How to recover deleted photos from iPhone or iPad
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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
Recover photos from damaged device
  • Works with iCloud backups, even if the device is damaged or lost
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  • Only you can access your data
  • Your files are never stored on our servers
Step by step instructions to recover photos from iOS devices
A reliable iPhone photo recovery software should be able to recover iPhone photos from all the possible sources even if you accidentally delete them.

Our recovery tool can extract photos from:
  • - iPhone Camera Roll
  • - Photo Stream
  • - iCloud Photo Library
  • - SMS messages as attachments
  • - WhatsApp and other apps as attachments


    • To recover lost or deleted iPhone photos, you need to:

      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


      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, helps you recover 4 photos from any iTunes backup. You can add as many iTunes backups as you want, and recover deleted or lost photos from any device you have a local backup for. If you are happy with the free version, you can unlock full recovery features by purchasing either the Basic license or the Premium version.

      The software works with encrypted iTunes backups, as long as you still remember the password of your encrypted backup. It's useful to know that we never encourage access into encrypted backups that belong to other people, and we encourage that you always protect your iCloud and iTunes backups against unauthorised access.

      With over 8 years experience building iOS data recovery software, our team of experts has improved and updated iPhone Backup Extractor such that it works in top most common scenarios for data loss:
      • - Accidentally delete data
      • - Damaged iOS devices
      • - Stolen device
      • - Lost photos
To recover iPhone photos 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 photos from iCloud and iTunes

1. Add your local iTunes backup or connect to iCloud

To recover photos, you can use an iTunes backup or an iCloud backup. One you have downloaded the most recent iPhone Backup extractor version, use the (+) to a) log in to iCloud and browse your most recent device backups or b) if you have an iTunes backup, the app will detect it automatically.

To recover photos from iCloud you need to purchase iPhone Backup Extractor Premium, if you recover photos from an iTunes backup - you only need the Basic version. In both cases, you need to activate the license after purchase, to ensure you have access to all Premium features.

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

If you're using the Basic license, then iPhone Backup Extractor will automatically detect your iTunes backup. If it hasn't, you must create a local iTunes backup and re-start the app.

2. Choose the right backup for you

Once connected to either iTunes or iCloud, you have the following options:

  • Download Photostream library entirely from iCloud
  • Download your most recent Photos backup - this also includes screenshots, WhatsApp photos saved locally, and other multimedia files shared or saved via various apps. You can do that in the "Overview" tab
  • Download the entire iCloud backup locally, then search for your Photos in all possible folders
  • Go to the Preview tab and preview photos individually before downloading them one by one.


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

If you do choose to download photos from your Photo Stream, you need to know that these are not part of your iCloud backup. iCloud stores the photos synced with My Photo Stream for 30 days. Photos in My Photo Stream that are older than 30 days are removed completely, and iPhone Backup Extractor will not be able to recover them.

Your safest solution for making sure you never lose your Photos is to periodically make iTunes backups every 30 days, so that you can always go back and explore photos older than what you automatically sync to your Photo Stream.

3. Recover and save your photos

Once you've decided which backup you would like to recover Photos from, click on "Extract", then follow the instructions to choose a folder and the format for your files.

Recovering photos from iCloud can take a few minutes depending on your internet connection.

Undeleted images are available in a separate folder from the rest of your photos. If you have any problem at all recovering your files, get in touch and our Customer support team will help you.

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?

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