How to Find Recently Deleted Photos on Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android

Here in this post, we demonstrate 10 ways how to find recently deleted photos on Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android. You can follow the ways below according to your situation.


By Ellie / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Accidentally delete my photos on Windows 10

“Hi, all. I accidentally deleted my photos on Windows 10 and I don’t know what can I do to recover them. Those photos mean so much to me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.”

Deleted Photos

Accidentally deleted photos are painful and miserable for every one of us. Luckily, it can be recovered most of the time. Wherever you delete your photos, like Windows, Mac, iPhone or Android, you could get an answer from this post.  

How do I find recently deleted photos?

Here in this part, we’ll talk about how to find recently deleted photos on iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac. You could choose one of them according to your situation.

Restore deleted photos on PC

Many users would restore their photos on PC that possess massive storage. However, when the users clear the cache or the other behaviors, the photo loss can be caused anytime.  

Way 1. Recover deleted photos from Recycle Bin

When we delete something accidentally on PC, the first thing that comes to mind is to look for it in the Recycle Bin. And the majority of users would find them through it. However, if you frequently empty your Recycle Bin or use the shortcut Shift + Delete to delete photos, recovering deleted photos from the Recycle Bin appears to be more difficult. Follow me now to learn how to operate.

Step 1. Open the Recycle Bin on the desktop.

Step 2. Locate the deleted photos. Right-click and then select View > Details to locate your photos.

Recycle Bin

Or you can search the name of your deleted photos in the search bar on the top and right corner of Recycle Bin window.

Step 3. Right-click on deleted files and click Restore.


Then you will find the deleted photos will be recovered to the original location.

Way 2. Recover deleted photos in Windows Backup

Windows Backup is a Windows built-in feature that could back up your C Drive of PC automatically. If your photos are stored in C Drive before the deletion, then the recovery can be achieved in this way. Now follow me to know how to find your recently deleted photos.

Step 1. Go to Control Panel System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Backup and Restore

Step 2. Click Restore my files.


Step 3. Click Browse for files > select photos you want > Next.

Browse for Files to Restore

Step 4. Specify the destination to save your recovered files > click Restore.

Select Location to Restore

In this way, you could get restore permanently deleted images on computers.

Way 3. Professional photo recovery software-- AOMEI Data Recovery

Apart from the 2 ways above, you can also use professional photos recovery software, like MyRecover. It is inevitable to encounter a different situation in the process of recovery, but the tool could free you out of many troubles. With it, you can not only restore your photos but also retrieve deleted videos, PPTX files, Word document and so on. And the recovery can be done with a few clicks. Get one and enjoy it with me.  

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Step 1. Install and run the software > Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan to scan.

Select Partition to Scan

Step 2. The scanning time is determined by the partition's data size. You could restore images instantly or wait for the whole result.

Scan Lost Data

Step 3. Go to Deleted files > select the photos you want > click Recover x files to restore deleted photos. If failed, go to Other missing files > Images to check if your photos are there.

Select Deleted Images to Recover

Restore deleted photos on Mac

Accidentally deleting some photos on Mac is common, too. So, this part will illustrate clearly the ways to restore deleted photos on Mac. Follow me to operate.

Way 1. Restore deleted photos from Trash Bin

Just as the operation in Windows part, users would turn to Trash Bin to look for photos if they want to recover the deleted photos on Mac. Here are the specific steps.

Step 1. Locate the Trash Bin and find your folder. Navigate to the Dock at the bottom of your screen, and click the Trash Bin icon.

Step 2. Locate the deleted folder. Right-click on it and then choose Put Back. After that, the photos will be saved in the original location.

Put Back on Mac

Way 2. Recover deleted photos from Time Machine

Time Machine is a backup tool that could restore the photos you have deleted before. But the prerequisite is that you enabled the Time Machine before.

Step 1. On your Mac, open Time Machine on the desktop.

