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How to recover photos from your iPhone (if you accidentally deleted them)

The mobile has become an indispensable device in our day and is practically leading to the extinction of traditional cameras. With the cell phone we take countless images that are stored and we never erase until, horror !, the phone's memory begins to fill. It is convenient to eliminate them and make a backup copy, but we do not always do what we should but rather the opposite. And when we try to erase them, with the little practice we have it is easy to accidentally delete your most loved photos. Are you going to run out of them? Fortunately, there are many ways not to lose them at all: we show you how to recover photos from your iPhone step by step. But first of all we will talk about the options you have to erase them.

Delete photos from your iPhone with a Mac

Image the Mac photo gallery to know how to recover photos from your iPhone

Image Capture is an application that comes with your Mac and performs all kinds of useful tasks, including downloading your photos from your iPhone or iPad.

You can connect your iPhone to your Mac to view, download or delete your photos with Image Capture. Then we explain how to do it.

  • Start Image Capture from the Applications folder of your Mac.
  • Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB.
  • Select your device from the list.
  • View photos in thumbnail format or as a list.
  • Decide what you want to save to your hard drive. For optimal viewing, drag the slider to change the size of the thumbnails.
  • Click on the Import to pop-up menu and then choose where to save the images or what application to use to open them.
  • To import only some of the images, select them and click Import. To import all images, click Import all.
  • You can automatically transfer the phone images to the device whenever they are connected by clicking the Show or Hide button in the lower left corner of the window or by clicking on the pop-up menu Connect this camera and choosing Automatic Importer.

Delete photos directly from your iPhone

It is easy to delete one or more photos from your iPhone. You just have to review all the photos in the photo gallery and select one or more images individually or collectively by touching or marking and dragging your finger across the screen.

Remove one or more photos from the galley

  • Start the Photos application and select Photos in the lower left corner.
  • Select the option All photos. You can also do it depending on the Years, Months or Days to choose a set of photos of the galley.
  • Press Select in the upper right and touch or touch and slide to select individual images or groups of images.
  • Add, remove or cancel photo deletion by touching the +/- icon in the upper right.
  • Click on the Trash icon in the lower right corner to delete the images.
  • To delete a single photo, you can also use 3D Touch on an iPhone 6 or higher. Touch and hold a photo to preview it, and then select Delete at the bottom of the menu.

Even if you mistakenly delete an image you want to keep, there is enough time to change your mind. When you delete a photo from the galley, it moves to the deleted album, as if it were a garbage can, until it leaves after 30 days. This means that you can delete photos from the Photos application and still have access to them during a 30-day account.

Remove recently deleted photos from album

This method of deletion is useful if you are running out of storage space and have already backed up your photos. When you get rid of deleted images from the recently deleted photo album, it is forever.

  • Go to Recently deleted in your Photos app.
  • Tap Select in the upper right corner.
  • Select Delete all in the lower left corner or mark the images you want to get rid of and then click Remove.
  • A warning appears that specifies that this action cannot be undone and, when ready, select Delete photos.

Recover deleted photos

If you deleted the wrong photo or group of photos by accident or changed your mind about a photo you deleted and want to recover it, it's easy to do so. Here are three options to recover deleted photos on your iPhone.

Recover photos from a recently deleted album

If you haven't deleted your photos from the Recently Deleted Items folder, iOS will keep them for 30 days. Next, we tell you how to restore them.

  • Go to the photo application.
  • Go to the Recently Deleted Items folder.
  • Tap Select in the upper right corner.
  • Press Recover or select the individual photos you want to recover and select Recover.
  • If you have the iCloud photo library activated, you can use it to navigate to your iCloud account and follow the same steps.

Use your Mac to restore from a backup (iOS 13 and macOS Catalina)

Backup of Finder photos

If you regularly make iPhone backups on your computer, your photos should already have a backup, which means you can restore lost images. As you are restoring your entire iPhone from a backup, the photos that reappear on your iPhone are the same as they were on your iPhone on the day of the backup. Therefore, first make sure you make a backup of your new photos elsewhere, if you want to save them, before restoring them from a previous backup.

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer and choose your iPhone.
  • In the Summary tab, select Restore from this backup and choose the backup you want if there is more than one.

Make a backup with a third-party application

Google Photos desktop application

The use of a third-party application multiplies the protection of your photos. It is always good to have several backup copies of something as irreplaceable as the photos, since backup systems can fail at any time. You will never want to be in a position where there are no options to recover lost photos. Always have a hard disk backup and an online backup (or more than one).

If you have a Google and Gmail account, the backup is free and unlimited as long as your images are 16 GB or less, which is the case with most of the images of smart phones. For the iPhone, the use of iCloud is always an option, as is the use of Apple's Airdrop to download photos to your computer. You can also store photos in Dropbox, although the free storage capacity is limited, just like in iCloud.

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