[Problem Fixed]: iPhone Deleting Photos By Itself

How To Fix iPhone Deletes Photos By Itself

Does your iPhone deleting photos by itself? Why my iPhone deletes pictures from camera roll automatically? How to recover photos deleted on iPhone by itself?

Just Relax! To get the answer for your queries and solutions on how to fix iPhone deleting photos by itself or how to recover photos deleted by itself on iPhone, please go through this helpful article and solve your problem by yourself.

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  • Recover photos/pictures/images that got lost or deleted by itself on iPhone.
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  • Scan and preview recoverable files within preview screen of the software before you save them on your computer.
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  • 100% safe, secure and easy to operate.

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Some iPhone users are reporting the issue such as “Why my iPhone deleting my pictures by itself”, “Why did my photos disappeared on my iPhone”, “iPhone photos deleted from camera roll by itself” on various forums and community websites, seeking for some help and solution to fix the issue.

For example, just let us take one real user’s practical scenario!

Practical Scenario: A User iPhone Deleted All Photos By Itself

iPhone deleted all 20,000 of my photos itself :(


A little Christmas disaster happened to me today; my iPhone 6 Plus deleted ALL 20,000+ of my photos. This was exactly 45 gb worth of photos. I restarted a few times and still nothing. My phone restarts randomly and has done that at least 10 times today. I noticed my photos were gone about an hour ago, after they began restoring. My photos crashed and all my photos were gone. They’re still taking space in memory and still showing up as 45 gb of photos. The only thing I can think that is affecting my phone is that I dropped it on concrete a few months ago and the volume down button was dented in. Screen and everything else is in perfect condition and never gave me any problems until today. I did back it up maybe a month ago. Please don’t blame me for not backing it up often, I don’t expect a usually reliable phone to delete all my photos. is this normal? Is there any I can do until tomorrow? i suppose I could restore from backup but all my photos from this last month and data would be lost. What could be the reason for this? Thanks in advance and happy holidays

edit: I do have AppleCare plus but I don’t want a replacement phone. I just hope to get my photos back.

iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 9.1, null

Source: Apple Community

So, now the question is – Why iPhone deleting photos by itself?

Find causes mentioned below!

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Causes: Why My iPhone Deleted Photos By Itself?

Below are some possible causes that your iPhone deleted your photos automatically:

  • May be your iPhone do not have enough storage to keep new pictures and therefore the old photos gets deleted automatically dues to some unknown iOS settings.
  • iOS update or jailbreaking might have deleted all of your images.
  • Bugs in new iOS system are introduced. Many iOS devices keeps restarting and then all photos, videos, music and other files disappeared weirdly.
  • Sometimes there could be issue related to hardware, such as water damaged causing the random deletion.
  • Your pictures may get disappeared randomly from camera roll if the option “Optimize iPhone Storage” is enabled.
  • It might be possible that your iPhone photos app is not working properly or something goes wrong and deleted all of your photos by itself.
  • If you turn off My Photos Stream on your iPhone then all of the photos from the My Photo Stream Album are removed from that device. Or if you make any unknown changes in the camera settings, then such problem may occur.

Well, it doesn’t matter whatever may be the causes for the iPhone deleting pictures by itself. Now the question arises – how we can stop iPhone from deleting photos by itself? How we can fix this issue and get back deleted photos?

Continue reading the article to find out the solutions!

How To Stop iPhone From Deleting Photos By Itself?

The fact is that owners of iPhone 6 are mostly encountering the automatic removal of their photos in the Camera Roll as well as from the Photo Stream. In order to fix the problem permanently, you must be aware that recovering those deleted photos is very much important prior to any possible troubleshooting.

So, before you move ahead to fix the problem of iPhone deletes photos by itself, it is highly recommended that you must first recover your important and precious deleted or disappeared photos from iPhone, before it gets overwritten with any new data. It is because, overwritten photos becomes very difficult to recover. Hence, it is suggested that you must stop using your iPhone until and unless you recover your photos.

