[Fixed!] Recently Deleted Photos Not Showing on iPhone

Cannot find your deleted photos in the Recently Deleted album on iPhone? When recently deleted photos not showing on iPhone, you can try the three solutions in this guide to get deleted photos recovered.


By Demi / Updated on May 25, 2023

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Why can't I find my recently deleted photos on my iPhone?

I think the photos in the Recently deleted album disappear in a recent update. How do I recover deleted photos? There is no longer an album for this in Photos.

- Question from Apple Community

Where did recently deleted photos go?

Where did deleted photos go on iPhone? When you deleted photos or videos from an iPhone, they will be moved to the Recently deleted album, where they remain for 30 days before being permanently deleted. 

It can be effortless if you want to recover deleted photos from the Recently Deleted album. Tap Albums on the footer menu in the Photos app > Locate and tap the Recently Deleted album > Select the photos you want to restore and tap Recover.

Photos Recently Deleted Folder

However, sometimes, unexpected glitches can cause errors. For example, you may encounter the issue - Recently deleted photos not showing on iPhone after iOS 16/15 update. Keep reading, and try the solutions to get yourself out of the issue.

How to fix recently deleted photos not showing on iPhone

You can try the three solutions in this part to fix recently deleted album/photos missing on iPhone, recover deleted photos using iCloud or professional iOS data recovery tool.

Fix 1. Force restart your iPhone

If you are sure that your photos were deleted within 30 days, then the Recently deleted photos may be not showing because something went wrong with your iPhone. You can force restart your iPhone to clear out all background apps and refresh your iPhone.

• Force restart iPhone 8 and later with Face ID:
Quick press and release the Volume + button > Perform the same operation on the Volume - button > Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.

• Force restart iPhone7/7 Plus:
Press and hold both the Top and Volume - button > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

• Force restart iPhone 6s, SE and earlier with Home button:
Hold the Home button and the Top/Side button at the same time > Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.

Hard Reset iPhone

Fix 2. Recover deleted photos from iCloud

If the photos you delete from Photo Stream or iCloud Library, they will be not temporarily saved in the Recently Deleted albums on your iPhone. Instead, you can recover the deleted photos from the website of iCloud. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Visit iCloud.com and login with your Apple ID account and password.

iCloud Site

Step 2. Click Photos > Tap Recently Deleted album under Library > Choose the deleted iCloud photos you want to recover.

iCloud Recently Deleted Photos

Note: Please make sure you have enough storage space to save the photos in your iCloud, or you may fail to use this solution to get deleted photos back.

Fix 3. Recover recently deleted photos on iPhone via AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS

When it comes to iPhone recently deleted photos not showing, the most direct and workable way to recover them is to rely on professional data recovery software. It is highly recommend AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS, which deeply and quick scans for up to almost 100% data recovery on your iPhone.

Just within three simple steps, you can get lost photos, videos, contacts, voice memos, etc. back even though you didn’t have a backup. Click the icon below to free download the powerful tool on your computer, and follow the steps below to recover deleted photos.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with compatible USB > Run AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS and click Scan.

Connect iOS Devices

Step 2. Click Scan Now icon to start the scanning process.

Start Scan Now

Step 3. Wait for the scanning process to finish, and all recoverable data will be listed > Select the photos and other types of files you want to recover > Finally, click Recover to save them on your computer.

Click Recover

When it is finished, you can check the recovered photos on your computer. If necessary, you can transfer photos from computer to iPhone to save them to iPhone again.

Bonus: Regularly backup iPhone photos to avoid data loss

How can you avoid data loss on your iPhone? The most reliable way must be backup iPhone data regularly. It’s a good choice to backup iPhone with iCloud or iTunes. While FoneTool, a professional iOS data management tool, will be a better choice if you want to backup selective photos, videos, contacts, and so on. Let’s take a view about how to selectively backup iPhone with it.

Step 1. Download FoneTool on your computer > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Click Phone Backup in the main interface > Locate Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

Step 2. Make sure you have clicked each icon to select the files you want to backup to computer, then click OK.

Select Files

Step 3. Choose a storage path as you like > Click Start Backup to make it.

Click On Backup

The backup files can easily be browsed, restored from the Backup History screen in this software.


That’s all for the solutions to the issue - recently deleted photos not showing on iPhone. Hope you can get these photos back using the methods in this guide.

It’s also suggested to backup iPhone photos and other important files with FoneTool to prevent data losing. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Doris is an editor of AOMEI Technology as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.