How to Recover Photos from iPhone after Restoring [iOS 12 Supported]

BoeyUpdated by Boey Wong / Feb 03, 2021 09:15

There is something wrong with my iPhone, so I have to restore it to factory settings. Everything is gone after that. I try to restore the lost data from iTunes, but iTunes can’t recognize my iPhone for unknown reasons. In fact, I just want to get back my deleted iPhone photos, I don’t care about others. How do I restore my iPhone photos after factory resetting? I will appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance!

Have you ever encountered the similar situation that you have to factory reset your iPhone to solve out an issue but losing all data after restoring iPhone?

Recover iPhone Photos after restoring

In this case,

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes, then you can retrieve deleted photos on iPhone using iTunes.

If not or like above user can’t sync with iTunes on PC or Mac, then you will need a third tool to help you recover iPhone photos after restore.


Guide List

1. Recover iPhone Photos with FoneLab

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FoneLab for iOS, an iPhone data recovery software, is designed to help users recover deleted data selectively from device directly or from available backup files saved on computer or iCloud.

Read more information about this software below.

Also Read: How to view photos on iCloud

What can FoneLab for iOS Do

1. It enables users to recover deleted data that they want to get back from backup files after factory resetting.

2. It supports to recover up to 19 types of data such as photos, videos, music, contacts, messages, messages attachments, call history, notes, reminder, etc.

3. It is compatible with Mac and Windows users and supports for all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod.

4. The software offers three recovery modes for users’ need. Recover from iOS device when no useful backup available or restore photos from iCloud backup or iTunes backup when an backup is in hand.

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FoneLab for iOS
FoneLab for iOS

With FoneLab for iOS, you will recover the lost/deleted iPhone data including photos, contacts, videos, files, WhatsApp, Kik, Snapchat, WeChat and more data from your iCloud or iTunes backup or device.

  • Recover photos, videos, contacts, WhatsApp, and more data with ease.
  • Preview data before recovery.
  • iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are available.

Option 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iTunes Backup

Since you have an available iTunes backup on your computer but can’t sync your device with iTunes, you can turn to download this iPhone data recovery software to help you recover deleted data from iTunes backup.

Step 1Free download and install FoneLab for iOS.

Step 2Launch the software and choose iPhone Data Recovery > Recover from iTunes Backup File to scan.

Select Function

Step 3You will get all iTunes backup files that you’ve synced before to choose from. Select one of them probably the newest one and click Start Scan.

Scan iTunes Backup

Step 4When the scanning process is done, all the retrieved contents will be grouped well and listed in a column. Click Camera Roll, Photo Stream and Photo Library respectively to preview the contents in details. Mark whatever you want to get back and click Recover button on the lower-right corner to save them onto computer.

Option 2. How to Recover Photos from iCloud Backup

If you don’t have any iTunes backup before you resetting your iPhone to factory default, try to recover from iCloud backup as you may have one prepared for you without noticing.

Step 1Select to recover from iCloud backup files, then sign in to iCloud account by entering Apple ID and password.

Login iCloud

Step 2Download the latest iCloud backup file to scan.

Step 3After the scanning process is done. The scanning result will display in categories. Click Camera Roll, Photo Stream or Photo Library in order to preview the details of retrieved photos. Then put a pick on those items that you want to get back and click Recover to save them on the computer.

As you see, you can also use it to recover iPhone contacts, videos, notes and more easily and safely.

2. Recover iPhone Photos with iTunes

iTunes is an Apple way to organize data between device and computer with ease. If you have backed up iPhone photos to iTunes before, then you can restore iPhone photo from iTunes backup.

You have 2 options, transfer photos individually, or restore all iPhone data at once.

Option 1. Restore iPhone Photos with iTunes

Step 1Launch iTunes on computer, and connect iPhone with USB cable.

Step 2Click device icon > Photos > Sync Photos.

Step 3Choose where you want the photos from, then click Sync.

sync itunes photo

Option 2. Restore All iPhone Data with iTunes

Step 1Run iTunes and click device icon >Summary > Restore iPhone.

Step 2Confirm that you want to restore iPhone and follow the instruction to complete the procedure.

restore iphone itunes

As you can see, restoring iPhone data from iTunes with option 2 will overwrite existing data on iPhone, so you should backup iPhone data if you don't want to lose data.

3. Recover iPhone Photos with USB Cable

Some users might have the custom to save iPhone photos to computer or hard drive regularly. So you can have a copy in hand to prevent data loss.

If you want to restore iPhone photos, just simply drag and drop photos from the backup file folder to device folder with a few clicks.

usb transfer photos

4. Recover iPhone Photos with iCloud

iCloud is another Apple way to manage iOS data without computer. It requires internet connection and enough storage to upload and save iPhone data.

Below is the demonstration of how to recover iPhone photos from iCloud.

Option 1. Restore iPhone Photos from iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos is a feature allows you to upload photos to cloud and access them on other devices with the same Apple ID. Below is how to turn it on.

Step 1Open Settings app on iPhone.

Step 2Click Photos, enable iCloud Photos.

enable icloud photos

Option 2. Restore iPhone Photos from iCloud Webpage

Step 1Visit on computer browser, log in your iCloud account.

Step 2Click Photos. Then you can see all your photos.

Step 3View the photos and click download button to save them to computer.

download icloud photos

Option 3. Restore iPhone Photos with iCloud Program

Step 1Tap Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos on iPhone.

Step 2Download and install iCloud software on computer, and then launch it.

Step 3Click Photos > Options > iCloud Photo Library.

Step 4Click Done > Apply.

download icloud drive photos

Option 4. Restore All iPhone Data with iCloud Settings

Step 1Reset iPhone through Settings > General > Reset >Reset All Content and Settings.

Step 2After that, follow the on-screen instruction on iPhone to set up iPhone.

Step 3Choose Restore from iCloud once you see the options. Then choose one backup file to restore from.

Restore from iCloud Backup

Restoring iPhone data from iCloud will also overwrite existing data on iPhone, you can choose one as you like.

5. Recover iPhone Photos from Google Photos

Apart from using iCloud, some iOS users prefer to use Google Photos to backup iPhone Photos. It has a feature to upload photos and videos automatically when your device is connected to internet. What's more, it has a larger storage for users. You don't need to upgrade the space when you need space more than 5GB.

Below is how to restore iPhone photos.

Step 1Visit Google Drive web page and log in with the same account used to upload photos on iPhone.

transfer photos from google drive on computer

Step 2Find the photos you want and save them to computer.

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