It can be easy to accidentally delete a photo from your iPhone as you swipe through your images.
Deleting photos is one of the fastest ways to free up storage space, but people are sometimes too aggressive in pruning old photos. That can lead to mistakes and regret.
If you’ve deleted a photo that you need to hold onto, you may be worried that it’s gone forever.
But don’t despair.
Depending on a number of factors, you can save deleted photos on your iPhone.
Here are a few options for how you can do this.
HOW TO SAVE DELETED PHOTOS ON YOUR IPHONE
Apple is aware that we all accidentally delete photos sometimes, so there is a feature built into the iOS to help us out.
The Photos app has a Recently Deleted Photos album.
This stores your deleted photos for 30 days, giving you time to restore them before they’re gone for good.
You need to be running iOS 8 or higher in order to use this feature. If you are, follow these steps to recover your deleted photos:
Tap the Photos app to launch it
On the Albums screen, scroll down to the bottom. Tap Recently Deleted
This photo album contains all the photos you’ve deleted in the last 30 days. It shows each photo and lists the number of days that remain until it will be permanently deleted
Tap Select in the top right corner
Tap the photo or photos you want to save. A checkmark appears on each selected photo
Tap Recover in the bottom right corner. (Alternatively, if you want to delete the photo right away, rather than waiting 30 days, and free up storage space, tap Delete in the bottom left.)
In the pop-up menu, tap Recover Photo
The photo is removed from Recently Deleted Photos and is added back to your Camera Roll and any other albums it was a part of before you deleted it
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I first got interested in computers way back when it was DOS and before it was 486. Hard drives were measured in megabytes! There wasn’t time to do courses then so I was self-taught and Dummies books were a great help.
It has been an ongoing thing keeping up with the advancements in PC technology. From my AT-12 1MB Compact with a 20MB hard drive, 14” mono monitor and dot matrix printer (total $3263) to my current PC with two 26” monitors, a 2 TB and a 1 TB hard drives plus a couple of printers, etc it’s been quite a ride.
So when I retired to South Gippsland about 10 years ago I had time to play with my PC and 3-4 years ago take up another hobby of drawing and painting. So life has been busy.
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