" I accidentally deleted some couple hundred photos because I didn't realize deleting them would remove them forever from iPhone. So how do I get my photos back on my iPhone from the iCloud backup? Can anyone help? "

We lose valuable photos on iPhone for various reasons, such as accidental deletion, virus attack, device getting broken, jailbreak failure, and iOS 14/13/12 upgrade. Quite a few factors that may result in photo loss "disaster" are indeed uncontrolled, which is exactly the reason why we need to create backups - to defend against unpredictable risks as best as we can. For this, Apple official provides iCloud service. It is really convenient for users to back up photos and recover lost ones. If you have unfortunately lost some photos, here in this article, we'll offer 4 useful methods to recover photos from iCloud, provided that you have created frequent backups to your iCloud account beforehand, of course.

1. Recover Photos from iCloud through Recent Deleted Folder

If you have recently deleted photos from your iCloud account, don't worry, you still have an opportunity to get them back through Recent Deleted folder.

  • Step 1: Visit and log into your account.
  • Step 2: Select "Photos" on the main interface.
  • Step 3: You will notice the folder "Recently Deleted" on the left.
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  • Step 4: Click the option to see the images deleted recently. From the available pictures, you can mark the files that you need to get back and hit the "Recover" button.
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  • This folder only stores recently deleted photos for 30 days. After that time, items will be permanently deleted.
  • You can only select and download up to 1000 photos at a time.
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  • The default free storage is only 5GB. If you still want to save data beyond this storage, you need to purchase more.

2. Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

If have enabled iCloud photo library option under Settings > {Your Name} > iCloud > Photos before, you can try this method to restore the photos from iCloud photo library to your iPhone.

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > iCloud > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone as a new one.
  • Step 2: After that, turn on your device and follow the instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
  • Step 3: Click Restore from iCloud Backup and select one backup according to the backup time and the data size. Generally, you can definitely restore photos from iCloud Photo Stream through this way as long as you have backed up your photos with iCloud.
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  • You can't selectively restore the specific photos.
  • All the data and settings on your iPhone will be overwritten and therefore you need to think twice if you don't want any important data loss.
  • Since you can't preview the files and documents saved in iCloud backup, sometimes you can't verify exactly whether the lost photos can be restored or not from the backup file.
  • Do remember not to disconnect the WiFi connection during the restoring process.
  • If you haven't turned on Photos in the iCloud settings or have never backed up your iPhone using iCloud before, then maybe you can restore an iTunes backup that contains the photos to the iPhone and retrieve your photos that way. But make sure you have synced iPhone to your PC or Mac before you deleting photos from iPhone, or it will fail. And it will overwrite the existing data on iPhone as well.

3. One-Click Solution to Retrieve Photos from iCloud Backup without Reset [Video Guide]

If you don't want to erase all your current data on iPhone during recovery process, iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery will help you recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud backup without resetting your device as a new one. Besides photos, you can also easily recover deleted contacts, text messages, videos, voice memos and more from iCloud backup, iTunes backup or your iPhone using D-Back.

Key Features:

  • D-Back enables you to retrieve pictures from iCloud/iTunes backup or directly from iOS device if you don鈥檛 have any backup.
  • There is zero data loss risk while restoring pictures from iCloud backup using D-Back.
  • You can preview the content before recovery and selectively recover exactly what you need.
  • Support 22+ types of data recovery from iOS device. You can聽recover deleted photos from iPhone,聽retrieve deleted messages on iPhone and so on.
  • Fully compatible with almost all iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as all iOS versions including iOS 14/13.
  • It's reliable and recommended by many famous tech sites like CNET, PCWorld, Engadget and more.

Some Reviews for D-Back

     Sara: Honestly, this is the second recovery app I've tried. The first one just not worked for my iPad. But iMyFone D-Back truly got the job done nicely. What I want to retrieve were the texts that contained some important information, I just couldn't find them on my iPad somehow. And what's the worst was, I had no backup of those texts. You know it can be a disaster for a person that losses something important. But thankfully, D-Back did what it advertised.

     Ben: It works. For someone who wants to recover deleted images or videos, it is the best. I purchased it last week, and it helped me to find my images back. I tried the trial version, and it did display my missing pictures after the scan, so I purchased it. Glad that it works! Thank you!

Steps to Recover Photos from iCloud Using iMyFone D-Back

To start with, download and install this program on your computer.

