Get iOS 17.5.1 now to fix iPhone bug that restores deleted photos

Apple has a fix for the iOS bug that caused deleted photos to resurface, including nudes.

Following reports from iPhone and iPad users about permanently deleted photos suddenly reappearing, Apple released an iOS 17.5.1 update to fix the bug.

In the release notes, Apple said the update “provides important bug fixes and fixes a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted.”

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Reports of the bug gained traction last week after Reddit users noticed deleted NSFW content and other photos appearing in their photo library, confirming our worst fears that nothing will be permanently deleted. Some Redditors also noticed that deleted notes in the Notes app and voice messages also returned.

It’s unclear if the bug was an issue related to iCloud syncing, but when you delete photos on iOS, they are supposedly deleted after 30 days from your device and from your iCloud Library if you use it. Users reported that photos from years before appeared.

To update your iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Update 17.5.1 should be available for you to install. And just in case, maybe read up on how to store nudes safely.