Recover Photos from Emptied Trash on Mac

You can easily retrieve deleted photos from the Mac Trash Bin using the Recover My Photo tool. Straightaway download and install the free trial version on your Mac. Now, launch the software and wait for the scan process to complete. Upon restoration of photos from the Trash, you can freely preview of the recovered pictures even before you activate the license of the software. Try now !!!


Many people delete files and empty Trash and later realize that it contained some vital photos. Have you ever encountered the same scenario? Let’s see some facts about Mac Trash bin- clicking on the empty trash option will not permanently erase the photos from the Mac volume. You can restore them as long as OS X has not re-used/overwritten the directory and cataloged the information.

The first and foremost thing you need to do is to stop using a Mac hard disk further(avoid saving new files). If you continue using the Mac volume, then the deleted images might get overwritten. Now, to retrieve emptied Trash in Mac OS, you can try applications like Recover My Photo for Macintosh. The robust algorithms employed in this program deep scans the Mac storage drive to extract all the files emptied from the Trash folder.

Why Photo Recovery Software?

Recover My Photo is a highly advanced tool that uses efficient file searching algorithms to locate all your lost or deleted photos on Mac machines. It is fully supported by all the Mac OSX versions like High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Lion, Jaguar, Panther, etc. The software efficiently restores all popular photo file formats like RAW photos, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PSD, BMP, TIFF, etc. Including photo files, this retrieval tool can even retrieve audio, video, and text files.

Reasons for Deletion of Photos after Emptying Trash

  • Clicking the Auto-empty Trash unintentionally will result in the deletion of all photos from the Trash folder in Mac OS. If you wish to get back pictures from the emptied Trash, then make use of this proficient photo recovery application
  • Applying Command+Shift+Delete on the Trash items
  • Sometimes, you might drag the items out of Trash Folder which will delete the files them permanently

The Recover My Photo software is equipped to overcome all these instances of photo loss from the emptied Trash. Moreover, It also has an ability to support formatted CF card photo recovery including SD cards, MiniSD card, Micro SD, Multimedia card, Memory Sticks, etc. and some external storage devices such as USB flash drives, hard disks, iPods and many more.

Read further- This effective application also serves useful in performing deleted  photos  recovery from Mac Photo Booth 

Steps to recover deleted photos from the emptied Trash on Mac

Step 1: Run the Recover My Photo software on your Macintosh.

Step 2: Choose the Recover Photos option.

Step 3: Browse the Mac volume that is to be scanned for emptied trash files and click on the Scan button.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The tool starts undeleting the photos from the selected Mac volume.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: Check for the regained photos using either Data View or File Type View layouts.

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files

Step 6: You can confirm the recovered files by previewing the file items in the list.

Step 7: Continue to mark the desired photos for saving.

Preview Recovered Files

Fig D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 8: Locate a suitable drive location to save the files restored from the emptied Mac Trash folder. Press on the Save icon.

Saving Recovered Recycle Bin Data

Fig E: Save the Recovered Data

For Leopard (10.5) and
Snow Leopard (10.6) Users

For Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8),
& Above