How to Restore Deleted Photos From an iPhone Without iCloud

By Andrew Tennyson

Finding out you've accidentally deleted an important photo on your iPhone can be a stressful experience. While it's possible to restore deleted photos via Apple's iCloud backup service, if you use it, it's not always a viable solution due to connectivity issues or the length of time that has elapsed since your last backup. There is another option. If you originally uploaded the deleted photos to your iPhone from your computer, you can restore those deleted photos using iTunes, provided you use the same computer from which you originally imported them and you haven't erased them from the computer in the interim.

Step 1

Connect the iPhone to the computer using the phone's USB cable.

Step 2

Launch the iTunes application on your computer if it doesn't launch automatically. Click your iPhone on the list of available devices in the upper right corner of the iTunes screen and then click the "Photos" tab.

Step 3

Place a check mark in the "Sync Photos from" check box. Click the pull-down box and select the location from which you want to restore photos. If you originally imported them onto your iPhone from a folder, for example, click "Choose folder" and then locate and click on the folder. If you select an application as your location, configure your import options. Click "All photos, albums, events and faces" to import all photos from the chosen application. To import only certain photos, click "Selected albums, events, and faces" and then select the desired albums, faces and events.

Step 4

Click "Apply" to restore the selected photos to the iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to iTunes 11 and iPhones with iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.