How to Recover a Deleted Photo on Your iPhone or iPad

Camera and Photos Applications

Losing a good photo can be quite traumatic, and accidentally deleting photos is easier to do than you might think. If you accidentally deleted a photo on your iPhone, there are several ways to recover it. We are going to take a look.

Here we will go over some of the ways you may be able to recover a deleted photo, and although not all of them are specific to your situation, we hope that at least the one of them will get your photo in its place – in your photo gallery.

Recover a photo from a recent deletion

The first and easiest to watch is on your iPhone. Open the Photos app, then tap "Albums" at the bottom of the screen.

Click on Albums

Then scroll to the very bottom of the screen and tap "Recently Deleted". Here you will see all the photos and videos that you deleted less than 40 days ago. Anything older than this will have been deleted, but this is absolutely the first place to check.

Click on Recently Deleted

If your photo is there, tap it, then tap "Recover".

Tap the image, then tap Recover

Recover photos from backup

If you plug your iPhone into a computer to back it up via iTunes, some tools can tap into these backups and allow you to extract individual files from them.

Such a tool is IBackup extractor, and it is available for PC and Mac. There are similar apps, all of which do the same thing: open iOS backups created by iTunes and allow people to interact with them. If you know that the photo you need to recover is included in an old iTunes backup, this might be a great option to take – e. Especially if the photo was deleted more than a month ago.

Restore your iPhone from iTunes backup

If you prefer not to use a third party app to recover your photo, you can also completely restore your iPhone using an old backup. It should be noted that if you follow this path, you will lose all data created or modified since the creation of this backup. We strongly suggest that you create a new backup before restoring anything, just to be sure.

Assuming you want to take this route, connect your iPhone to a computer and open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. Then click on the device icon associated with your iPhone.

Click on your device icon

To start the restore process, click the "Restore backup" button. You will now be asked to select the backup you want to restore. Select it, then click on "Restore backup".

Click Restore Backup

Your iPhone will now apply the previous backup and then restart. Once complete, iTunes will reconnect and you can then verify that your missing photo is present and correct.

Restore your iPhone from iCloud backup

If you don't back up your iPhone via iTunes but use iCloud instead, you can also restore from one of these previous backups. All of the same caveats apply here, so we suggest that you make a full iTunes backup again before attempting to restore anything, just in case.

With a new backup taken, open the Settings app and then tap "General".

Open Settings, tap General

Then tap "Reset" near the bottom of the screen.

Finally, press "Clear all content and settings". You will be asked to authenticate before anything happens, but once you are done, the reset process will take place. Then your iPhone will restart and you will be able to configure it as if it were a new iPhone. When doing so, select the option "Restore from iCloud backup" and make sure to select one at a time before when you think the photo has been deleted.

Tap Delete all content and settings

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