How to Recover Lost Photos after iOS 11 Update

Updating to iOS 11 can cause a lot of problems. One of them is data loss and it is a problem that is so prevalent, users seeking to update their iOS are advised to back up their devices before an update. And while it is unlikely that you will lose data while updating your device, it can happen. The problem is, once you’ve updated the device to iOS 11, you will not be able to restore the data from the backup you created while running iOS 10.

So, what can you do when you lose your photos during an update and a restore is not possible. The good news is, you can get your photos back and we’ll show you how during the course of this article.

The Tool You Need to Recover Lost Photos After iOS 11 Update

Since you can’t restore the photos from your backups, you need a data recovery tool that can help you get the photos back quickly and effectively. Lucky for you, we have a data recovery tool that will do that and more. This tool is iMyFone D-Back, a tool designed to get into your device and recover the lost photos with little time and effort invested. The following are just some of the features that make it the ideal solution for you.

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Key Features:

  • It is very easy to use. A simple three step process guarantees that you will recover all the photos.
  • It is useful in the recovery of 22 other types of data including messages, notes, photos, call logs and even third-party data like WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and more.
  • You can also use this program to extract data from your iTunes and iCloud Backups which makes it ideal for when you can’t restore data to your device.

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The following is a simple guide to help you make use of iMyFone D-Back to recover the lost photos. Let’s begin with recovering from your iPhone if you don’t have a backup for the missing photos.

1. How to Recover the Photos from Your iPhone

If you don’t have a backup of the photos you lost, you can use iMyFone D-Back to recover the photos. The only disclaimer is you must start the recovery process as soon as you are aware the photos are missing. In this way, you will not overwrite the missing photos by adding more data to the device.

Step 1: Install D-Back on your computer and then launch it. From the main window, select “Recover from iOS Device” and then click “Start” to begin the recovery process. In the next window, select the type of data you want to recover, in this case “Photo” and then click “Next.”

select data types

Step 2: connect the iPhone to the program and wait for the program to detect the device. Once the device has been detected, click “Scan” to allow the program to analyze the device.

scan iPhone

Step 3: A results page will open once the scanning process is complete. From here, select the missing photos from the list (click on an item to preview) and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

preview the photos on your device

2. How to Extract Photos from Your iTunes Backup

If you have an iTunes backup of the missing photos but can’t restore it for one reason or another, follow these steps to extract them using D-Back.

Step 1: Click “Recover from iTunes Backup” and then click “Start” to begin. In the next window, select “Photos” as the type of data you want to recover.

Recover from iTunes Backup

Step 2: Select the relevant backup from the list in the next page and “Scan” to allow the program to analyze the iTunes backup selected and find the missing photos.

scan iTunes backup

Step 3: Once the scanning process is complete, you should see a results page with all the missing photos listed. Select the ones you want to recover and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

preview the photos in the iTunes Backup

3. How to Extract Photos from Your iCloud Backup

If you have an iCloud backup of the photos, iMyFone D-Back can help you get them back in much the same way.

Step 1: From the main window, select “Recover from iCloud Backup” and then click “Start” to begin. Select “photos” as the type of data to recover in the next window.

Recover from iCloud Backup

Step 2: You will then be prompted to sign in to your iCloud account to gain access to the backup files. Once signed in, select the relevant backup and then click “Next.”

sign in to your iCloud account

Step 3: The program will analyze the selected backup for the missing photos and display them in the next window. Select the photos you wish to recover from the list and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

preview photos in iCloud backup

You can then transfer the recovered photos back to your device and then create a backup of all the data of on your device to mitigate data loss of any kind.

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