How to restore photos on your iPhone

Which is more expensive than any Apple gadget? The right thing is the information on it! The question, of course, is rhetorical, but if we face it, even simple family photos stored on the iPhone are for many of us much more expensive than the smartphone itself. That’s why iOS developers have tried to protect the user from all kinds of accidental deletion of iPhone photos or other information.

However, the most persistent users are unlikely to have ever been stopped by the warning phrase, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete?”.

Exactly for such users, and for everyone else who is just interested in this topic, today we will tell you how you can recover almost any deleted information on your iPhone, iPad and other Apple equipment.

Strategies for recovering deleted photos from your iPhone (Apple never tells you)

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If you also suffer from the same hang-up, how to recover deleted photos on your iPhone, then you’ve just come to the right place.

Today we’re going to tell you the 6 best strategies Apple never told you to help you recover deleted photos or images on your iPhone, whether you backed up or not.

While testing the beta version of iOS 9, I put up with the voraciousness of the system in relation to the battery for a few days, and then decided to return to the stable iOS 8.3. I’ve taken a number of photos over the past few days, but after going back to iOS 8.3 Recovering data stored in a backup of the “nine” proved impossible. The iCloud cloud has long been crammed with 20GB of information and the photos didn’t get there. How to be? Go back to iOS 9, restore the iPhone from the appropriate backup, copy the pictures to my hard drive, and then roll back to iOS 8 again.3? Yes, it’s a way out, but I’m sorry for my time.

The ecosystem of Apple devices is built so that the user can always update to the latest version of the firmware without fear of losing contacts, photos or other data. All problems are solved by backups and cloud storage. And if the size of backups is limited solely by the capacity of your hard drive, then after downloading 5 free gigabytes of cloud iCloud, the user has little choice: to accept the inability to save photos in the cloud or switch to a paid plan that gives access to more remote disk space.

As always, you do not want to pay, but you need to save photos somewhere. In addition, if you are faced with a situation where the backups with the necessary photos belong to different versions of iOS, there is almost the only way to save the pictures.

How to restore iPhone from iCloud

iPhone or iPad can be restored from iCloud only from the iOS setup assistant which appears during the initial setup of the phone.

So if you want to do this with an already “activated” device, you will first have to reset it to factory settings.

Settings ▸ Basic ▸ Erase content and settings

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Reset your iPhone to initiate a full recovery from iCloud

Keep in mind that this will delete all data and settings, so make sure there is definitely a backup before.

Once on the assistant screen, follow its instructions to the setup screen, select Restore from iCloud copy, and then the copy itself.

How to restore your iPhone via iTunes

For those who don’t trust the cloud very much, there is an option to save backups directly to your computer. The Apple utility that allows you to do this procedure is iTunes, or the Finder, depending on the version of macOS you’re using. However, both here and there, the principle of operation is almost the same:

If you’ve been saving a backup to your computer, this button will be active

How to restore iPhone data without iTunes

The iTunes utility is good for everything, apart from the fact that sometimes it just refuses to work. If the utility does not start or does not recognize your iPhone. In general, it has enough problems. In this case, you should turn to alternatives. This is where UltData helps us, which can do all the same things and more:

You can restore iTunes backups through UltData

  • Select “Restore data from Backup” if the copy is stored on your computer;
  • Give the utility permission to read your iTunes backups;

You need to give the utility permission to read your backups

You can use UltData to restore iCloud copies in the same way. Let’s say if your phone has a poor internet connection or no SIM card, you can use this utility. It will be enough to log in to your Apple ID account, select the copy and confirm the restore.

Restore deleted photos without a backup

UltData iPhone Data Recovery utility allows you to work with files after deletion. it can offer the owner of iPhone 5 options.

  • Download it for your phone and PC.
  • Connect the 2 devices, wait for synchronization and smartphone recognition.
  • On the window that appears, answer yes: Trust PC.
  • Start searching on your device for lost information. Mark only the objects you want.
  • After scanning, the photos available for recovery will appear on your iPhone. Select images. Press Restore.
  • Choose where you want to save it: to your cell phone or computer. Ok.
  • Specify the desired photo format. Ok.

Using third-party utilities

English program Wondershare Dr.Fone is designed for computers and is considered a professional tool for reanimating files.

It has a clear interface and can be used by amateur users.

The free version of the software is quite capable of performing the required image recovery task.

  • Connect your iPhone and notebook.
  • Turn on the utility.
  • Scan your phone and find lost files.
  • Check off photos. Click on Recovery.

The similar program is EaseUS MobiSaver. Instructions for it are simple:

  • Download the utility to your computer. Go through the installation wizard and run.
  • Connect the gadget to the laptop.
  • Go to menu: Recover from iOS Device.
  • Click on Scan. Specify that you want to search only deleted items. Only display deleted items.
  • A whole list of files will appear that you can preview and select the necessary ones. The final action is Recover, ok.