Note: All below-mentioned solutions work for all models of iPhone, including iPhone X Plus/X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus/SE/6S/6S Plus, iPhone 5/5C/5S/4/3 running on iOS 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7.

Also Read: How To Recover Deleted or Lost Data From iPhone 6/6 Plus

Part 1: My iPhone Deleted All of My Photos By Itself! How to Get Them Back?

In order to recover iPhone deleted photos by itself, you must first check “Recently Deleted” folder or Album. Go to Photos App > Album > Recently Deleted. Here you will see all the deleted photos. Note that ‘Recently Deleted’ folder keep photos for 30 days after that it will get deleted automatically and your photos will deleted permanently.

But what if there is no photos available in the “Recently Deleted” album/folder that iPhone deleted by itself? How do you retrieve those auto deleted pictures from iPhone?

Just Relax! In such situation, it is highly recommended that you must instantly use iOS Data Recovery which is world’s best and professional iPhone Photo Recovery Software. This software is designed to recover deleted data from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It will help you to recover all photos that got deleted by itself on your iPhone. Even the photos deleted permanently from the “Recently Deleted” album/folder can easily be recovered.

The best part about this iPhone Photo Recovery tool is that it also extracts data from iTunes and iCloud Backup and it extract files selectively. The tool is available for both Windows and Mac computer.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

Below follow the complete tutorial on how to get back photos keeps deleting on iPhone by itself with the help of iOS Data Recovery software.

Steps To Recover Photos That iPhone Deleted By Itself

Step 1: Connect iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch To Computer

First download, install and launch iOS Data Recovery on your computer.

Connect your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) to your computer with the help of USB cable. Then launch iOS Data Recovery and click on “Recover” option.

Once the software detects your iOS device, it will display the following windows as shown in the screenshot below.

Tip: Disable automatic iTunes sync before connecting iOS device to computer. Launch iTunes > Preferences > Devices, check “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”.

Step 2: Scan Your iOS Device To Find Deleted Data On It

Click on “Start Scan”. This will start scanning your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to find delete or lost files.

Step 3: Preview And Recover Data

Once the scan process gets complete, you can then preview the recoverable files within the preview screen of the software. Select the files that you want back and then click on “Recover” button to save data on your computer or to your device.

Tip: For Recovering Data

By default the recovered data are saved to computer. However, for text messages, iMessages, contacts, notes, when you click on “Recover” button, a dialogue box pop-up asking you to “Recover to Computer” or “Recover to Device“. If you want to save those recovered data on your device then click on “Recover to Device”.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

*Trial version only scans and previews recoverable files.

Also Read: [Issue Solved]: Unsupported Video Format Error On iPhone/iPad

Part 2: Solutions To Fix iPhone Deleting Photos By Itself

Once, you successfully recover your precious and valuable pictures from your iPhone, it’s time to fix the issue of iPhone deleting photos by itself.

Solution 1: Turn OFF And Then Turn ON Your iPhone

Do you know that many iOS device issues get fixed by simple restart of the device. So, if your iPhone is not turned off for longer period of time, then a simple restart may fix the issue.

Here follow the steps to Turn OFF and then Turn ON your iPhone:

  • Press and hold Sleep/Wake button, until you see the slider to turn off iPhone.
  • Once it appears, drag the slider to “Turn off” your iPhone.
  • Next turn on your iPhone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the apple logo.

Solution 2: Free Up Storage Space And Increase The iPhone Memory

If your iPhone does not have enough storage space, then it is recommended that you must first backup your iPhone Data to computer and then delete them on your iPhone.

Alternatively, we have found amazing tips online that will help you to increase the iPhone memory. Here follow the steps to do so:

  • Go to Settings > General > About, and scroll down to Available.
  • Check how much storage space is left and then open iTunes store on your iPhone.
  • Use the search option to find the film which is bigger than the storage space left on your iPhone. After finding the film, click on “Rent” located at the top of the page.
  • You will get an error message saying that your device does not have enough storage space to download film. Click “OK”.
  • Now head back to Settings and check the available storage space again. You will see that your iPhone storage space has increased.

