Can Apple Recover Deleted Photos?

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Can Apple Recover Deleted Photos?

Losing data on your device can happen for any number of reasons. The most common of these reasons is accidental deletion although you could also lose your photos if your device is stolen or broke.

You can contact the Apple team for assistance if you have lost photos on your device and they might be able to help. They will ask you whether you have backed up your device to iTunes or iCloud before, if the answer is yes, they will let you restore your device from the backup you made. If you don’t have a backup for the photos, they are unable to help either.

In the following text we will show you 5 solutions including Apple's methods to recover deleted photos with or even without backup and also analyze their advantages and shortcomings which Apple may not explain to you.

Option #1 Check the Recently Deleted Folder

If you accidentally deleted the photo from your device, you will be happy to know that you have 30 days to get them back. That’s because these photos are often stores in the Recently Deleted album on your device and all you have to do is go to that folder and restore them to the device. The following is how to do it;

  • Step 1: Open the Photos app on your device and then go to the “Albums” tab.
  • Step 2: Here, open the “Recently Deleted” album and then tap “Select.”
  • Step 3: Now, tap on each of the images you want to restore to the device and then tap “Recover.”
  • Step 4: Confirm that you want to recover the photos and they will be saved back on to your device.

Check the Recently Deleted Folder

Option #2 Check If You Have Backed Up Your Device in iTunes

Like we said earlier, it is far easier to get your photos back on the device if you have a backup. Then, you can simply restore the backup to the device and the photos will be restored. If you have a backup in iTunes, follow these simple steps to restore it;

  • Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone to the device using USB cables.
  • Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes and then click on “Restore Backup.”
  • Step 3: Select the most relevant backup and then click “Restore.” Keep the device connected to the computer until the restore process is completed and until the device syncs with iTunes.

restore the backup to the device

Note: If you choose to restore your device from an iTunes backup, you need to know that you couldn't view the data in iTunes backup before restore, which means that you may not realize that you have choosen a wrong backup until you finish the restore. What's more, all your data including some of the new data on the device which aren't backed up yet will be erased during the restore process.

Alternatively, you can use iMyFone D-Back to selectively extract only the photo you need from your iTunes backup. To use D-Back, download and install the program to your computer and then follow these very simple steps;

Windows version    Mac version

  • Step 1: Launch the program on your computer and from the main window, select “Recover from iTunes Backup” and then click “Start.”
  • Step 2: Select “Photo” in the next widow and then click “Next” to continue.
  • Step 3: You should see a list of iTunes backup files on that computer listed in the next window. Select the backup file with the photos you need to recover and then click “Scan.”
  • Step 4: Once the scan is complete, the program will display all photos in that backup file. From this results page, select the photos you would like to recover and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

extract only the photo you need from your iTunes backup

Option #3 Check If You Have Backed Up Your Device to iCloud

At the same time, if you had made a backup of the data on iPhone in iCloud, then you can simply restore the iCloud backup to get the photos back on the device. To restore the backup to the device, follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: If you have already set up the device, you will need to first of all erase all its contents. To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This should take you to the setup screen.
  • Step 2: Follow the setup assistant prompts until you get to the Apps & Data Screen and then select “Restore from iCloud Backup.”
  • Step 3: Sign in to iCloud and select the most relevant backup. Then stay connected to the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete. The photos should be back on the device after you restore the backup.

restore the iCloud backup

If you would rather not erase any of the data on your device just to get the photo back, you can also choose to use iMyFone D-Back, the data recovery tool that will allow you to selectively extract photos from your iCloud backup. To use D-Back, download and install the program to your computer, open it and then follow these simple steps;

Windows version    Mac version

  • Step 1: from the main window, select “Recover from iCloud Backup” and click “Start.” In the next window, select the type of file you want to recover as “Photo” and then click “Next.”
  • Step 2: To gain access to your iCloud backup files, you will need to sign in to iCloud. Sign in and then select the iCloud backup file you need. Click “Next” to continue.
  • Step 3: The program will scan and analyze the backup file and then display its contents on the next page. From this results page, select the missing photos from the displayed results and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

extract all photos in the iCloud backup

Option #4 Recover Photos from iPhone Without a Backup

If you don’t have a backup either on iTunes or iCloud, you could also rely on iMyFone D-Back to recover the photos. It is however very important that you stop using the device a soon as you realize that the photos have been deleted. This to prevent new data from overwriting the missing photos which could make then unrecoverable.

That's said, follow these very simple steps to recover photo from an iPhone using iMyFone D-Back;

  • Step 1: Launch the program and then select “Recover from iOS Device” from the main window. Click “Start” and in the resultant window, ensure “photo” is selected as the type of data you want to recover. Click “Next” to continue.
  • Step 2: The program will ask you to connect the iPhone to the computer using the USB cable. Do this and wait for the program to recognize the device before clicking “Scan.”
  • Step 3: Wait for the scanning process to be completed. Once complete, you should see a list of all the photos on your device (both available and deleted). Select the missing photos from the results page and click “Recover” to choose a location on your computer and save the recovered photos.

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