[Solved] How To Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/6s/7/8/Xs

Author Tasnia Salinas By Tasnia Salinas, on November 20, 2019, in iPhone Recovery

Summary: Accidentally deleted a bunch of photos and videos on your iPhone and later permanently wipe them out from Recently Deleted album? Follow this tutorial to learn Best 6 Methods To Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/6s/ 7/8/Xs/11. Omni Recover - Best iPhone Photo Recovery software you need. Try It FREE >

I've accidentally deleted some of my photos from my iPhone 6s Camera Roll and later permanently deleted these photos from the Recently Deleted album. I only have iTunes backups. I don't have any iCloud copies. I've tried erasing and restoring my iPhone 6s from two backups. Both of them restored all pictures to how they were after the pictures were deleted despite them being backed up before the deletion took place. Are these photos truly deleted from my iPhone?

-- One user from Apple support community asked this question last week

Apple makes it super easy to delete the photos and videos on an iPhone if you don't want any more. Just tap the Trash icon and you're done. Although it seems you can get your photos back like a cinch, with the help of iCloud Photo Library or iTunes / iCloud backup for your iPhone, it's suggested that you'd better think twice before trying to delete your photos permanently (How Can I Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone without Backup).

No matter you've deleted photos on your iPhone 6 / iPhone 6s / iPhone 7 / iPhone SE / iPhone 8 / iPhone X / iPhone 11), by accident or by mistake, you still have the chance to retrieve them on your iPhone. Read our dedicated iPhone Data Recovery tutorial to find Best 6 Methods To Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone.

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Part 1: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS with Omni Recover

iOS data on your iPhone are vulnerable to sudden and casual iOS disasters. For instance, when you delete a photo or video on your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs/11, this deletion would be permanent on all your devices as it will affected by iCloud Photo Library synchronization. So think twice before you confirm to delete an unwanted pictures off your iPhone.

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  • Recover Deleted Photos without iPhone Backups: Whether you have NO backup on computer, or you just lose your iPhone, you can follow the smart wizard in Omni Recover to recover your deleted photos.
  • Best iPhone Data Recovery Algorithms: Since 2013, Omni Recover started using a huge table of iPhone Photo Recovery algorithms, which ensures the best chance to recover your lost pictures.
  • Every Step is Processed with Care and Intelligence: Omni Recover knows how to analyze your iPhone/iTunes backup system with minimal data intervene, and how to precisely get your deleted photos back to your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs/11 instantly and intactly.
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    Omni Recover is safe and efficient iPhone Photo Recovery software that's made to retrieve your permanently deleted photos and videos on nearly all iPhone models, including iPhone 6/plus, iPhone 6s/plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and recent iPhone X/Xs/Xr/11/11 Pro, etc. It offers two recovery channels: Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone or Recover Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup.

    In regards of retrieving deleted photos on an iPhone 6/7/8/Xs, Each way works great in certain circumstances. When you're in a complicated situation, Omni Recover would give you multi-layered iPhone Photo Recovery plan. Follow steps below to start recovering your deleted photos on your iPhone.

    How-To Steps To Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS - Omni Recover
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      Step 1:

      Choose Photo Recovery Method: Launch Omni Recover on a Windows PC or Mac computer > Choose to recover your deleted photos from iPhone directly (without backup) or recover from an existing iTunes/Finder backup.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/Xs Step 1
      Step 1 - Open Omni Recover > Choose Photo Recovery Method
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      Step 2:

      Choose iPhone Device or iTunes: You can choose to recover your deleted photos from your iPhone (connect your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs to this computer first) > Choose which iOS device or iTunes backup you'd prefer to restore.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/Xs Step 2
      Step 2 - Choose An iOS Device or iTunes Backup To Recover
    3. 3
      Step 3:

      Choose iOS Data Catagory: Let Omni Recover scan your iPhone/iTunes Backup by clicking Next. If you choose to recover your deleted photos from iPhone 6/7/8/Xs, then Omni Recover will scan your device first. After few seconds, you can choose Photos (including photos / albums / thumbnails) or other type of iOS data to recover. Click Next to continue.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/Xs Step 3
      Step 3 - Select Photos as iOS Data Recovery Type
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      Step 4:

      Select Photos To Recover: Now let Omni Recover to scan your backup file. About few seconds later, you can view your deleted photos. Click Export button to start recovering your deleted photos.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/Xs Step 4
      Step 4 - Select Photos To Recover on iPhone
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      Step 5:

      View Output Photos on Computer: Now you can view your deleted photos by clicking Click Here. Omni Recover will show your exported photos in a standalone folder on your computer.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/Xs Step 4
      Step 4 - Select Photos To Recover on iPhone

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    Part 2: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS in Recently Deleted Album

    If you thought your photos have been deelted, keep calm as there are many iPhone Photo Recovery approaches have potential chance to get your photos back. First off, double check the Recently Deleted Album on your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs to make sure if you can recover your "permanently" deleted photos directly on your iPhone.

    Recently Deleted Photo Album
    Recently Deleted Photo Album

    How-To Steps: Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS in Recently Deleted Album
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      Step 1:

      On Your iPhone, Open the Photos app > Go Albums > Other Albums > check Recently Deleted folder to see if your deleted photos are still there:

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone Deleted Album Step 1
      Step 1 - Photos > Album > Recently Deleted
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      Step 2:

      If yes, Click Select > Choose the trashed photos > Tap Recover button on the bottom to get them back to your iPhone.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone Deleted Album Step 2
      Step 2 - Select Photos > Tap Recover
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      Step 3:

      If you cannot find your "permanently" deleted photos in Recently Deleted Album, give a check on your frequently used social messaging apps to see if you've sent your photos via one of them.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone from Other Apps Step 3
      Step 3 - Check Permanently Deleted Photos in Other Apps
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      Step 4:

      Take Whatsapp for iOS as an example: to recover your deleted photos back to your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs, Go to Photo & Video Library > Tap to redownload the deleted photos.

