4 Ways to Recover Deleted Photos from iPad

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Recently, my daughter deleted important photos on my iPad accidentally. I only knew about it a few days later when I was looking through my gallery. All those photos were important to me and I want to get them back as soon as possible. Looking for a solution online, I have discovered that this is a common problem for many Apple users. Can anyone help me get back my photos on iPad?


There are very many solutions available on different websites and on the Apple forum. It can be difficult to know which one would be ideal. In this article, we will list four of the most effective solutions for you to recover deleted photos on iPad. But before we start to discuss how to recover your deleted photos on iPad, it is necessary to tell why you can still recover your photos even though you have deleted them.

Why I can Recover Deleted Photos after Deleting Them?

Assuming that you deleted photos from iPad, and don't have any backup for your iPad, then the photos are just gone for good? Not really. All the iPhone data is saved in a database named SQLite. When you delete data, it doesn't mean that the data is removed from your device immediately. The system just changes the data from "Allocated" to "Unallocated". From then on, you cannot view them on your device anymore.

So, if you can find the data in the category "Unallocated" (generally you need help with some tools), then you can see your data again. But what makes this difficult is that the deleted data, especially deleted media files, are easy to be overwritten by the user's any operations. If you shoot new photos on iPad, or you turn off your iPad, then the deleted photos may be overwritten.

The following are 4 ways on how you can recover deleted photos from iPad. Read on to confirm whether they can help. We also offer a free way to back up your iPad, or other iOS devices, so that you can back up your iPad to avoid any data loss in the future.

Part 1 Check the "Recently Deleted" Folder on iPad

If you accidentally deleted some photos on iPad and want to get them back, you can check the "Recently Deleted" folder on iPad firstly:

Step 1: Open Photos app and tap on Album at the bottom.

Step 2: Find "Recently Deleted" folder and check if the accidentally deleted photos are there.

If you can find them there, just select the items you need and then tap the "Recover" button. Then these photos will be back on your iPad.

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Part 2 Recover Deleted Photos from iPad without Backup

If you didn't have a backup for your deleted photos you can get them back using iMyFone D-Back iPad data recovery. It is a professional data recovery program that can help you recover data from the iPad directly, or from an iTunes backup and from an iCloud backup. We have listed its main features:

iMyFone D-Back iPad data recovery

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Key Features:

  • 4 recovery modes can recover your deleted iPad photos with utmost probability: Smart Recovery, from iOS device, from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup.
  • Recognized by Cult of Mac, iMyFone D-Back has been proved a good data recovery tool by millions of users in 150+ countries.
  • Supports to recover 20+ types of data such as contacts, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Kik messages, call history, notes, calendar, etc.
  • You can preview the deleted data before recovery.
  • It supports almost all iOS devices including iPhone 11/XS/XR/XS Max and all iOS versions including iOS 13/12.

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Step 1: Install the program to your computer and then select "Recover from iOS Device" and click "Start".

recover from ios device tab

Step 2: Choose the type of file you want to recover. In this case, choose "Photo" and then click "Next". Connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables and click "Scan" once the program detects the device, click "Scan".

select file type from ios tab

Step 3: Once the scanning process is completed, all the photos on the device will be displayed in the next window. Select the ones you want to recover and click "Recover" to save them.

preview and recover ipad photos

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If you have made a backup for your iPad, your deleted photos should be in the backup file and you can recover your deleted photos on iPad by restoring the backup. There are 2 available options for you: fully restore your iPad from the most relevant backup on iTunes or iCloud, which will LOSE all the data created between the moment your iPad was backed up and the moment you will restore your iPad. Or, you can recover the deleted photos from iTunes/iCloud backup using iMyFone D-Back, which won't affect any data on your iPad or computer. Follow the instructions below.

Part 3 Recover iPad Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" from iMyFone D-Back and select file types.

Choose Recover from iTunes backup

Step 2: From the list choose the most relevant iTunes backup for your iPad and click "Scan" to move on.

Choose the most relevant backup

Step 3: D-Back will start to scan your local iTunes backup file and display all the existing and deleted photos in your iTunes backup. Choose the deleted iPad photos and click "Recover" to export these photos to computer.

 scan your local iTunes backup

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You can restore your iPad from a relevant iTunes backup file. Like what we have said above, it will erase all the current data and settings on your iPad. The steps are as following:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and run iTunes on your computer. Click iPad icon in iTunes.

Step 2: Click Restore Backup... and choose the last iTunes backup to restore.

restore ipad from itunes backup

Part 4 Recover iPad Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" from the main screen of iMyFone D-Back and then click "Start" to begin.

Extract  photos from iCloud Backup selectively

Step 2: Choose the type(s) of files you want to recover (in this case "Photo") and then click "Next" to continue.

Choose the type of file you want to recover

Step 3: Sign in to your iCloud account to allow the program to access the iCloud backup files on your account.

 Sign in to your iCloud account

Step 4: Select the iCloud backup file that contains the missing photos and then click "Next" to download it.

Select the iCloud backup file

Step 5: Wait for the scanning process to be completed (the time depends on how large is your iCloud backup) and then preview the results to select the deleted photos. Click "Recover" and then iMyFone D-Back will save the recovered photos to your computer.

preview the results to select the deleted photos

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Just like restoring your iTunes backup, you can also restore your iPad from a relevant iCloud backup file if you have backed up your iPad. We have to emphasize that all the data currently on iPad will be replaced. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Ensure that you have a relevant iCloud backup to restore from. Go to Settings > General > Reset on your iPad, then choose "Erase All Content and Settings."

Step 2: From the Apps & Data interface, choose Restore from iCloud Backup, then log in your iCloud account.

Step 3: Choose the most relevant iCloud backup from a list of available backups in iCloud.

Step 4: Follow the prompts to set up your iPad as a new device.

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Tip How to Back Up Your iPad with More Options?

For now, you know that it is not so easy to recover deleted photos on iPad, or any other iOS device. It is definitely necessary to back up your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch regularly. With backups, you can easily recover data by restoring a backup or extract the data you need from backup.

You can refer to Apple's link to back up your iOS device, but you should know that the new backup iTunes makes will overwrite the previous ones, which could be annoying. You can also use iMyFone iTransor to selectively back up your iOS device. It is free of charge, just like iTunes, and it won't delete old backups.

Note: Your existing data will be erased and backup data will be restored.

Now you can different ways about how to recover deleted photos from the Recently Deleted album, from iPad directly or from iTunes and iCloud backup. And don't forget that iMyFone D-Back offers Free Trial Version for all the Windows and Mac users. Download it and figure out whether it is helpful for you!

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  • Billy Kemp

    useful tips. tried all the four methods and finally recovered my deleted iPad photos.

    • Hi Billy, we are glad that this article is helpful for you. :)