iOS 8 Tip: How to Recover Deleted Photos and Videos for iPhone and iPad

Apple added the ability to restore deleted photos and videos with iOS 8. This quick tip explains how it works.

Apple’s iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad has several new features, being able to recover deleted photos and videos is near the top of my list of favorites.

Recover Deleted Photos in iOS 8

To undelete your files, simply open your Photos app and tap Albums. An album called Recently Deleted will have all photos deleted in the last 30 days.

iOS Recently Deleted Album

You can restore all files at once by simple tapping Select (top right) and Recovery All.

iOS Available Photos and Videos for Recovery

To restore specific files, just tap the ones you want.

iOS 8

Unlike most options on iOS, Apple kept things simple so there’s no recovery options or settings. That said, I like simple.

Do you have a favorite new iOS 8 feature? Would love to hear about it!

If you’re new to iOS 8 then make sure to check out these other posts on using Apple’s new mobile OS:




  1. This feature is SUPER helpful. Time and time again I accidentally click on a photo I want to keep when deleting in bulk and this saves me from pulling out my hair and sobbing quietly while curled up in a ball. Great tips mate!


  2. You can try Coolmuster iPhone iPad iPod Data Recovery software to recover iphone 4/5/6 lost/deleted/formatted photos and videos.

  3. Stella  

    Such way to recover photos on iOS 8 is easy. But it only works within 30 days after deletion. For those photos deleted over 30 days, how to deleted photos from iPhone? We can surely get back them from iTunes or iCloud backup. Also retrieve them from iOS devices directly with “FoneLab for iOS”.

  4. jolaurencejo  

    Thanks, great article.
    However, you can only use this function in iOS 8 and also the photos you deleted less than 30 days ago. If you are using iOS 7 or you have deleted the photos you would like to recover more than 30 days, you need to restore your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud backup files to get back the photos or you need use a program to recover deleted photos from iPhone for you.

  5. I love this feature and it’s a convenient to restore wrongly deleted photos. However, even it being deleted 30 days before, you can use itunes or icloud to get them back.

  6. devinpot  

    It’s really a nice feature when the iOS 8 published. Nearly almost users love this function. But now, many users begin to use some 3rd party recovery like Wondershare or FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery which can not only recover deleted files from iPhone or iPad, but also recover files from iCloud and iTunes. They can recover photos, videos, contacts, messages, memos and so on.

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