How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone 7(Plus)/6s(Plus)/6(Plus)

The iPhone has become one of the most popular phones for photography, used to record just about every aspect of the users' life. But the photos can be lost through accidental deletion or other reasons that are out of your control such as a software update that doesn't quite go as planned.

If you have lost some photos on your iPhone, this article will show three ways to recover deleted photos on iPhone 7(Plus)/6s(Plus)/6(Plus) runing different iOS versions including iOS 11.


Before we do, there are two things you should do right away to maximize the chance that you will recover the photos. First, stop using the iPhone right away. This will ensure that you don’t overwrite the deleted photos you are trying to recover. Second, we have to warn you that photos that have been deleted via a factory reset are very hard to recover.

Method 1 Retrieve Deleted Photos on iPhone without/from Backup ( iOS 11 Supported)

If you didn't make backup before and need to find a way to recover deleted photos without backup, a professional iPhone data recovery tool will be needed in this situation.  If you backed up your iPhone regularly, you can recover the deleted photos from the backup by restoring. But it is not a good option because you will lose all the existing data on your iPhone. And restoring is also time-consuming. You need a tool that can help you quickly retrieve photos no matter you have a backup or not. And iMyFone D-Back iOS data recovery for Win or iMyFone D-Back iOS data recovery for Mac is a powerful recovery tool to do this job. Check the main features of this tool:

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  • It can recover photos regardless of the reasons they were lost including accidental deletion, jailbreak or iOS upgrade.
  • Supports recovering vidoes, text messages, contacts, voice memos, notes, messages from Kik/WhatsApp/WeChat etc.
  • Preview and selectively recover deleted photos on iPhone or iPhone backup without changing present iPhone settings.
  • Compatible with iPhone 7 Plus/7/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 running iOS 10/9/8/7, even iOS 11.

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Download the Free Trial and run it on your computer and then follow these simple steps to recover deleted pictures from the iPhone using 3 recovery modes of iMyFone D-Back.

01 Recover Photos Directly from iPhone (Latest iOS 11 Supported)

Step 1: From the main window, select "Recover from iOS device". Click "Start" to continue.

Choose Recovery Mode

Step 2: Choose the file type "Photo" and click "Next" to continue.

choose file type

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to the computer and then click "Scan". Then the program will take a little while to scan you iPhone.

scan iOS device

Step 4: When scanning is finished, enable the button "Only show the deleted". Preview the pictures and select the ones you need. Then tap "Recover". The photos will be saved to the folder you have chosen as the storage path.

preview the messages

02 Recover Photos from iPhone via iTunes Backup

Step 1: From the main window, select "Recover from iTunes Backup" and click "Start" to continue.

Choose Recover from iTunes backup

Step 2: In the next window, select "Photo" as the file type to recover and click "Next" to continue.

select file type

Step 3: All the iTunes backup files available on that computer will be listed in the next window. Select the one that contains the missing photos and click "Scan."

select a revelant iTunes backup

Step 4: Preview the results and choose the photos you want to recover and then click "Recover".

choose photos you want to recover

03 Recover Photos from iPhone via iCloud Backup

Step 1: Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" from the main window and then click "Start" to begin.

Choose Recover photos from iCloud backup

Step 2: Choose the typeof file you want to recover (in this case "Photo").

Choose the type of file

Step 3: Sign in to your iCloud account to allow the program to access the iCloud backup files on your account. iMyFone will not record your account information.

Sign in to your iCloud account

Step 4: Select the iCloud backup file that contains the missing photos and then click "Next."

Select the iCloud backup file

Step 5: Wait for the scanning process to be completed (it shouldn't take too long) and then preview the results to select the deleted photos. Click "Recover" to save the recovered photos to your computer.

choose the deleted photos from iCloud backup

You can take advantage of the Free Trial for both Windows and Mac version iMyFone D-Back and see if you can find your missing photos. It is compatible with iOS 11 now. Give it a try now!

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Method 2 Check Your "Recently Deleted" to Find the Pictures

Sometimes, we delete pictures without thinking for we just don't like to keep so many pictures on our iPhone 7/SE/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 or just for bad mood. So your first step should be checking the "Recently Deleted" album to confirm whether the deleted pictures are there. This method works for those iPhone users who don't clean their "Recently Deleted" album often.

Go to Photos > Recently Deleted, tap on the picture you need, then click "Recover" in the lower right corner to get it back to other albums. Or you can select multiple pictures to recover by clicking "Select", then tap on more than one picture, then click "Recover" and the selected ones are back.

 Check Your “Recently Deleted” to Find Pictures

But I think lots of people are used to clear their "Recently Deleted" album, so this method may not work for some users.

Method 3 Restore Deleted Photos from iTunes

iTunes will back up your data every time you synchronize your iPhone with it. So as long as you synchronize your iPhone 7/SE/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 with iTunes regularly, there is a strong chance that you can recover deleted photos on iPhone from your iTunes' last backup files. Check out the instructions below.

Step 1: Connect your iOS device with the PC that you have synchronized your data on it;

Step 2: Run your iTunes. Go to File > Devices > Restore from Back up;

Step 3: iTunes will restore the backup back to your iPhone. And a few minutes later, you can check your iPhone to find the photos you need.

 Restore Deleted Photos from iTunes

Method 4 Fully Restore iCloud Backup to Find Deleted Photos

If you have turned on iCloud Backup function from Settings > iCloud > iCloud Backup, then your iPhone 7/SE/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4 can be backed up to iCloud auomatically when your iPhone is plugged in, locked and connected with Wi-Fi. Probably you deleted photos are in iCloud backup and you can restore them as below.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone, then choose "Erase All Content and Settings."

Step 2: From the apps Apps & Data interface, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup", then login your iCloud account.

Step 3: Select a iCloud backup which includes the deleted iPhone photos from available backups in iCloud.

Step 4: Follow the prompts to set up your iPhone as a new device.


Both restoring from iTunes and iCloud are good methods to get your photos back even if you can't selectively recover data. However, the two methods could also overwrite the existing data on your device. Therefore, be sure to back up your device before doing them.

If you want to selectively recover data from either iTunes/iCloud backup files or iOS device running iOS 10.3 even, iMyFone D-Back can help. And if you have any other good idea for recovering deleted photos from iPhone, please write a comment under this writing for sharing and we will appreciate that.

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  • TheZombieChimp

    My mum’s iPod_Nano_Gen3 has just given up the ghost and she’s worried that she’ll lose the photo’s on there. Some of them are of people no longer around, so we must save them. Can you help?

    • Thanks for your question. We are sorry to say that iMyfone D-Back doesn’t support recovery from iPod Nano at present. We will pass along your comment to our development team. Thanks a lot for your suggestion and sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Jack

    thank you for your useful tips. i downloaded imyfone dback and it detected my accidentally deleted messages! gorgeous!

    • admin

      We are glad that the article is helpful for you, Jack. And yes iMyfone D-Back offers free trial version for users to confirm whether their data can be found. Thank you for your comment!

    • Thanks a lot for your comment. Glad to hear that your deleted messages are found! Wish you have a nice day!