Top 3 Ways on How to Backup Deleted Photos from iPhone

Camera is surely among the most frequently used apps in your iPhone. You use it to capture pretty much all the special and joyful moments of your life. Many of those photos you capture are priceless.

However, only some of us tend to back up the photos in our iPhone. Those who don’t have backups of iPhone photos get really frustrated if those photos get deleted accidentally. But you shouldn’t worry anymore as this article explains how to backup deleted photos iPhone.

If you have deleted your iPhone photos somehow and you don’t have a backup of them, read on the information carefully.

Can I Backup iPhone Photos Even They are Deleted?

In simplest terms, it is POSSIBLE to backup iPhone photos even if you have deleted them. From this point onwards, let’s see how to do it in this article.

The data files on your iPhone (including photos) are saved on SQLite database. If you delete a photo or another file off your iPhone, the respective data will be reallocated instead of completely deleting. That means, the deleted file will be moved into “Unallocated” category from “Allocated”. The actual file, however, doesn’t get deleted from the iPhone; it just changes the virtual location of the file. As long as those “Unallocated” files are left untouched, you can recover them.

When you save a new bundle of data (an app or a file), that data will be initially saved in those “Unallocated” section. The files that are already marked as “Unallocated” (the deleted files) will be overwritten by the newly saved files. Once the files are overwritten, you can hardly recover them even with a really sophisticated tool. So, the wisest thing is to stay away from installing unwanted software on your iPhone before recovering deleted photos.

Top 3 Ways to Backup Deleted Photos from iPhone

If you wonder how to backup deleted photos from your iPhone, the best tool you can rely on is iMyFone D-Back. This is a really powerful tool that can recover data from physical devices like idevice and iCloud/iTunes backups.

  1. It can recover photos from iPhone without backups.
  2. You can backup and recover photos selectively or fully you want.
  3. It can backup and recover photos without restoring iTunes or iCloud backup.
  4. You are allowed to view the photos stored in your iTunes and iCloud backup.
  5. It will not affect current data on your device.
  6. It works perfectly with all the iOS devices and iOS versions.

Windows version    Mac version

Option 1. How to backup deleted photos from iPhone directly

In this section, let’s see how to create a backup of deleted photos from iPhone.

Step 1.First, launch D-Back on computer and select “Recover from iOS Device”. Then, go to “Start”.

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2.Connect the device to the same computer and hit “Next” after trusting.

connect your device

Step 3.Choose the files you intend to recover (in our case, select photos) and hit “Scan”.  

select data types

Step 4.Once the scanning is done, you can see a list of recoverable data. Select the exact photos you need and hit “Recover”. Choose a location on computer to save them.

Preview File from iOS Tab

Windows version    Mac version

Option 2. How to backup deleted photos from iTunes Backup

Here’s how to backup deleted photos through your iTunes backup.

Step 1.Go to “Start” option located under “Recover from iTunes Backup” tab.

Recover from iTunes

Step 2.Find the exact iTunes backup file on which the deleted photos are supposed to be and press “Next”.

Select iTunes Backup

Step 3.Select the photo data type and hit “Scan”.

select file types

Step 4.You can see the deleted and recoverable photos. Now, choose a folder in your computer to store the recovered files.

Preview File from iTunes Tab

Windows version    Mac version

Option 3. How to backup deleted photos from iCloud Backup

If you think the deleted photos are in iCloud, here’s how to retrieve them and back them up.

Step 1.Click on “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then go to “Start”.

Recover from iCloud

Step 2.Provide the credentials of your iCloud account when prompted.

Fill in your iCloud account

Step 3.Select an iCloud account on which you have the photos to recover from. Click on “Next” to proceed.

Select iCloud Backup

Step 4.Select the exact photo type you intend to recover and select “Scan”.

Select the files you wish to recover

Step 5.Preview the files and choose the photos you intend to recover. Hit “Recover”. Now, pick a location on your computer to store the data you have recovered.

Preview File from iCloud Tab

Windows version    Mac version

Differences between using D-Back and Official iTunes/iCloud Restore

Let’s take a look at the differences between each option we have mentioned above.

via D-Back
via Official Way
Selectively backup and recover deleted photos
Fully backup and recover photos
View photos from iTunes/iCloud backup
No storage limitation
iCloud only offers 5GB free storage
Recover without data loss

View to confirm before recovering
not totally free, but with free trial version

1. Although iTunes and iCloud backups affect the data stored on your device, D-Back doesn’t do so.

2. If you have created previous backups, D-Back doesn’t affect any of them.

3. Both iCloud and iTunes backups require you to retrieve the whole backup. D-Back, on the other hand, lets you retrieve and backup only the deleted photos from the backup.

4. With D-Back, you have the option of previewing all the contents you intend to retrieve. Such approach lets you retrieve and backup just the file you needed.

Windows version    Mac version


We hope that now you know how to backup deleted photos iPhone. In general, we recommend D-Back as the best option of all. However, we expect you to go through the three options we have mentioned in the article and select the best that serves your purpose. We highly appreciate if you can leave a feedback about how it went with the methods we explained.

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