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2 Simple Solutions to Recovering Deleted Photos on iPhone

Worried about iPhone Photos Loss

Smart phone has already become an important part of your daily life nowadays. Various kinds of APPs - such as Camera, Calendar, Clock, Messages, Map, and more - make your life more convenient. And as one of the hottest smart phones all over the world, iPhone is not an exception.

Take iPhone Camera as an example, though it can't compare with a professional digital SLR camera, the photos it takes fully satisfy your daily needs. As Apple always devotes itself to develop the performance of all aspects, iPhone camera becomes stronger and stronger so that you don't need to take an extra digital camera or heavy SLR camera with you when you need to capture some important moments at any time.

At the same time, iPhone photo loss is still an eternal concern, and how to recover deleted photos on iPhone is a hot topic over the net. The reason? You may delete your iPhone photos by mistake; you may occasionally find that some of the momentous photos on your iPhone are missing and you have looked through the whole iPhone but still cannot find them; you may have upgraded to the newest iOS version, however, all the photos are gone; you may have lost or broken your iPhone and all the data on the iPhone are lost, including some significant photos. Thus, iPhone photos recovery cannot be ignored.

If your iPhone photos are lost after iOS upgrading, you are able to find a proper solution in this post: 3 Useful Ways to Recover Lost Files After iOS Update.

Here is a real case of iPhone photos loss issue:

I was trying to back up my photos, and I was confused with the difference between "backup" and "restore", so I just hit restore. Come to find out it restored my iPhone back from a backup in 2015. I lost about 1,000 photos.

Can I restore photos on iPhone?

I am crossing my fingers hoping I can get them back, but after 4 hours of researching, my chance looks very slim...any answer would help TONS.


Source: discussions.apple.com

If you lost all your iOS data on iPhone after restoring it to factory settings, you can refer to this post - 3 Ways to Recover iPhone Data after Restoring to Factory Settings - to get your important iOS data back.

Back up Your iPhone Photos

You may use iPhone to take photos for the unforgettable graduation party; you may use your iPhone to keep beautiful landscapes during your long journey; you may use iPhone to shoot the happy moments with your friends or family; you may use iPhone to capture your romantic wedding; or you may use iPhone to record the growth of your cute baby. If these iPhone photos are important to you, it is highly recommended to back them up in time.

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General speaking, there are two Apple officially recommended backup methods which are widely known by iPhone users, and they are iCloud backup and iTunes backup.

For more information about making iCloud backup and iTunes backup, you can see the Apple Support article: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Now, you have made a backup of your iPhone data, which can keep your important iOS data safe even if you lose your iPhone data by mistake.

In view of this post is talking about iPhone photos loss, the next part will introduce two useful and simple solutions to recover deleted photos on iPhone.

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone

As long as you have made an iCloud backup or iTunes backup in advance, you are allowed to restore deleted iPhone photos by using the following two solutions.

Want to know the solutions? Please read on!

solution 1 Solution 1. Restore Deleted iPhone Photos from a Backup

If you are sure that your deleted important iPhone photos are stored in a previous iCloud or iTunes backup, you are able to restore them from a backup file.

You can get the detailed steps from the Apple official post: Restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup.

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However, you may notice that restoring your iPhone from an iCloud backup requests you to erase all of its content firstly; while restoring your iPhone from an iTunes backup will replace all data and files on your iPhone. These may cause data loss at the same time. For you who just want to restore deleted iPhone photos, this solution is not so perfect.

You may be wondering:

Is there a solution which can be used to recover deleted iPhone photos only?

Fortunately, technicians have developed pieces of iOS data recovery software to assist you to solve this kind of problem. Among all these good and bad programs, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is really an excellent choice.

Please go to the next part to find a better solution!

solution 2 Solution 2. Retrieve Photos on iPhone with MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS

ios About MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS

As the best iOS data recovery program, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS owns three recovery modules including "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File". It can be used to recover deleted iOS data on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.

More information about this software, please visit the official website.

In addition, there are both Windows version for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, and Mac version for Mac OS X 10.6 and above versions. And also, the Free Edition supports to recover two pieces of iPhone photos each time. This gives you the chance to experience its powerful functions without paying any cent.

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Due to the limitation of iOS device, once you delete photos from iPhone forever, you are unable to restore them from iPhone by using any iOS data recovery software. So, as for MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, the first mentioned recovery module "Recover from iOS Device" is unavailable to retrieve deleted iPhone photos. However, if you have interest in this recovery module, you can read this article - When Should We Select "Recover from iOS Device" Module – to learn more useful information.

way 1 Way 1. Restore Deleted iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup File

Provided that your deleted important iPhone photos are stored in your previous iTunes backup file, you are able to restore them by using this way.

