Even the most up-to-date gadgets are prone to plain old data losses, and it's a great win to have Disk Drill around, the great app for iPad file recovery that runs on Mac OS X. Turns out it's now possible to recover deleted photos and notes from iPad, just as you would normally recover a Mac hard drive.
Many iPad users may experience accidental data loss for versatile reasons. Is data recovery on iPad still possible, or are your photos, notes, videos, messages or reminders gone for good? Of course, not! Introducing Disk Drill, the iPad data recovery software you can always count on. Did you know it works with many types of devices, not just for iOS data recovery?
#1 Install Disk Drill
iPad data recovery module works starting with Mac OS 10.8.5 and is fully macOS Catalina compatible. Usually you can see your recoverable iPad data within minutes after installing Disk Drill. Moreover, you can preview and verify your lost data before upgrading to Disk Drill PRO absolutely free, just get Disk Drill, run the scan, here you go, the photos, notes and other found items to recover from iPad are listed for you. Once verified, you can choose to upgrade to a paid edition of Disk Drill to complete the recovery.
Download Disk Drill Basic
Launch the app
#2 Connect your iPad
Once Disk Drill is already running and you got yourself well-acquainted with the user guide and our simple tutorial, head on to the disk and device list, and find your iPad under iOS group. It can either be connected via USB, or Wi-Fi, the latter option is slower and may require more time to complete a lost data scan. Now click "Recover". Alternatively you may choose one your past iOS backups to recover your data directly from it instead of running a scan on your device directly.
#3 Review scanning results
Depending on the storage size your iPad has, you may need to wait a few seconds or minutes until the scan is complete. All recoverable items are listed and categorized inside Disk Drill's main screen. You may switch between tree-view and icons-view to quickly locate the files you need. Using preview at this step of iPad data recovery is definitely a must.
#4 Recover deleted data from iPad
Disk Drill is capable of recovering multiple types of data from your iPad: lost contacts, chats and messages, call logs, notes, photos and videos among them. Once reviewed, select the items you need retrieved and hit "Recover" again.
Note: we are not recovering your iPad photos or videos back to your iPad now, you need to specify the alternative destination where you would like your lost data copied out. You can move it from that location back to your iDevice or elsewhere any time after the recovery. Fast and accurate iPad data recovery is our top priority at the moment.
Data protection is equally important!
Even though it's not directly related to iPad data recovery, Disk Drill also offers several data protection methods that will keep your files and folders safe and healthy no matter what digital disaster you may face. Learn more about Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery for major file systems. The only failure they won't be able to save you from is a physical damage of your storage device.
#5 Scanned. Reviewed. Recovered
The recovery itself takes seconds. Your once lost data is back thanks to Disk Drill iPad recovery app. To achieve the best recovery rate, it's important to stop using your iPad as soon as you realize your data has gone missing, otherwise you risk overwriting it with your everyday activity, new apps and photos.
Disk Drill will easily recover deleted photos from iPad running iOS 5 or newer, be it iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad Air or Pro. If you start your data restoration process quickly, you will end up getting most of the lost notes, photos, videos, Address book records and more file types back.
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated on by Disk Drill Team
How do I retrieve lost emails on my iPad?
To recover deleted emails from an iPad:
Stop using your iOS device
Install Disk Drill on your Mac
Launch Disk Drill, locate your iPad in it
Click Recover, you will see a list of recoverable items, your texts among them, grouped in Chats category
Preview your emails
Click Recover, once the needed texts are selected
Is there a way to recover deleted videos on iPad?
To retrieve deleted videos from an iPad:
Install Disk Drill on your Mac
Connect an iPad to your Mac via WiFi or USB
Locate your iPad and click Recover
Wait until the scan finishes to start the recovery process
Navigate to Videos category
Find your video file, preview it and click Recover
How do I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPad?
To recover deleted photos from an iPad:
Connect an iPad to your Mac via USB or WiFi
Launch Disk Drill on your Mac
Find your iPad under iOS group in Disk Drill
Click Recover and wait until the scan is complete
Navigate to Photos category
Select photos you need to restore and hit Recover
Where is the recently deleted folder on an iPad?
The recently deleted folder on an iPad is located in the Photo app. To access the folder, open the Photo app by tapping it. Open the albums tab at the bottom of the screen. Scroll to the bottom and locate Other Albums. The Recently Deleted folder is found here. Tap on it to recover any photos contained in the folder.
What are the best 5 iPad recovery software solutions in 2021?
There are many iPad recovery software solutions. Here are the five best applications available in 2021:
Disk Drill for Mac
Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery
Leawo iOS Data Recovery
How iPad recovery works
iOS data recovery is slightly different from a regular file recovery process with Disk Drill. Usually you would be choosing among several recovery algorithms (Quick and Deep Scan, Partition Search and others), but with iOS devices being the target, Disk Drill chooses its best digital analysis tools automatically and retrieves lost data directly from the device. If you are still interested which other file types Disk Drill can reconstruct, head on to the following section of our knowledgebase.