iPhone iPad Photos Lost After iOS 14/13 Update? How to Get Back

Your photos disappeared from iPhone iPad after update? This guide offers 5 solutions to help you quickly recover lost photos after iOS 14/13 update.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 21, 2021
PhoneRescue for iOS – Recover Photos Now

Photos disappeared from iPhone or iPad? PhoneRescue for iOS provides you to get the disappeared photos from iTunes or iCloud backup, or from your device without backup. You can check the detailed steps.

While some iPhone users enjoy the new features, some are suffering from lost pictures after the latest iOS 14 update or iOS 13. Literally, it is a quite common problem that happens after iPhone being updated to a new iOS. And iPhone 12 users recently reported that their messages get mistaken deleted, can’t get messages, and iPhone won’t notify the coming texts. Apple said the newly iOS 14.2.1 already fixed message issues on iPhone 12 series.

But why did photos disappear from the iPhone? Usually, iPhone photos get lost because the iCloud sync may go wrong or the pictures may be deleted accidentally. How to fix this issue? This article will list 5 ways to solve the issue that photos disappeared after the iOS update. Keep on reading and figure them out.

1. Re-log into iCloud Account and Check iCloud Photo Sync

If your iCloud photos lost after iOS 14 or iOS 13 update, you can go to have a check whether you have logged in to your iCloud account. If you have logged in, you can log out and then log in again to have a try. It may help you get back your pictures. Also, you have to make sure you have enabled iCloud Photo Library if you’ve used this feature before. The iCloud photos will disappear if the Sync function is off. To fix phone updated but photos are gone with iCloud Sync:

Step 1. Reset iCloud Photos

First, ensure you’re signed into the same iCloud account with other devices that you want to share photos with.

Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Photos to turn on iCloud Photos. You may turn it off and wait for a while firstly, then turn it on again and check if it works fine.

Reset iCloud Photos

Reset iCloud Photos

Step 2. Tap Download and Keep Originals

This step will download all your original pictures and videos you have synced. Before you download your photos, you may clean your iPhone first and make sure there is enough space to restore your photos.

 Tap Download and Keep Originals

Tap Download and Keep Originals

2. Check the Recently Deleted Folder to Recover Photos

If iPhone deleted your photos after iOS update, there’s another possibility that to check the Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone. This folder can save your deleted photos for 30 days which was released with iOS 8 update and optimized through iOS 11. It still works on iOS 14 and earlier. If you have mis-deleted photos from your device, you can easily recover them to your photo library or albums.

Check the Recently Deleted Folder to Recover Photos

Check the Recently Deleted Folder to Recover Photos

3. Restore from iTunes/iCloud Backup

You might have met many guides that told you to back up your devices. It is quite necessary to have an iTunes or iCloud backup in advance, which is the best way to avoid photos disappeared from iPhone after the update. If you have made one, you can follow us to fix iPhone photos missing problems by restoring iDevice with iTunes or iCloud backup; If you haven’t any available backup, move to Solution 4 to fix it.

With data backups, you can recover lost iPhone photos easily.  There are two important things you need to know before you restore your pictures:

  1. Once you restored your iPhone with the selected iTunes/iCloud backup, all the current data on your iPhone will be erased and replaced by the content in the backup. This means the new messages, photos, contacts, and other iOS contents are not included in the backup will be erased.
  2. You never know what files will be restored to your iPhone/iPad before restoring your iDevice. So you even can’t sure if this iTunes or iCloud backup contains the missing photos.

Therefore, we recommend an iPhone backup extractor tool – PhoneRescue for iOS, which can extract anything you like from an iTunes or iCloud Backup. The best part is it will never overwrite your data on your iPhone/iPad and won’t erase your device at all. In addition, you can preview the pictures before you retrieve them, which means you can also selectively restore your photos to your iPhone/iPad with it.

Here, we will show you how to recover deleted photos from iTunes or iCloud backup with PhoneRescue for iOS.

Method 1: Restore Your iPhone from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your PC or Mac computer, install and run it, and then connect your iPhone iPad to the computer with a USB cable.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2: On Homepage of PhoneRescue for iOS, select Recover from Backup and then click the right arrow button to scan your computer for listing all the iTunes backups.

Recover from iTunes Backup

Recover from iTunes Backup

Step 3: Select the right backup, and click the right arrow button to scan this backup. And then click the Compare button (it will find out all the contents included in backup but not on your Device), select Photos and other file types you want to retrieve, and then click OK button.

