Does iPhone Have a Device-Non-Accessible "Trash Bin" for Photos?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jul 13, 2008
As many have I accidentally deleted the wrong photo a few minutes after taking it (with no backups).

Maybe iOS has a "trash bin" in that it only actually deletes the file when it needs space. This would mean that the file would exist on the phone but not appear to the user. Could this presumption be as probable as it seems?

Speaking of that, a phone in 2014 should have a way to restore accidentally deleted files if they're deleted right after their creation.


macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2007
Nope, deleting it removes it from the phone immediately.
Depends on which version you are on. iOS 8 has a special album in the Photos app called "Recently Deleted" that holds your deleted photos for 30 days. You can recover from there. iOS7 and below do not have this.

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