How to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone

Did your iPhone crash? Did you drop it and now it's broken or dead? You must care more about the photos on the device than the device itself. This happens to a lot of iPhone users. My friend just got back from a long holiday, with over 500 photos taken on his trip when he accidentally dropped his iPhone. Just like you are right now, he was more worried about getting back the photos on his broken iPhone.

As I told my friend, I will explain everything you need to know to recover photos from a dead or broken iPhone even it is running iOS 13.

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What to Do First

1. Try to Fix iPhone to Avoid Data Loss

If you dropped the iPhone in water and water damage is what you're dealing with, try the following to dry off the device.

1. Get your iPhone out of the water as fast as possible.

2. If it's still on, turn it off because running a wet electronic device could damage it permanently. Dry it with a towel and try putting it in dry rice for a few hours.

3. Be patient and don't try to turn it on. Leave it alone for a few days.

If the screen is broken but the device is still fully functional, ask a professional repair shop to fix it. Just be sure to inquire whether the data will be wiped or not during repair.

water damaged iphone

2. Check If the iPhone is Synced with iTunes or iCloud

Most people won't back up their iPhone via iTunes regularly since you need a computer and USB cable to manually back up your data. Unlike iTunes, iCloud will automatically back up your device each day through the network, if the following conditions are met:

  • You have turned on iCloud Backup in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
  • You have connected your device to a power source and to a Wi-Fi network.
  • You still have available space in iCloud.

Check whether there is the latest backup on your computer or iCloud that could contain the photos you want. If you had turned on iCloud, the photos could also be backed up to iCloud.

heck the timeline of the last backups


However, restoring the backup file may erase all data and settings on your old iPhone and you cannot choose to recover just photos.

In the next section, we will introduce you to a tool that will help you selectively recover photos from iTunes/iCloud or directly from the iPhone.

How to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone Selectively

iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery  program is a professional iPhone data recovery tool, which saves data stored on iPhone. If your iPhone can still be recognized by the computer and you haven't made any backup before, you can recover photos directly from your iPhone. If you have made some backups before, you can use the tool to extract photos from iTunes or iCloud backup selectively. iMyFone D-Back is very simple to use, so you will intuitively know what to do in order to restore photos from dead or broken iPhone. The following are the key features of iMyFone D-Back:

iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery (iOS 13/12/11 Supported)

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Key Features:

  • It has been recognized by Cult of Mac as reliable iPhone data recovery tool.
  • You can choose the necessary mode (Smart Recovery, Recovery from iOS Device, iTunes Backup and iCloud Backup) to preview and selectively recover pictures from broken iPhone;
  • Support to recover 22+ file types from iPhone/iCloud backup/iTunes backup such as photoscontactstext messages, iMessagesWhatsApp messages and more;
  • Support nearly all iOS devices such as iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5/4S/4 running iOS 13/12/11/11/10/9/8/7.

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1.  Recover Photos from Dead iPhone Directly

If your iPhone can still be recognized by the computer, iMyFone D-Back can help you get the photos directly from the iPhone. Launch the program on your computer and then choose "Recover from iOS Device".

Recover Photos directly from Dead iPhone

Connect the iPhone to the computer and then click "Next" when the program recognizes the device.

connect your device

Now from all the data types choose "Photo" so the program knows what to look for.

select data types

As soon as the scan is completed, select the photos you need and click "Recover".

preview and recover Pictures from Broken iPhone

2. Recover Pictures from iTunes/ iCloud Backup Selectively

It will also work if you have a habit of making backups of the data on your iPhone. Launch your iMyFone D-Back, choose Recover from iTunes/iCloud and press Start. Here we take iTunes backup as an example.

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You can choose an iTunes backup that contains your lost photos after the program detects all the backups stored on your computer. Then click "Next"

Select iTunes Backup

After choosing a backup, you can choose the data type "Photo". Then the program will start to scan the photos for you.

select file types

After the scanning, iMyFone D-Back will display all the photos it finds which will be sorted according to the place they were saved in (e.g. Photo and Video, Message and Call log, Memo and others). Select the photos you want to recover and choose a folder where you want to keep the recovered photos, then press Recover to get the photos recovered.

Recover photo from Broken iPhone


If you have your backup saved on iCloud, choose Recover from iCloud Backup option on the program and press Start. Choose photos as the file you wish to recover. Enter your iCloud account and the program will show you all the available backups. Choose the one where you want to search the lost photos and press Next. In some seconds, you will be given a list of the files which can be recovered. Indicate the location on your computer where you want to save your photos and press Recover. It is very easy.

Now you are fully equipped with the tools which will help you restore your lost photos. No need to worry about them anymore.

Actually, not just photos, iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery can help you recover up to 22 other types of data. What's more? The program supports the devices running iOS 13/12/11 and even the backup of iOS 13. It offers a free trial version now. Go Ahead! Give it a try and see what it can do for you.

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  • Gregory Gary

    I’ve got around 10000 photos to restore after a major crash, can you advise how long this will take to recover them? If it does take a long time and I have to stop halfway, can I pick it up where I left off or will I have to start from the beginning again?

    • Hello Gregory, sorry for the late response. I am sorry to say that it may take a bit long time to restore your photos, cause 10000 is a not small number to restore. We would greatly appreciate it if you could kindly wait until the recovery progress is complete, thus our software could perform better to get back your lost photos. Thanks a lot for your understanding and patience:)

  • Robert

    I am a little confused. If my iPhone can’t be recognized by computer, the only way i can do is to extract photos from backup file?

    • Hello Robert, yes, you can’t recover photos directly from iPhone without backup, if your iPhone can’t be recognized by the computer. But if you have made backup before, you can choose “recover from iTunes backup” or “recover from iCloud backup” to extract photos from backup files without connecting your device to computer.