Live photos are the coolest but sometimes due to accidental deletion or some other reason, you may lose the live photos on your iPhone. If this happens, the best course of action would be to restore the device but that will only work if you have a backup. Even if you do have a backup of the Live Photos you’ve lost, restoring either from an iTunes or iCloud backup could mean that you lose some of the data on your device that wasn’t included in the backup.
This article shows you a better alternative, one that will help you recover your missing Live Photos even if you don’t have a backup for them. Read on to find out.
Tool You'll Need to Recover Deleted Live Photos
One of the best ways to recover Live Photos when you don’t want to restore the device is to use a data recovery tool like iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Win or iPhone data recovery for Mac. Not only is it the only way to recover the photos if you didn’t have a backup, but it also the best way to extract the photos from an iCloud or iTunes Backup file.
The following are some of its highly useful features.
- You can choose to recover the photos directly from the iPhone (if they were not backed up) or from an iCloud or iTunes backup file (if you would rather not restore the device.)
- It can be used to recover 22 of other data types including videos, call logs, text message, notes, memos, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, Kik messages and more.
- It is very easy to use and supports all iOS devices and all versions of the iOS operating system.
- It comes with a preview function that makes selective data recovery very easy.
How to Recover your Live Photos using iMyfone D-Back
The following is a simple tutorial to help you recover the missing photos. Download and install the program to your computer and then choose the recovery mode that works best for you.
Recover Directly from the iPhone
If you don’t have a backup of the photos, choose this recovery mode.
Step 1: Run iMyfone on your computer and then select “Recover from iOS device.” Click “Start” to begin. In the next window, select “Photos” under “Photo & Video” since this is the type of file we wish to recover.
Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer using an USB cable and click “Scan” as soon as the program detects the device.
Once the scan is complete. Preview the photos and then select the ones you want to recover. Click “Recover” to save the deleted photos.
Recover from an iTunes Backup
Choose this recovery mode, if you have a backup of the photos on iTunes.
Step 1: From the main window, select “Recover from iTunes Backup” and click “Start” to continue. in the next window, select “Photos” as the file type to recover and click “Next” to continue.
Step 2: 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.”
Step 3: Preview the results and choose the photos you want to recover and then click “Recover.”
Recover from an iCloud Backup
If you would rather recover from iCloud, follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Choose “Recover from iCloud Backup” from the main window and then click “Start” to begin. Choose the type of file you want to recover (in this case photos) and click “Next”
Step 2: Sign in to your iCloud account and then select the iCloud backup that contains the Live Photos. Click “Next” to start scanning.
Step 3: Preview the photos in the results page and then select the Live Photos you wish to recover. Click “Recover” to save them.