At first, there are some NOTICES you should pay attention to:

1. "Recover from iTunes Backup File" is the first choice among all these three recovery modules as long as you are sure that your wanted iPhone photos are stored in an available iTunes backup file.

2. Please make sure you have installed the latest iTunes version on the computer.

3. Please guarantee that the iTunes backup file you are going to restore is stored on the computer you want to use.

Step 1. Open the software and enter the main interface. Then select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" from the top recovery modules bar, and the iTunes backup files stored on the computer will be shown on this interface automatically. Choose the iTunes backup file you want to use and click on "Scan" to start the scanning process.

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If the iTunes backup file you want to use is not listed on this interface, you can make it displayed manually by clicking on the lower side blue icon "Select", then choosing the available iTunes backup file from the stored path and pressing "Add" finally.

Step 2. When the scanning process is finished, you will enter the results interface. On this interface, all the scanned data and files are listed in category. Click on "Photos" from the left side of the interface, and all the scanned photos will be displayed on the right side with their name. Choose the ones you want to recover and click "Recover" to continue.

scanning results

Step 3. Click on "Browse" on the first pop-out window, select a proper path or create a new folder on the second pop-out window and then click on "Recovery" to save the target iPhone photos on the specified path.

With these three simple steps, all your wanted iPhone photos will be kept on your computer then. And you are allowed to use them directly.

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way 2 Way 2. Restore Deleted iPhone Photos from iCloud Backup File

There is a possibility that the deleted iPhone photos are only stored in your previous iCloud backup file. If it is like this, you'd better apply the third recovery module "Recover from iCloud Backup File". But first, you should pay attention to the following notice:

Due to the limitation of iCloud, this software can't get iOS 9 or later iCloud backup file. That is to say if your iPhone is running iOS 9 or later version when you are making an iCloud backup, this software will not detect that iCloud backup file.

Once you are sure that this software is able to detect the iCloud backup file which contains the iPhone photos you want to restore, you should do as the following steps:

Step 1. When you enter the main interface of this software, choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" from the top recovery modules bar. Then type your Apple ID and Password into the entry bar, and click on "Sign In".

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Step 2. Then you will enter the interface as following which shows you the available iCloud backup files. You are able to choose the relevant iCloud backup file by judging from the "Name", "Latest Backup Data", and "File Size" of each backup file. Then move the cursor to the corresponding state bar, which will be shown as blue icon "DownLoad" automatically. Just click on "DownLoad" to continue.

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Step 3. Here you will get a pop-out window with all the data types this software can download and recover listed on it. Since you just want to recover deleted iPhone photos, please just select "Photos" from the submenu of "Photos & Videos", and then click "Confirm" to start the download process.

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Step 4. It will take a while to finish the download process. And then you will enter the result interface which just shows you the downloaded iPhone photos. Select the photos you want to recover, click on "Recover" and follow the next wizard to choose a proper path to save these photos.

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At last, you still can use these recovered iPhone photos directly.

Different from way 1, this way gives you the chance to download iPhone photos only. In addition, this software can keep the previous downloaded files, which allows you to load them directly. These two features can save a lot of time for you actually.

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That's not all!

Since you are using the Free Edition, you must notice that this software just allows you to recover two pieces of photos each time. Don't worry. If MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition can scan or download the deleted important iPhone photos for you, you can then purchase the full edition to break the limitation.

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Actually, the Free Edition supports to recover some appointed types of data and files fully, such as Notes, Calendars, Reminders, Safari Bookmarks, Voice Memos, and APP Documents. If you are facing data loss issues of these types, you can get help from the following recommended articles:

1. 2 Magic Ways to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone
2. 2 Useful Solutions to Restore Deleted Reminders on iPhone
3. 3 Effective Solutions to Restore Safari Bookmarks on iPad

Bottom Line

To keep your iPhone photos safe, it is recommended to make an iCloud backup and an iTunes backup at the same time. So, when you lose your important iPhone photos unexpectedly, you will have the chance to recover them from your previous backup files.

The traditional way - Apple official recommended solution to recover iOS data from an iCloud or iTunes backup - will erase or replace all the existed data on your iPhone. However, this is not the unique iPhone photos recovery method. As long as you have MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, which offers you two ways - "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File", you are able to recover deleted iPhone photos only. This software allows you to preview and choose your wanted iPhone photos.

If you encounter any problems when you are using this software, please feel free to leave your message to the comment zone or contact us by sending email to [email protected]. Any ideas and suggestions are also appreciated here.