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New iOS & iPadOS update fixes reappearing photos bug

A Portrait Photo shot in iOS 17

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Apple has released a minor update for iOS and iPadOS, that fixes an issue in the Photos app that resurrected deleted images.

One week after releasing iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 to the public, Apple has issued a minor update for both operating systems.

The update to iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 replaces the respective 17.5 releases for each. The new builds are build number 21F90.

Among the fixes in the release is one that surfaced just after the 17.5 updates were distributed. Users discovered that older photographs they had deleted were suddenly accessible again in Photos.

Apple describes it as a rare issue that involved a database corruption for some users in their Photos library. It's not clear how prevalent the issue was.

How to update to iOS 17.5.1

Updating an iPhone is straightforward and doesn't require much user intervention. Generally, if the user has automatic updates enabled, the update will install overnight without prompt.

If, for some reason, the update doesn't install automatically or if the user wants to install it manually, that is done via the Settings app.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap "General"
  3. Tap "Software Update"
  4. The software update will appear here when available

Apple tends to release iOS updates on a rolling basis, so the update may not immediately appear for everyone.