With the technology of mobile devices developing, people nowadays prefer to take photos with their smartphone than the big clumsy camera. However, the need for recovering lost photos follows. You know, there are several situations can result in the loss of photos on the iPhone, such as deleting by accident, broken iPhone, errors occurring during syncing, and so on. In the following part, we are going to show you several methods about the iPhone photo recovery. Just check it out and find the one works for you.
Method 1: Recover Lost Photos from iPhone with Backup File (free way vs. paid way)
Free way: Wholly restore your photos from iTunes backup
Pros: Free of charge.
Cons: Full recovery, no selective restoring; no preview; wipe out all existing iPhone data.
This method works only when you have an iTunes backup file. Besides, do not sync your iPhone with iTunes after you lost photos, or you this way won’t work for you. Make sure you satisfy the requirements and then you can start the recovery.
Step 1: Launch iTunes and cancel auto synchronization
On Windows PC, launch iTunes, go to Edit < Preferences < Devices.
On Mac, run iTunes, navigate to iTunes < Preference < Devices.
Next, tick off the option: Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.
Step 2: Plug in your iPhone and restore data from iTunes backup
Plug in your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Click the “Restore Backup” on the main window of iTunes, or just select the name of your iPhone shown on the left side of iTunes, and press “Restore from backup”. After it, find your iPhone’s backup and hit the “Restore” button. While choosing the backup file, you should ensure that your deleted photos are indeed in the backup file. Otherwise, you would lose the chance to recover the lost photos from iTunes directly.
Paid way: Preview & selectively recover deleted iPhone photos from iTunes backup
Pros: Preview available; recover selectively; no data losing
Cons: Charge fee
If you don’t want to lose your important data, this way must be your best choice. Why so? Because, instead of recovering all data, you can restore the selective data from iTunes backup file. In this case, you need to resort to Dr.Fone – iOS Recover, which has both Windows version and Mac version.
You don’t have to plug in your iPhone to the PC. Just download and launch this tool on your PC. Then switch to Recover from iTunes, select your iPhone’s backup, and then click the Start button to scan your iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6S/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS. When the scan is over, browse all photos one by one and select the items you want to recover.
Method 2: Recover Lost Photos from iPhone without Backup File (free way vs. paid way)
What if you haven’t synced your iPhone with iTunes before? Don’t worry, you still can make it to recover your deleted iPhone photos in another method.
Free way: Directly restore your iPhone photos with PhotoRec
Pros: Free of charge.
Cons: Applied to jailbroken iPhones only; no preview; no selective restoring; special computer skills needed for some complex procedures; not easy for computer tyros.
As an open-source data recovery program, PhotoRec enables you to recover the lost files, photos, videos on your iPhone. The deficiency is that it supports jailbroken iPhones only. Here go the simple steps:
- Step 1: On iPhone, please turn off the autolock by tick”Settings”, “General”, then “Auto-Lock”, and select “Never”.
- Step 2: Then you should connect your iPhone to your charger.
- Step 3: On iPhone, please start the “Terminal”.
- Step 4: Use the “su” to root.
- Step 5: When the copy is done, run photorec iphone.img. on PC.
Paid way: Directly restore your iPhone photos with Dr. Fone for iOS
Pros: User-friendly; selective restoring; able to preview; no computer skills needed
Cons: Supports iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS only; charge fee
As long as you stop using your iPhone after you deleted photos by mistake, you can use dr.fone – iOS Data Recovery, a pure program for iPhone data recovery, to get them back. Since the deleted photos will be overwritten by new data once you use your iPhone to take photos or something. Thus, before your deleted data lost, perform the recovery as soon as possible. To have a better understanding of this program, you can try the trial version before you buy it.
Method 3: For safety’s sake, regularly backup your iPhone photos (free way vs. paid way)
Free way: Backup your iPhone photos with Photo Stream/iTunes/iCloud/
Pros: Free of charge; easy to use
Cons: Unable to preview; easy to be overwritten; no selective backup and recovery
- Photo Stream: As a wonderful feature that Apple designed in iCloud, Photo Stream is able to share your newly taken photos on iPhone to your other Apple device, namely iPad, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod touch, and other iPhones. Of course, the premise is that you activated the Photo Stream on them. Thus, once you deleted your iPhone photos by accident, immediately turn off the Internet and keep your other devices in the state of offline. Then perform the recovery as soon as possible.
- Reminder: To get a better opportunity to restore your deleted photos from other Apple devices, you should respond quickly when you mistakenly deleted your iPhone photos.
- iTunes: When it comes to syncing data, iTunes must occur to you first. However, it only empowers you to back up the entire data on your iPhone. In addition, instead of generating a new backup file, iTunes updates the backup file once you sync the iPhone with it. Hence, don’t sync your iPhone with iTunes once losing data on your iPhone. Just retrieve it by recovering your iPhone data from iTunes backup file.
- Reminder: With iTunes, you can only restore the complete backup without preview. If you need to preview the contents, you have to use other tools.
- iCloud: For each free account, Apple’s own storage system, iCloud, provides users with 5GB of free storage. Once you opened one iCloud account and enabled it, all your iPhone photos will be uploaded to it automatically. If you deleted the photos on your iPhone by mistake, you still can retrieve the deleted photos on the latest iCloud backup.
- Reminder: Just in case, if you want to perform recovery from the iCloud backup, you’d better backup your iPhone with iTunes since the backup of iCloud can only be recovered completely without preview.
Paid way: Back up your iPhone photos with dr.fone – Transfer for iOS Devices
Pros: Able to preview; user-friendly; selective recovery
Cons: Should pay for it
dr.fone – iOS Transfer (Window and Mac version) is the best data management tool I’ve ever used. This tool enables you to sync data between computer/iTunes and iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Plugging in your iPhone to the computer, you are able to browse all data on it. Within one click, you can import the items you want to the computer.