Need to recover deleted images?
If your using Apple’s new Photos app there might come a time when you need to recover deleted images. You may have removed photos accidentally or sometime later you may have regretted your decision. You’ll be happy to know that there is a way to recover deleted images without the use of Apple’s Time Machine.
Recovering pictures is a straight forward task but there are sometimes limitations.
- The first step is to open the Photos app on your Mac.
- In the menu bar select ‘File’ and then ‘Show Recently Deleted’
- Select the images or videos that you need. You will notice a blue tick in the corner of the photo or video thumbnail.
- Click on the ‘Recover’ button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This will send the image back to its original location.
- To go back click on the ‘Photos’ or ‘Albums’ tab
You can repeat this process as often as necessary to recover deleted images. There is a time limit though. Each thumbnail in the recently deleted folder has a timer icon showing you how long there is before the image is completely removed from Photos. Images will delete themselves after 30 days. If you have no space on your Mac’s hard drive then they will be removed in a shorter time-frame.
This trick will work for photos that you have brought across from iPhoto or Aperture and subsequently deleted within Photos. It doesn’t recover deleted images from other apps.
If you want to access a deleted image but don’t want to restore it back into the Photos library then you can also use the Finder window as the image will be stored on your Mac’s hard drive.
If it has been past the 30 day time limit then you will need to access your back up files to restore the deleted image.