4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2011 5:23 PM by Saif1994
Saif1994 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi people

I let my little brother check out my iPhone for a while and when I got it back he said that the he accidentally deleted some pictures. -.-

I urgently need those pictures

I've tried using "Phone disk" to mount the phone as a flash drive and tried running a recovery software but nothing worked.

Any ideas?

Help is greatly appreciated.

iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Dr_AL Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)
    Had you synced your iPhone after the pictures were taken? If so then the pictures could be stored in the last backup which would have been made through iTunes.

    Other than that, they may be lost.
  • cls24 Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Photos are synced, not backed up, so they are NOT in your iPhone backup. Where ever you sync your photos to your computer would be where the photos are located.

    The exception is the Camera roll, which has to be removed from the phone like a digital camera.

    If the photos are not on your computer, then you have lost your photo.

    Very sorry
  • Dr_AL Level 3 Level 3 (670 points)
    As far as I know only camera roll pictures can be deleted off an iPhone & camera roll photos are included in the back-ups...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766

    The relevant entry from the support document, as it does list camera roll pictures and videos in what is backed-up.
    iTunes will back up the following information:
    Address Book and Address Book favorites.
    App Store Application data (except the Application itself, its tmp and Caches folder).
    Application settings, preferences, and data.
    Autofill for webpages.
    CalDAV and subscribed calendar accounts.
    Calendar accounts.
    Calendar events.
    Call history.
    Camera Roll (Photos, screenshots, images saved, and videos taken. Videos greater than 2 GB are backed up with iOS 4.0 and later.)
    Note: For devices without a camera, Camera Roll is called Saved Photos.
    In-app purchases.
    Keychain (this includes email account passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and passwords you enter into websites and some other applications. If you encrypt the backup with iOS 4 and later, the keychain information is transferred to the new device. With an unencrypted backup, the keychain can only be restored to the same iPhone or iPod touch. If you are restoring to a new device with an unencrypted backup, you will need to enter these passwords again.)
    List of External Sync Sources (Mobile Me, Exchange ActiveSync).
    Location service preferences for apps and websites you have allowed to use your location.
    Mail accounts.
    Managed Configurations/Profiles. When restoring a backup to a different device, all settings related to the configuration profiles will not be restored (accounts, restrictions, or anything else that can be specified through a configuration profile). Note that accounts and settings that are not associated with a configuration profile will still be restored.
    Map bookmarks, recent searches, and the current location displayed in Maps.
    Microsoft Exchange account configurations.
    Network settings (saved wifi spots, VPN settings, network preferences).
    Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings.
    Notes.
    Offline web application cache/database.
    Paired Bluetooth devices (which can only be used if restored to the same phone that did the backup).
    Safari bookmarks, cookies, history, offline data, and currently open pages.
    Saved suggestion corrections (these are saved automatically as you reject suggested corrections).
    SMS and MMS (pictures and video) messages.
    Trusted hosts that have certificates that cannot be verified.
    Voice memos.
    Voicemail token (This is not the Voicemail password, but is used for validation when connecting. This is only restored to a phone with the same phone number on the SIM card).
    Wallpapers.
    Web clips.
    YouTube bookmarks and history.
  • Saif1994 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thats unfortunate =/

    I thought I'd be able to use a 3rd party recovery software on the iPhone disk to get it back.

    Would have been awesome if apple made a password protected "Deleted" folder which you could manually or automatically empty out.

    Oh well...
    Thanks for your time everyone