Recover recently deleted photos & videos on iPhone

iPhone has very good camera that anyone can use to take incredible photos. People take and delete photos and videos because these HD pictures and videos can take up a lot of space on the iOS device. Accidentally deleted some important pictures or videos on iPhone? Many people have done it once before. Searching for a way to recover deleted photos on iPhone? You are lucky if your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 8 or later as Apple has rolled out a new feature known as the‘Recently Deleted folder’ since iOS 8. It works like the Trash can or Recycle Bin on desktop computers. When you delete a photo or video from the Photos app or your Camera Roll, the photo or video will be moved to the Recently Deleted folder. They will not be removed from your iPhone or iPad instantly. Instead the deleted photos and videos will reside in the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days which gives you the chance to undelete iPhone photos and recover the recently deleted files on iPhone. In this quick guide, we will show you how to access the recently deleted folder on iPhone and recover photos or videos from this recently deleted album.

Here’s how you can recover accidentally deleted photos on iPhone iPad:

Launch the Photos app on your iOS device. At the bottom of your screen, you can see three tabs: Photos, Memories and Albums. Tap on the Albums to open the list of all albums on your iPhone. We use an iPhone 8 which is running on iOS 11 in the demo. If you use an iPad or other iPhone model, iOS version, you may see the difference in appearance.

Once you opened the Albums tab in Photos app on iPhone, you should see the Camera Roll album at the top section, followed by Favourites, People and other folders. Scroll down until you find the Recently Deleted album. Tap to open this folder, you will find all your recently deleted photos and videos from your Camera Roll. Since these deleted files still use up your iPhone’s storage which beats the purpose of deleting them to free up space. Apple will only keep them in this trash can or recycle bin for 30 days before they are permanently deleted from your iPhone’s memory. You will see the remaining days above each thumbnail of the deleted pictures and videos.

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Retrieve deleted photo or video on iPhone individually

Tap on the thumbnail of a deleted photo or video to view it in full screen. If it is a deleted video, you can play it to make sure it is the right file you need before you recover. At the bottom, you will have the options to manually, instantly and permanently delete a photo or video rather than waiting for the 30 day period to remove them. Recover is the other option you get here. Tap on Recover at bottom-right, confirm the recovery in the pop-up dialog, the deleted photo or video will be restored to the original album it was in.

Batch recover multiple pictures or videos on iPhone

Want to recover two or more deleted photos or videos at the same time? If you have many files to retrieve, you do not have to get them back one by one. At the home screen of the Recently Deleted album, tap Select at the top right section, touch on the thumbnails to select all photos and/or videos, then tap the Recover button at the bottom right. Confirm the recovery in the pop-up dialog to finalize.

Recover more recently deleted files on iPhone

This Recently Deleted album only allows you to retrieve recently deleted photos and videos. It can’t help you get back other file types, such as messages, call logs, etc. If you need to retrieve other files, we recommend this iPhone data recovery software. It supports a wide range of file types. See this tutorial to recover deleted WhatsApp chats and files on iPhone when no backups were created.

Recover deleted photos videos from old iPhone iPad models

If you have an iOS device which is running on iOS 7 or earlier, you can find this Recently Deleted album on your iPhone or iPad. In such case, you can either use a third-party iPhone data recovery software to scan your iPhone or iPad storage see if any chance to retrieve them. Scroll up to previous paragraph, we have linked to the iPhone data recovery program which might be able to help you. Also you may follow below instructions to get them back from iTunes or iCloud backups.

Recover deleted photos videos after 30 days

If you accidentally delete a photo or video from iPhone or iPad, you have 30 days to get it back from your Recently Deleted album. After this period, your media files will be removed completely. If you still want to retrieve them, you can try data recovery from your iTunes or iCloud backups if any. You can follow these steps to download iCloud backups to computer or following article about how you can extract data from iTunes backup on Windows or Mac.