How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

Guidance on how to recover deleted files from iPhones


Losing your files, contacts, and saved games on your iPhone can be one of your worst nightmares. In the case of losing iPhone contacts, it can be a nuisance to collect phone numbers from the important people in your life. It can also be a bummer if you lost those photos of your holiday in Iceland that you took using your iPhone.

But the good news is that there are ways to recover those important files. In this post, we will look at some of the ways to recover deleted files on iPhone, if you’re not confident in doing this, submit the device to Lost Memories for a free of charge iPhone Data Recovery assessment.

Recovering Deleted Photos from iPhones

One of the features introduced by Apple in iOS 8 is the Recently Deleted album in the Photos App. It’s a handy tool for recovering deleted photos on iPhone.

However, this tool only keeps deleted photos for 30 days thus you can’t use it in recovering older photos. Also, it applies only to a small number of photos deleted from the iPhone. It cannot recover an entire Camera Roll that was lost or erased from an iPhone.

To recover deleted photos from the Recently Deleted album, simply go to the Photos App then tap on Albums. Scroll down to find the Recently Deleted album. Open the album, preview the recently erased photos and check the photos that you want to recover. Then click Select and Tap on Recover found in the bottom right corner.

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Recovering Deleted Applications

One of the great benefits of having a digital app collection is the ability to easily restore your purchases without paying for them again. This is great if you had an issue and restored your iPhone or iPad to factory default, or simply upgraded to a newer device. It also means you delete apps to save space on your iPad or iPhoneknowing you can always download them again in the future. And it’s pretty simple to download an app you’ve already purchased. You don’t even need to remember the exact name of the app.

First, launch the App Store. If you have many apps downloaded to your iPad and don’t want to hunt for the App Store icon, you can use the Spotlight Search feature to quickly find and launch any app.

Once the App Store is opened, tap your profile picture at the top-right corner of the screen. (The profile button doesn’t show up on the search screen, so you may need to tap “Today” on the tab at the bottom for it to show up.)

Tap Purchased from the profile settings. If you have Family Sharing turned on, you may need to tap My Purchases from a second screen.

At the top of the purchased list, touch “Not on This iPhone” to narrow the apps down to those you no longer have installed on the device.

Scroll down the list until you locate the app and simply tap the cloud button next to the app icon to restore it to the iPad.

If you have an older device or haven’t upgraded to the latest version of the iOS operating system, you may be warned that you aren’t on the version supported by the app. You can choose to download the last version of the app that supported your operating system or choose to update iOS to the latest version before downloading the app.

 Note: You can also simply search for an app in the App Store. Previously purchased apps will have the cloud button rather than having a price. You can even search for apps in Spotlight Search without opening the App Store directly.

Recovering Deleted Contacts

Restoring deleted contacts from an iCloud backup is regarded as the simplest but riskiest way to restore deleted contacts. It can be accomplished by following a few steps. However, if done improperly, it can also lead to a complete data loss and your iPhone going back to its factory settings.

The iPhone can make regular backups although this requires permission from owners. If you were able to do so, you can see your latest backup and use it to overwrite your iPhone. Your phone would thus recover all data stored at the time of the last backup. However, recent data or files you accumulated after the last backup will be lost.

To recover data saved during your last backup, simply click Settings then General, Storage and iCloud Usage then go to Manage Store. Here, you will get a list of all the backups in your iCloud.

Carefully browse through the backups to determine which one has saved all your contacts. Refer to the date stamps for this purpose. Keep in mind, though, that you can’t get through the backups for individual files. It’s either you restore all backups or none of it.

Once you have identified the backup that has all your contacts, you can restore your iPhone to its factory settings. Do this by going to General then Reset and then click on Erase all Content and Settings.

It would take a few minutes for the erasure to happen. Once it is done, you’ll have your iPhone set up like its brand new. Then you will be asked if you want to recover the iPhone from an old backup. Choose Yes and select the correct backup to restore.

You can also recover deleted contacts from an iTunes backup. Then again, you should have permitted iTunes to back up your iPhone to be able to do this. Another drawback is that unlike in iCloud, iTunes backup is stored on a hard drive of a Mac or a PC and not on a cloud service.

To do this, connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac where it is synced with using a USB cable. iTunes would launch automatically once the computer recognizes the iPhone connection. Look for the small iPhone icon to appear in the top left corner of the iTunes window. Click it to proceed to a window where a button for ‘Restore iPhone’ will appear. Click it.

Refer to the timestamp when browsing through the backups and determining which one has all the contacts you need. Recover the backup to completely overwrite the current data on your iPhone.

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