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[4 Ways] How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud?


If you like to take pictures, your iPhone or iPad probably has a lot of precious pictures that record important times in your life. But sometimes you might delete some important photos by mistake or not be able to get to your photos because you lost or damaged your device. Is there a way to get your pictures back from iCloud in this case? Yes, that's possible. This article will show you four ways on how to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud. Let's look at it together.

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Part 1. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud

How to access iCloud photos that have been deleted? Here are four ways you can try.

Way 1. How to Restore Photos from iCloud Using Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery

Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery is professional iOS data recovery software that lets you quickly get the data you need from iCloud backups. You don't have to connect your iOS device or delete any data on it. It works with many types of files, not limited to photos. What's more, it has a two-factor login, which makes sure that your account is safe. The process is easy and can be finished in just a few steps, thanks to its user-friendly layout.

Key Features:

  • Recover specific iCloud backup files directly to your computer.
  • Utilize your iCloud account solely for data restoration.
  • Check comprehensive backup files on your PC.
  • Ensure no loss of quality during the recovery process.
  • Offer compatibility with various file formats, including contacts, photos, note attachments, reminders, and calendars.

How to get back deleted photos from iCloud using Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery? Follow the steps below:

01Launch the program following the download and installation. Input your Apple ID and password into the interface, then click the arrow icon to sign in. If two-factor authentication is enabled on your iOS device, provide the verification code on the interface and click "Verify" to continue.

sign in with your apple id

02Please check the file types you want to restore, then click the "Next" icon. The software will then scan and list your iCloud backup files.

scan photos you want to recover

03Once the scanning is complete, you can click on the "Photos" option in the left-side categories to view all the photos in your iCloud backup. Choose the desired photos in the preview window on the right, and then press the "Recover to Computer" button to recover and store them on your computer.

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Way 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud in Recently Deleted Folder

If you want to recover photos deleted within the last 30 days from iCloud, you can use a built-in feature called the "Recently Deleted" folder. This folder retains your deleted photos until it automatically clears after 30 days. Here is how to find deleted pictures on iCloud from the Recently Deleted folder:

Step 1. Visit iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID.

Step 2. Click on "Photos" on iCloud.com to open iCloud Photos.

Step 3. Choose the "Recently Deleted" album on the left.

Step 4. Choose the photos or videos you intend to retrieve, then click on the "Recover" option.

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Way 3. How to Get Old Photos from iCloud Website Manually

If you have deleted photos that were previously uploaded to iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Windows PC after disabling iCloud Photos for the current device, enabling iCloud Photos will synchronize all deletions on iCloud.com. This allows you to manually download them from the iCloud website for recovery on your device. Here are the steps on how to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud from the iCloud website manually:

Step 1. Open your browser and visit the iCloud.com website.

Step 2. Log in using your Apple ID.

Step 3. Click on "Photos" on the iCloud homepage, and choose the photos and videos you want to recover.

Step 4. Select "Download" to restore iCloud photos on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Windows PC.

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Way 4. How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup

If you want to recover some photos that have been overwritten or lost from iCloud, you can use another feature of iCloud, which is to restore photos from iCloud backup. This feature allows your device to revert to the state of a specific iCloud backup you choose, including all data, including photos. However, this feature comes with some drawbacks, such as the need to erase all data on your device before restoring the backup, and there is a risk of losing some new data added after the backup. Here are the specific steps on how to restore photos from iCloud backup:

Step 1. Go to iPhone "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings".

erase your iphone

Step 2. iPhone will restart, and on the "Apps & Data" screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup".

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Step 3. Log in to your Apple account.

Step 4. Choose the correct iCloud backup from the list and click "Restore".

Note: If your photos were not backed up to iCloud, you may not be able to recover iCloud photos.

Part 2. FAQs on iCloud Photo Recovery

Q1. What photos does iCloud back up?

iCloud automatically backs up Camera Roll and other app photos. Photos taken with your camera or downloaded online may be included. Enabling "iCloud Photo Library" immediately stores pictures and videos in iCloud for synchronization across all connected devices.

Q2. How long does iCloud retain deleted photos?

iCloud keeps deleted photos for 30 days. Photos are preserved in "Recently Deleted", allowing recovery if needed. They will be permanently removed from iCloud if not restored within 30 days. If you didn't overwrite your iCloud backup before deleting these photos, you can also get them back.

Q3. Does recovering photos from iCloud affect other data on my device?

Recovering iCloud photos seldom affects other device data. Downloading and adding the recovered photos to your photo library won't overwrite or delete any existing data. This implies you can recover iCloud photos without losing other data. However, make sure your device has enough capacity for the photos you're recovering.


This is the end of the information on how to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud. You are free to pick the way that works best for you. But we strongly suggest that you use Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery, which is professional iOS data recovery software. It lets you quickly get the data you need from iCloud backups without having to connect or delete any data from your iOS device. Get it and test it out.

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