iPhone Photos Disappeared after iOS 11.3 Update? Here’s How to Get Them Back

Photos disappeared from iPhone after iOS 11.3 update? Don’t worry. Here are 6 simple yet efficient solutions to fix the iPhone Photos disappeared after iOS 11.3 update issue and get the lost photos back.

By Bella Miller | Posted: Mar. 14, 2018, Last Updated: Mar. 30, 2018
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“I upgraded my iPhone X to iOS 11.3 yesterday night. But just a few minutes ago I found out that all my photos disappeared dramatically. Those photos are quite important to me. Going crazy, any chance to get them back?”

Above iPhone user’s experience is not a rare issue, as a large number of iOS users have encountered the same situation that photos disappeared after updated to iOS 11.3. If you are also stuck on this error, don’t panic and read on this guide with deep attention. In the following, 6 reliable tricks will be offered to fix the iPhone photos disappeared after update to iOS 11.3 error and get your missing photos back without effort.

Solution 1. Restart Your iPhone

By restarting your iPhone, all the active and unidentified error programs on device will be closed. So, this can be the first solution you can try when meet iPhone errors.

iPhone 8 or earlier iDevices: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the slider appears > Drag the slider to turn off iPhone > Press and hold the Side (or Top) button again until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone X: Press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the slider appears > Drag the slider to turn your iPhone X off >Press and hold the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

Solution 2. Check iCloud Photos Settings

Make sure that iCloud Photos Library is enabled on your iPhone correctly.

Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Tap Photos > Ensure the iCloud Photo Library is turned on.

Solution 3. Log Out and then Log in iCloud Account

This solution works perfectly for many iPhone users to fix the iPhone photos disappeared after iOS 11.3 update error.

Go to Settings and check whether you have logged in the right iCloud account. If it does the right account, simply log out and then log in again to see whether photos come back to your iPhone.

Solution 4. Check Recently Deleted Album

Recently Deleted Album in Photos app will keep the photos you deleted for 30 days. So, you can go to the album to check if it keeps the photos you want.

If you find them here, just select the photos you want and tap Recover under the bottom right corner to get them back into your All Photos album.

Solution 5. Restore from iTunes/iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone via iTunes or iCloud before you do an iOS 11.3 update, then you can recover your photos from the iTunes or iCloud backup. However, you must clear that restore from iTunes or iCloud backup, all existing data and settings on iPhone will be erased and replaced by the backup files. Also, you have to absolutely sure that the backup you choose store the photos you need. Otherwise, gone are not only photos, but all valuable data on your iPhone.

To keep all existing data safe and safely recover all disappeared photos, you do have another better option – PhoneRescue for iOS. It has saved over 5,700,000 iOS users from iPhone/iPad/iPod data issues, and recognized as the #1 iPhone data recovery and iPhone backup extractor tool.

It helps you extract all or certain data you want in iTunes or iCloud backup without erasing anything. You can preview the details in the backup and select the files you prefer to recover, no blind full restore. Now, let’s start with it.

If you can take the risk of losing data while recovering from iTunes or iCloud backup, the two guides below may be helpful for you:
How to Restore from iTunes Backup >
How to Restore from iCloud Backup >

Part 1. Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing

Step 1Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your Mac/PC > Launch it > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

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Step 2 Choose Recover from iTunes Backup mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right corner to proceed.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 2

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 2

Step 3 Select the backup contains the deleted photos and click Right Arrow > Check Photos only > Click OK button to scan the deleted photos.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 3

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the photos you prefer > Click To Device button to get them back to your iPhone’s Photos app directly, or click To Computer button to recover them to your PC or Mac computer.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 4

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Erasing – Step 4

If all your iTunes backups are not keep the photos you want, you can read on to recover your photos with iCloud backup or directly refer to Solution 6 to get them back without backup.

Part 2. Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing

Step 1Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your Mac/PC computer > Run it > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

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Step 2 Choose Recover from iCloud mode > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right corner to proceed.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing – Step 2

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing – Step 2

Step 3 Sign in your Apple ID and password > Choose the backup contains the photos you want and click Download > Choose Photos > Click OK to download the backup.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing – Step 3

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing – Step 3

Step 4 Choose the backup you just downloaded and click Right Arrow on the bottom right > Preview and select the photos you want to recover > Click To Device button to retrieve them to the Photos app on your iPhone directly, or To Computer button to save them on your computer.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing – Step 4

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup without Data Erasing – Step 4

You can repeat the steps to scan all your iCloud backups. If all of them failed to find your deleted photos, then the photos are not included in the iCloud backup. In this case, just move to Solution 6 to recover your disappeared photos without any backup.

Solution 6. Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup

If all solutions above fail to get back your disappeared photos, and you have made no available backup, then here’s the last solution to fix the photos disappeared from iPhone after iOS 11.3 update error. PhoneRescue for iOS is a professional iOS data recovery tool that can help you easily and safely recover lost photos even without any backup.

It supports recovering deleted photos to Photos app on your iPhone directly and organizing photos by categories & time. Just like you never lost them. Moreover, you are allowed to preview and select the photos you want to recover. Now, let’s check how to recover lost photos from iPhone without backup.

Step 1Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your Mac or PC computer > Open it.

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Step 2 Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode this time > Click Right Arrow on the bottom right corner to go to next step.

Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup – Step 2

Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Check Photos and Thumbnails > Click OK button to proceed.

How to Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup – Step 3

How to Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the photos you want to recover > Click To Device button to retrieve photos to Photos app on iPhone, or choose To Computer button get them back to your computer.

How to Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Disappeared Photos without Backup – Step 4

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix iPhone Photos disappeared after update to iOS 11.3 error. Hope you have succeeded in solving the problem with above 6 solutions. Lastly, besides photos, PhoneRescue for iOS also supports recovering deleted messages, contacts, notes, videos, non-purchased music as well as other up to 31 iOS file types. Just give it a try now in case you will have further data recovery needs.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.

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