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How to recover photos on iPad (Air, Mini, Pro) with/ without backup

Alex Griffith Updated on Apr 15, 2022 4:08 PM

Updating your iPad to the latest version of iOS only to discover that your photos in Camera Roll were disappeared? Or you deleted some valuable photos accidentally while having your spring clean on iPad? Whatever the reason, losing photos that later you realize you need can be one of the most frustrating things. But don't fret, you might be able to recover photos on iPad.

In the following part, we will show you 5 ways of recovering lost or deleted pictures from iPad (iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro) no matter what situation you're stuck in. Some are more effective than others, but all of them are easy to operate. Read on to discover the best methods for how to get iPad photos recovery.

1. Recover Deleted Photos on iPad - Recently Deleted Album

Where do the deleted photos go? How long can I restore deleted photos on iPad? Apple says you have a 30 days grace period during which you're able to view the deleted photos in Recently Deleted folder and restore them to camera roll in just a matter of clicks.

Follow these simple steps to recover photos on iPad (Air, Mini, Pro).

  • Open Photos app on iPad.
  • Go to Album > Other Albums > Recently Deleted.
  • Tap Select, choose the photos you want to save.
  • Tap Recover to send deleted photos back to your camera roll.

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Can't find the deleted pictures in the Recently Deleted folder, this may be because your recovery 30 days period has expired or you have emptied the folder and permanently deleted the pictures from the device. If this has happened, you can resort to 3rd party iPad photo recovery software mentioned in next method to recover permanently deleted photos from iPad.

2. Do-It-Yourself with iPad Photo Recovery Program

Whether you have made a backup of iPad or not, there's chance of recovering those seem-like permanently deleted pictures from iPad memory in minimal effort. You've a lot of options out there for handling this task. iOS Data Recovery is our favorite. Just like its name suggests, this software application is dedicated to recovering data from all models of iOS devices.

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What Can It Do?

  • Recognizes your iPad and then goes into the file system to retrieve deleted photos
  • Other common files are also included: contacts, messages, notes, call logs, you name it.
  • Extracting lost data from iTunes and iCloud backup without overwrite data on iPad.
  • Preview the found pictures and selectively retrieve what photo item you want.

So how can you get back photos you deleted permanently on iPad without backup? Sure, let's get to the point: these are the steps you can try to restore iPad pictures.

Step 1: Scan iPad for lost photos

Run the application on your computer and click the first Recover from iOS Device mode on the left side. Then, use a USB cable to connect your iPad (Air, Mini, Pro) to the computer. As soon as your device is detected by the program, it will show up on the pane.

When you get into the window like image below, select "Photos Stream" "Camera Roll" and "Photo Library" and then hit the Scan button to begin scanning your iPad storage.

When that's done, a whole amount of data is presented in collection view.

Step 2: Preview deleted pictures on iPad

The software features a preview function, allowing you to peruse the deleted pictures by double-clicking the thumbnail before fully restoring it.

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Step 3: Recover photos from iPad internal memory and save in computer

Go ahead and check the boxes next to pictures that you want to retrieve, followed by Recover button at the bottom-right corner.

When a pop-up dialog opens, select a directory path for the recovered photos on computer.

Finally, press the Recover button once again. This program will recover your photos and save them in your specified folder on computer.

After the recovery, you can open the folder to view the photos or get them onto your iPad with iTransfer, a comprehensive solution for managing media files among Android, iOS and computer.

3. Restore iPad Pictures with iCloud

If you're not in the situation mentioned above but did have iCloud automatic backup feature enabled on in iPad when the photos were on the device, you can restore that backup to get deleted pictures back to iPad. Be sure you are connected to WiFi and your wall charger as this will take some time to finish.

  • On iPad, go to Settings > General > Reset, then select Erase All Content and Settings.
  • On Apps & Data screen, select Restore from iCloud Backup option
  • Log in with your Apple ID and passcodes in the pop up window.
  • Select a most relevant iCloud backup from a list of available archives.

Open the Photos app and leave your iPad on this view. After completion of the iCloud restore, you lost photos should re-appear in camera roll.

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Apple has a detailed walkthrough here: Restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup.

4. Restore Deleted Photos on iPad Using iTunes Backup

You can also recover photos by restoring iPad from an iTunes backup, as long as the backup had been made already before the photos were disappeared.

  • Run iTunes and plug your iPad into the computer.
  • Click the iPad icon when it appears in iTunes.
  • Select Restore Backup... under Summary section.
  • Choose the lat most relevant iTunes backup entry and click Restore.

retrieve pictures from iTunes backup to iPad

Note that all of your data (not just photos) currently on the phone will be replaced with the contents of the backup. If you want to get more control over the restore process without affecting the current data on the device, you may use the iOS Data Recovery's "Restore from iTunes & iCloud" feature.

5. Unhide the photos in iPad

Sometimes the photos are hidden from view. If you can't find your photos in camera roll on iPad, you may go to Album > Other Album > Hidden. Click on it, you will now be able to see all hidden pictures and recover any photos you want in there.

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