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How to Recover Deleted iPhone Photos

In one of Apple's many ads, the Cupertino giant claims that "more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera." Heck, even Oxford Dictionaries declared that "Selfie" is the 2013 Word of the Year. So it's safe to assume that a lot of people are using their iPhone as their primary camera. If you're one of them, you have probably snapped tons of photos by now which can all add up. What if you accidentally deleted all those photos or unwittingly dropped your phone in water? Relax, you can still get them back.


How to Recover Deleted iPhone Photos

Preventive Measures

If you are keeping sensitive data on your iPhone or any other electronic device, it always pays to adopt the habit of doing routine backup. There is no shortage of free services and ways to backup your photos and data, so you don't have much of an excuse not to.

1. Backup to Your Computer

Apple iTunes Backup

Using your computer to store all your photos is probably the easiest way to go. Just plug your iPhone using the standard USB or Lightning cord, launch iTunes, and sync, restore, or backup your phone. Alternatively, you can use the iPhoto or Image Capture on Mac or Photos or Windows Photo Viewer on Windows to import all or certain photos manually.

2. Use iCloud

iCloud Backup iOS 7

Apple's very own iCloud can be used to backup your photos and is ideal if you don't want them to occupy space in your iPhone or computer. To enable iCloud go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > sign in using your Apple ID and enable iCloud backup. Using iCloud, all photos taken using the iPhone will be uploaded wirelessly to your iCloud account. For free accounts, Apple has allotted 5GB of free storage but you can choose to upgrade by paying an annual fee.

3. A Friendly Warning About Photo Stream

iOS 7 PhotoStream

Photo Stream will automatically push photos that are taken with your iPhone to all of your other devices that have Photo Stream as well like the iPad, Apple and Mac. Some people just downright assume that since the images have been synced to other devices, they can safely delete the ones on their iPhone and the photos will remain on the other devices. This is sadly NOT the case folks! Deleted images will also be removed from the Photo Stream of all your other devices.

4. Back Up Manually Using DropBox

DropBox iOS 7

DropBox is a very popular file hosting service that is available in almost all platforms. Once you have signed up for an account, you will get a free 2GB free storage space right off the bat. However, it's easy to expand your DropBox space with a few easy tasks, or you can use Mailbox. If you are simply looking for a place to keep your iPhone photos, DropBox is a good solution to use.

How to Recover Deleted iPhone Photos?

What if you have already lost or deleted photos before had any chance to perform a backup? Well, all hope is not lost yet because there are a couple of third-party software that you can use. The following solutions are ONLY for iPhone owners who have saved the photos on the iPhone and not anywhere else.

Retrieve Deleted Photos from iPhone Using PhotoRec

Recover Deleted iPhone Photos With PhotoRec

If you don't have a jailbroken iPhone, then you can proceed to the next solution. PhotoRec is an open-source data recovery application that only works on a jailbroken iPhone. This is because PhotoRec requires to access the iPhone's subsystem which is locked on non-jailbroken iPhones. For a comprehensive tutorial on how to use PhotoRec, you can head over to its official website.

Recover Deleted iPhone Photos With iPhone Backup Extractor

iPhone Backup Extractor is a software that uses iTunes' built-in backup system to recover deleted iPhone photos. By syncing your iPhone in iTunes, the application is also storing a backup of all your data. iPhone Backup Extractor is exploiting that very backup system to recover not just your photos but also your other data like contacts, SMS, WhatsApp, videos and more. You can download the free edition from here. Once installed and launched, you will see this menu.

iPhone Backup Extractor

Simply click which data you wish to recover and select the location to save them. The photos will then be extracted to that location. Just add these images back into your iPhone.

Recover Deleted Data With MobiSaver

EaseUS MobiSaver Free

MobiSaver is a free Windows desktop software designed to recover deleted photos & data from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. On top of being able to recover deleted iPhone photos, MobiSaver can also recover contacts, messages, notes, videos, etc. When you launch the application, you are given the choice to Recover from iOS Device or Recover from iTunes Backup (like the above iPhone Backup Extractor).

EaseUS MobiSaver Recover Deleted Photos

If you choose Recover from iOS Device, you will be instructed to place your device in DFU mode. As for the Recover from iTunes Backup, it works in the same manner as iPhone Backup Extractor. However, the files are neatly grouped so you can easily select which files to recover.

Final Thoughts

Again, the best way to deal with lost photos and data on your iPhone is to prevent it from happening in the first place. So we can't stress it enough: backup, backup and backup, and do it on a regular basis. So have you triend any of the methods outlined above? Let us know if these solutions to recover deleted iPhone photos worked for you. If you have other solutions, feel free to share them as well.

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