How to Recover Photos from iPhone that Won’t Turn On

What would you do if your iPhone simply won’t turn on? The first thing we worry about is the data on it which is understandable especially when you didn’t have a backup of the data on the device. Getting the data back is critical since you can then restore the data to a new device.

Photos are especially sensitive if you don’t have a backup. This article will show you several methods you can use to get your photos back from an iPhone that won't turn on. Try each solution until you have recovered all the data on your device.

Ways to Recover Photos from an iPhone that Won’t Turn On

The following are just some of the ways you can recover photos from your unresponsive iPhone.

1 Charge the iPhone/ Perform a Hard Reset

A lack of sufficient power can cause an iPhone to refuse to turn on. Therefore, the first thing you should try is charging the phone. If you suspect your USB charger may be faulty, replace it and then charge the device for up to 30 minutes before trying to use it.

 Charge your iPhone for a while

You can also attempt a hard reset. To do this, simply hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home Button for a few seconds until the Apple Logo appears. The device will restart and hopefully be back to normal.

2 Check if the Computer Recognizes the Device

The other thing you can do is connect the iPhone to the computer to see if iTunes recognizes it. If it does, you may want to create a backup immediately.

  Check to see if the device can be recognized by the computer

3 Check if You Have a Backup and Extract Data from It

It will be easier to get the photos back if you had a backup on either iTunes or iCloud.

Extract Photos from iCloud Backup

Follow these simple steps to see if you have a backup on iCloud.

Step 1: on any browser, go to and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Click on “Photos” to see if the missing photos are backed up in iCloud. It is likely that Auto Backup was turned on in iCloud and hence all photos were automatically backed up even if the device is unresponsive.

Extract Photos from iTunes Backup

To access the photos from iTunes, you may need an iTunes data extractor tool such as iMyfone D-Back, which can be used to extract data from an iTunes or iCloud backup file if you had a backup of the missing photos. The following are some features that make iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac the right tool for the job.

  • You can use it to extract up to 22 different types of iOS content including photos, videos, messages, contacts, call logs, WhatsApp/Kik/Viber/WeChat/Line messages and more.
  • You can also use to recover data directly from the device, from iTunes backup file and iCloud backup file.
  • It allows you to preview the data before extraction.

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Follow these very simple steps to extract the photos from an iTunes or iCloud backup file.

Step 1: Install and Launch the Program

Download and install iMyfone D-Back to your computer and then launch the program. Select “Recover from iTunes Backup” and then click “Start”.

Install and Launch the Program

Step 2: Select "Photos" as the Type of Data

In the next window, select “Photos” as the type of data you want to recover and then click ‘Next”.


Step 3: Choose the Relevant iTunes Backup

Choose the relevant iTunes backup in the next window and then click “Scan”.

Choose the Relevant iTunes Backup

Step 4: Select the Photos You Want to Extract

Once the scanning process is complete, preview and select the photos you want to extract and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

Select the Photos You Want to Extract

4 Get the Device Fixed

If none of the above solutions work, you may want to get the device to a professional iPhone repair shop to get it fixed.

It is important to note that despite all of these measures, you may not be able to save all your photos. If there are some that weren’t included in the backup, it is very likely that you could lose them.