How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

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Solution 1: Have no backup - Recover iPhone photos (free)

What about we don’t have an iTunes backup file? How can we recover deleted photos from the iPhone? You still have ways to retrieve the deleted photos from your iPhone. Let’s check the free way first.

Free way: Directly recover photos from your iPhone with PhotoRec

Pros: Totally free.

Cons: Only for jailbroken iPhones; no preview; no selective recovery; certain computer skills required for the pretty complicated procedure; not good for computer novices.

PhotoRec is an open-source data recovery software and works for jailbroken iPhones. It allows you to lost files, photos and videos on your iPhone. The whole process is completed. Here is a detailed guide. Please follow and do it carefully.

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Paid way: Directly recover photos from your iPhone with Dr.Fone for iOS

Pros: Easy to use; no computer skills asked; selective recovery; preview before recovery.
Cons: Not free; only for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows & Mac) is the world’s first pure software for iPhone data recovery. You can use it to recover all lost photos on iPhones as long as they are not overwritten by new data. Hence, you should not use your iPhone after your photos are lost and perform the recovery as soon as you can.

Tips: Please use the trial version to have a check before you purchase the program. When your lost photos are not overwritten and can be recovered, you can make a decision to activate it.

Run Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS on your computer and connect your iPhone. Then use the program to scan your iPhone. After that, you can preview all recoverable data. Check the items you want and save them to your computer with one click.

Solution 2: Have a backup - Recover deleted iPhone photos (free)

Free way: Entirely restore your iPhone from iTunes backup

Pros: Totally free.
Cons: Restore all, no selective restoring; erase all existing data on your iPhone; no preview.

When you choose this way, you must have an iTunes backup. If you have one indeed, please make sure that you haven’t synced your iPhone with iTunes after you losing the photo on your iPhone, or the backup will be updated and you won’t find it there anymore. Next, let’s check how to recover iPhone photos from iTunes backup in steps.

Step 1. Run iTunes and disable auto synchronization

For Windows users: Run iTunes, go to < Edit < Preferences… < Devices.
For Mac users: Run iTunes, go to < iTunes < Preferences… < Devices

Then check the box before Prevent iPod, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone and restore it from iTunes backup

1. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
2. Click Restore Backup… on the summary window of iTunes, or right click the name of your iPhone displayed on the left side of iTunes, and choose Restore from backup….
3. Choose your iPhone’s backup and click on the Restore button.

Note: You need to check the date of the backup file carefully, in order to make sure that your deleted photos are indeed in the backup. Or you’ll lose the chance of directly recovering deleted photos from the iPhone.

Paid way: Selectively recover deleted photos from iTunes backup

Pro: Able to preview; selective recovery; no data losing.
Con: Not free.

If you have important data on your iPhone and don’t want to lose it, this way can be a nice option. You can only recover what you want from iTunes backup, instead of restoring entirely. In this way, you need the help of an iTunes backup extractor: Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (it has both Windows and Mac versions).

You don’t need to connect your iPhone to the computer. Just download and run the software on your computer.

Go to < Recover from iTunes Backup File < Choose your iPhone’s backup < Start Scan.

Then preview all photos one by one in the backup and selectively recover whatever you want now.

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Solution 3: Backup iPhone photos regularly (free)

Free way: Backup photos on your iPhone with iTunes/iCloud/Photo Stream

Pros: Easy to use; free.
Cons: No preview; no selective backup and restore; easy to be updated.

iTunes: iTunes can only let you backup the whole data on your iPhone, and it updates the backup once you sync the iPhone with it, instead of making a new backup. Therefore, when losing data on your iPhone, don’t sync your iPhone with iTunes any more. You can retrieve it by restoring your iPhone from iTunes backup.

Tips: You can only restore the entire iTunes backup data with no preview, so you need to backup your iPhone with other tool like iCloud before you restore it.

iCloud: Apple’s own iCloud storage system provides you with 5GB of free storage for each free account. If you’ve created one and enabled it, all photos taken with your iPhone will automatically be uploaded to your iCloud account. When you accidentally deleted photos from your iPhone, the deleted photos will be still on the latest iCloud backup if you’ve made one for them.

Tips: As to the backup of iCloud can only be restored entirely, not providing preview, you need to backup your iPhone with iTunes before you do the restoring thing.

Photo Stream: Photo Stream is a cool feature that Apple designed in iCloud. It can automatically push your new photos taken in the iPhone to all your other Apple devices like iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac computers and other iPhones. The only condition is that you have enabled the Photo Stream on them. Therefore, when you mistakenly deleted photos from your iPhone, turn off the internet immediately and keep your other devices in no internet environment. Then backup the photos on your computer from other devices.

Tips: It asks you to response quickly when you deleted photos from the iPhone, so that you can get a better chance to retrieve your deleted photos from other iOS devices.

Paid way: Backup photos on your iPhone with TunesGo

Pros: Easy to use; selectively backup data; preview before backup.
Cons: Not free.

Wondershare TunesGo (Windows & Mac) is an ideal iDevice data manager tool. It allows you to transfer data between iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and iTunes/computer. It does what iTunes can’t.

Connecting your iPhone to the computer, you can preview and check all data on it. Then select and tick the items you want to backup and import them to your computer with one click.

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Further Reading

Recover deleted iPhone messages: This guide shows you how to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone in different ways.
Recover iPhone contacts: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.
Recover iPhone iMessages: You can recover deleted contacts without a backup on iPhone with 3 steps at ease.

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