Scan iTunes Backup and Choose Photos

Scan iTunes Backup and Choose Photos

Step 4: Preview the photos and select the photos you want to recover, and then click To Device button to get them back to your iPhone iPad’s Photos App, or click To Computer button to recover them to your PC or Mac computer.

Select the Wanted Photos to Recover

Select the Wanted Photos to Recover

If you fail to find the missing photos in this iTunes backup, you can repeat the steps above to scan another iTunes backup. If you still failed to recover them, this means those photos are not included in iTunes backup, you can read on to get them back with iCloud backup or move to Solution 5 to recover lost iPhone photos without backup.

Method 2: Restore Your iPhone from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Download, install and run PhoneRescue for iOS on your PC or Mac computer, then connect your iPhone or iPad to computer with its USB cable.

Step 2: On Home of PhoneRescue for iOS, select Recover from iCloud and then click the right arrow button to go to the next step.

Recover from iCloud Backup

Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 3: Input your Apple ID and password, and then log in.

Enter your Apple ID Account

Enter your Apple ID Account

Step 4: Select the right iCloud backup, click the Download button, select Photos and other file types you want to retrieve, and click OK to start downloading this backup. When the download finished, click the right arrow to scan this iCloud backup. The download time varies from your backup’s size and network’s speed.

Step 5: Preview these photos backed up in iCloud backup, select the photos you want to recover, and then click To Computer or To Device button to recover them to the computer or iPhone iPad’s Photos App.

Download the Backup and Choose Photos to Recover

Download the Backup and Choose Photos to Recover

4. Recover Lost Photos without Backup

After trying all the solutions above, if you still fail to fix this data loss problem – photos disappeared from iPhone after an update, here has the last way to try – recover lost iPhone photos without backup. Absolutely, you can’t make it directly without outside help. Just like we mentioned above, the iPhone iPad backup extractor – PhoneRescue for iOS also can work as an iOS data recovery tool to recover deleted or lost photos on iPhone iPad without backup.

Next, we will show you how to recover lost photos on iPhone iPad without backup.

Step 1. Download the PhoneRescue for iOS, then choose iOS Data Recovery to download it on your Mac/PC computer.

Step 2. Run PhoneRescue for iOS > Connect your iPhone iPad to computer with USB cable > Select Recover from iOS > Click right arrow button to go next step.

Click Recover from iOS Device

Click Recover from iOS Device

Step 3. Select Photos, Photo Videos and Thumbnails > Click OK button.

Choose Data Category to Scan from iOS Device

Choose Data Category to Scan from iOS Device

Step 4. Preview the deleted but not overwritten photos on your iPhone > Select the photos you want to retrieve > Click To Device or To Computer button to recover lost photos. To Device button will get lost or missing photos directly back to iPhone iPad’s Photos App. To Computer button will recover lost iPhone or iPad photos to your PC or Mac computer.

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup

Retrieve Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup

Except for photos, if you also find other iOS data disappeared or lost after iOS update, like Contacts, Messages, Notes, Bookmarks, Music, even everything, you can follow the guides below to get them back.

5. Restart Your iPhone/iPad

Sometimes, your iPhone photos disappeared after iOS update only because of software errors. Also, you can try to restart your iDevice. With different device models, the way to restart won’t be the same.

To Restart different types of iPhone

Reboot iPhone X or later:

  1. Press the Side button and one of the Volume buttons until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off the device.
  3. Press the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Reboot iPhone 8 and earlier:

  1. Press the Top button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off the device.
  3. Press the Top button again until you see the Apple logo.
How to Restart Your iPhone

How to Restart Your iPhone

 To Restart iPad

Restart the iPad without a Home button

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up or Down button and the Top button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off.
  3. Wait for a minute, then press and hold the Top button again to turn it back on.

Restart the iPad with a Home button

  1. Press and hold the Top button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off.
  3. Wait for a minute, then press and hold the Top button again to turn it back on.

If your iPhone is iOS 11 or later, you can turn off your device by going to Settings > General> Shut Down. You can also check the full tutorial on how to restart the iPhone iPad.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to recover lost photos after iOS update, the methods we introduce work for all iOS, including the latest iOS 14/13. And Phonerescue for iOS is the best recovery tool to help you find missing photos, contacts, messages or other data. And now, you can get the latest version to try. If you like this guide, please share it to help more people. If you have any better ideas to get back lost photos, just share it in the comment section.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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