How to Restore Deleted Photos on iPhone from iCloud

Want to recover deleted photos on iPhone but do not know how? This guide will show you how to restore deleted photos on iPhone or from iCloud/iTunes backup.


By Lena / Updated on June 6, 2023

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The storage space of iPhone is limited, and sometimes we have no choice but to delete some photos to free up space. However, we may accidentally delete important photos, especially when deleting duplicate photos. Fortunately, there are ways that can help us restore deleted photos on iPhone. Please keep reading to learn more.

How to Restore Deleted Photos on iPhone 14/13/12/11/X

Below are three methods that can help you restore deleted photos on iPhone. If you want to recover permanently deleted photos, please refer to Way 3 to get the solution.

Way 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos from Recently Deleted Album

First, we can go to Recently Deleted album to see if we can find the deleted photos. Everyone makes mistakes, and Apple gives us a chance to regret.

Usually, when we tap the trash can, the photos will disappear from the photo library but will go to the Recently Deleted album. They will stay there for 30 days before being permanently removed. You have the option to restore these photos before the deadline and the deleted photos will go back to your photo library just like you never deleted them.

Steps to Restore Deleted Photos on iPhone

1. Open Photos app on iPhone.

2. Tap Albums at the bottom > Scroll down to find Recently Deleted album under Utilities.

3. Go to Recently Deleted album and then you find all the photos you’ve deleted in the past 30 days.

4. Tap the Select button from the top right of the screen > Select the photos you want to recover.

5. Tap Recover button on the bottom right corner of the screen > Tap Recover XXX Photos on the pop-up window to confirm.

Recover Photos from Recently Deleted Album

Way 2. How to Restore Deleted Photos on iPhone from

There’s a chance that you can restore deleted photos via The deleted photos may have been uploaded to iCloud before. In addition, if you have iCloud Photos enabled when you deleted your photos, then the deleted photos will remain on the iCloud platform for 30 days. 

Steps to Recover Deleted Photos from

1. Open a browser and go to

2. Log in with your Apple ID and passcode.

3. Choose Photos option.

4. You can go to Photos or Recently Deleted folder to find your deleted photos.

Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud

5. Select the photos you want to restore and click Recover option. Then they will go back to photo library and they will also go back to iPhone once the iPhone is synced with iCloud service.

Way 3. How to Restore Deleted Photos from iCloud/iTunes Backup

If you have backed up iPhone via iCloud or iTunes before, you can choose to restore deleted photos from backup. But you better make sure that the backup contains the photos you want. The restoration will erase all existing data on iPhone. The worst case is that you restored the backup but did not retrieve the photos you wanted. To prevent data loss, it is recommended to back up your iPhone before restoring.  

Restore Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

1. Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings to erase your iPhone.

2. Set up iPhone until you access the data transfer screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup to make it.

Restore from iCloud Backup

Restore Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

1. Connect iPhone to computer and run iTunes.

2. Click the Device tab > Choose Summary > Choose Restore Backup > Choose the correct backup > Enter the password if you need to restore from an encrypted backup.

Restore iTunes Backup

How to Quickly Recover Deleted Photos Next Time

It’s lucky if we can find deleted photos via the above three methods. However, it is not always possible to recover the deleted photos as we wish. We can't avoid accidentally deleting photos but we can take some actions in advance so that we can retrieve them quickly - backup iPhone photos.

Most of us know the importance of backup. However, neither iCloud nor iTunes provides an easy way to help us backup iPhone photos. They will not allow us to only backup photos. In this case, you can turn to FoneTool for help.

FoneTool is a professional iOS data management tool for Windows PC users. It is able to help you backup selected photos from iPhone to computer.
✓ Two backup modes. You can choose to create an image file for your photos or transfer photos in original quality to computer.
✓ Selective restore. When a photo is accidentally deleted, you can find it on computer and restore it to iPhone quickly. What’s more, there is no need to erase your iPhone.

With FoneTool, you are able to selectively backup and restore your photos. The following are the steps to transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

1. Download, install and launch FoneTool.

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2. Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable > Trust FoneTool when asked.

3. On the home interface, click Phone Transfer option. Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

4. Click the plus icon > Choose the photos you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Choose Photos

5. Click Start Transfer > Select a path to save your Photos > Finally, click Transfer.


Final Words

That’s all about how to restore deleted photos on iPhone. You can go to Recently Deleted album or to find photos that were deleted in the past 30 days. If you have a backup available, you can choose to restore iPhone from that backup.

If you have any questions, please free feel to contact us and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.