How To Retrieve Both Lost Photos And Videos On Your iPhone

As iPhones continue to revolutionize data collection including photo and video capture, data management remains the major issue to deal with. This is because people still easily lose photos and videos from these devices. 

You could be photographing or filming important events such as birthdays that you want to be able to remember for some years to come. That is why such photos must be highly regarded. 

However, there are many ways to improve your data management on iPhones to safeguard them from any possible loss. In this article, we discuss some of the easy methods to get back deleted iPhone photos. We will begin by showing you some of the possible scenarios leading to data loss before showing you how to recover photos from the iPhone

Formatted Storage

Formatting your iPhone storage should be used as a last resort to free up space. This is because formatting will completely wipe your data from the phone. If you accidentally format your iPhone, you will lose photos and videos from it.

Accidental Deletion

This is yet another way you could lose photos and videos from your iPhone. You may be intending to remove unwanted files when you accidentally delete the good ones. You may also accidentally delete photos using the “Shift + Delete” button. If you ever do this or delete the write data while clearing unwanted files, do not get worried. 

Remember, if you delete photos or other files, they are first sent to the trash or recycle bin. However, if the shift button is used, the photos are permanently deleted and will be missing from the recently deleted folder.

Improper Operation

Losing photos and videos can also occur from improper operations. Activities such as turning the camera off in the writing process or launching factory settings of your phone without a backup will cause data loss. 

Virus and Malware Infection 

Virus and malware attacks are the other leading causes of data loss. There are many forms of viruses and malware that could eat up your photos or cause them to disappear completely. 

How to Retrieve Lost Photos and Videos on iPhone

Method 1: Recently Deleted Folder

Apple’s recently deleted folder built in the Photos app is a revolutionary way to recover deleted photos that have been deleted less than 30 days ago. This folder resembles the Recycle Bin on your computer and can be used to swiftly recover iPhone deleted videos and photos.  

Retrieving photos and videos from the recently deleted folder is easy within 30 days. After this period, the files are automatically deleted from the folder and will be unavailable for recovery. 

To recover lost photos from this folder, follow the steps below: 

  • Launch the Photos app.
  • Click on Albums appearing on the bottom menu.
  • Scroll down to the utilities section and click “recently deleted.”
  • Hit the “Select” button at the top-right of the screen.
  • Select the photos you want to retrieve and tap “Recover” to restore them.

If you want to recover all the photos from the recently deleted folder instead, click the “Recover all” button. 

Method 2: Retrieve Photos and Videos from Backup

Backing up your phone storage is one way to be able to always gain access to lost data. If you activated a backup on your iPhone previously, then you will be able to retrieve photos and videos even if they have disappeared from the recently deleted folder. 

Below are some of the backup systems you can use to restore lost photos and videos.

1. iCloud Backup

If you previously backed up your photos and videos on iCloud, log in to your account on your iPhone or recover them from the iCloud Website. Once you have restored the photos, check the photos app on your iPhone to see if they were restored. [Read Recover deleted photos from iCloud]

2. iTunes Backup 

iTunes is now a common platform for iPhone backup and many people use it to restore lost files. If you had previously backed up photos and videos on iTunes, you can restore them using the process below:

  • connect the iPhone to a PC or any Mac operating macOS Mojave or earlier. 
  • Click the iPhone icon that appears in the upper-left corner of the iTunes Window.
  • Navigate to the left pane and tap “Summary.”
  • Click “Restore Backup” in the “Backups” section.
  • Select the appropriate backup to restore your phone. 

Once the restore ends, check the Photos app to confirm that your photos have been retrieved successfully. 

Method 3: Retrieve Lost Photos and Videos with Data Recovery Software

If you cannot retrieve iPhone data with the methods above, then good data recovery software will help recover deleted videos and photos. 

Disk Drill by CleverFiles is one such data recovery software that is robust and comes with a strong architecture designed specifically for data recovery. With Windows and iOS versions available, you will be able to use this software to restore photos and videos from your iPhone. 

Some of the common features that make Disk Drill a best fit for iPhone photo and video recovery include:

  • Quick and deep scan
  • Support for multiple file types
  • Support for multiple storage devices

Additionally, the tool is affordable and available for free download and installation on any device. To use it for restoring videos and photos from your iPhone, follow the steps below. 

  • Download and install the software to your Mac or Windows computer
  • Connect your iPhone to the Mac or PC where the data recovery software has been installed
  • Launch the software and choose your iPhone from the available storage devices
  • Search for lost photos and videos
  • Recover your data and send them to a new location


Hence, this blog ends here and I hope you have followed the methods to find and recover lost photos and videos from iPhone. Whenever any kind of data loss happens, no need to panic as there are several ways to deal with the situation.

Further, if you have any suggestions or queries then drop them in the comment section below.

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