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: May. 21, 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).

Method 1. How to Recover Photos from iPhone Backup with iTunes Restoring

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes, then the iTunes restoring way must be first coming to your mind. But there are just several notices you need to know:

  • 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.

Now, let’s check how to retrieve photos from iTunes backup:

  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.
  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

Method 2. How to Recover Photos from iPhone Backup with iCloud Restoring

If you have backed your iPhone to iCloud, then you can apply this iCloud restoring way to recover photos from iPhone backup. However, the iCloud restoring way is also with the three shortcomings we have mentioned in the iTunes restoring way.

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 “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.

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.

Method 3. How to Get Photos from iPhone Backup Selectively and without Erasing

If you are not happy with the shortcomings of the iTunes iCloud restoring, then this way has no such annoying problems. The professional iPhone backup extractor – PhoneRescue for iOS can help you access and view photos on iPhone backup that you created with iTunes and iCloud. With it, you can extract only photos category, and individually select the photos you want to retrieve to your 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 Data Recovery

  • Recover deleted 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 all iPhones and iOS 13 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.

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.