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How to recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad

If you're looking for an iPhone photo recovery software that works with iTunes and iCloud when you accidentally delete photos, this is your best guide to recover iPhone photos.

Easiest way to recover lost iPhone Photos for iOS 11 and below
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  • Recover Photostream from iCloud
  • Recover Photos from any iOS version
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  • First to support all iOS versions
  • Works with all iDevices
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  • Encrypted, secure connection
  • Your files are never stored on our servers
What will be recovered
Photos Photos
Did you know that iPhone Backup Extractor can recover not only deleted photos and albums, but also digital touch drawings and images from iOS 10? Deleted photos can be recovered from both iTunes and iCloud backups made in any iOS version and from all iPhone, iPads and iPods.

The Lite license, which is free, lets you recover only 4 files from any iTunes data category: photos, notes, contacts, messages and more. Purchase the Basic license and recover and number of files from iTunes backups and encrypted backups.

Recover four selected photos for free with our demo version. Purchase the Basic plan for unlimited file recovery from iTunes or the Premium plan for unlimited file recovery from both iTunes and iCloud. Let's get started:

  1. Download and install iPhone Backup Extractor;
  2. Add a local iTunes backup or your iCloud account;
  3. Download a selected backup from available devices;
  4. Select the photos you want to recover;
  5. Extract and save them on your computer;

Read detailed instructions below.
You will need
Win Mac A computer running Windows OS (from Win XP to Win 10) or Mac (OS X 10.7+)
iCloud An iTunes backup or an iCloud account with backup and credentials
iPBE iPhone Backup Extractor (Basic plan for iTunes, Premium plan for iCloud)
Recover deleted pictures from iCloud

1. Select the iCloud backup containing the images

Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup with deleted images. Download and install the latest version of the iPhone Backup Extractor. For iCloud support, purchasing a subscription license is required (the Premium plan).

Open the iPhone Backup Extractor and connect it with your iCloud account. Click the big green “Plus” button, select the “iCloud” tab, and add your login credentials. If 2FA is enabled, you'll be prompted to enter your code.

2. Download the iCloud backup locally

From the left window, select the iCloud backup file containing deleted photos. In “Category”, check “Images” and continue by clicking the “Download” button.

Note: Deleted images will only be available in iCloud for 30 days after deletion.

If you attempt recovery after 30 days, you may not be able to find all of the images.

3. Extract your lost photos

Click on the checked cloud showing the local iCloud backup to select it. From the right window, click on the “Photos” tab and select a place to save the recovered images. You’ll be asked how you want to extract them: grouped by albums or not.

In a matter of seconds, your deleted images are recovered.

You will find them in a folder labeled “Recently deleted”. Undeleted images are also available in a separate folder.

Recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad 1. iCloud sign-in
How to recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad 2. The pictures are downloaded from the iCloud
Guide: Retrieve deleted photos from iPhone or iPad 3. The pictures are successfully downloaded, as an iCloud backup.
Tutorial: Recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad 4. Images extraction
Guide: See how to recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad 5. Extract images grouped by albums
Tutorial: Retrieve deleted photos from iPhone or iPad 6. Successful recovery

For iTunes backups
The data extraction procedure from iTunes backups is very similar to the iCloud method. Before you get started, you need to have an iTunes backup. It doesn’t matter if the file is encrypted or not, as long as you know the password.

Use iPhone Backup Extractor and check the left tab. Make sure the iTunes backup file previously generated is selected. If your backup is encrypted, you’ll need a subscription plan.

Jump to the third step from the iCloud method and get your deleted images back.

Supported devices and iOS versions

iPhone Backup Extractor is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and any macOS version from 10.7 and above. See below:

Devices Works with all iOS devices iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, 5C, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iOS All iOS's are covered iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and lower
Backups All types of backups Encrypted backup, Corrupted backup, iCloud backup, 2FA iCloud backup

Data privacy and security With more than 8 years of experience, Reincubate adheres fully to the strictest data privacy laws. Your iCloud credentials are not stored in any way on any third party server or on our servers. The connections are encrypted and secured.

iPhone Backup Extractor is clean of adware, viruses or spyware.
Works with iTunes and iCloud backups Data protection 100% compatibility with all iOS versions
Want to learn more?

You are currently learning about downloading and recovering images from your iCloud backups. We have other solutions for you, if you need to retrieve different data categories.

iPhone Backup Extractor can help you recovering data from apps, iTunes encrypted backups or lost iPhones. It can also be used to recover restrictions passcode or get your app messages data back.

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