Where to find and how to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on July 31st, 2017

More or less, most of us have some photos stored in Photos. Sometimes, we delete photos that saved in Photos to free up memory, or delete them for thinking they are useless. After deleting photos, especially after accidental deletion, we may find some of the deleted photos are actually useful.

At that time, we need to recover those deleted photos. But unlike iPhoto, Photos doesn't contain a Trash folder from which the deleted photos can be directly restored. Don't worry, this passage will offer 3 methods to recover photos deleted from Photos.

Where to find deleted photos in Photos for Mac?

For users who are not very familiar with Photos, it's not so easy to know where to find and how to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac. But here are still two effective methods to find deleted photos in Photos for Mac:

Method 1: Find deleted photos in Photos

First of all, those deleted photos are still possible to be found in Photos though there is no Trash folder. So the first method is to find deleted photos in Photos: open Photos, go to File and click "Show Recently Deleted". In this way we can find the deleted photos as long as they haven't been permanently deleted. But we should know that for photos that were deleted for more than 30 days, this method may no help.

Method 2: Restore deleted photos from Time Machine

If we fail to find our needed photos using the first method, we can turn to the second method: open Time Machine, find the lost file and restore it. But this method can be successfully only when we have backed up those photos before deleting them.

Step 1: From Apple menu, select System Preferences and then click on the Time Machine icon. Select the "Show Time Machine in menu bar" checkbox.

Step 2: Choose "Enter Time Machine" from Time Machine menu, and it will take you to Time Machine window.

Step 3: From Time Machine window, select the image file that needs to be restored. Click on Space Bar to preview its contents.

Step 4: Once the file is selected, then click on Restore. The file will be restored to the original location on Mac storage media.

How to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac?

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a free Mac photo recovery software that can help us to recover deleted photos, document, video, music, email from APFS, HFS, HFS+, HFSX, FAT32 or exFAT drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible Macintosh HD, external hard drive, SD card, USB drive, digital camera, memory card, etc.

Step-by-step tutorial to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Where to find and how to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac

Step 3: Select the drive where we have deleted photos and click "Next" to search for those deleted photos.

Step 4: Preview the listed searching results, choose photos we want and click "Recover" to get those deleted photos back.

Step 5: Go over to ensure all needed photos have been successfully restored.

To recover photos deleted or lost from iPhoto, please refer to how to recover deleted/lost photos from iPhoto on Mac.

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