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Jerm5497 Calculating status...
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Aug 28, 2011 6:44 AM

I accidentally deleted some photos and videos on my iphone which I had not back up. Is there anyway that I can retrieve these photos?

iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,305 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:45 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    No. They are gone.

     

    Allan

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:46 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    With no backup, no.

     

    The Camera Roll is for temporary storage. Photos/videos in the Camera Roll can and should be imported by your computer ASAP as with any other digital camera. The Camera Roll is also included with the iPhone's backup, which is updated by iTunes as the first step during the iTunes sync process.

     

    If the photos/videos were not imported by your computer and your iPhone wasn't synced with iTunes since the photos/videos were captured by your iPhone, there is no way to recover them.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 7:12 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    Copied from my previous post.

    The Camera Roll is also included with the iPhone's backup, which is updated by iTunes as the first step during the iTunes sync process.

     

    If you synced your iPhone with iTunes since the photos were captured by your iPhone several months ago and you haven't synced your iPhone with iTunes since the photos were deleted from your iPhone, you can try restoring your iPhone with iTunes from your iPhone's backup. Do not sync your iPhone with iTunes before doing so, and when prompted to update your iPhone's backup as the first step after selecting Restore, decline the prompt or your iPhone's backup will be overwritten reflecting the contents of your iPhone's Camera Roll now.

     

    Since the Camera Roll is for temporary storage as with any other digital camera, start importing photos/videos that were captured by your iPhone with your computer as with any other digital camera. Apple includes two applications that provide for this on every Mac - iPhoto and the Image Capture application. When there are photos/videos in the Camera Roll, your iPhone is also detected as a digital camera when connected to your computer.

  • Gerard Van Schip Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 4:35 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    Seems most people are not reading the original post. Jerm5497 stated that the phone was not backed up so any of the suggestions to dive into the iTunes backup wont help.

     

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  • DavidBC Calculating status...
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    Nov 24, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to Jerm5497)

    I'm experiencing a similar deleted photos problem. I didn't realize that "sync" wasn't backing up the photos, and my last available "backup" date (before the photos were deleted) is from 6 months ago.

     

    My question is, before I give up, are there possibly some temp files somewhere on my computer where the photo data might be saved? A last ditch hope...

     

    Running Windows 7 if that helps. Thanks!

  • Gerard Van Schip Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to DavidBC)

    Hi David, there is a way but sadly I am not allowed to say so here, as you can see above it says <Edited By Host> which means Apple removed some of my message.

     

    I would suggest you Google "recover photos iPhone" and avoid software that uses the iTunes backup as that is what you are missing.

     

    Lets hope that this reply is allowed by Apple

  • DavidBC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 11:06 PM (in response to Gerard Van Schip)

    Gerard, I appreciate the tip. But if it's the first link that comes up, the options are either to recover photos from the iPhone itself or from a backup file. There's nothing on the iPhone (iTunes showed no memory taken up by photos, plus I "restored" the phone.) And as I said the backup files I have are either from 6 months ago or after the photos were already deleted. Is there something else I'm missing? Thanks...

  • Ricky Barnaby Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 2:45 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    In reply to the first post. Sorry but you might be up the creek there with no back up whatsoever....

    BUT....

    I have discovered a little hole in the Apple backup system and allthough can be tricky and has it flaws

    this hole in the system can sometimes be of help. It goes like this...

     

    I lost a film from my iPhone camera roll. so the file must have been a reasonable amount of megabyts.

    So i went into my home library found in the Finder go menu, whilst holding down alt key.

    Here i navigated to the folder Application Support>Mobilesync>Backup> and then you will see another folder that looks like this

    7412fbd9e0735d679ecb40da05dec0a5a10ce5b6

    inside this folder you will see loads of files with similar long names and no ending.

    I set my column view to size and chose some of the larger files.

    I started with the first file and added .mov to the end.

    Ping

    just pot luck, the first one was the film i was looking for

     

    Yes i could have resored my phone from this back up

    yes there may be other ways

    For me this was simple, it was fast, it worked.

     

    Just sharing it here with you.

