Is There a Way to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone?

Is There a Way to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone?
Is There a Way to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone?
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Over the last few years declining sales figures on camera and imaging products have been reported within the industry. Many have blamed the rise of the smartphone for the dimmed light of the digital compact camera. Although the iPhone can be used for numerous purposes, taking high-quality photos is one of its most used and highly advertised features. But what happens when we delete our precious photos by mistake? First of all, don’t panic. There are a few ways that could help you recover deleted photos from your iPhone.

A Few Easy Steps

Recovering permanently deleted photos from an iPhone can be a little tricky, but not impossible. Here’s where iTunes and iCloud come in handy. Having an up to date iTunes backup will help you retrieve all of your photos, even in cases when your phone gets damaged, lost or stolen. In this article, you will find out just how easy it is to recover your deleted iPhone photos, in a few easy steps.

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Recover from Recently Deleted folder

The first thing that you need to do to recover deleted photos is to check if they are still stored on your iPhone. Apple added a feature specifically designed for this situation in the photo app called “Recently Deleted”. All deleted photos are stored here for 30 days. If you don’t restore them to your Camera Roll over this period, the photos will be automatically and permanently deleted from this folder.

This method only works if you deleted the photos from your iPhone’s camera roll only. If you delete them from the “Recently Deleted” folder, there will be no other way to recover permanently deleted photos from your device, except from a backup.

You can find the location of this folder by going to your “Albums”, and then tap on the “Recently Deleted” album. Open it and search for the photos that you wish to recover. Select the images and hit “Recover”.

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Recover using iTunes Backup Files

If recovering your photos from the Recently Deleted album failed, the other solution is to retrieve them from a backup file by using data recovery software. Enigma Recovery is a tool that completely fits your need of recovering permanently deleted photos from iPhones, iPads or iPods Touch. All you have to do is download it and follow the next steps. iTunes creates a backup file every time you sync your device, so make sure that you’re using a backup that was created before you deleted the photos.

Step 1 – Install Enigma Recovery

Install and open Enigma Recovery, simply hit download on the button above. Or if you are on a mobile or tablet device, sign up to receive a download link you can later use on your laptop or computer.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Recover from iTunes backup

On the left side of the menu, pick the “Recover from my iTunes backup” option.

Recover from iTunes backup

Step 3 – Backup files

All of your available backup files will be shown, so pick the one that you wish to recover your deleted photos from. Check the “Date” column first, to make sure that you choose the right one.

Select datatypes to recover

Step 4 – Scanning

On the next step, you can choose what type of data to recover from the backup file. If you’re only looking for a way to recover permanently deleted photos from your iPhone, pick “Photos”. If you wish to retrieve all of the data, mark the “Select all” box. Now start the scan.

Scan backup file

Step 5 – View photos

The scanning process may take a while, depending on how much data there is to scan. After the scan is complete you will be able to view retrieved data. You will need to unlock the full version of Enigma Recovery to see all the photos that have been recovered. You can now transfer them to your computer or laptop.

View photos

Step 6 – Export

Select what photos you want to transfer to your PC, then hit “Export” > “Export to desktop” > Select folder “Browse” > “Export”. The selected items will then be transferred to your computer.

Export deleted data iphone

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone using iCloud Backup Files

If recovering your photos from the Recently Deleted album failed, the other solution is to retrieve them from a backup file by using data recovery software. Enigma Recovery is a tool that completely fits your need of recovering permanently deleted photos from iPhones, iPads or iPods Touch. All you have to do is download it and follow the next steps. iTunes creates a backup file every time you sync your device, so make sure that you’re using a backup that was created before you deleted the photos.

Step 1 – Install Enigma Recovery

Install Enigma Recovery after downloading from this website.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Recover deleted photos from iCloud

On the left menu, select “Recover from iCloud”, and sign into your account.

Recover deleted photos from iCloud

Step 3 – Backup files

Pick the backup file that you want to retrieve photos from, and hit the “Next” button.

Select iCloud backup file to recover

Step 4 – Scan

Pick what type of data you want to recover. For recovering permanently deleted and existing photos, select “Photos”, and then hit “Scan”.

Export deleted data iphone

Step 5 – Scan report

The scan report will show you how many existing and deleted items have been found. On the left menu, select “Photos” to see all of the deleted photos that have been recovered.

Scan report of data

Step 6 – Export

Pick what photos you want to transfer to your computer and then click on “Export”.

Export recovered data

You can also restore these photos back to your iPhone, by using our free “Restore app” that’s available on the App Store.

About

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.

Comments

  • Trinity at 9:49 pm

    I got a new iPhone and I still have my old one I deleted most of my photos on my new phone since they transferred over for some reason and it somehow deleted most of my photos on my old phone which I didn’t want, and they are not in recently deleted or in iCloud Photos since I didn’t have enough storage to back up my phone. I tried downloading the enigma recovery on my old phone since I don’t have a computer but I don’t know if it’s going to work. Is there any hope for my deleted photos to be recovered?

    • Hello Trinity,

      Thanks for your message. I’m sorry to hear about the photos that you have lost. Unfortunately, our Enigma Recovery software is only available to download on a Mac or Windows computer, and cannot be downloaded onto an iPhone.
      For additional help with lost or missing photos, you can visit Apple’s website directly where they have more tips for recovery.

      Thanks,
      Shaazia

  • Char at 10:59 pm

    Shaazia,

    My son deleted a couple of photos from his iPhone 7 on Dec 30, 2018. He also deleted them from the Recently Deleted Folder. And, He claims he did not backup to iCloud nor iTunes. Is it possible that the pictures can be recovered from the phone using your software?

    • Hello Char,

      Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, based on the scenario you describe, our software wouldn’t be able to recover the deleted photos if an iTunes or iCloud backup is not available. However, it may be worth checking if the photos are available using iCloud Photos.

      Hope this helps!

      Thanks,
      Shaazia

  • Bonnie at 6:56 pm

    How can I permanently delete photos I don’t want saved anywhere, even on iTunes backup or iCloud backup?

    • shaazia at 2:06 pm

      Hello Bonnie,

      Thanks for your message. You can find more advice on deleting photos permanently here and here, directly from Apple’s website.

      Please let us know if you need any further assistance!

      Thanks,
      Shaazia

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