4 Ways to Recover Deleted Photos from iPad

Recently, my little daughter deleted important photos on my iPad running iOS 10.3.2. 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 the ideal. In this article, we will list four of the most effective solutions for you to recover deleted photos on iPad.

Part 1 Check Your "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. Open Photos App and tap on Album at the bottom. 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 "Recover" button. Then these photos will be back on your iPad.

 Check Your “Recently Deleted” to Find Pictures

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 on Windows or iMyFone D-Back iPad data recovery on Mac. 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.You are also able to use the program to recover the data lost after updating to the latest iOS 10.3.2.

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Professional iPad Data Recovery Software

    1. Four recovery modes can recover your deleted iPad photos with utmost probability: Smart Recovery, from iOS device, from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup.
    2. Recognized by Cult of Mac, iMyFone D-Back has been proved a good data recovery tool by millions users in 150+ countries.
    3. Extracting data from iTunes backup and iCloud backup without overwriting existing data is a truly awesome feature.
    4. Preview the recoverable data such as such as contacts, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Kik messages, call history, notes, calendar etc.
    5. It supports all iOS devices and all iOS versions including iOS 10.3.

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Steps to Recover iPad Photos Without Backup by iMyFone D-Back

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

Download iMyFone Data Recovery for iPad Windows version/the iMyFone iPad Data recovery Mac version now to recover your deleted photos from iPad/iPhone/iPad touch.

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Part 3 Recover iPad Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

If you make backup of your iPhone data regularly, your deleted photos should be in the backup file and you can restore deleted photos on iPad through iTunes. There are 2 available options for you: fully restoring your iPad from the most relevant backup or extracting the deleted photos from iTunes backup using iMyFone D-Back.

1 Fully restore iPad from a relevant iTunes backup file

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and run iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Click iPad icon in iTunes.

Step 3: Click Restore Backup... and choose the last iTunes backup to restore.

restore ipad from itunes backup

2 Extract Photos from an iTunes Backup Selectively via iMyFone D-Back

iMyFone D-Back can also help you extract photos from iTunes backup. Follow the instructions below.

Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" to start the process and select file types.

Choose Recover from iTunes backup

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

Choose the most relevant backup

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

 scan your local iTunes backup

Part 4 Recover iPad Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

1 Fully Restore iPad from a Relevant iCloud Backup File

Before start, ensure that you have a relevant iCloud backup to restore from.

Step 1: 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 login your iCloud account.

Step 3: Choose a 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 iTunes backup

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

2 Extract Photos from an iCloud Backup Selectively via iMyFone D-Back

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" from the main window 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

Now you can different ways about how to recover deleted photos from Rencently Deleted album, from iPad directly or from iTunes and iCloud backup. And don't forget that iMyFone D-Back(Windows/Mac) 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. :)