How to recover deleted photos from iPhone? Read this post to learn a way to recover deleted iPhone photos from Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library and My Albums.
- Delete some photos by mistake
- Lose some photos for unknown reason
If you are struck in any situation above and want to recover deleted photos from iPhone, read our post with deep attention and you will find a perfect solution to solve it.
Generally speaking, there are two ways to recover deleted photos from iPhone, one is restoring with iTunes backup and the other one is retrieve them with iCloud backup. Absolutely, this is limited to that you have created backup in advance, or you have to say goodbye to those photos.
Except the normal ways mentioned above, we will also offer you some special ways to help you recover deleted photos from iPhone even if you haven't any backup. So read on this post and find a quick and easy way to make it in minutes.
As know to all, there are 4 kinds of photo albums in the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, including Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream and My Albums, and they are formed in different ways. So if you want to recover photos from any album of them, you need to use the corresponding methods.
1. How to Restore Camera Roll Photos from iPhone
Before starting our tutorial, we need to know that Camera Roll Photos consist of screenshots, photos taken by iPhone built-in camera and images saved from Apps or Safari. Next let's begin to discuss how to retrieve deleted Camera Roll photos from iPhone.
Method 1: Restore Deleted Camera Roll Photos from iPhone with Photo Stream
Step 1: Check the photos under the folder of Photo Stream on your iPhone and check if those deleted photos are stored there.
Step 2: Save those photos from Photo Stream to Camera Roll if they are stored there.
Note: Saving photos from Photo Stream to Camera Roll, this only limited to that you have enabled Photo Stream on and those photos have automatically uploaded to iCloud.
If the deleted photos are not shown in your Photo Stream because of some fault, try the next method.
Method 2: Recover Deleted Photos with iTunes Backup
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer with USB cable and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.
Step 2: Click the name of your iPhone at the upper right corner of iTunes > Choose Restore Backup in Backups column > Select the right backup you want to restore.
- You can restore those deleted camera roll photos only if you have backed up your iPhone with iTunes in advance.
- You will restore your device to the time point you created this backup and you can't selectively restore those deleted photos.
- If you don't know the exact time of creating this iTunes backup, you have to keep trying until you find the right backup, because iTunes doesn't support users to preview the files before restoring.
If you just want to recover deleted iPhone photos instead of all the contents in the backup or you haven't made any backup, you can try the next method.
Method 3: Retrieve Deleted Photos with PhoneRescue
Before starting our tutorial about how to retrieve deleted photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue, let's make a brief introduction about PhoneRescue firstly.
PhoneRescue is an iPhone data recovery software developed by iMobie, it aims to help users to selectively recover deleted photos from iPhone instead of all the data. It allows you to preview those files before restoring so that you can select the very files you want to restore.
How to Selectively Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue?
Step 1: Free download PhoneRescue and install it on your computer.
Step 2: Launch PhoneRescue on your computer and connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable by following the screen prompt.
Step 3: Directly scan your iPhone to recover deleted photos on it > Selectively recover deleted photos from iTunes backup.
Note: Because the PhoneRescue is still being developed but coming soon, we just offer you the steps here, but we will offer you screenshots and detailed information as soon as possible.
2. How to Recover Photo Stream Photos from iPhone
You know that one of iCloud's core functions is backing up Camera Roll Photos and important data. All you what you need to do is turning on Photo Stream, and then Camera Roll Photos will be automatically uploaded to iCloud when you connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and a power source.
Normally, we needn't to consider recovering Photo Stream Photos, because we can't delete them on device directly, but you will need to take it into consideration if you meet any situation below:
- Delete all the Photo Stream Photos by resetting Photo Stream
- Delete some photos in Camera Roll cause that they are also deleted in Photo Stream (For devices running with iOS 7)
At this moment, you can't restore them with iCloud or iTunes backup because they are not the part of backup. So if you want to recover deleted Photo Stream Photos from iPhone, you have to use some third-party software. PhoneRescue is the very software like this. About detailed steps, you can refer to the part of how to recover deleted Camera Roll Photos with PhoneRescue.
3. How to Retrieve Deleted Photo Library Photos from iPhone
What does Photo Library Photos mean on your iPhone? It means that those photos are synced from computer with iTunes or some third-party photo transferring software, for example, you sync some beautiful travelling photos taken by digital camera from computer to iPhone, those photos will shown in Photo Library.
So if you want to retrieve the deleted Photo Library Photos and you remember the sync path, check the folder on your computer firstly and see if they are still stored there, if they are, sync them to iPhone again with iTunes or transfer them with PhotoTrans; if they are not, try the following methods.
For Mac Users:
1) Check iPhoto > Trash
2) Look in HD > Trash
3) Restore from Time Machine or other backups
For Windows Users:
1) Look in Picture Library
2) Check Trash
If you still can't retrieve the Photo Stream Photos after trying all the methods mentioned above, we offer you the last feasible way – PhoneRescue to figure it out. About how to make it, you can refer to the tutorial about how to recover deleted camera roll photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue.
4. How to Recover Deleted My Albums Photos
Contrary to the photo albums mentioned above, My Albums are built by ourselves on iOS Devices or on computer, and those photos are from Camera Roll, Photo Stream or Photo Library. Therefore, if you can successfully restore Camera Roll Photos, Photo Stream Photos and Photo Library Photos, you can easily retrieve My Albums Photos.
With the help of PhoneRescue, not only can you recover deleted photos on iPhone, but also you canretrieve deleted text messages, contacts, call history, calendar events, notes, reminders and other data. Furthermore, PhoneRescue also support recovering many kinds of files on iPad and iPod touch. Anyway, it is powerful data recovery software you shouldn't miss.