Recovering deleted iPhone photo's?

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  1. iHero macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Hi all,

    I imported about 500 photo's from my iPhone into iPhoto from my holiday, after it finished importing it asked the usual 'Do I want to delete the photo's from the phone now?' so I clicked yes. iPhoto then froze up and I had to force close it.

    My problem is now the photo's are neither on the iPhone or in iPhoto!

    Is there any free recovery methods/programs that I can use?

    Thanks for any help :(
  2. actorkid macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    when's the last time you backed up your phone through iTunes?
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Just restore from a backup if you backed up before doing this.
  4. jmechner macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    The same thing just happened to me. Would be grateful for any help.

    Upon returning from vacation, imported 200+ new camera roll photos into iPhoto, then at the end of import, foolishly clicked to "Delete original photos from iphone" (should have paused to realize I hadn't backed up my iphone to iTunes since before I left for vacation)... iPhoto froze, and when I restarted, the photos were nowhere to be found either in iPhoto nor on the iPhone.

    I downloaded and tried some photo recovery programs but they don't work for iPhone since it doesn't appear as a mounted drive.

    Also bought PhoneView for iphone, but it doesn't help since the photos have been deleted so don't appear.

    I have iphone backup extractor, but it doesn't work since the photos were never backed up to my mac.

    I've spent a couple hours on this, no luck.. any advice would be welcome.

    I have iphone 3GS with the new os.
  5. jmechner macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    Problem solved

    OK, I got the images back. The solution that worked for me turned out to lie not in getting the data off the iphone (despite trying numerous methods and applications, I couldn't find a way to retrieve files that have been deleted, if they haven't been backed up) but in simply using the Finder to find the photos hiding on the mac in the iphoto library where they had been imported, but weren't showing up.. copy them to a new folder, and re-import them.
  6. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2010
    You didn't get them back because they were never gone. You just didn't know where to find them. This is in no way related to the OP's question.
  7. Orange™ macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2010
    Good job!
    Maybe the OP should be looking through the iPhoto folder in finder and maybe he'll see his files in a folder but not in the application itself.

    Also, try looking in the trash can in the application iPhoto and then in the trash on your dock. Hope you recover your files! :eek:

    Don't mind Bandolier, he thrives on not helping out forum members but instead attacking them with inept insults and comments that don't help one bit when searching for the solution..:rolleyes:
  8. alecbrownuk macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2013
    iPhone Photo Recovery Issues!

    there are two types for you to recover deleted photos from Apple iPhone. First, you can use a third party tool to scan and recover pictures from your iPhone. Second, if you've synced your iPhone with iTunes, the latest data on your iPhone are automatically backed up by iTunes....

  9. henry72, May 30, 2013
    Last edited: May 30, 2013

    henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    Try this:

    Hold (Command + Option) and then open iPhoto, there should be a First Aid window pop-up. Try repair database first, if it doesn't work then rebuild. I'd highly recommend you make a copy of your current iPhoto library before you do anything.

    Remember always have a backup :D

  10. velsjapan macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2013
    Stupid itunes sync errased all my data in my iphone

    Here is my situation.
    My iphone data got erased by itunes auto sync.
    I never took back in icloud or itunes.
    iphone model : 4S
    I have a latest mac desktop at home

    My son was using this desktop to back up his iphone.

    I bought a new iphone for myself and using it for an year
    which had photos around 1200. I was so stupid that I never
    took backup(Bcos I am very alergic to itunes back up in my PC, it
    erased all my ipod songs earlier). Badly I wanted to take backup so
    I connected my iphone to the desktop PC, which my son was using.
    Some pop-up came and without a second thought I put ok. It was syncing
    for couple of minutes and when I saw my iphone, I was shocked that
    my iphone is completly wiped out with my son's data, which is stored in PC.
    It changed including the wall paper and the design of icons same as my son's.

    Tried many tools no luck to get back my losed data.

    Can any one help for my problem.
    I feel like crying alone. I lost all my memorable photos.

    I would be glad if jmechner could repond and give some hope.:confused:
  11. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Apple provides free iPhone backups using iCloud

    Apple provides Photostream photo backup for free

    It seems that you erased your device by restoring it with another user's data. In that case, there's no fix for user error except to restore from your device backup (which Apple provides for free). If you didn't backup your iPhone despite multiple easy ways to do it, then the data is not worth anything to you.

  12. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  13. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
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