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How to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone

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Tata Davis

April 3, 2016 (Updated: January 17, 2020)• Filed to: iPhone Data Recovery

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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.

What to Do First to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone?

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.

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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

iMyFone D-Back  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:

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

  • It is capable of extracting data from iTunes/iCloud backup even if your iPhone is dead.
  • It supports to recover photos directly from broken iPhone without backup.
  • Support to recover 22+ file types such as photos, contacts, text messages, iMessages, WhatsApp 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

Step 1. Launch the program on your computer and then choose "Recover from iOS Device".

Recover Photos directly from Dead iPhone

Step 2. Connect the iPhone to the computer and then click "Next" when the program recognizes the device.

connect your device

Step 3. Now from all the data types choose "Photo" so the program knows what to look for.

select data types

Step 4. As soon as the scan is completed, select the photos you need and click "Recover".

preview and recover Pictures from Broken iPhone


When your iPhone can still be recognized by the computer, this way is possible. If not, you should turn to the following solution.

2. Recover Pictures from iTunes/iCloud Backup Selectively

Step 1. Launch your iMyFone D-Back, choose Recover from iTunes/iCloud and press Start. Here we take iTunes backup as an example.

Recover Pics from Broken iPhone

Step 2. 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

Step 3. 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

Step 4. 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).

Recover photo from Broken iPhone

Step 5. 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.


It works only if you have a habit of making backups of the data on your iPhone via iTunes or iCloud. If not, you can try to Recover photos from iPhone directly.

3. Full Video on How to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone

After browsing throught the steps listed above on how to recover photos from Dead/broken iPhone with iMyFone D-back, if you are still not sure how to perform, you should not miss the video:

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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