How to Retrieve Photos from iPhone Backup

Have you lost some valuable photos from iPhone and want to retrieve them from iTunes or iCloud backup? This guide tells you how to retrieve photos from iPhone backup in easy and quick ways.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 23, 2020

Q: “My iPhone has been stolen. Thankfully I have an iTunes backup of all its data on my PC. How do I view or retrieve photos from this backup? I do not have another Apple device that can view photos and my iCloud account does not contain any photos. Cheers for any answers!

Photos loss can happen in various cases. However, what can comfort us a little is that we still have the backup for some possibilities to get back the lost pictures. And in this post, we mainly talk about how to recover photos from the iPhone backups (iTunes and iCloud backup).

Recover iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes, then the iTunes restoring way must be first coming to your mind. By restoring an iTunes backup that may contain photos you deleted, can recover the photos. But you should know this will wipe all your iPhone data and replace the data with the backup content. Now, let’s check how to recover photos from iPhone backup via iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone with the computer you usually sync with.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. When your iPhone appears in iTunes, click the Summary option.
  4. Click the Restore Backup option to recover iPhone photos.
  5. Wait for its finishing, and then you will see the photos in your Photos app.
Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

  • iTunes will not allow users to preview what is inside the backup. So there is no chance to figure out whether the backup contains what you want unless the whole backup is restored;
  • The restoring means that the device will be erased firstly and the files on your iPhone will be replaced with the backup files. So there would be a high chance of losing some other important data;
  • iTunes will restore the whole backup to the iPhone. You can’t restore only photos.

Recover Photos from iPhone Backup via PhoneRescue [No Data Loss]

The professional iPhone backup extractor – PhoneRescue for iOS can help you access and view photos on iPhone backup that you created with iTunes as well as iCloud. With it, you can extract photos from iPhone backup and recover them to iPhone. Most importantly, it won’t require you to erase any existing data on your iPhone, all data will be kept 100% secure.

PhoneRescue for iOS – iPhone Photo Recovery

  • Recover & extract iPhone photos from iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • Retrieve deleted photos from iPhone directly without backup.
  • No harm to the existing data and no need to restore your iPhone.
  • Support iPhone 12 and iOS 14 supported, 100% clean & safe.

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Now, download PhoneRescue for iOS to your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable, then follow the steps to quickly access photos on your iTunes backup and export them to your Mac or PC.

1. Run PhoneRescue for iOS.

Choose “Recover from Backup”, then click “Next” to continue.

Retrieve from iPhone Backup

Retrieve from iPhone Backup

2. Choose a backup first.

Uncheck the “Select All” button, check “Photos” only, and then click “OK”.

How to Get Photos from iTunes Backup – Step 2

How to Get Photos from iTunes Backup – Step 2

3. Choose the photos that you want to recover.

Then click the “To iPhone” button to recover them to your iPhone.

Retrieve Photos from iPhone Backup – Step 4

Retrieve Photos from iPhone Backup – Step 4

Besides restore photos from iTunes backup, PhoneRescue for iOS also allows retrieving photos from iCloud backup or from iOS devices directly. Also, it can help you recover other up to 22 file types, like contacts, messages, music, notes, videos, etc.

Recover Photos from iCloud/iCloud Backup

Recover from iCloud Backup

If you have backed your iPhone to iCloud, then you can apply this iCloud restoring way to recover photos from iPhone backup.Here’s how to retrieve photos from iCloud backup:

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

  1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on “General” and then choose Reset,
  3. Tap on “Erase All Content and Settings”.
  4. Now, follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the “Apps & Data” screen.
  5. Tap on the “Restore from iCloud Backup” option.
  6. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
  7. Choose the backup you want.
  8. Tap on the “Restore” button to start the process.

Note: PhoneRescue for iOS also allows you to view and recover iPhone photos from iCloud backup, and no need to restore iPhone, and no data loss. You can check this guide to learn more: How to Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup >

Recover from iCloud Online

You can log into your iCloud account from a web browser to check if it has the photos you need.

  1. Open a web browser, and go to icloud.com.
  2. Log in with your Apple ID.
  3. Click on Photos and find the photos you need.
  4. Right-click the photo to save or click the download button at the top right corner.

    Login iCloud and Check Photos

    Login iCloud and Check Photos

Wait for the process of completing it. Stay connected and wait for a progress bar to appear and complete. Depending on the size of the backup and the network speed, the progress bar might need a few minutes to an hour to complete. If you disconnect from Wi-Fi too soon, the progress will pause until you reconnect.

Recover Photos from iPhone without Backup

How do I recover photos from iPhone without backup? If there is no iTunes or iCloud backup, you can try checking icloud.com to find iPhone photos or recover deleted photos directly with PhoneRescue for iOS (no backup need).

  1. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS. Open it and connect with your iPhone.
  2. Choose Recover from iOS Device.
  3. Click Photos, and click on OK to scan your iPhone.
  4. Preview and select the photos you want to recover. Then click the To Device/Computer button to recover.

    Select the Wanted Photos to Recover

    Select the Wanted Photos to Recover

The Bottom Line

PhoneRescue for iOS gives you full support on retrieving photos from iPhone backup, and all of the retrieved photos will be transferred to your computer. Any questions about this guide or PhoneRescue is welcomed, at the same time, don’t forget to share this guide with your friends.

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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.