You didn’t mean it but it happened. Your fingers accidentally got on the “delete” icon and a photo just disappeared. If only your iPhone had a safety net like that of a Recycle Bin in your desktop, then you wouldn’t freak out so much. Wait. There probably is a safety net. You just don’t know it yet.
For many people, photos are the single most important content on their iPhone. So losing your photos can be something of a catastrophe.
The good news is that even if you accidentally delete some (or all) of your photos, there are a few ways to get them back.
There’s really no need to despair over a deleted photo on an iPhone. There are a couple of apps that you can use to recover deleted photos. The first of which is the Photos app. This particular app has a “Recently Deleted” folder.
Some people might not realize that Apple provides a “recently deleted” photo folder in the Photos app — think of it like the Recycle Bin on your computer desktop. It holds all the photos that have been deleted for 30 days. On day 31, a deleted photo is deleted permanently — but until then it’s easy to recover.
1. Open the Photos app.
2. Scroll down the list of Other Albums and tap “Recently Deleted.”
3. Tap “Select” at the top right of the screen.
4. Select every photo that you want to return to your iPhone.
5. In the lower right corner, tap “Recover All.”
You can also recover your photos from your backups in iCloud.
If the photos are already gone from the Recently Deleted folder, then you may be able to get your photos back by restoring your phone to a backup.
The disadvantage of this approach is that you will need to replace all the other content on your phone — apps, data, text messages, and so on — with an older backup, which you might not want to do. If the backup you want to restore is fairly recent though, it might be worth it.
If you use iCloud to back