The next tool for iOS (iPads and iPhones) is called FoneLab. It supports both Mac and Windows, and can function with or without a photo backup. Working with the program:

  • Switch it on and open the interface, find the option Recover iPhone Data.
  • Connect an iPhone via a cord to 2 devices. Wait for the new device to be detected. Be sure to click on Trust.
  • Select Recover from iOS device, then Start scanning.
  • Check the checkboxes of Photo Film, Photo Stream, Image Library.
  • Click Show Deleted Items Only. Check the box for the photos you wish to recover, and click Restore.

Downloaded programs must be reliable and safe, that is, completely legal and installed from official sites. In addition, before downloading them, you should read the reviews of other users who have already tried the software in their work.

Photo recovery software for iOS

In case the standard recovery procedure cannot be performed, third-party software developed by various companies will always come to the rescue. We’ve reviewed the main products that are currently considered some of the best for recovering information from Apple devices.


This is a universal program that is used not only for file recovery, but also for other activities, such as streaming videos from your device, viewing files through Explorer, working with music, viewing information about your iPhone, and so on.

This tool also works with the local copies you created earlier through iTunes, but the main advantage of the product is that you can select the specific files that you want to recover. Let’s look at the procedure in more detail:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB and run the iTools program;
  • Wait for the system to detect the new device and click on the “Tools” tab in the main menu, then click on “Restore from Backup”;
  • And if you don’t want to restore all the files, but only want to “take out” the photos, you can select them, click on the “Export” tab at the top, and then specify the directory where they will be saved.

This completes the process of getting your photos back from backup. As you understand, you didn’t even have to restore any other information and reboot the device at the same time. With the help of iTools you were simply able to view the contents of the backup and extract images from it.

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Wondershare Dr Fone

This is another versatile product with which you can recover information on your iPhone, both from backups and without them. So in this case we will consider both options. This program is paid, and to be able to recover files you will need to activate the licensed version or find the key online.

Recovery without backups

The whole process is done as follows:

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  • Install the program on your computer and connect your iPhone using a USB cable;
  • Once the device is detected, click the Scan tab in the main window of the utility and the system will automatically start scanning all the files available for recovery;
  • At the end of the procedure you will be presented with a complete list of files that can be recovered. They are divided into different categories, and photos are in the first item in the Photos tab. Click this tab and mark the images to be restored;

We recommend that before recovering data, you take a good look at how much memory you have available on your device so that the photos can be successfully saved to your iPhone.

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Restoring with a backup

In case you have a copy of the data previously made through iTunes or any other program, you can try to find the photos in it.

  • You also connect your iPhone and open the program, but now in the main window click on Recover from iTunes Backup File;
  • The system automatically detects all the copies on your computer and lists them. Select the one you need and click Start Scan;
  • The process will be about the same as in the first variant. The system will identify all the photos that can be restored in this archive and will offer you to write them to your iPhone. The main thing is to tick the boxes exactly what you need!

This completes the process of working with the program. Despite the fact that it is in a foreign language and Russian is not on the list of supported, the whole process comes down to just a few actions described in our article.

EaseUS MobiSaver

All functionality of this program is basically the same as of the previous version, so it is up to you to choose what to use. It is also noteworthy that the Russian language is not supported!

Restore without backup copy

  • Automatic scanning process will start and the system will find all recoverable files. A complete list appears in front of you, where you can select the necessary photos;
  • Select the images, checking them and click the Recover tab;

Restore from backup copy

  • You also connect your smartphone to your computer, only in the main window of the program now select the Recover from iTunes tab;
  • If backups are found, you will be offered to restore from them. Press the Scan tab and select the images that you want to transfer to the device from the copy;

How to restore deleted files from iCloud

When deleting a file from iCloud Drive on your computer, a message appears saying that the file has been moved to the trash and will be deleted from all other devices. If you delete from your iPhone or iPad, iOS will tell you that the file is permanently deleted.

If you’ve emptied the recycle garbage can on your computer or confirmed deletion on your iPhone or iPad, you can still restore the file to

  • Open Safari or another web browser.
  • Go to
  • Enter your Apple ID (iCloud) username and password.
  • Press the arrow button.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click Restore files under the Advanced heading in the lower left corner.
  • Check the boxes to the left of the files you want to restore, or click Select All if you really need to restore all.
  • Click Restore Files.

Once again, let me remind you that once deleted, the files are stored for another 30 days, after that time the file will be deleted without the possibility of recovery. Each file shows how much time is left before it can be deleted irretrievably.

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Learning to save files in an emergency.

With the advent of cloud storage iCloud Drive, storing data on a remote hard drive has become very convenient. In addition to files and archives, a number of programs are synchronized with the storage, including: office suite iWork (Numbers, Pages Keynote), TexEdit, Configurator, iMovie, text editors like iA Writer or Byword.

You can set up cloud saving of projects from any app, thereby providing access to them from any computer.

However, an out-of-the-box situation can arise. There are several options:

  • Deleted the necessary files, and they do not appear in OS X or in the iOS app with the same name.
  • Sold my iPhone, carefully deleted my entire contact book, but only later realized that I had not moved my contacts to new iPhone or to a secure location.
  • Deleted an important project through the app menu.

There is a solution that will help you get back what you have lost.