How to Undelete a Photo on the iPad

How to Undelete a Photo on the iPad. Daniel Nations

How to Restore a Picture on the iPad

Accidentally delete a photo on your iPad?  It's easy for this mistake to happen, especially when using the select button to delete multiple photos at once.  But so long as you have kept up with iOS updates, you should be able to restore that deleted photo.  Apple introduced the ability to "undelete" a photo with iOS 8, and the process for getting your photo back is about as simple as deleting it in the first place.

  • First, launch your Photos app.  (Quick Tip: You can launch it quickly using Spotlight Search.)
  • In the Photos app, navigate to your Albums by tapping the tab at the bottom of the screen.  If you are already in an Album, you can get back to the main screen by tapping the "Albums" link at the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Choose the "Recently Deleted" album.  This album was added in iOS 8 and will hold photos for up to 30 days before permanently deleting them from your iPad.
  • Tap the Photo you would like to restore in the Recently Deleted album and then tap the "Recover" button at the bottom-right corner.   
  • You can also permanently delete photos by tapping the Delete button with a Photo selected.

Do you need to restore multiple photos?  When you don't have an individual photo selected, tap the Select button at the top-right corner of the screen to enable multiple selection mode.  Tap the photos you want to restore and tap the "Recover" link at the top of the screen.

 Hint: You can also permanently delete multiple photos using this method.  

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