How to Restore iPhone Photos

Last updated on November 16, 2016 by

Most of the time, we remove pictures from our iPhone to free up space. But we often forget to transfer them to our computer before this process, hence we lose the pictures forever. In other cases, we delete pictures accidentally, or perhaps reset our iPhone to factory settings without backing up. We all know that there is no way we can undo these actions. So what shall we do if those pictures are of importance, if we need them in our business or for personal use? The only thing we need do is to restore iPhone photos so that we can use them again. However, our iDevice does not have that function. But don’t worry! In this article, we will find great software.

Great Software to Restore iPhone Photos

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iOS Data Recovery

The first tool that you can use is iOS Data Recovery. It is a desktop program available for Mac and Windows. This software is capable of retrieving data directly from your device or, if you have backed up your phone, from iTunes and iCloud backup. Furthermore, it works with many versions of iOS – from old to the latest iOS 10 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Using this application, you will be able to recover deleted messages, calendar, contacts, and other data from your phone and save them to your computer or back to your device. You can also use this program to recover deleted iPhone images. To achieve this, you need to download the software, install it on your computer and update your iTunes to the latest version first. And follow the guide below.


Option 1: Recover Photos from iPhone Directly

Step 1: Open the application and connect your iOS device using USB cable. Once connected, you will be directed to the “Recover from iOS Device” automatically.

Step 2: On the page, select “Photos” under the “Existing Data on the Device” option. Press “Start Scan”.

Step 3: Choose the photos you want to restore and press “Recover to Computer”. Select your folder location and press “Recover” to save them to your computer.

Recover from Device

Option 2: Restore iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

Note: This only works when you’ve backed up your iOS device to the iTunes.

Step 1: Open the program and click on “Recover from iTunes Backup File”. You will see a list of backed up devices on PC screen (depending on how many devices you’ve backed up on your iTunes). Choose your device from the list and press “Start Scan”.

Step 2: Once done, the whole backup content of your iPhone will be displayed on your computer. Choose “Photos” so that you’ll be able to see the existing and deleted images.

Step 3: Simply select photos and click “Recover to Computer”. Choose folder location and click “Recover”.

Recover from iTunes

Option 3: Recover photos from iCloud backup

Note: You can only restore iPhone photos when you’ve backed up your iPhone photos to iCloud.

Step 1: Launch the software and go to “Recover from iCloud Backup File”. And sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2: Once you have logged in, the devices backed up via this Apple account will appear. Choose the one you want to recover and click “Download”. A dialog box will appear showing the type of files you can recover. Choose “Camera Roll” under “Photos & Videos” and press “Next”.

Step 3: When this process completes, click “Scan Downloaded” to start scanning. After that, just select the items you want, and then choose “Recover to Computer” to save the photos.

Recover from iCloud


Another tool that may help you is iFonebox. Similar to iOS Data Recovery, it also works well on Mac and Windows. It supports recovering of data directly from your iPhone, iTunes and iCloud backup. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, it can easily get back your lost data from them, such as contacts, messages, videos, photos, etc. To begin with, download and install the software on your computer. After that, retrieve deleted photos from iPhone with following instructions.

Option 1: Recover Directly from iPhone or iTunes Backup File

Step 1: Open the program and connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable.

  • To recover from iPhone directly, click “Start” to load the files on your device. You will see data categories on your screen.
  • To recover from iTunes backup, go to “Recover from iTunes Backup File”. A list of devices will be shown on the interface (if you have backed up more than one device on your iTunes). Choose the device you want to recover and click “Select” to continue.

iTunes Backup File

Step 2: Tap on “Photos” under “Media Data”. It will automatically start scanning and analyzing your files.

Step 3: Once the scan is completed, you will see all images. To view your deleted files only, turn on the “Only display the deleted items” on the upper left part of the box. You may now select and recover deleted iPhone images by clicking “Recover to PC”.

Option 2: Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Open the program and sign in with your Apple ID. After signing in, you will see all the backup files in your account. Select the one you want to recover, then press “Download”.

Step 2: A dialog box will open. Choose “Photos” under “Media File” and click “Next”. The application will scan the pictures.

Step 3: Select files you want to recover and press “Recover to PC”.

Recover Through iFonebox


You can use these two applications to recover deleted pictures from iPhone. To compare, iOS Data Recovery and iFonebox are both programmed with intuitive user interface that makes the process of recovering data easier. Both are running on Windows and Mac, compatible with many iDevices. As for utility, they support recovering 16 types of data files. As for speed, iFonebox operates faster as it directly scans your phone while the other one analyzes the device first and then scans it. Like any other program, these two also have limitations. First, they cannot recover everything that has been deleted on your device. Second, neither is free. Though there’s a free trial version that you can use, some features are available only when you buy the program.

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