Fix iPhone Photos Disappeared From Camera Roll

Summary: iPhone photos disappeared from camera roll? Just relax! In this guide you will learn why did your photos disappeared from your iPhone and some of the very effective solutions to fix this issue? Also know how to get back iPhone photos missing from camera roll.

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  • Retrieve Photos that got disappeared randomly or suddenly from iPhone camera roll.
  • Restore photos disappeared from camera roll on iPad and iPod touch.
  • Recover other files as well, such as videos, contacts, whatsapp, LINE, viber, Kik messages, SMS and more from iOS devices.
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Let Us Begin With Practical Scenario: How User Lost Images From Camera Roll

all my pictures from camera roll disappeared!!

i had thousands of pictures on my camera roll and they all of a sudden disappeared!! according to my storage there’s still pictures on my phone but my camera roll is empty. i searched for a solution and i tried restarting my phone and turning on photo stream. when i turned that on my phone started reconvening my pictures and about 2000 of them started coming back in, but then the app crashed and they all disappeared again. i don’t know now what to do those pictures are really important to me.

i haven’t updates to ios10.0.2 yet i dont know if i should try to update now or if i should try to get my photos back first. will updating being my photos back or will they disappear forever if i do?? what do i do i really need those photos back.

– Original Post From Official Apple Support Communities

Part 1: Causes – Why Photos Disappeared Suddenly from Camera Roll on iPhone

There could be several reasons why iPhone photos get disappeared from camera roll. Some of the causes are mentioned below:

  • Accidentally deleted pictures by you or by someone.
  • Intentionally someone has deleted camera roll photos other than you.
  • May be you have logged in with another iCloud account.
  • Restoring from unknown backup.
  • Photos might be hidden.
  • Wrong Apple ID.
  • Software update failure.

In some cases it is just not the camera roll photos get disappeared, but the complete iPhone albums get lost. Almost all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch experience this kind of problem.

Additional Reading: Recover Camera Hall from iOS Device

Part 2: Solutions To Fix iPhone Photos Disappeared From Camera Roll Issue

Note: These solutions not only applies to iPhone (iPhone 8Plus/8/7 Plus/7/iPhone X/iPhone 6/5/4, etc), you can try below-mentioned solutions for iPad and iPod touch as well to solve photos disappeared from camera roll issue.

Before you confirm that disappeared photos are permanently gone, make sure you have checked everything on your iPhone. Here are the things that you must do to confirm if the photos really gone.

Solution #1: Restart Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Mat be restarting your iOS device will fix the issue. So, in order to restart your iPhone, follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the slider appear.
  • Now Drag the slider to TURN OFF your device.
  • Now TURN ON your iPhone by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo.

Additional Reading: How to Fix ‘iPhone Stuck at Apple Logo’ and Recover Data without Backup

Solution #2: Check the Recently Deleted Album

If you have a doubt that you might have accidentally deleted or someone have intentionally deleted the photos in the camera roll, then you must first check the Recently Deleted folder.

Here how to check Recently Deleted folder:

  1. Open Photo App on the iPhone
  2. Go to Albums and then tap Recently Deleted. You can see the deleted photos here.
  3. Select the photo/photos that you want back and then perform the recovery process.

Note: Recently Deleted folder contains the photos of past 30 days after 30 days the photos gets deleted from folder.

Solution #3: Check if iCloud Photo Library is Turned On

The iCloud Photo Library automatically sync all photos across all the iOS devices as long as you use the same iCloud account. In case, if you are not able see your photos on another devices then there is a probability that your iCloud Photo Library is Turned OFF. You must turn on it by following the below steps:

On your device open Settings > Tap on your name/Apple ID > Tap iCloud > Go to Photos and simply toggle on iCloud Photo Library as shown in the screenshot below:

Additional Reading: How to Recover Photos from iPhone Photo Library

Solution #4: Unhide Photos on iPhone

If you have hidden photos then it is obvious that you will encounter iPhone photos to disappear. So, simply unhide the photo by following the below steps:

  • Go to Photos app> Tap Albums> Tap Hidden Album> Mark the photos> Tap Unhide.

