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. 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 may encounter errors when you restore the backup you created for your device 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.

1. Is That Possible to Recover Lost Photos after iOS 11 Update?

If you have backups, then you know it is super easy to recover lost photos – you can just restore your iOS device from backup and your photos will be back. But you still need to know that restore an old backup will overwrite all the current data on device.

If you want to recover lost photos from iOS device itself, it is possible, also. All the data on an iOS device is saved in a database called SQLite. After you lost your data, the OS will just change the lost ones from category "Allocated" to "Unallocated" in database, and you won't see them on your device. But fortunately, they will always be there and you can see them with help of some tools, provided that the lost data is not overwritten by your operations – such as shooting new photos or turning off your device.

But I have to say that it is more difficult to recover media files, such as photos and videos, than recover textual files, such as messages and contacts. But you can still have a try.

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

If you don't have any backup, or you wouldn’t like to restore an backup to recover your lost photos after iOS 11 update, a data recovery tool can help you effectively get back the photos. 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 data 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 can recover photos from your device, or extract data from your iTunes and iCloud backups which makes it ideal when you wouldn't like to restore bakcup to your device.
  • It is useful in the recovery of 22 other types of data. You can use it to retrieve deleted text messages on iPhone, recover iPhone call history and even 3rd-party apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and more.

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The following is the simple guide to help you make use of iMyFone D-Back to recover the lost photos after iOS 11 update. Let's begin with recovering from your iPhone if you don't have a backup for the missing photos.

2. Recover Lost Photos after iOS 11 from Device Directly

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 PC or Mac 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

If you need, you can check more types, of course.

Step 2: connect your device to the iPhone data recovery tool and wait for the program to detect the device. Once the device has been detected, click "Scan" to allow the program to analyze the data on the device.

scan iPhone

Step 3: A window of scanning results will open once the process of scanning is completed. 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

3. Extract Photos from iTunes Backup Made for Device

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 "Photo" or any others you need 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 completed, 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

4. Extract Photos from iCloud Backup without Restoring

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

Now you get several ways to recover lost photos after iOS 11 update and iMyFone D-Back offers not only the way to recover from your device directly, but also get photos from backups without restoring and data loss. What may surprise you is that you can try it for free before purchase if you are not sure whether it is helpful to recover your photos. Confirm it by yourself.

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