iOS 17.5.1 & iPadOS 17.5.1 Update Released to Fix Reappearing Deleted Photos Bug

May 21, 2024 - Leave a Comment

iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 are bug fix updates to address an issue where deleted photos would reappear

Apple has released a small bug fix update for iPhone and iPad versioned as iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1. The update specifically aims to fix a very strange bug where deleted photos would randomly reappear on some users devices. Sometimes the photos that reappeared on user devices were deleted many years prior, raising serious questions about just how those photos were stored and deleted on iPhone and iPad.

According to the release notes accompanying iOS 17.5.1, the deleted photos were reappearing due to “database corruption” but it’s unclear what exactly that means, and if that’s only related to iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 or something broader with iCloud or with the on-device Photos library. Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to update to iOS 17.5.1 if you are concerned about ancient deleted photos reappearing on your device.

Separately, tvOS 17.5.1 is also available for Apple TV.

How to Download & Install iOS 17.5.1 / iPadOS 17.5.1 Update

As always, backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud or your computer before starting a software update.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Select “Software Update”
  4. Choose to “Update Now” to download and install iOS 17.5.1 / iPadOS 17.5.1 update
  5. iOS 17.5.1 update fixes a peculiar bug where deleted photos would reappear

Restarting the device is necessary to complete installation of the update.

You can update your device using a computer and USB connection as well. For those wishing to update multiple devices or install updates manually, another option is to use IPSW firmware files.

iOS 17.5.1 IPSW Download Links

Direct download links for iOS 17.5.1 IPSW:

iPadOS 17.5.1 IPSW Download Links

Direct download links for iPadOS 17.5.1 IPSW:

iOS 17.5.1 Release Notes

Release notes provided with the 17.5.1 updates are as follows:

This update provides important bug fixes and addresses a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted.

This bug did not appear to impact Macs or other Apple devices, meaning you’ll continue to find the latest software updates as macOS Sonoma 14.5, macOS Ventura 13.6.7, and macOS Monterey 12.7.5 for Macs, watchOS 10.5 for Apple Watch, tvOS 17.5 for Apple TV, along with iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8 for select older model iPhone and iPad devices.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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