  • mercedesa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 6, 2013 5:28 PM (in response to Ricky Barnaby)

    Ricky Barnaby wrote:

     

    In reply to the first post. Sorry but you might be up the creek there with no back up whatsoever....

    BUT....

    I have discovered a little hole in the Apple backup system and allthough can be tricky and has it flaws

    this hole in the system can sometimes be of help. It goes like this...

     

    I lost a film from my iPhone camera roll. so the file must have been a reasonable amount of megabyts.

    So i went into my home library found in the Finder go menu, whilst holding down alt key.

    Here i navigated to the folder Application Support>Mobilesync>Backup> and then you will see another folder that looks like this

    7412fbd9e0735d679ecb40da05dec0a5a10ce5b6

    inside this folder you will see loads of files with similar long names and no ending.

    I set my column view to size and chose some of the larger files.

    I started with the first file and added .mov to the end.

    Ping

    just pot luck, the first one was the film i was looking for

     

    Yes i could have recover deleted photos in iPhone 4

    yes there may be other ways

    For me this was simple, it was fast, it worked.

     

    Just sharing it here with you.

    If you didn't back it up or extract it to your computer in between the time you created it and the time you deleted it, it is gone. Permanently. There is no "undo".

     

    If you have the backup data then you can recover the deleted photos in iPhone 4.For recover deleted photos follow the below steps.

     

    Steps to follow to recover deleted photos in iPhone 4 :

     

    1. First of all turn on the iPhone 4.

     

    2. After turn on locate the backup application where you got stored.

     

    3. So,open it by double tap on it.

     

    4. Now find and go to the photos folders.

     

    5. Here select the photos which you want to recover.

     

    6. After selecting tap the options and click the restore option.

     

    7. After restore check the photos recovered or not in your iPhone 4.

     

    Thank you.

  • namysolper Calculating status...
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    Dec 23, 2013 8:23 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    Do you have an iTunes backup of these lost picture? If you have, please follow the steps below:

    1. Open iTunes and right click on your phone’s name.

    2. Select “Restore from Backup”. If you don’t have an iTunes backup, iTunes will not offer this option.

    3. Use the drop-down menu to select a backup then click “Restore”

    4. Wait till the backup is restored. It depends how many files you have restored. So please wait patiently.

    5. Click “OK”.

    6. Wait while the Apple iPhone is synced.

    7. When the restoration is done, you can disconnect your iPhone from the computer.

    Now you can recover your deleted photos from iPhone.

     

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  • Feresher Calculating status...
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:10 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    Every time you sync your iPhone with iTunes, iTunes will create a backup of your iPhone. If you have enabled iCloud, every time, your iPhone is connected to Wifi and a power source, and the screen is locked, iCloud will automatically backup your photos.


     

    Other than restoring from iTunes or iCloud backup, there are still at least 3 other solutions for you to recover deleted photos from iPhone:

    1. Extracting from previous iTunes backup;
    2. Retrieving directly from iPhone;
    3. Copying from other backups.
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    Feb 26, 2014 11:28 PM (in response to Feresher)

    Feresher wrote:

     

    Every time you sync your iPhone with iTunes, iTunes will create a backup of your iPhone. If you have enabled iCloud, every time, your iPhone is connected to Wifi and a power source, and the screen is locked, iCloud will automatically backup your photos.


    Other than restoring from iTunes or iCloud backup, there are still at least 3 other solutions for you to recover deleted photos from iPhone:

    1. Extracting from previous iTunes backup;
    2. Retrieving directly from iPhone;
    3. Copying from other backups.

    If you want to recover from iTunes backup, here are the steps:
    Click the "File" menu and select "Devices" > "Restore from Back up".
    Or
    Open the iOS device's "Summary" tab. There are two ways to access this:
    Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)
    From any view in iTunes, click the "View" menu and select "Show Sidebar". Select your iOS device in iTunes under "Devices:.
    Click the "Restore Backup" button.

     

    For more details, see:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

  • 01Hedy Calculating status...
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    Mar 15, 2014 12:20 AM (in response to Jerm5497)

    I have accidental deleted the photos in the past.Later, I found an effective as well as reliable recovery software "

    iPhone Data Recovery" to bring back the pictures, I think it worth to be recemended.

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