How to Get Back Missing Photos from iPhone

Summary

iPhone photos disappeared accidentally? Don't Worry! Read this post to get them back, no matter what iPhone and what iOS you are using.

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May 12, 2016

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PhoneRescue – Easily Get Back Missing Photos from iPhone 6/6s/5s/5/SE

PhoneRescue – Retrieve Missing Photos from iPhone

Download PhoneRescue to extract camera roll photos from your iPhone backup on your computer and get back your disappeared photos.

Question: "Hundreds of Camera Roll pics, suddenly disappeared from my iPhone 6s recently after I updated to iOS 9.3.5, so what can I do to get back them?"

There are many reasons for iPhone photos missing in iOS 9 or iOS 10, such as failing to update iOS system and restoring from an unknown backup. Or some troublemaker manually deleted your photos without you knowing it. Whatever the reason, photos disappearing could be a disaster and we should calm down and do something to get back what we lost. So, are there any ways to retrieve disappeared iPhone photos?

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In this post, we'll list some tips we collected from Apple related forums to help your recover the disappeared photos from your iPhone 6/6s or older 5/5s/4s (It also applies to iPad and iPod touch). Whether you lose only a part of Camera Roll, Photo Stream pictures from iPhone, or all of photos, you could have a try.

How to Get Back Missing Photos from iPhone

Tip 1. Restart.

You are suggested to reboot your iPhone. After you restarting your device, run Photos app and see whether photos come back on your iPhone. This is one simple and basic tip everyone can have a try although it may not work.

Tip 2. iCloud Account

If your iCloud photos disappeared from your iPhone, firstly you should check whether you login iCloud account correctly. If you have logged in, you can log out your iCloud accout and then login it on your iPhone, which may get your photos back.

Tip 3. iCloud Photo Sync.

Our iCloud photos will disappear from iPhone if we turn off iCloud Photo Sync or disable My Photo Stream or iCloud Photo Library on iPhone. So you should make sure that you have enable this features.

How to Get Back Disappeared Photos from iPhone 6 – iCloud Photos

How to Get Back Disappeared Photos from iPhone 6 – iCloud Photos

To turn on My Photo Stream or iCloud Photo Library: Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos. Notice that you should connect your device to Wifi if you want to turn on iCloud Photo Library, and "My Photo Stream" album will disappear if you turn on iCloud Photo Library, but don't worry, all pictures on My Photo Stream will be transferred to "All Photos" album together with all Camera Roll pictures (Of course, the Camera Roll album will be replaced by All Photos).

Tip 4. Recently Deleted Album.

Since iOS 8, there is one built-in album named "Recently Deleted" in Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. This album will store the photos you recently deleted for 30 days before they are permanently deleted. So check whether there are some missing photos on "Recently Deleted" folder.

Get Recently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Get Recently Deleted Photos on iPhone

Tip 5. Restore from iTunes/iCloud.

If you have created an iPhone backup with iTunes or iCloud, you have a big chance to get back your disappeared pictures by restoring your iPhone from the backup. But you should know that your iPhone data would be erased and replaced by backup data in this method.

You can refer to the below articles to know how to restore from iPhone backup:

Backup & Restore iPhone iPad – iTunes

Backup & Restore iPhone iPad - iCloud

Tip 6. iPhone Backup Extractor - PhoneRescue

If you don't want to erase all data and settings on iPhone to restore disappeared pictures, you can use iPhone backup viewing tools like PhoneRescue to check whether there are some missing photos on iTunes/iCloud backup. And if there are, extract them from backup.

Below we take an example of extracting pictures from iTunes backup by using PhoneRescue:

Step 1. Download and install PhoneRescue to computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable. Run PhoneRescue on your computer, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" and click "Next" button on the bottom right corner.

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 2

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 2

Step 3. Select your iPhone backup and click Next.

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 3

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 3

Step 4. You can click "Compare" to get only the differences between your iPhone and the backup.

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 4

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 4

Step 5. After Scan, click Photos on the left panel to preview all photos. Select the items you want to extract, and then click To Computer to extract selected pictures to your computer.

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 5

Get Backup Missing Photos from iPhone with PhoneRescue – Step 5

The Bottom Line

The above tips are some basic ones that you can have a try if your photos disappeared from your iPhone after updating to iOS 9 or iOS 10. If you have some better ideas about how to get back lost photos from iPhone or iPad, be free to post them on the comment section.

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