iPhone 7(+) I accidentally deleted iCloud photos

evamoree

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As per title, I accidentally deleted some couple hundred iTunes photos because I didn't realise deleting them would remove them forever from iCloud. Is there any way to get them back? I didn't mean to get rid of them ;-;
 

posguy99

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https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204570

How do I delete photos and videos from a device using iCloud Photo Library?
If you want to remove photos and videos from all your iOS devices, your Mac, and iCloud.com, you can delete them in the Photos app.

When you delete a photo or video from your Photos app, it also deletes from your iCloud Photo Library and iCloud storage. You can recover your photos and videos from the Recently Deleted album for 30 days.
 
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evamoree

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https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204570

How do I delete photos and videos from a device using iCloud Photo Library?
If you want to remove photos and videos from all your iOS devices, your Mac, and iCloud.com, you can delete them in the Photos app.

When you delete a photo or video from your Photos app, it also deletes from your iCloud Photo Library and iCloud storage. You can recover your photos and videos from the Recently Deleted album for 30 days.
I deleted them from there because I didn't realise :(
 

davidmartindale

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I deleted them from there because I didn't realise :(

If deleted from Recently Deleted, call Apple Support, ask for a senior advisor. As long as the photos were deleted in the last 30 days they will likely be able to restore them for you. Have your Apple ID info handy as they will need to verify your identity.

It is possible they may not be able to, but likely will
 
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akash.nu

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Once deleted from that 30 days folder, I don’t think there’s a way to get the photos back unless OP can restore from a backup.
 
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evamoree

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thank you :) I will try contacting them. It does appear some have come back but unfortunately not all so far :(
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You deleted them out of Recently Deleted? Then restore them from your backup and move on.

but how do I restore? I haven't had to do it before
 

AbSoluTc

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thank you :) I will try contacting them. It does appear some have come back but unfortunately not all so far :(
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but how do I restore? I haven't had to do it before

Only way to get photos back if you delete them from recently deleted in iCloud photo library is IF the following conditions are met...

1- You opted to keep a COPY on your device (NOT used optimize storage option)
2- You have a physical backup to a computer through iTunes.

That's the only way to restore deleted photos.


iCloud backup of your phone DOES NOT backup your photos if you're using iCloud photo library. You would end up using DOUBLE the photo storage space if that happened. So an iCloud backup of your phone will not help you in this case.
 

Kendo

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Keep in mind iCloud Photos doesn't act like an external hard drive where you can keep some photos on your iPhone and some photos on your iCloud. The way it works is it syncs to your iPhone or iPad identically so if you have 100 photos on your iPhone, you'll have 100 photos in your iCloud. If you delete 10 photos on your iPhone, you'll have 10 photos deleted on your iCloud. So you can't keep 20 photos on your iPhone and the other 80 in iCloud.
 

akash.nu

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Keep in mind iCloud Photos doesn't act like an external hard drive where you can keep some photos on your iPhone and some photos on your iCloud. The way it works is it syncs to your iPhone or iPad identically so if you have 100 photos on your iPhone, you'll have 100 photos in your iCloud. If you delete 10 photos on your iPhone, you'll have 10 photos deleted on your iCloud. So you can't keep 20 photos on your iPhone and the other 80 in iCloud.

Yes, it’s more like a virtual extension of the physical storage space on your iPhone rather than a completely separate storage option.
 
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