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

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If you are someone who loves taking photos, your iPhone or iPad likely stores many precious pictures, capturing the moments of your life. However, at times, you may accidentally delete some important photos or find yourself unable to access your pictures due to device loss or damage. In such situations, is there a way to recover your photos from iCloud? The answer is yes. iCloud is a cloud service provided by Apple that allows you to sync and back up your data, including photos, across different devices. This article will introduce you to four methods on how to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud. Let's see together.

 

Part 1. FAQs on iCloud Photo Recovery

Q1. What photos does iCloud back up?

iCloud automatically backs up photos on your device, including those in the Camera Roll and photos saved through other applications. These photos may include images captured with your camera or downloaded from the internet. Additionally, if you enable the "iCloud Photo Library" option, all photos and videos will be automatically stored in iCloud for synchronization across all connected devices.

Q2. How long does iCloud retain deleted photos?

iCloud retains deleted photos for 30 days after you delete them. During this period, the photos are stored in a folder called "Recently Deleted", allowing you to recover them if needed. If you do not restore them within the 30-day timeframe, they will be permanently deleted and cannot be retrieved from iCloud. However, if you had an iCloud backup that included these photos before deleting them, you can still retrieve the photos by restoring that backup, as long as you haven't overwritten it.

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

Recovering photos from iCloud typically does not have a negative impact on other data on your device. The recovered photos will be downloaded and added to your photo library without overwriting or deleting any existing data on your device. This means you can safely recover lost photos from iCloud without worrying about the loss or alteration of other data. However, ensure that your device has sufficient available storage space to accommodate the photos you are about to recover.

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Part 2. How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud

Then, 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 a professional iOS data recovery software that allows you to quickly extract the data you need from iCloud backups without the need to connect your iOS device and without erasing any data on your device. It supports various file types, including contacts, photos, calendars, reminders, and more. It also supports two-factor authentication, ensuring the security of your account. With its user-friendly interface, the operation is simple and can be completed in just a few steps.

Key Features:

  • Recover specific iCloud backup files directly to your computer.
  • Utilize your iCloud account solely for data restoration.
  • Examine 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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Video Tutorial:

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Way 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud Using 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.

retrieve photos from icloud from recently deleted folder

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".

how to access icloud photos that have been deleted from icloud backup

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.

Summary

This concludes all the information on how to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud. You can choose a method that suits your needs and preferences. However, we highly recommend using Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery, a professional iOS data recovery software. It allows you to quickly extract the data you want from iCloud backups without connecting your iOS device and without erasing any data on your device. If you're looking to recover your photos from iCloud, consider giving Coolmuster iCloud Backup Recovery a try – you won't be disappointed.

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