iPhone Photos Disappear and Reappear in Photo.app with Restoring Message

If you have experienced the frustration of opening the photo app on your iPhone only to find that most of your photos have disappeared, leaving a “Restoring” message on the screen, and then having to wait while they restore, all for no apparent reason, you’re not alone. For many this only started happening after iOS 7.

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Unfortunately, as of yet we have found no definitive fix for this, however we have made some observations that may make your life a little easier:

1. First and foremost, this very much seems to be a memory problem.

2. It seems that the more photos you have, the more often this happens (see #1). When we keep our photos to under 200, it happens very rarely.

3. For some people it also seems this may be somehow related to how iOS7 builds Albums and/or now categorizes photos into “Moments”, meaning by day and date. So getting rid of unnecessary albums (such as the newly defaulting Panoramas and Videos albums) may help.

4. If you have found anything else to help or even fix this (or to work around it) please drop us a comment and let us know!

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