Top 3 Simple Ways to Recover Deleted Photos on MacBook

No doubt losing precious photos is quite distressing. Take it easy please. This guide illustrates how to recover deleted pictures on Mac without or with Mac photo recovery software.

Oct 29,2019 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions

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How do I recover permanently deleted photos from my Mac?

Hi all, I had deleted some photos on my Macbook and lost my external HDD with the photos backup. I am hoping some practical methods or a reliable photo recovery Mac application to recover as many of these photos as possible. Any idea or suggestion? Many Thanks!

Can you retrieve deleted photos on Mac?

Losing photos becomes a commonplace and always leaves us deeply troubled. So is it possible for us to retrieve deleted photos? The answer is of course YES. Macbook photos can be lost due to accidental deletion, hard drive corruption, virus infection or OS malfunction. No matter why your pictures get lost or deleted, they are still on your Macbook. The space they occupied is just marked as available for storage. This means that you can possibly recover deleted photos on Mac before new data overwrites them.

Note: Please stop using the drive or folder where your deleted photos were originally located to avoid them being overwritten. Once overwritten, it is hardly likely to get the pictures back.

Way 1. How to Recover Permanemtly Deleted Pictures on Mac?

MacBook photo recovery can be difficult. However, a reliable and safe Mac photo recovery application makes it much easier and least time-consuming. Take Recoverit Mac Photo Recovery software as an example.

With the advanced Mac photo recovery software, you can recover deleted pictures in different image file formats with consummate ease, including JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF/TIF, BMP, PSD, ORF, RAF, MRW, RAW and more.

Recoverit supports MacBook recovery for deleted files in all situations.

Moreover, it supports to deep scan deleted photos and perform photo recovery due to various data loss scenarios, while Mac built-in utilities can't do it. Some of common ones on Macbook are as follows.

Accidental deletion

  1. "Shift + Del" without backup
  2. Emptying Trash without backup
  3. Deleting files by pressing "Delete" button

Other scenarios

  1. Unexpectedly formatted or crashed hard drive
  2. Virus infection
  3. Unexpected power outage
  4. Improper partition or partition error

Guide: How do I recover permanently deleted pictures?

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How to Recover Deleted Pictures on Mac

Recoverit Photo Recovery Mac is a MacBook recovery application specially designed for this kind of use. It offers you an option to preview the recoverable photos before restoring them. How can I retrieve deleted pictures? You can download and install the software, and follow the following steps to recover deleted pictures now!

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If your hard drive gets formatted or corrupted, check our solutions for formatted hard drive recovery. And we also offers some solutions for deleted Android files.

Step 1. Select a specific hard drive

Launch the Mac digital photo recovery program. To recover deleted photos on Mac, you should go to select the location where your photos are deleted.

Select the location to start the digital photo recovery

Step 2. Scan hard drive to find deleted pictures

Recoverit will automatically start an all-around scan to find deleted pictures on MacBook. The deep scan can piece all lost files together.

Search lost photos to recover deleted pictures

Step 3. Preview and recover photos from Macbook

After the scan, all found photos will be listed in the window. You will be able to preview them, select the wanted ones and click on "Recover" to save them on your Macbook.

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Way 2. How to Recover Deleted Files from Mac Trash

Where Do Deleted Photos Go on Mac? Usually speaking, after deleting photos on Macbook, you can still find and restore them in the Trash with simple clicks.

  1. Open the Trash to view all the photos you have deleted by clicking on the Trash icon.
  2. Enter the file name and find it through the Search box in the Finder window.
  3. Locate the photos you want and drag them to the target location for storage.

Recover deleted photos from Trash

The major limitation of Mac trash recovery is that once you delete all photos on Mac trash, you're unable to rescue photos on Mac in this way. However, Recoverit Photo Recovery Mac can help you get back the items on it without much effort, even though the trash is emptied. Turn to Part 2 and get the full solution to undelete files on Mac.


Way 3. How to Find Recently Deleted Photos on Mac

Where to find recently deleted photos on Mac?

In order to avoid the permernant loss of important photos, Recently Deleted Album is designed on Mac to save all the deleted photos for 30 days. Mac users can take advantage of the built-in utility to find and recover their accidentally deleted pictures on Mac.

  1. Click File and then double click Show Recently Deleted to open the Recently Deleted album
  2. Select your wanted photos and then click "Recover" to get the selected pictures back.

Mac photo recovery from Recently Deleted


Points should be kept in mind on Mac photo recovery from Trash or Recently Deleted Album.

  • When your hard drive is full, some items that have long been deleted will be removed from the Trash by macOS.
  • When you empty the Trash, it would be not possible to restore deleted pictures from it any more.
  • Your deleted photos can only be saved on Recently Deleted Album for 30 days, after which they can't be recovered anymore.

Unlike photo recovery on Trash or Recently Deleted Album, Recoverit Photo Recovery Mac allows you to recover deleted photos on your MacBook without any time limitations. Lost pics on MacBook? Try it and get lost images now!


Tips on Mac Photo Recovery

  • Please choose a new partition on your Macbook to store the recovered photos.
  • After deleting files by mistake, please stop using the original drive to make sure that new data doesn't overwrite them.
  • When facing data loss, you can recover them from Trash or Recently Deleted Album first as they are the simplest methods.
  • Handpick a reliable Mac photo recovery software like Recoverit, which can avoid further damage on your photos and even Macbook hard drive.

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1On hearing the startup chime, reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys to boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter". Restart your Mac.

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