Solution 3: Turn OFF The “Optimize iPhone Storage” Feature

Turn off the feature “Optimize iPhone Storage” on your iPhone if it is turned ON. Disabling this feature might help you to get rid with the problem of iPhone deleting photos by itself.

Below, follow the steps to find out this feature and Turn it OFF:

  • On iOS 8.3 – 10.3.3: Go to Settings > Photos & Camera.
  • On iOS 11: Go to Settings > Photos.

Solution 4: Update Your iPhone To New iOS Software

Check your iPhone iOS software update, if there is any new or latest iOS software update is available then simply update your iPhone to new or latest iOS version. But before you update your iPhone, you must backup your iPhone data to computer.

Here follow the steps to install and update your iPhone to new/latest iOS version:

  • On your iPhone go to Settings > General > and then tap on Software Update.
  • If there is any new update available, then your iPhone will display the iOS update screen, simply tap on Download and Install.

Solution 5: Fix iPhone Hardware Related Issues

Honesty speaking, iPhone hardware issues are difficult to inspect and troubleshoot, particularly when you observe slow performance and screen touch not responding problem. At such circumstances when there is any hardware related problem, then it is possible that your photos may get deleted randomly on your iPhone.

To fix the issue it is highly recommended that you must take your iPhone to authorized service centre to repair the device or it is better that you must take it to Apple store and request to replace your problematic iPhone with new one completely, if your device is in warrant period.

Also Read: iPhone Security: Tips To Protect Your iPhone From Hackers Or Theft

Part 3: Bonus Tip To Fix “iPhone Keeps Deleting & Restoring Photos” Problem

How To Fix iPhone Keeps Deleting and Restoring Photos

When I was going through the forums and community websites, I have also found that many iPhone users are also asking for the solutions on – how to fix iPhone keeps deleting and restoring photos?

For example, just have a look at real user practical scenarios given-below!


So recently my iPhone SE has been restarting constantly and each time my photos disappear, then they gradually come back and before they can reach the amount of photos it has it happens again. At first it wasn’t a problem as all the photos would come back within 10 minutes, but now they will get up to 2000 or so and then restart. Does anyone know what to do to fix this? I have 4 years worth of photos on my phone and really don’t want to lose them.

Source: reddit

Well, do not worry! Here follow the quick solutions to fix iPhone keeps deleting and restoring photos issue:

  • Turn OFF Cellular Data: This problem may occur due to unstable or improper functioning of cellular data. You can fix this issue by simply turning off the Cellular Data. Go to Settings > Tap Cellular Data > Toggle the Green Switch next to Cellular Data to OFF position.
  • Reset Network Settings: May be the main culprit here could be the networking. To be honest your iPhone is syncing photos to cloud. In order to reset network, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Networking Settings. Type your password and confirm “Reset Networking Settings”.
  • Change iCloud Settings: Your iPhone photos may keep deleting and restoring, if there is improper iCloud settings. To fix this issue, go to your Mac > head to System Preference > iCloud and uncheck Photos. Next in the System Preference, go to iCloud > Photos > Options > and uncheck My Photos Stream and Photo Sharing. After that on your iPhone, delete the iCloud account and then re-sync your iOS device with iTunes and lastly set-up iCloud Account on your iPhone again.
  • Update iOS: This problem may also occur due to bugs in the iOS system, hence, it is suggested that you must update your iPhone iOS system. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download the update if any available.
  • Reset Settings: First of all make sure to back up your iPhone to iCloud or local computer and then “Reset Settings”. To reset settings, go to Settings > General > Reset Settings. Now check if your problem is solved or not, if not then it is recommended that you must completely factory reset your iPhone and then restore from the backup you made.

Wrap Up

So, guys those were some of the solutions to fix iPhone deleting photos by itself problem. However, before you follow any of the troubleshooting, it is strongly recommended that you must first recover your deleted photos from your iPhone by using iOS Data Recovery software in the absence of backup.

Additionally, don’t forget to read the bonus tip that offer quick solutions to fix related issues that is iPhone keeps deleting and restoring photos on iPhone.

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