How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone (Updated for iOS 15)

Here's how to recover deleted photos from iPhone and how to permanently delete photos from iPhone.

Many of our readers have accidentally deleted photos and ask, “Can I view recently deleted photos on my iPhone?” If you want to recover deleted photos on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can easily recover them. You can also permanently delete photos from iPhone. Here’s how to recover deleted photos and permanently delete photos from iPhone.

Related: How to Delete Photo Albums on iPhone (Updated for iOS 15)

Why You'll Love This Tip 

  • Recover deleted photos and videos you didn't mean to delete. 
  • Learn how to permanently delete photos from iPhone and save iPhone storage.

After you delete photos on iPhone, you can still find them in the Recently Deleted section of the Photos app. The Recently Deleted section contains all your deleted photos and videos, and each item shows the days remaining before deletion (30 days). When this time is up, items are permanently deleted, and you can’t recover them. Before the 30-day limit is over, you can recover the photo or permanently delete it. Here's how to find deleted photos on iPhone, then recover or permanently delete them.

  1. Open the Photos app.

    apple photos app
     
  2. Tap the Albums tab, scroll down, and tap Recently Deleted.

    tap recently deleted
     
  3. Tap Select to choose the photos you want to recover.

    tap select to delete or recover some pictures
     
  4. Tap Delete All or Recover All to permanently delete or recover everything in the Recently Deleted album. 

    tap delete all or recover all
     
  5. If you only want to recover or permanently delete a few photos, tap the photos and videos you want to get back, then tap Recover or Delete.

    tap recover or delete
     
  6. Confirm the recovery or deletion.
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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.