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 I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPad? Can anyone help me get back my photos on iPad?


Deleting an unwanted photo can be an effective way to clean storage. Yet there are times you accidentally delete some of the important photos.

Even though you have done that, it's unnecessary to panic. There are many solutions available on different websites and on the Apple forum. But 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 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. You may be wondering deleted photos on iPad where do they go? In fact, all the iPad 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 to recover permanently 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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By the way, not all deleted photos could be recovered via this method. It will only be viable if the photo was deleted within the past 30 days and if it was not also deleted from the Recently Deleted folder. As the alternative solution, you might try iMyFone D-Back to retrieve deleted photos on iPad.

Part 2 Recover Deleted Photos from iPad Directly

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:

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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.
  • Preview your photo for free before you recover them so you have complete control all the files you recover.
  • iMyFone D-Back aids you in recovering photos lost in different ways like system crash, water damage, virus attack, accidental deletion, etc.
  • It supports almost all iPad devices including iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini models and all iOS versions including iOS 14/13/12.

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Here is a video tutorial on how to recover deleted photos from iPad 2/mini/Pro with iMyFone D-Back. You can take advantage of the Free Trial of iMyFone D-Back and see if you can find your missing photos on iPad.

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.

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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 deleted photos from iPad free 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.

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

restore ipad from itunes backup


The currently existing data on your iPad will be replaced by the content in the iTunes backup files. It is risky if there is some important data there.

Part 4 Recover iPad Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

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

recover from iCloud

Step 2: Sign in to your iCloud account to allow the program to access the iCloud backup files on your account.

sign in to icloud account

Step 3: Choose the data type that you want to recover, (in this case "Photo") and then click "Next" to continue.

 choose photo data type

Step 4: The software will start to scan your iPad.

Select the iCloud backup file

Step 5:聽Wait for the scanning process to be completed 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聽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.

 scan your local icloud backup


To restore from iCloud backup, you need to reset your phone that will erase all your phone current settings and data.

Part 5 Check Your Hidden Album

You may be wondering why my photos are missing, and you're pretty sure you didn't delete them. The reason might be, unwittingly, you've hidden photos on your iPad. To access this picture, here's how to unhide the photos on iPad:

1. Go to Photo app and click on Other Albums.

2. Scroll down and tap Hidden on the menu.

3. Select the photo you want to unhide, then tap Share button at the bottom left corner of the screen.

4. Finally, click on Unhide icon. Now, these photos will be visible in your cameral roll again.

 Unhide the photo in iPad


Sometimes it's hard to find out the most ideal way to recover deleted pictures from ipad. After going through this article, you know the different ways about how to recover deleted photos no matter with or without backup. Keep in mind that backup your data daily or monthly. If photo/data loss occurs, 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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