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Step 1.Select "Recover from iCloud" and click the "Start" button. Sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID information.

iMyFone D-Back fill in your iCloud account

Step 2.Choose "iCloud Backup".

iMyFone D-Back select category

Step 3.The program will find all iCloud backup files in your account. Select one you would like to recover data from and Click "Next" on the lower right corner.

iMyFone D-Back select category

Step 4.As for the data type, choose "Photos" here. Click "Scan" and then the scan will be in process.

iMyFone D-Back select category

Step 5.Once the scan is done, all the recoverable photos will appear. You can preview first, and then select the photos you want to retrieve. Lastly, click 鈥淩ecover鈥.

iMyFone D Back for iOS preview and recover photo from iCloud


  • iMyFone D-Back will prompt you to choose a path or a folder on your computer where you wish to save the recoverable images. You can create a new folder or navigate to an existing one. Once the whole recovery process is done, you can browse the folder to check the selected photographs extracted from your iCloud backup file.
  • Due to some limitations of Apple official, some unknown error may happen during the process of running this mode. If this is the case, try a few more times again.
  • Go through the video below to know more about how to recover deleted photos from iCloud.

    4. Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC/Mac

    4.1 Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC

    If you have enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone and used iCloud for Windows before, then you may have backed up the photos to your PC. And the process of retrieving your photos is very easy.

    • Step 1: Install iCloud for Windows first on your computer if you haven't. Then open it from the Start menu.
    • Step 2: Tap on "Options..." after Photos and set it based on your need. Click on "Done" and confirm it by choosing "Apply".
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      Download Photos from icloud Photos Library to PC

    • Step 3: Now click "Download Photos and Videos". When the download process is completed, you will see the photos in your PC's designated downloads folder.
    • Download Photos from icloud Photos Library to PC

    4.2 Download Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac

    It is also possible to retrieve iCloud photos from your iCloud backup to your Mac. Here's how to do it:

    • Step 1: On your Mac, click "Photos" and then click on "Photos" again in the main menu. From the drop down menu that appears, click on "Preferences."
    • Step 2: Click "iCloud" and then sign into your iCloud account if you haven't. Make sure it is the same iCloud account as iCloud Photo Library.
    • Step 3: Ensure "Originals to this Mac" is enabled and then close "Preferences".
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    • Step 4: Now, click on "Photos" in the sub-menu and select the photos you want to retrieve.
    • Step 5: With the photos selected, click File > Export > Export Unmodified Original. Navigate to a folder and click "Export" to move the photos to Mac's internal storage.


    The precondition of this method is that you have enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone before, or it will fail.

    Comparison Table of the Four Methods

    Still unsure about which method to choose - iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery or Apple solution? Below are the comparisons for you to refer to whenever you need to restore photos from iCloud .

    via "Recently Deleted" Folder via iMyFone D-Back via iCloud Photo Library via iCloud Restore
    Success rate Low High Medium Medium
    Recover deleted Photo without backup Yes Yes No No
    Data Loss Yes No Yes Yes
    Recovery Time Needed Varies from 20-40 min 5- 10 min Varies from 20-40 min Varies from 40-60 min
    Difficulty Easy Easy Complex Complex

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q1: I'm not sure whether my photos were backed up to iCloud before I deleted them. How can I check?

    You can check your iCloud backups simply on your iPhone.

    For iOS 10.3, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. Tap the graph that shows your iCloud usage, then tap Manage Storage.

    For iOS 11 or later, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.

    Q2: Why did my photos disappeared on my iPhone?

    Something must have gone wrong if you're missing photos from your Photos app. Here are some steps you can take to find them.

    • Check your Recently Deleted folder. Photos there will be stored for 30 days. You can have them recovered if you find your accidentally deleted photos in this folder.
    • Check if the iCloud Photos is turned on. iCloud Photos securely uploads and stores all of your photos in iCloud, which enables you to access them on all your devices. If you took a photo on your iPhone but cannot see it on your other devices, you may need to check your settings. Go to Settings > [your name], then tap iCloud. Click Photos and turn on iCloud Photos. After that, connect to Wi-Fi and wait a few minutes. Then look for your photos again.
    • Check if you have signed in with the same Apple ID. In Settings, tap on your name at the very top of the screen. Then you'll see the email address under your name, i.e. the current Apple ID. If it is not the right one, sign out and log into the right account.
    • Check if you have hidden your photos. If you have put some photos in the Hidden Album, it might seem like they're missing.聽You can unhide them if you want. Just go to the Albums tab, tap Hidden, find the hidden photos you would like to recover, click the Share button and finally tap Unhide.

    Q3: How can I recover photos without backup?

    iMyFone D-Back is capable of recovering deleted photos directly from iOS device even if you don't have any backup. Don't hesitate to give it a try.


    If you are looking for a quick and powerful fix to retrieve photos from iCloud to iPhone, iMyFone D-Back is bly recommended. With high success rate and no data loss, you don't need to worry at all even when dealing with such a difficult recovery task which accepts not a single mistake. Just download the free trial version to have a try. It will never let you down.

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