ‘Select’ > Select the photos that you need to recover by tapping on them.

Choose the photos that you need to recover

Step 4

With the photo(s) selected, tap ‘Recover’ or ‘Recover All’, depending on how many pictures you are recovering.

Tap recover or recover all on your photos

Step 5

Check the main photo album on your device – your previously deleted photos should now be restored.

Check main photo album, deleted photos should be restored

If this method did not work for you and the photos have been manually removed or deleted more than 30 days ago, it can be more difficult to recover your deleted photos, but it is still possible. Keep reading to find out how to retrieve photos on your iPhone that are no longer in the Recently Deleted folder, using an iTunes backup file

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Method 2: How to Extract Deleted iPhone photos from iTunes

If you have tried the other 2 methods and have not had any luck, then hopefully our final method of recovery – using an iTunes backup file (or a Finder backup on Mac 10.15 or later) – will work for you. You can carry out a full restore of your device, which will wipe the existing data on it, and restore your device using an iTunes (Finder) backup file, which includes the photos that you need to recover. However, if you do not want to lose all of the data that you have added to the phone since your last backup, including any newer photos, then you can use Enigma Recovery to find your deleted photos in the backup file.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery Free Trial

Download Enigma Recovery to your computer – a free trial is available and compatible with Mac and Windows.

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Step 2 – Recover from my iTunes

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

Recover from itunes backup

Step 3 – Select a backup file to scan

On the software dashboard, you will see a list of all the backup files stored on your laptop or computer. Select the backup file you need to recover from – if the file is encrypted, the software will prompt you to enter the password before continuing the scan.

Select and recover from itunes backup

Step 4 – Scan for Photos

To scan your backup file for photos, screenshots, message attachments and other images, please select ‘Photos’ from the list of data types and click ‘Start scan’

Scan for photos

Step 5 – View Photos

After the scan, if you are still using the free trial of the software, you can review 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 already done so.

view photos

Step 6 – Save Images

To save the extracted images, click ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select a location to save > ‘Export’.

save and export photos


Is there a way to recover permanently deleted photos?

If you have permanently deleted photos from your iPhone, you can still recover them from a backup file using Enigma Recovery.

What format can I export my photos in with Enigma Recovery?

When you export your recovered photos, they can be saved in the native media format to your Mac or Windows computer.

Can I use Enigma Recovery to backup my non-deleted iPhone photos?

Yes, you can use Enigma Recovery software as a backup tool, to transfer your photos from your device to your computer. Simply connect your device, use the software to scan it and then export the retrieved photos to your Mac and Windows computer.

If you need any help at all using the Enigma Recovery software, please contact our Support Team via the live chat or visit our FAQs.


Matthew has 9 years experience marketing software products across Europe to customers and businesses. As Chief Marketing Officer he concentrates on how we can meet users' needs; identifying new features and products and communicating how we can help you protect your data.

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