Step 2. You can find the specific documents you want to restore using the onscreen up and down arrows to locate them. Then you can preview it by pressing Space Bar.

Step 3. Finally, click the Restore button, and then the deleted photos will be returned to their original location. 

Restore on Mac

Restore deleted photos on iPhone

The Phone is becoming increasingly important nowadays. And with the advent of multi-functional applications that will occupy a large amount of space, many users are inclined to delete some photos to free up more storage. In the course of deletion, some important photos would be deleted accidentally. What can we do to recover recently deleted photos on iPhone?

Way 1. Recover recently deleted photos from Recently Deleted

“Recently Deleted” can be the first remedy you can turn to when you found you deleted some significant photos. But it needs to mention that the deleted photos only be saved for 30 days. Anyway, checking your photos there is easy and efficient.

Step 1. Go to the Photos > Album > Recently Deleted.

Recently Deleted

Step 2. To recover selectively, click Select on the upper-right corner, then select the photos you need, and click Recover > Recover x Photos.

Select Recover photos

Step 3. To recover all items, click Select > Recover All > Recover y Photos. “y” here refers to the number of all the photos you have deleted.

Recover All Items

By doing so, you will successfully recover deleted photos from Recently Deleted.

Way 2. Retrieve recently deleted photos from iCloud

iCloud is a feature in Apple products. Once your register your Apple ID, you’ll be given 5GB free of storage. And your photos, messages and so on will be uploaded automatically if you have enabled those features.

Step 1. Sign in to your iCloud account.

iCloud Sign in

Step 2. Choose Photos to find your deleted photos.

iCloud Click Photos

Step 3. Go to Recently Deleted, then locate the photos you need.

iCloud Recently Deleted

Step 4. Click Recover to recover recently deleted photos on iPhone.

iCloud Click Recover

Note: Some users are annoyed by the limited storage of iCloud, read this post to know the ways to manage iCloud storage.

Way 3. Restore recently deleted photos via AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS

However, what if you delete your photos over 30 days and the iCloud storage is not enough, then what can you do to recover recently deleted photos on your iPhone? At this time, a professional recovery tool for iPhone or iPad is necessary and effective.

AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS is a tool that allows you to recover recently deleted photos with a few clicks. And you can restore Notes, Videos, and Contacts from it. Get one and enjoy it with me.

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Before the operation: Prepare a USB cable and connect your iPhone to PC.

Step 1. Install AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS on your PC, then connect your iPhone to your PC.

Connect iOS Device

Step 2. Click Scan Now.

Start Scan Now

Step 3. All recoverable data will be shown. Go to "Photos", select your needed photos, then click "Recover". It can also help you recover other types of data like videos, notes, voice memos, etc.

Click Recover

Then you have recovered recently deleted photos selectively.

Restore deleted photos on Android

In addition to iPhone, what can we do to restore deleted photos on Android? Here are 2 ways with concrete steps to restore deleted photos on Android. Keep reading!

Way 1. Recover deleted photos with Google Drive

If you regularly back up your photos to Google Drive, then recovering your deleted photos from your Google Drive account is available. Follow the steps below to take into practice.

Step 1. On your Android device, open the Google Drive app.

Step 2. Log in with the account that you use to back up photos.

Step 3. Now you’ll see all the photos you backed up or uploaded photos. Then select the photos you need and download them to your device.


Way 2. Recover deleted photos with Google Photos App

If you owned a Google Photos app and enabled the “backup & synced” feature, then the deleted photos recovery will be easy for us.

Step 1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app.

Step 2. Tap Menu > Navigate to Trash at the left panel. (Deleted photos in the trash are recoverable and they will be saved for 60 days.)

Step 3. Touch and hold a photo you deleted.

Step 4. Hit the Restore icon to recover deleted photos.

Google App Trash Bin


Here in this post, we list 10 ways how to find recently deleted photos. You could choose any of the parts to your needs. Going through the miserable photo loss this time, I guess you don’t want to encounter this again.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.