Among the many unannounced features of iOS 8, the Photos app now features a Trash can (Recycle Bin) where your deleted photos reside. It’s a nifty little feature because now, deleting photos is not undo-able unless you permanently remove them from the specific album.

If you accidentally delete a photo and want to recover it, you can do that right on your iPhone. There’s the iTunes/iCloud backup too but this is even better. Find out:

Recover Deleted iPhone Photos in iOS 8

Here’s how to recover (accidentally) deleted photos in iOS 8:

  • Open your Photos app.
  • Tap on the Albums menu to open the list of albums.
  • Tap on Recently Deleted.

Recover Accidentally Deleted iPhone and iPad Photos in iOS 8

  • You see a list of photos. Tap on the photo you want to recover.
  • When the photo opens, you can tap on Recover (bottom-right.)

Recover Accidentally Deleted Photos on your iPhone

  • The photo will be restored to the original album it was in. Most of the time, you’re going to see that photo in Recently Added.

Also Read: How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone or iPad

Someone also mentioned that deleted photos are shown from within the Camera app when you tap on the photo thumbnail at bottom-left. When you see a photo which was recently deleted in the preview, you just tap on the Delete/Trash icon – and then tap on “Recover Photo” to have the photo recovered.

So there are two questions now. Do these photos in trash occupy your iPhone’s memory? Or iCloud? Because if it uses up your iPhone’s memory, then that beats the purpose of deleting photos to free up space. Secondly, how long do the deleted photos stay in the trash? It would take just some time to figure these things out and anyway, iOS 8 is still in beta 2.

In the meanwhile, if you are using iOS 8 beta 2, don’t worry if you accidentally deleted photos from your albums. They’re going to be there in the new trash can of Photos app: Recently Deleted album.

  • stef

    i deleted most of my pictures from camera roll prior to iOS 8. i also deleted from picture stream. after updating over the air all of my 400+ pictures that i left on the phone are gone. From this article its sounds like they should be in deleted recently but nothing is there. please assist if possible.