Most of us are used to deleting unwanted or redundant photos. However, a few of us accidentally delete the important photo while deleting the unwanted photos. Honestly, accidentally deleting photos account for a big percentage of data loss cases reported globally. So, let’s cut to the chase and get to how to recover deleted photos on Mac. You can use the same methods even to recover the deleted photos from MacBook (Air, Pro).
Where do my deleted photos go on Mac?
Recently, the iPhoto application was replaced by the Photos application. Unlike the old iPhoto application, in the latest Photos app, deleted photos are sent to the Recently Deleted folder. Following are the instructions on how to find the deleted photos on MacBook or Mac.
Where do Deleted Photos go on Mac OS X?
If you are using the latest Photos application, here is how you find the deleted photos on Mac or MacBook. When you delete a pic on the Photos app it is sent to the Recently Deleted Folder and not to the Mac Trash folder.
The Recently Deleted folder on the Photos app is a dedicated folder that just stores deleted photos. Here is how to find the Recently Deleted folder on the Mac Photos app.
- Open Photos app > File > Select Show Recently Deleted
However, photos in the recently deleted folder will exist only for 30 days. Beyond 30 days photos in the recently deleted album will be permanently deleted.
Please note that the process does not change much when you try to find deleted photos on MacBook Pro, Air.
Where do Deleted Photos go on Mac OS?
In the older Mac OS versions, with the iPhoto application, deleted photos are sent to the Mac Trash folder just like any other deleted file. You can find the Trash folder on the Mac desktop.
In both cases, once a photo is deleted it stays in the Recently Deleted or Trash folder for 30 days. Beyond that, the photo will be permanently deleted.
Further, many users permanently delete photos on Mac using Command+Option+Delete keys. A complicated scenario to recover permanently deleted photos.
How do I Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from my Mac?
Unlike normal deleting, permanently deleting a photo is a complex scenario and it needs sophisticated data recovery software. Remo Photo Recovery for Mac is the best example of an ideal photo recovery software. Remo is a perfect combination of advanced recovery algorithms and the easiest UI. This makes Remo the best suitable tool to easily recover data from the most complicated data loss scenarios. Following are instructions on how to recover permanently deleted photos on Mac.
Steps to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos on Mac
- Download and install Remo on your Mac
- From the home screen select the Recover Photos option.
- Select the drive where the deleted photos used to exist and select the Scan option
- Once the drive is scanned, Remo will restore all the deleted photos and display them on the Recovery Window
- From the recovery window, you can select the photos you want to restore back and save them
Since Remo can detect over 300 file formats that include all the RAW photo formats of all the popular brands makes Remo the best photo recovery software. Additionally, Remo also supports all storage drives so that users can even recover deleted photos from SD cards, USB drives, external hard drives.
Recover Deleted Photos on Mac OS X
In the latest Mac OS versions, the deleted photos are sent to the Recently Deleted folder. Following are steps to restore deleted photos on MacBook (Pro, Air) and Mac.
- Open Photos application
- Go to File in the menu bar and select Show Recently Deleted option
- In the recently deleted folder, you can see photos that are deleted with the amount of time that is left to recover the deleted photos.
- Select the photos you want to recover and click on the Recover button on the top right corner
Recover Deleted Photos from MacBook, Mac Trash
In older iPhoto applications, deleted photos on MacBook or Mac are sent to the trash folder. To recover them all you have to do is
- Go to the Trash folder on Mac
- Right-click on the deleted photo and select the Put Back option to recover photos from Mac trash
Mac trash recovery works only to recover deleted photos on Mac. To recover permanently deleted photos you must have Remo Photo recovery software.
Apart from the above-discussed methods, you can also recover deleted photos on MacBook or Mac using Time Machine backup. However, this requires that you should have created a backup prior to deleting data.
How to Recover Deleted Photos on MacBook (Pro, Air) and Mac Using Time Machine Backup
Connect your Time Machine backup disk to your MacBook or Mac. Go to finder and open the Time Machine application.
Once in the Time Machine setup, the application will display all the available backup files. You can scroll through the backup files using arrow buttons or the scroll bar. The time and date of backup will be mentioned in the bottom right corner.
After selecting the right backup, navigate to the location, where the deleted photos used to exist. Select the photos and click on restore to recover the deleted photos on MacBook or Mac using Time Machine Backup.
In practice, most users are reluctant to create backup files but when it comes to data, either personal or professional back is a must. Having a Backup is the smoothest way to recover permanently deleted photos on MacBook or Mac.
However, if you don't have a backup, the only way to recover permanently deleted photos from Mac is with the help of Remo Photo Recovery software for Mac. Not only that Remo works exceptionally even in other complicated cases.
Additionally, Remo works seamlessly with all versions of Mac OS such as Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, and even older versions of Mac. Moreover, Remo can also recover deleted videos from Mac.
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