How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone

Want to retrieve HEIC photos on iPhone? If you want, just follow this guide to get your deleted or lost HEIC photos back on iPhone with or without backup.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted on: Jan. 29, 2019, Last Updated: Apr. 03, 2019

HEIC (High-Efficiency Image File Format) is a new image file format that was brought by iOS 11. HEIC is designed to help iOS users save their photos at a less storage space and in a higher quality than JPEG. In this respect, many iOS users would be happy to embrace this new change that Apple brings.

However, changes bring challenges. At the stage when users are unfamiliar with HEIC photos, they would be very likely to encounter various different HEIC problems, such as can’t preview HEIC photos on iPhone, can’t import HEIC photos to their Mac or Windows, or delete HEIC photos by accident, etc. Actually, the problem of the HEIC picture cannot be open or preview could be solved well. You can change HEIC images to JPG by using a HEIC-to-JPG converter. However, if you’re getting into trouble with losing them, things get a little more difficult. How do you do to find these important HEIC pictures back? If you don’t know how to do it, you can refer to this guide.

In this guide, we will give you 2 tips to recover HEIC photos on iPhone, no matter you have made a backup or not.

Part 1. How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from Backup

It is a good habit to make a backup of your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud so that you can recover lost data when data loss happens. If you have made a backup, don’t rush to restore from it, you’d better know something important as below:

  1. To restore from iCloud and iTunes backup, you need to reset your iPhone first. This will erase all your data and settings on iPhone.
  2. By restoring from iCloud or iTunes, you have to restore the whole backup instead of single data to iPhone, therefore, you’d better be sure that the backup you are going to restore contains the lost/deleted HEIC photos.

In the face of these disadvantages, you might be at a loss of what to do. In fact, if you want to get rid of these limits, some professional iPhone data recovery tools like PhoneRescue for iOS can help you make it. PhoneRescue for iOS is capable of helping you selectively recover deleted or lost HEIC photos from a backup. More outstanding features about PhoneRescue for iOS are:

Now, you can download PhoneRescue for iOS and follow the steps below to recover HEIC photos from a backup.

Method 1. Selectively Recover HEIC photos from iCloud

Step 1Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC computer > Open it and choose Recover from iCloud > Click the arrow button.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 1

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 1

Step 2 Sign in with your Apple ID.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 2

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 2

Step 3Select iCloud Backup.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 3

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 3

Step 4Select the iCloud backup file contains the HEIC photos you want to recover > Click Download > Then it would pop up a window for you to choose what kind of data you want to recover > Click OK to move on.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 4

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 4

Step 5After downloading, just click the blue arrow button to scan the backup > Preview and select the photos you want to recover > Click on To Computer button or To iDevice button as you need.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 5

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone from iCloud [Selectively] – Step 5

Method 2. Selectively Recover HEIC photos from iTunes Backup

Step 1Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer(MAC or PC). Then, select Recover from iTunes backup > Click on Right Arrow to enter the next page.

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 1

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 1

Step 2Select the right iTunes backup that contains the HEIC photos you want to recover and click Right Arrow to proceed. You can choose to scan all data on backup or get only the differences between iPhone and backup.

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 2

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 2

Step 3By default, all types of data will be selected. Please uncheck Select All option and then choose Photos. Click OK to confirm.

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 3

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 3

Step 4Select Photos > Preview and select the photos you want to recover > Click on To iDevice button to recover them to your iPhone, or To Computer button to download them to your computer.

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 4

How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone from iTunes Backup[Selectively] – Step 4

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Part 2. How to Retrieve HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup

This part mainly prepared for users who have no any backup. If you have no any backup, you can also use this powerful iPhone data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS to recover HEIC photos directly from iPhone. Now you can follow us to do it.

Step 1Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer, open it and connect your iPhone with a USB cable. Select Recover from iOS Device and click on the arrow button.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup – Step 1

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup – Step 1

Step 2Select and scan the data you want to recover. Remember only tick Photos and click on OK to scan this type of data on your iPhone.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup – Step 2

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup – Step 2

Step 3Select Only list deleted. Preview and choose the deleted pictures you really want to get back, and click Recover to Device to put selected pictures back to your iPhone now.

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup – Step 3

How to Recover HEIC Photos on iPhone without Backup – Step 3

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The Bottom Line

If you have ever deleted or lost HEIC photos by accident, our guide will help you recover HEIC photos by using the tip we mentioned above, no matter you have a backup or not. Hope this guide is helpful to you. Good luck!

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.