Beware: The Mistake that Erased a Family's Photo Album Forever

10:16 04.09.2023

In a horrifying tech scenario that would send anyone into panic mode, one family accidentally deleted all of their photos from their Apple devices, losing them forever. The devastating incident was caused by a simple mistake made by the teenage daughter of the LaCapra family. Unaware of the consequences, she deleted the pictures on her iPad to make space for more photos in preparation for an upcoming vacation.

Little did she know that her iPad was logged into her mother Jennifer's iCloud ID, meaning that all the photos stored on the iPad were also stored on the family's iCloud account. Consequently, when the photos were deleted from the iPad, they were also deleted from iCloud. Over two years' worth of priceless memories, including pictures of loved ones who had since passed away, vanished in an instant.

Thankfully, the LaCapra family acted quickly and reached out to Apple Support for assistance. With their prompt action, they were able to go through an agonizing retrieval process to recover some of the lost photos. However, a delay in seeking support could have resulted in the permanent loss of the pictures.

It is important to note that when photos are deleted on Apple devices, they are not immediately permanently deleted. Instead, they are moved to a Recently Deleted album, where they can be recovered within 30 days. In this case, since the LaCapra family realized their mistake in time, they were able to restore their photos from the Recently Deleted album on any of their devices or on

However, after 30 days, the photos are permanently deleted from the iCloud server and cannot be recovered. In such situations, other methods of recovery, such as restoring from an iCloud backup or using a third-party data-recovery app, may be considered. These methods, though not guaranteed to work, could potentially lead to the recovery of lost photos. However, they may also have drawbacks, such as overwriting current data or violating privacy.

The LaCapra family's experience serves as a valuable lesson for all Apple device users. It is crucial to regularly back up photos and check iCloud settings before deleting any photos to avoid similar incidents. To prevent accidental deletion of photos and videos, it is recommended to turn off the iCloud setting before deleting them from the device. This ensures that the photos and videos remain in the Cloud and are not at risk of permanent loss.

Additionally, downloading the Google Photos app and backing up photos and videos to a Google account provides an extra layer of protection. This way, even if photos are deleted from an Apple device, they will still be safely stored in the Google cloud.

If users ever find themselves in a situation where they have accidentally deleted precious photos and videos, the best course of action is to contact Apple Support immediately for assistance.

While the LaCapra family faced difficulties due to their shared iCloud ID, Family Sharing remains a valuable tool for many families. To set up Family Sharing, users can follow simple steps in the Settings app and invite family members to join. Features such as iCloud+, Apple Music, and Location Sharing can also be set up for family members, along with parental controls, Apple Cash, and Apple Watch for children.

For those who still want to utilize family photo sharing on Apple devices, setting up a Shared Library is recommended. This requires devices with the necessary software versions and iCloud Photos turned on. Users can invite up to five people to join the Shared Library and choose which photos and videos to move or share.

While family photo sharing has its benefits, such as easy access to shared pictures and monitoring children's photo activities, there are also drawbacks to consider. Accidental deletion of photos from multiple devices and a lack of privacy among family members are potential concerns.

In conclusion, losing cherished photos can be a nightmare, but there are ways to prevent and recover from such incidents. By following these simple tips, users can ensure the safety of their memories on Apple devices and enjoy sharing them with their family. It is crucial to be proactive in protecting precious memories and to seek immediate support when facing data loss issues.

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/ Monday, September 4, 2023, 10:16 AM /

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