That play on words is thanks to the name of the app that finds lost photos. Lost Photos.
Alright, so what kind of lost photos are we talking about?
In this case Lost Photos finds lost photos in your email accounts. That may seem like an odd place for photos to be stored but if you think about it for a moment, that’s where the email photo attachments are, so checking an email account for lost photo attachments is logical and worthwhile.
Assuming you haven’t deleted all the email stored on your various accounts, Lost Photos can work wonders. When it works. All you need is the email account’s user ID and password. Lost Photos logs in and searches email for photos and downloads what it finds to your Mac.
Once you click the Find My Photos button, Lost Photos goes to work, logs in to your email, and finds photos, which then can be displayed on your Mac.
While Lost Photos handles most email account types, it doesn’t handle everything. The Good: iCloud, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL mail and many others. The Bad: Verizon, SBC, Comcast, and others don’t work.
Lost Photos provides a thumbnail preview of the lost photos it finds on your email accounts. It’s also a socially savvy app and gives you options to re-share photos on Facebook, Twitter, or send via email.
If you’re worried about Lost Photo downloading every crazy sized email attachment photo, use the built-in filters to filter out certain file types or file sizes to make sure you get only the photos you want.
What Lost Photos does not do is delete the messages or the photos stored on your email accounts. All it does is grab the photos and save them to your Mac. The free version limits the number of photos it downloads, but the in-app purchase option can find and download unlimited lost photos.