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iPhone 5: How to recover deleted photos?

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JohnJackRice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 17, 2013 10:22 PM

Hello,

 

I recently got an iPhone 5 and been happily snapping away. However, the other day managed to delete a load of photos that didn't want to delete.

 

I'm travelling and don't have a computer or have made any backups, via iTunes and neither Photostream or anything like that.

 

I'd really like the photos back and wondering if there is a way of doing it? I'd put some in the app "Photo Vault" to try and keep some secure, but they're gone as well.

 

I've used SD card software to recover photos from SD cards before with some success, and was wondering if there's a similar thing for iPhone?

 

Thanks

iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.2
  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,310 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    If you have no backup of your phone then there is no way for you to recover the deleted photos, sorry it's gone.

  • jimmykimar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    iTunes copies the files to the backup and uses unique file names

     

    Windows XP Directory: C: \Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

    Windows Vista/7 Directory: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

     

    For every device you have, there will be a folder for each that keeps your backup. Just rename the file extensions to .jpg and they'll be the original picture images that you can view on your device. If you have it shown in thumbnails, they should change from the broken/corrupted files to an actual image you can open up.

     

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  • Watsonhn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 2:03 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    According to Apple, the photos get backed up in iTunes when you do a sync/backup, so connect your phone to iTunes and restore from the latest backup.

    It's not a good idea to store photos in the camera roll of your phone.

  • Glaserin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 2:59 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    maybe not software but you can restore your phone back from an earlier date which will bring the pictures back but every change since then will get cleared as well unless you create a backup before restoring it. long process but its the only was i can see you getting them back

  • kingvictor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 13, 2013 4:50 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    There are two ways to recover deleted photos from iPhone 5:

    1. Directly scan and recover photo from iPhone

    a) Connect your iPhone to the computer

    b) Enter DFU mode and scan iPhone

    c) Preview and recover iPhone photo

     

     

    2. Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone photo

    a) Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone 5/4S

    b) Preview and recover iPhone photo

    c) Do backup well

     

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  • carrie013 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 5:24 AM (in response to somartt)

    somartt wrote:

     

    After jailbreak your iPhone 5,you may need lost your photos, contacts and sms from iPhone,I am so sorry hear that you haven't backup all iPhone data to computer before I jailbreak.

    Is there any way for iPhone users to restoe iPhone deleted photo?

    There are two ways to recover deleted photos from iPhone 5:

    1. Directly scan and recover photo from iPhone

    a) Connect your iPhone to the computer

    b) Enter DFU mode and scan iPhone

    c) Preview and recover iPhone photo

     

    2. Scan and extract iTunes backup to recover iPhone photo

    a) Scan your iTunes backup for iPhone 5/4S

    b) Preview and recover iPhone photo

    c) Do backup well

    You can recover files from iPhone 5 directly,or recover from iTuens backup file to get back iPhone lost data.

    No, it can retrieve the photos just from iTunes backup if you make a backup. If you want to recover other data, it may recover from iPhone directly.

     

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  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to kingvictor)

    Read the OP's post again - he's traveling with no computer with him and hasn't backed up the device.

  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    Jun 24, 2013 12:34 PM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    Photo vault probably uses links to the photo app's photos, so when you delete them the photos are gone in your "vault" as well, as you discovered.

     

    On a device, there's no SD card or similar storage that can extract deleted files from.

     

    My advice is to turn on icloud and icloud backups (settings>icloud).

  • alicepattinson Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 2:13 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    If you haven't backed up your iPhone, it's impossible to recover the deleted photos.

  • Glaserlly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 4:28 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

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

     

    +++ Steps to follow to recover the deleted photos in iphone 5 :

     

    1. First of all turn on the iphone 5.

     

    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 5.

     

    Thank you..................

     

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  • SoAmber Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 10, 2013 11:16 PM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    iPhone doesn't have a trash bin in which your deleted photos can be stored. When you accidently delete photos on your iPhone, if you donot make the iPhone backup, you may not recover the deleted photos from iTunes backup. But from iPhone itself. Learn how to recover photos from iPhone itself by check out any-data-recovery.com

  • soniaress Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 4, 2013 11:07 AM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    Always backup your iphone and to retrive just connect your iphone on itunes click on restore back up and voila you will recover your photos...

  • foreversteven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 8:26 PM (in response to JohnJackRice)

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  • Siendy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2014 6:33 PM (in response to JohnJackRice)

    There are 2 solutions for you to recover photos from iPhone:

    1. Directly scan and recover pictures from your iPhone.

    2. If you've synced your iPhone with iTunes, you also can regain your deleted photos by extracting your iTunes backup file.

     

    If you want to directly recover deleted photos from iPhone:

    Step 1:Run the recovery program and connect your iPhone

    Step 2:Download a plug-in separately for your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS

    Step 3:Enter the device's scanning mode and scan it

    Step 4:Preview and recover deleted iPhone photos

     

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