How to Recover Photos on a Mac

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

Macintosh computers include a photo program called iPhoto (part of the free "iLife" suite), which can be used to store, edit and view photos taken by digital cameras. A photo that has been deleted from iPhoto can be recovered because it is not actually erased from the hard drive when the "delete" command is entered. The recovery procedure is straightforward and will allow the deleted photo to show up on the Mac's drive.

Double-click on the iPhoto icon in the Dock that is set up to the left or at the bottom of the screen. If the application is not already in the Dock, the iPhoto program can be launched by double-clicking its icon inside of the "Applications" folder.

Click the "Trash" icon that is beneath the "Recent" tab in the left column of iPhoto.

Scroll through the images in the center column to the right of the "Trash" icon using the "down" arrow bar the lower right side of iPhoto.

Select the deleted image that you want to recover by clicking on it once with the mouse.

Select "Restore to Photo Library" from the "Photos" drop-down menu at the top of the screen to return the photo back to its original folder/position in the iPhoto library.


  • check You can save a duplicate of a photo from iPhoto to another hard drive or a portable drive and archive it.


  • close The "Software Update" command should be used regularly to make sure you have the latest version of the iPhoto software.

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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