For a big percentage of iPhone users, the camera is the most important thing. One of the reasons why Guiding Tech’s own Editor switched from Android to an iPhone 6 after two years. When the camera is this awesome, you can’t help but take a lot of awesome shots. Of course, with taking multiple photos comes the responsibility of managing them.
We’ve already told you: There are apps that help you delete photos and ones that do the same for screenshots. But even when you use the apps we’ve talked about above, the photos aren’t deleted immediately. It’s the same as how files from PCs aren’t really deleted when you click that Delete button.
So if the image you just deleted isn’t really gone, how do you get it back? Alternatively, how do you make sure the image is really deleted? Read on to find out.
How to Recover a Deleted Image in iOS 8
Go to the Photos app and from the Albums tab look for Recently Deleted. Here you’ll see a chronological list of all your deleted photos. It’s the opposite of the Camera Roll; the most recently deleted image is at the top, not at the bottom.
So here is how it works. When you delete an image, either via an app or the Camera Roll, it lands here. And stays here for 30 days. Once the 30 days are up, then it is permanently deleted from your device.
What this means is that if you accidentally deleted an image, you have 30 days to get it back.
When you get to the Recently Deleted page you’ll see thumbnails of images with days marked on them. Those numbers show how many days away the image is from permanent deletion.
Tapping a thumbnail will give you a fullscreen preview. On the top here you’ll see the date and time the photo was captured.
Tap the Recover button to get the image back.
If you want to recover multiple images, go back to the thumbnails, tap on Select and tap on the images you want. You can also choose Recover all.
How to Make Sure an Image is Deleted
On the flip side, if you want to delete an image of sensitive nature, how do you make sure it’s not going to be accessible in the Recently Deleted album for everyone to see?
Simple – just as there’s a Recover option, there’s a Delete option. And this is the actual Delete Delete option not the fake Delete one.
You can delete one image at a time or select multiple images from the thumbnail view. Deleting all the images at once is also possible.
Share Some of Your Camera Tips and Tricks
How do you make those iPhone camera images even better? Do you use something like Manual to take command of manual camera controls in iOS 8? Let us know in the comments below.
Last updated on 03 February, 2022
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