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How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone

The iPhone 6S is one of the latest smartphones that comes with many unique features with a number of applications. Its camera is recognized as the most amazing feature that you cannot compare with any other digital SLR camera. As much as this device comes with its elegant feature you may find it malfunctioning or deleting the data accidentally leading to loss of the data and its applications. So it is really very important back up all your data, contacts, messages and important applications so that you can avoid losing your information in case of any malfunction. Most of us value photos so much as they remind us of many scenarios and help us keep that good memorable moments so losing your photos is really heartbreaking experience. 

Part 1. Recover Photos from Photos app > Recently Deleted folder. (iOS 8 and above)

If you lost photos from your iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 7 Plus or any other iPhone running in iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10, iOS 11, iOS 12 or iOS 13, the Photos app now features a Trash can (Recycle Bin) where your deleted photos reside. If you accidentally delete a photo and want to recover it, please follow the instruction below.

  • Open your Photos app.
  • Tap on the Albums menu to open the list of albums.
  • Tap on Recently Deleted.
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  • You see a list of photos. Tap on the photo you want to recover.
  • When the photo opens, you can tap on Recover (bottom-right.)
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  • The photo will be restored to the original album it was in. Most of the time, you’re going to see that photo in Recently Added.

Part 2. Recover Photos by scanning device or iTunes/iCloud backups.

However, with a set of excellent features on your device and with the use Syncios Data Recovery (Windows & Mac) you can manage to recover the lost data and photos. This mode of data recovery can support three modes including recovering data directly from iPhone 6, recovering data in iPhone 6 from iTunes backup and recovering data from iPhone 6 by scanning a iCloud backup file. We are going to look at how you can recover your deleted photos from the iPhone using Syncios Data Recovery by scanning your iOS device directly. 

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This mode will allow you to recover your deleted photos as well as lost data from your iPhone. In order to recover your deleted photos from iPhone and restore them from the backed up lost data from your device kindly follow the following steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Plug a USB cable into the port on the bottom of the iPhone. Connect the other end of the USB cable into any USB port on the computer. Launch Syncios Data Recovery software, you will be able to see 3 recovery modes. Click on the mode labeled recover from the iOS device.

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Step 2. Scan your iPhone to retrieve lost photos.

Once your iPhone is detected, click on the "Start" button to start analyzing your iPhone device connected. Always make sure that the device is connected to keep the scan progress on going and avoid unnecessary termination of the process, otherwise it will start again. If you ever made an encrpted iTunes backup, you would get the prompt requesting for a password, tap and put the password in order to give it access to the computer.

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Step 3. Preview and recover photos from your iPhone.

After finishing the scan, you will be able to see the three different categories of data to be recovered. Now you if you want to recover the photos onto your phone you can decide to view each of the photos so that you can see the recovered ones and the click on the recover button to restore your photos. You can also touch on the other categories in order to see the data that was found from the backup and recover the files. 

Step 4. Recover the deleted photos to computer.

You will get two options, recover to computer and recover to device.

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Disconnect the USB connection to your PC. Now you can view the recovered photos on your PC. If you would like to import the photos to your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6/6 Plus/7/7 Plus, you can try our free Syncios PC to iPhone Transfer.

Supported devices Data available to recover
  • iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini 4, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, the iPad 2, iPad 1
  • iPod Touch 6, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4
  • Text content: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, WahtsApp History, Safari bookmark, App Documents
  • Media content: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Voice memos, Message attachments, WhatsApp Attachments, Voicemail, App Photos, App Videos

It is really important to note that you always need to back up your data always so that in any event that you find yourself deleting the data accidentally or through any malfunction you can be able to recover your data more easily. 

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