How to Restore Photos from iCloud Entirely & Selectively

Want to restore photos from iCloud? Read this guide to get two ways to restore iPhone photos from iCloud in minutes.

By Thea Lewis | Posted: Jun. 14, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 14, 2018
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If you completely rely on iCloud to backup your iPhone photos, the only way to get back the lost photos from iPhone is restoring from iCloud. Basically, you can get the photos by restoring your iPhone from iCloud. To do iCloud backup data recovery, this guide will show you 2 methods. Let’s check.

Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

Thing You Need to Know about Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

Before restoring photos from iCloud backup, here are some things you need to pay attention to:

  1. This method can be applied to restore iPhone iPad iPod touch photos from iCloud backup, as well as other iOS content, like contacts, messages, etc.
  2. You must restore the whole backup rather than the specific data you need. In other words, you can’t only restore photos from iCloud backup.
  3. Restoring from iCloud backup will replace all the existing data on your iPhone, which means that the cost of retrieving lost photos is the loss of the current data. So, it’s better to make sure that the iCloud backup you made before contains the pictures you want to restore. Otherwise, you’ll lose all data and cannot retrieve photos.
  4. This restoring is time wasting especially when you get a huge iCloud backup.

A Better Way to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

In a word, it’s a free and workable way to retrieve lost photos but has many drawbacks, and we will show you the detailed steps of this method to help you recover lost photos. Besides, we will also show you an alternative option to restore iPhone photos from iCloud backup: restore photos from iCloud backup with an iPhone data recovery PhoneRescue. Why?

  1. It capable of restoring photos from iCloud backup entirely or selectively. You can restore the whole backup like using the traditional method. And, you can also selectively restore ONLY photos from iCloud instead of whole restoring.
  2. It enables you to access and preview backup details before recovering, that is to say, you can check and recover the photos you really want to recover.
  3. The most important thing is that this restoring won’t wipe any current data on your iPhone.
  4. It’s easy to use and time-saving. Additionally, if you haven’t found the photos you want from iCloud, you can use PhoneRescue to recover them from your device directly without any backup.

Now, let’s see how to restore photos from iCloud backup with these 2 methods.

Method 1: Restore Photos from iCloud by Restoring Your Device

As we mentioned at the beginning, restoring your device means all the data on your iPhone iPad iPod touch will be replaced by the contents in the backup. What’s more, you may lose more photos or other files and data by restoring your device with iCloud backup. If you can make sure that the backup contains the photos you need and the current data on the device is useless for you, then you can still use this method to retrieve lost photos from iCloud. And here is how to do:

On your device, tap on Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone/iPad/iPod > Select Restore from iCloud > Pick up the backup you created before.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud by Restoring Device

How to Restore Photos from iCloud by Restoring Device

Method 2: Restore Photos from iCloud via PhoneRescue

PhoneRescue makes the photos recovery more accurate and more flexible, avoid losing current data, and saving time for you.

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

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How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way - Step 1

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way – Step 1

Step 2 Sign in with your Apple ID.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way - Step 2

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way – Step 2

Step 3 Select iCloud Backup.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way - Step 3

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way – Step 3

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

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way - Step 4

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way – Step 4

Step 5  After downloading, click the arrow button again 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 Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way - Step 5

How to Restore Photos from iCloud with a Better Way – Step 5

Also Read: How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone Directly >

The Bottom Line

After reading this post, you must have learned a new way to restore photos from iCloud without restoring your device or losing any previous file. More than anything, except restoring photos from iCloud, you also can use PhoneRescue to restore photos from iTunes backup and on your device directly without any backup. Furthermore, as many as 20+ types of iOS contents are in PhoneRescue’s supportable range, such as videos, notes, call history, contacts, messages, reminders, etc. Download PhoneRescue to Start Free Trial Now >

Thea Lewis

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as a movie lover, take pleasure in sharing workarounds of iOS & Android related problems.

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