Recover deleted/lost photos from iPhoto on Mac

Posted by Autumn X to Mac Data Recovery on July 6th, 2017

iPhoto helps us keep our precious photos. And its powerful and intuitive editing tools help us to perfect our images. But we may delete photos by accident or lose photos for iPhoto library corruption, formatting of Mac hard drive/partition, system errors, and some other reasons.

Some of us may don't know how to recover deleted/lost photos from iPhoto on Mac. Fortunately, 3 ways are given in this article for us to recover deleted photos on Mac when we delete/lose photos in iPhoto.

Method 1: Recover deleted photo from iPhoto on Mac in the Recently Deleted album

Deleted photos aren't immediately removed from our library, they're placed in the Recently Deleted album. They will remain there for a number of days(the number of days depends on the version of iPhoto). During that period, we can view recently deleted items and recover deleted photo from iPhoto on Mac in the Recently Deleted album.

Step 1: Launch iPhoto and click Recently Deleted on left side of the window. (If we can't find Recently Deleted, we should choose File > Show Recently Deleted.)

Step 2: Select the photos we want to restore.

Step 3: Click Recover.

But if all photos in the Recently Deleted have been deleted, this way can't work. So we should rebuild the iPhoto library or recover deleted photos on Mac with free Mac photo recovery software.

Method 2: Recover deleted/lost photos from iPhoto on Mac by rebuilding the iPhoto library

iPhoto 6 and later version allow us to rebuild the iPhoto library if anything unexpected happens in our iPhoto library.

To rebuild the iPhoto library:

Step 1: Quit iPhoto and re-open it.

Step 2: Press and hold the Command and Option keys when we click on the iPhoto icon.

Step 3: A dialog box will appear with rebuild options. Choose the options that we would like to use to rebuild the iPhoto library.

Step 4: Rebuild to begin the rebuild process.

If anything unexpected happens during the rebuild, we will lose our photos, and only Mac photo recovery software can help us to recover deleted/lost photos.

Method 3: Recover deleted/lost photos from iPhoto on Mac with free Mac photo recovery software

Recovering deleted/lost photos on Mac with Mac photo recovery software is the most useful way. Among many Mac with Mac photo recovery software products, free Mac photo recovery software: iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is highly recommended.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a safe and efficient Mac data recovery software that helps us to recover lost/deleted files from Macintosh HD, external hard drive, SD card, USB drive, memory card and other storage devices or even from emptied Mac Trash, inaccessible hard drive, unreadable external hard drive, unmountable hard drive, formatted partition, invalid volume header hard drive, deleted or lost volume, no matter those files are photos, videos, documents, music, emails, etc.

Download iBoysoft Data Recovery

Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on our Mac, then follow the steps given below to recover deleted/lost photos on Mac.

Steps to recover deleted/lost photo on Mac

Step 1: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, and choose the location of the iPhoto library for deleted/lost photos.

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Step 2: Click "Next" to scan all lost/deleted photos.

Step 3: Preview the scanning results, choose files we want to recover, and click "Recover" to recover those deleted/lost photos on our Mac.

To recover photos deleted from Photos, please refer to where to find and how to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac.

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