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How to Get Pictures off Broken iPhone? Solutions Are Here

Part 1: Can I Retrieve Photos from iPhone with Broken Screen?

This post will start with a real life case as following:

A few days ago, my iPhone dropped on the ground really hard resulting the screen to shatter and shut off. While plugging it into my laptop it suddenly turned on again and there was light through the cracks. But still I couldn't enter my iPhone because the shattered screen didn't allow me to input password. I want to be able to retrieve my photos somehow because they're really important memories of mines, but I don't know how to get pictures off broken iPhone. Anyone can help me?
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Dropping your iPhone on the ground is not a small probability event. This may bring you some troubles if the screen is damaged, or even worse, the iPhone is totally broken. Despite the result that you have to fix your iPhone or buy a new one, you have to worry about the important data stored on the iPhone. For example, the above user wants to retrieve photos from iPhone with broken screen. Is this possible? Of course, the answer is yes. But the premise is that you should have a piece of reliable and professional iOS data recovery software. And this post will introduce you a kind of this program which can be used to recover your iPhone photos.


If your iPhone is dropped broken, this relative post - Fix Your Broken iPhone and Recover Important Data on It - is a piece of good reference for you to deal with this issue.

Part 2: How to Get Pictures off Broken iPhone

As a matter of fact, many pieces of iPhone data recovery software are designed to recover photos, videos, messages, notes, as well as other kinds of iOS data from iPhone. The powerful and professional software MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is an excellent option for you.

This software is used to recover iOS data from iPhone7Plus/7/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 2/1, iPad mini and iPod Touch5/4. It has three recovery modules, and they are "Recover from iOS Device", which can scan your iOS device to get the data on it; "Recover from iTunes Backup File", which is used to scan your previous iTunes backup file and recover the chosen data to your computer; and "Recover from iCloud Backup file", which is designed to download the selected iOS data from the relative iCloud backup file.

To solve the focus topic - broken iPhone photos recovery - which is mentioned in this post, these three recovery modules are all available under special circumstance. If you have never used this software before, you'd better download and install its Free Edition to your computer and have a try first. And this freeware allows you to recover two pieces of pictures.

The following three ways are based on Windows Operating System, and if you are using Mac version, the steps are the same.

Way 1: Recover Photos from Broken iPhone Directly

When you can choose module "Recover from iOS Device"? If your iPhone screen is damaged but you still can turn on the device, you can try to use this module to get photos off your broken iPhone. At the same time, your iPhone must have been trusted by the computer you are going to use otherwise this software will not be allowed to scan the device, and you need to install the latest iTunes application to your computer to make this recovery module run smoothly.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and double click on the software icon to enter the main interface. This software will detect your iPhone automatically and display it on the interface. Then you should press on the lower side "Scan" button to continue.


Step 2: You will enter the results interface after the scanning process is finished. The left side of the interface is a list of all data types, and you can click on "Photos" to make all the scanned pictures display on the interface with their name and format. Here, this software enables you to preview them one by one, and this design can help you to select the items you want to recover. Since this is the free edition, you can just select two pieces of photos and then click on the lower left side button "Recover" to continue.


Step 3: There will be a small rectangle pop-out window then. In this step, you can choose to save the selected photos to the default path shown on this window; or you can click on "Browse" button to select another path on the computer to keep them.


After these three simple steps, your selected iPhone photos will be saved to the specified path, and you are able to use them directly.

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While, sometimes things will be different: your iPhone is damaged heavily, and you are unable to turn it on. Under this circumstance, "Recover from iOS Device" module will be unable to detect your iPhone successfully, and you have to consider using another module.

You can continue to read to learn another two useful recovery modules.

Way 2: Retrieve Broken iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup File

Suppose that the iPhone photos you want to get are included in the previous iTunes backup file, you can use "Recover from iTunes Backup File" module to recover your broken iPhone photos.

Generally speaking, iTunes backup file is stored on the computer and can't be used directly. But you can use a piece of third-party software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to scan the backup file, save the data and files to the computer, and finally you are able to view and use them immediately.

To make this recovery module work smoothly, you must make sure that the iTunes backup file you want to scan is saved on the computer. If not, you also can copy the target backup file to your computer. In addition, this recovery module can work without network connection.

