How to easily recover deleted pictures on your iPhone or iPad

If you’re like me, then you have hundreds of pictures saved on your phone. Some only take memory space and could actually go away, but others are just too valuable to lose. The best thing to do is activate Apple’s My Photo Stream which uploads your photos to iCloud whenever your iPhone (or iPad) is connected to the Internet via WiFi.

But, considering this article is about recovering deleted photos, I suppose you didn’t have any image backup active and lost some of your important pictures. And now, you desperately want them back. I’m sorry you have to go through that hassle now…wait…actually, it’s so easy to recover deleted images on iOS. In fact, in most cases it takes only a few clicks and you have your photos back.

Recover lost photos on your iPhone or iPad using the native Photo app

Yes! With iOS it’s super easy to recover deleted images. That’s something Android has to do better.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. In the bottom navigation, select ‘Albums’.
  3. Here’s the great part: There’s an album called ‘Recently Deleted’ – tap on it.
  4. In the opened album, search for the photo you accidentally deleted and tap on it.
  5. Now that the image opened up, tap on ‘Recover’ in the bottom navigation.
  6. Lastly, tap on ‘Recover Photo’ to confirm your action.

Note: If you want to recover multiple photos, tap on ‘Select’ in the top navigation and tap on all images you want to recover. Once that’s done, select ‘Recover’ on the bottom and confirm by tapping ‘Recover Photos’.

Didn’t find the photos you were looking for? Try Dr.Fone

Dr.Fone is a tool that is able to recover images and other data on your iOS device. Besides that, it claims that it’s able to recover data from your iTunes and iCloud backups. I tested Dr.Fone for Android a few days ago and was positively surprised. It was able to find tons of deleted photos including one I deleted just before testing the software. It’s very straightforward and easy to use. Dr.Fone explains every step of the recovery process so well that even non-tech savvy people don’t come across any problems.


The only downside of Dr.Fone is the price. A lifetime license for Windows costs $69.95 and 79.95 for Mac users. That’s a very steep price to pay just to get a couple pictures back. However, depending on the amount of lost photos, it might be worth it. That depends on you. If you’re thinking about getting a Dr.Fone license, download the free trial first. With the trial version, you can scan your iPhone and check if the software is actually able to find all the photos you want to recover. If this method fails as well, then it’s not worth the investment.

I hope this article was helpful and that you were abe to get back all your lost pictures! In any case, go ahead and activate My Photo Stream to avoid such situations in the future.

  1. KiraKazantsev says

    As i know, if you don’t have a backup you can’t got your photos back.

  2. lucas says

    If you did not backup your iphone with iTunes or iCloud , with the help of the recovery software, which is a tool for iPhone users to retrieve the deleted data, you can get them back in few steps. There are two popular and useful ways to make it. One way is that you can recover the data from iPhone directly. The other way is that you can recover data from iTunes backup, only if you have made the backup. Try MobiKin Doctor for iOS.

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