Photo Booth is an application that comes installed on your Mac and provides a fun and innovative way to take pictures and videos. Using the app’s filters and effects lets you be extremely creative when developing visual content. But what can you do when some important images or videos get deleted from your MacBook?

Fortunately, there are several ways to retrieve lost Photo Booth images. You can use a backup, native macOS features, or dedicated data recovery software. 
Hopefully, one of the methods we describe will help show you how to find and recover the lost images.

Is it possible to retrieve deleted data from Photo Booth on a Mac?

Yes, it is possible to retrieve photos deleted from Photo Booth on your Mac. This is because when macOS deletes a file, it does not immediately remove it from its storage device. Instead, it deletes the logical links that make the data accessible to applications and marks the space occupied by the deleted item as being available for future use by the OS. 

Eventually this space will be reused as new information is saved to the disk. Until that happens, the deleted files can be restored using data recovery software. But there is one very important factor to consider when attempting this recovery method.

How to Recover Deleted Photo Booth on a Mac

We are going to show you how to recover deleted photo booth videos and images using a variety of recovery methods.

Method 1. Check the Mac’s Trash

The first place to look for any deleted items on your Mac machine is in the Trash. Follow these simple steps to locate and recover a Photo Booth image from the Trash.

  1. Open the Trash by clicking on its icon.
  2. Scroll through the list of items in the Trash and locate the image you want to recover. 
  3. Right-click on the file and select the Put Back option which restores the file to its original location.

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Method 2. Restore the Images with a Time Machine Backup

Restoring photos from Time Machine is another option for recovering lost images from Photo Booth. This method requires you to have created a Time Machine backup that contains the deleted images.

If you have done so, (and you are backing up your Mac, right?), use the following steps to get your photos back from a Time Machine backup.

  1. Connect the storage device that contains the Time Machine backup to your Mac.
  2. Open a Finder window displaying the storage location where the lost data was last stored. It will be in the folder that contains the Photo Booth images. It should be in /Users/USERNAME/Pictures/Photo Booth Library. USERNAME will be your to find deleted photo booth pictures
  3. Open Time Machine by clicking the Time Machine icon on the menu bar.enter time machine on your mac
  4. With Time Machine’s arrows and timeline, scroll through the snapshots and backups to locate the photos you want to retrieve.
  5. Select the files for recovery and click the Restore button. The images will be restored to the Photo Booth Library.where do photobooth pictures go

Method 3. Use Third-Party Data Recovery Software

Data recovery software is the most effective way of restoring Photo Booth content. It can get back images that are no longer in the Trash and that you failed to back up with Time Machine. 

Here’s how to recover deleted Photo Booth videos and images using Disk Drill data recovery software.

  1. Download and install Disk Drill data recovery software for Mac. Don’t use your Mac’s main disk as this is where the Photo Booth library is located. Use a removable drive for the download and installation.install disk drill for mac
  2. Start Disk Drill and select your Mac’s main drive from the list of available disks.
  3. Click on the Search for lost data button to initiate the scanning algorithms that find your deleted files.old photo booth pictures
  4. Preview the files found by Disk Drill. In this case, you can look in the Pictures and Video folders where found files are stored and made available for preview.
  5. Preview the recoverable files and select the ones you want to restore.
  6. Click the Recover button to complete the recovery. You will be prompted to choose a safe location to store the recovered data. Don’t use the original drive to avoid potentially overwriting the lost data.where does photobooth save videos

With a few clicks, Disk Drill can get your lost Photo Booth images back. It is a comprehensive data recovery tool that can retrieve more than 400 different file types from virtually any kind of disk-based storage device. Data recovery software like Disk Drill can recover files that you thought were permanently deleted.

Bonus tip: Where are Photo Booth photos stored on a Mac?

You might be wondering where does Photo Booth save videos or where do Photo Booth pictures go after being taken. Photos and videos taken with Photo Booth are stored in the app’s library.

Here is how to get to the folder that holds the images.

  1. Open Finder and navigate to your home directory.
  2. Open the Pictures folder.
  3. Locate the Photo Booth Library.
  4. Right-click on the library and select Show Package Contents.
  5. Navigate to the Pictures folder inside the Photo Booth Library to view the photo files created by Photo Booth.

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Losing some of your Photo Booth creations can be devastating. Fortunately, one of the methods we have described should be able to recover your old Photo Booth pictures and videos that have been accidentally deleted. As a precaution against losing valuable data, we recommend that you start backing up your Mac regularly if you aren’t already doing so.


Robert Agar

Robert Agar, a dedicated data recovery writer, has been a pivotal part of the CleverFiles team for over 6 years. Before this, he enriched IBM for 13 years as a Backup and Recovery: TSM Subject Matter Expert. A proud alumn...

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This article has been approved by Brett Johnson, Data Recovery Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Brett has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Systems and Network, 12 years of experience.