Recover Deleted iPhone Photos
NB: The app I mentioned on this page a while ago is not appropriate anymore. Apparently, Apple has made it very difficult to undelete photos recently and most developers are struggling with making software that can recover photos properly. I’m currently looking into and testing potential solutions. As soon as I find one, I’ll write a new post here. Guy
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Accidentally deleting your photos is probably the worst thing that can happen to a photographer. Imagine you were asked to shoot photos at your dad’s 50th birthday party, using your iPhone. A 50th birthday is obviously a special day which you can’t just rewind and replay if something goes wrong. So what happens if you accidentally erase the photos? Are all of those precious moments lost and gone forever? OH %*^&$(%*!!!
When you erase files such as images, these files are not always deleted permanently from the device’s hard drive. The files are just being removed from visibility, and by moving these files from visibility the user can now re-use the space they were taking up. So unless you’ve overwritten the space they occupied with new files, your invisible files remain on the hard drive. Here’s a top tip! If you accidentally delete a photo (or a hundred photos) run the photo recovery software immediately after you delete the photos to ensure your data is still on the hard drive.
You could use a program called Stellar Photo Recovery, which is available for download at http://www.retrievedeletedphotos.com/. This software is advertised to work on all cameras and devices such as USB cards, SD/SDHC cards, and of course the iPhone. You can download a free version of this so you can test it first before jumping onboard with the pro version.
Here’s how to restore deleted photos off your iPhone using Stellar Photo Recovery, follow the steps below:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer (this software is available for PC and Mac).
- Open and load Stellar Photo.
- Choose on the appropriate drive under the removable drives tab.
- Click on Start Scan.
Stellar Photo Recovery will then provide you with a list and preview of the photos that can be recovered.
Again, as a friendly reminder, do not forget to make backup copies of your photos. Don’t wait until all of your photos are gone to realize you should be backing up regularly. With hard drives, CDs, DVDs and online storage there’s no reason not to back up – but if you still haven’t, get yourself a photo recovery program, stat!