Accidentally deleted photos on iPhone - recovery possible?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by highlanderfil, Apr 12, 2010.

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  1. highlanderfil macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2010
    I accidentally deleted a number of photos on my iPhone before doing a backup, so iTunes wouldn't have them. Having had that happen to my laptop and camera before, I remembered there was software that would allow me to recover the deleted files, but the problem is, this only works if the iPhone is recognized as a letter drive by my computer, which it isn't. Is there any way to make that happen or am I pretty much hopeless?
  2. nlevesque macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Me too

    I did the same thing and have the exact same problem with the software. Did you ever figure out how to recover the pictures you lost????
  3. mowly macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    me tooo

    i have the same problem!!!! I have tried with many software recovery but is impossible to recover the photos!!!
    any idea?
  4. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Unless you have them backed up, there doesn't seem to be. I went through all the options a few months ag with my husband's phone. Nothing worked.
  5. Hmconnor macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2012
    I actually called Verizon within seconds of accidentally deleting a photo on my husband's iPhone. They said there is absolutely no way of getting it back unless it was backed up.
    It was evidence in a case I was presenting, so complete devastation.

    Sad day for us all. Sorry everyone.
  6. PM-Performance macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    I could swear I found a software to browse the file system to do this. If been awhile since i tried though.
    You can restore deleted items with normal flash media with file recovery tools. Not sure if Apple locked that down though like everything else.
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  8. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
  9. bloutrein macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    If you didn't have iCloud Photo Stream enabled, you do not necessarily need to dig in your iTunes iOS backup files with third-party software.

    Just let iTunes restore your iPhone photos back to your iPhone. iTunes automatically backs up your Camera Roll photos each time you sync. As a result, no need to have created an iTunes backup on purpose. Restoring your iPhone with iTunes, however will delete all your current iPhone data and restore your iphone Camera Roll photos, iphone contacts, and settings at the time of the last sync/backup.

    As a result, always good to backup before restoring. First, backup your iPhone (right click on your iPhone under devices and click Back Up). To restore from a backup, right click on your iPhone under Devices in iTunes and click Restore from Backup. You can then choose which iPhone backup you want to restore from.
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