Note: If you have hidden the photos on iPhone, then the turned ON iCloud Photo Library is not able to sync those hidden photos and hence they won’t show in another devices.

Solution #5: Sign-in with Same Apple ID/iCloud Account

In order to make sure that everything is synchronized on all your iOS device, then simply use the same Apple ID or iCloud Account to avoid the issue.

If you are sharing Apple ID, then you have to use the shared account to access the photos.

Additional Reading: How To Recover Data from iCloud Backup for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

Solution #6: Set Date & Time Settings

If there is miscommunication with Apple servers, then you may have to face this issue but very rare.

You can set or change the date and time settings of your iPhone. Remove “Set Automatically” and select the “Time Zone” and then set the correct location.

Solution #7: Restore From iTunes Backup

If all above-mentioned solutions fail and if you have backed up all your photos to iTunes, then you can easily restore iPhone camera roll disappeared photos from iTunes backup file.

Here how to do this:

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes.
  • From the Summary tab click on “Restore Backup”.

  • Select the most recent backup from the list and click on “Restore”.

Note: The only drawback of using this solution is that it erases all the data saved on your iPhone to restore selected backup. So, in order to overcome such issue, you must use third-party data recovery software.

Additional Reading: Recover Data from iPhone 6s/6/6+/5s/5/4S/4 Internal Memory

Part 3: Recover Disappeared iPhone Photos With iOS Data Recovery

iOS Data Recovery is the World’s first and most popular software made for iOS devices. It will help you to retrieve photos disappeared from camera roll on iPhone or on iPad or iPod Touch.

Beside photos, this data recovery for iOS devices also recover lost or deleted videos, audio, contacts, text SMS, social media app’s content, call logs and more.

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Below find out the step by step guide on how to recover missing/disappeared or lost photos from camera roll from iPhone.

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Steps To Retrieve iPhone Disappeared Photos From Camera Roll

Step 1: Connect iOS Device with Computer

Install & launch iOS Data Recovery on your computer. Now use the USB cable that comes with your iOS device so that you can connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your computer. Now click on "Recover" from available option.

Once the software recognizes your device, it will show the interface as shown in the image below.

Tips: Before you run iOS data recovery, you're supposed to download the latest version of iTunes. In order to avoid the automatically sync, don't launch iTunes when iOS Data Recovery is running. It is suggested that you disable the automatical syncing in iTunes beforehand. For this, you have to launch iTunes > Preferences > Devices, check "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically".

Step 2: Scan Your Device To Recover Lost Data

Now simply click the "Start Scan" button to start scan of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for lost or deleted data. The scanning process may last a few minutes, most probably, depending on the amount of data on your device.

Step 3: Preview the Recoverable Data

Once the scan process gets completed, you can see a scan result that is generated by the program. The lost and existing data on your device are displayed in categories. In order to filter out the deleted data on your iOS device, there is a need to select the option. For example: If you want to recover photos then select the option "Photo & Video". Similarly, select messages, contact, Notes, call history, etc to recover respective files.

Step 4: Recover Data from Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

When you find the data you are looking for, you just have to put the check mark in front of the box to select them. And then, click the "Recover" button at the bottom right of the window. By default, the recovered data will be saved to your computer.

Tips: As for text messages, iMessage, contacts, or notes, when you click Recover, a pop-up will ask you to "Recover to Computer" or "Recover to Device". If you want to put these messages back to your iOS device, click "Recover to Device".


So from the above all information and solutions I hope you can easily restore your disappeared photos on iPhone. If all the solutions fail, then you must try expert recommended iOS Data Recovery tool which effectively recovers lost/disappeared or missing photos from iOS devices.

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iPhone Photos Disappeared From Camera Roll? Here’s What You Need To Do!
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