Step 1: Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" module from the main interface. Then the iTunes backup files will be listed here. It is quite possible that there is more than one iTunes backup file on the interface. In this case, you can choose the right one by judging from their "Name" and "Latest Backup Date".


Tip: In theory, this software is able to get the iTunes backup files stored in the default path of iTunes application. If the iTunes backup file is stored to another path, it will not be shown here. This time, you have to click on the blue button "Select" and pick it out from the computer to add it here manually.

Step 2: Theoretically, the larger the iTunes backup file is, the longer the scanning time will be. Just as way 1, when the scanning process is finished, you will see the results interface as following. Choose "Photos" from the left list to make the software display the scanned iPhone photos only. And then you can preview them, select the items you want to recover and click on the lower left side blue button "Recover" to continue.


Step 3: The rest pop-out windows will lead you to choose a suitable location to store those selected iPhone photos.

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When these three steps are finished, you should check these recovered iPhone photos from the specified storage path to verify that if this recovery works or not.

Way 3: Restore Broken iPhone Photos from iCloud Backup File

If there is available iCloud backup file, you also can try "Recover from iCloud Backup File" module. Since this recovery module will download the iPhone data from iCloud backup, please make sure that the network connection is normal.


Due to the limitations of iCloud, this software can't get iOS 9 and the later versions' iCloud backup files. So, the iCloud backup file you are going to use should be made when your iPhone is running the iOS version earlier than iOS 9 (iOS 9 is not included).

Step 1: Select the right recovery module from the main interface and this software will inform you to type your "Apple ID" and "Password" into the corresponding bar. Then, click on "Sign In" button.


Step 2: Here, this software will show you all the available iCloud backup files. You can choose the target one by judging from their "Name", "Latest Backup Date" and "File Size". Then, press on "DownLoad" button to continue.


Step 3: In this step, you will see a pop-out window with the iPhone data types. For you want to get your iPhone photos this time, you should check "Photos" here, and then click on "Confirm" button to continue.


Step 4: Some minutes later, the software will enter its results interface with only downloaded iPhone photos on it. Choose your wanted items and press on "Recover" button to select a suitable location from the pop-out window to store them.


Finally, those recovered iPhone photos are saved to your specified path. And you are also allowed to view and use them directly.

Compared with way 1 and way 2, way 3 has an extra step enables you to choose the data type you want to recover. This kind of design saves you a lot of time if the whole iCloud backup file is large in size.

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As it is mentioned at the beginning of this part, there are some functional limitations in this Free Edition, and you are allowed to recover two pieces of iPhone photos with this freeware. If you think this software can solve your personal issue and want to break these limitations to recover more iPhone photos, you'd better purchase the advanced version from the official site.

Part 3: Some Useful Tips

1. If your iPhone screen is damaged, you will consider fixing it at first. To make everything goes well, you had better let the professional Apple staff fix it. Here is the Apple official post: Get your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch ready for service, which tells you what kinds of preparations you should do before you send the broken device to Apple Store to protect your iPhone data and save time for you.

2. From part 2, you can see the importance of making iTunes and iCloud backup files. Yes, once you lost your iPhone data by accident, these backup files can help you to get the data back. Of course, you still need a piece of professional iOS data recovery software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. The match of iTunes/iCloud backup file and this software is super powerful in the field of iPhone data recovery.

3. Take good care of your iPhone. It reserves many useful and important data for you, and it deserves your protection. In addition, keep it away from water (if unfortunately, you drop your iPhone into water, you can visit this post to get some useful suggestions: Guide to Dry out Wet iPhone And Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone).

Part 4: Bottom Line

After these introductions, I am sure that you already have a basic understanding of retrieving broken iPhone photos with MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. In summary, if your iPhone screen is damaged, but it can be turn on, you can extract its photos with its "Recover from iOS Device" module; once the device is broken heavily, you also can use this software to recover its data from the relative iTunes and iCloud backup files with its rest two recovery modules: "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iTunes Backup File". This software gives you more opportunities when you are facing "how to get pictures off broken iPhone" issue. Besides, you are also able to recover your broken iPad or iPod Touch data by using this program.

At last, if you encounter some issue about this software when you are solving iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch data recovery issue, please feel free to contact us by sending email to [email protected] or just list them on the following comment bar. At the same time, any useful ideas and suggestions are also appreciated here. Thank you!