      Recover Recently Deleted Pictures on iPhone without Backup Step 4
      Step 4 - Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6 On Device

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    Part 3: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS from iCloud Backup

    Apple provides several methods to prevent your iPhone photos from losing. The iCloud Photo Library can sync your photos across all your iCloud enabled devices, say your iPhones, iPads, Macs and PCs. While with My Photo Stream, you can upload your recent photos that you took on your iPhone to other device. So there's a chance that you can find your "permanently" deleted photos on another iPhone.

    Guess many users may ask, can I use My Photo Stream to back up my photos instead of iCloud Backup or iTunes? No. Photos in My Photo Stream are saved on the iCloud server for only 30 days. After that, the photos are permanently removed from iCloud. iCloud Backup will include your photo only when you disabled the iCloud Photo option. If you're in this situation, then follow steps below to learn how to recover deleted photos on iPhone with iCloud Backup.

    iCloud Backup
    iCloud Backup

    How-To Steps: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/XS - iCloud Backup
    1. 1
      Step 1:

      Before starting, check iCloud backup status to make sure you have viable copy: Open Settings app > [Your Apple ID] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups:

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone iCloud Backup Step 1
      Step 1 - Photos > Album > Recently Deleted
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      Step 2:

      To restore your deleted photos from iCloud Backup, you have to erase all of its content > After that follow the iPhone setup screen until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone from iCloud Backup Step 2
      Step 2 - Erase iPhone Content (Caution) > Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup
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      Step 3:

      Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID > Choose a backup. Look at the date and size of each and pick the one that has best chance to restore your deleted photos > Continuing the next steps until finish iCloud backup restore.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone from iCloud Backup Step 3
      Step 3 - Restore Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

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    Part 4: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS from iTunes Backup

    The first question is: What exactly is included when backing up an iPhone using iTunes? Will iTunes backup include my permanently deleted photos? It depends. If your photos have not been stored in the cloud, like My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Library, then you have big chance to recover your deleted photos back to your iPhone. Here are the details about how to recover deleted photos from iphone 6/7/8/Xs with iTunes.

    iTunes Backup
    iTunes Backup

    How-To Steps: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/XS - iTunes Backup
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      Step 1:

      Connect your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs to your computer > Open iTunes (Windows PC/macOS Mojave and earlier versions) > In iTunes Preferences > Devices > Check if your iPhone has a backup archive before you deleted your photos:

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone iTunes Backup Step 1
      Step 1 - Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6 with iTunes Backup
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      Step 2:

      If yes, go back to iTunes device panel > Perform a restoration for the device (By restoring your iPhone from an iTunes backup, you'll lose the content on your current iPhone. So in case something important gets overwrote, perform a new backup before starting).

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup Step 2
      Step 2 - Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

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    Part 5: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS from Finder Backup

    On the most recent macOS Catalina, Apple splits iTunes to 4 standalone apps: Music, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Finder. While the iPhone backup and restore feature has been removed to Finder app. Once you get used to these minor changes, you'll be familiar with the rest - everything else is exactly the same with iTunes. Follow steps below to learn how to recover deleted photos on iPhone from Finder backup (macOS Catalina).

    Finder Backup
    Finder Backup

    How-To Steps: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/XS - Finder Backup
    1. 1
      Step 1:

      Open Finder app (only available on macOS Catalina) > On the left sidebar, click iPhone > Backups > Restore Backup:

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone with Finder Step 1
      Step 1 - Restore iPhone Backup on macOS Catalina
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      Step 2:

      Click Restore and wait for the Mac to restore your iPhone. If asked, enter the password for your encrypted backup.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone on macOS Catalina Step 2
      Step 2 - Restore iPhone Backup on macOS Catalina

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    Part 6: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone 6/7/8/XS from Photos App

    Do you know not every photos are taken or downloaded on your iPhone? With iTunes or other third part iPhone photo transfer software, you can add new photos from a Windows PC or Mac computer to your iPhone. If you lost this portion of pictures, you can simply restore them right from the photo library on your computer. Follow step below to learn how to retrieve deleted photos by send from computer to iPhone.

    iPhone Photos
    Finder Backup

    How-To Steps: Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone 6/7/8/XS - Photos App
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      Step 1:

      Get SyncBird Pro > Connect your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs to your computer > Select Photos catagory:

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone with SyncBird Pro Step 1
      Step 1 - Restore iPhone Photos with SyncBird Pro
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      Step 2:

      Choose the photos you want to resend to your iPhone > Click To Device to start transfer > After a while, you can view and browse your deleted photos again on your iPhone.

      Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on iPhone with SyncBird Pro Step 2
      Step 2 - Restore iPhone Photos with SyncBird Pro

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    The Bottom Line

    Similar as messages, contacts and other important personal data, an iPhone photo may contain many useful information. To recover permanently deleted photos from your iPhone 6/7/8/Xs, don't lose heart if you failed trying one or a few solutions. The more methods you've tried, the bigger chance you'll get your deleted photos from your iPhone 6 back.


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