How to Recover Photos from iCloud Backup

How do I retrieve photos from iCloud to my iPhone? Read the post to get a new but reliable way to recover photos from iCloud to your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, or to Mac or PC computer.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 22, 2021

I deleted some of my photos by accident yesterday. How do I retrieve photos from iCloud to my iPhone? Can anyone give me some suggestions?

In general, you can recover photos from iCloud by visiting iCloud online to export the photos as long as you’ve enabled iCloud Photo Library on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, or restoring the iCloud backup that contains the photos you need.

But unfortunately, if you deleted the photos from iPhone while iCloud Photo Library was on, they may also be removed from iCloud online because of the auto-sync feature.

At this time, recovering photos from iCloud backup may work, however, all the data on iOS devices will be replaced by the content in the iCloud backup.

How to Recover Photos from iCloud Backup

How to Recover Photos from iCloud Backup

In the post, we introduce you to a special tool to recover photos from iCloud backup without restoring and erasing.

With this excellent iCloud backup extractor, you can selectively recover iCloud photos to your computer, or to your iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6s or iPad/iPod touch.

A Brief Introduction of PhoneRescue for iOS

To help you recover deleted photos from iCloud, PhoneRescue for iOS is strongly recommended, which has been trusted by millions of iOS users for data recovery.

First of all, let’s check out its outstanding features below:

  • Recover photos without erasing previous data.
  • Preview backup and selectively recover photos you like.
  • Photos are retrieved directly to the Photos app or saved to your computer (PC/Mac).
  • Download and manage iCloud backup photos locally
  • Besides photos, it also supports recovering deleted messages, videos, contacts, notes, calendars, and other files from iCloud backup.

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe 

Recover Photos from iCloud Backup Without Restoring

With PhoneRescue, you just need 5 steps to recover photos from iCloud backup to iPhone.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Choose Recover from iCloud mode > Click Next button to log in to your iCloud account.

Click on Recover from iCloud

Click on Recover from iCloud

Step 2. In the category, we can see many options. Here we select the iCloud Backup option.

Choose iCloud Backup

Choose iCloud Backup

Step 3. Select one iCloud backup > Click Compare button if you want to find out the differences between backups > Click on Next tab to continue the process.

Compare and Download iCloud Backup

Compare and Download iCloud Backup

Step 4. Then it would pop up a screen to enable you to choose the exact data you would like to recover > Tap on Photos only and click the OK button to download the backup. After the process is completed, select one iCloud backup and click Next to analyze/access content in it.

Choose Photos to Download

Choose Photos to Download

Step 5. Select Photos on the left side > Choose the photos you want to retrieve > Click To Device button to get them back to iPhone’s Photos App directly or click To Computer button to recover them to PC/Mac computer.

Retrieve Photos to Computer or Device

Retrieve Photos to Computer or Device

If you have not found the photos you want, it probably because they are not contained in this backup file. You can try another backup file to check, Or you can directly recover them from your iPhone iPad without backup.

PhoneRescue for iOS – iPhone Data Recovery

  • Recover photos from iPhone even without backup.
  • No harm to the existing data and no need to restore your iPhone.
  • Recover iPhone photos from iTunes or iCloud backup directly.
  • Support all iPhones and iOS 14 supported, 100% clean & safe.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

How to Restore Photos from iCloud via Recent Deleted Folder

If you accidentally deleted photos in the last few days, you can find and restore the deleted photos through the Recently Deleted Folder of iCloud. You can follow the steps below to retrieve those pictures.

Step 1. Visit the iCloud website in your computer browser and log in to your iCloud account and password > Select “Photos” in the left control panel of the homepage, and then you can see the recently deleted options.

Step 2. Click this option to view recently deleted images. From the available pictures, you can mark those you need to return and click the “Recover” button.

iCloud Recently deleted folder only stores recently deleted photos for 30 days. After that time, items will be permanently deleted.

Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

If you have previously enabled the “iCloud Photo Library” option in “Settings”, you can try this method to restore photos from iCloud Photo Library to iPhone, because iCloud will automatically sync your data to the cloud. However, before you do that, you should learn the disadvantages of this method: First, you cannot selectively restore specific photos. What’s more all data and settings on the iPhone will be overwritten.

  1. Open Settings > iCloud > Reset > Tap on Erase all content and settings to reset the iPhone to the new one > After that, turn on the device and follow the instructions until you get to the “Apps and Data” screen.
  2. Click Restore from iCloud Backup > Then select a backup based on the backup time and data size. Generally, as long as you have backed up your photos with iCloud, you can definitely recover photos from iCloud Photo Stream this way.

    Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

    Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

The Bottom Line

If there are some important photos in iTunes backup instead of iCloud, you can also use PhoneRescue or AnyTrans to extract them. And actually, you can extract more than photos from iTunes or iCloud. For example, PhoneRescue enables you to get 31+ types of files from iTunes or iCloud backup. So why not download PhoneRescue to restore photos from iCloud now?

Joy Taylor

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