How to Recover Photos from Dead / Broken iPhone

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Your iPhone was crashed? Have you dropped and broken it? Do you regret about the photos which were saved in it more than about iPhone itself? One of my friends had similar situations before: He has just been on holiday and took over 500 photos and then he broke his iPhone at home accidentally. Just like lots of people he searched for a solution to rescue photos on his broken iPhone.

No worry, today we will explain what you need to do at the very beginning and recommend a easy way to recover photos from a dead iPhone.

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What You'll Need to Do Firstly

1 Try to Fix iPhone to Avoid Data Loss

When you iPhone was water damaged, follow the below steps to dry your iPhone off.

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

2. Dry it off with a towel or throw it in rice. If it is still on, turn it off immediately. Because running power through wet electronics could damage your iPhone permanently.

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

If only the screen of your iPhone is broken and nothing wrong with its inside, just ask a repair shop to replace the screen. Don't forget to confirm if the data will be wiped during repairing firstly.

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2 Check If Your iPhone Is Synced with iTunes and iCloud

Most of people won't back up their iPhone via iTunes regularly, since you may need to manually back up your data to computer using iTunes. But unlike iTunes, iCloud will automatically back up your device each day, if the following conditions are met:

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

So you could have a check at the timeline of the last backups on iTunes interface at the very beginning. If iCloud have backed up your latest photos luckily, you don't need to worry about photo loss anymore.

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However, It will replace all the data and settings in your dead iPhone using restoring method, moreover you can not ONLY recover pictures from iTunes or iCloud backup.

So in following text we will introduce a tool to help you retrieve only photos from iTunes/iCloud backup or directly from iPhone selectively.

How to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone Selectively

iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery or iPhone data recovery Mac program is a professional iPhone data recovery tool, which saves data stored on iPhone, if your iPhone can still be recognized by computer and you haven't make any backup before, you can recover photos directly from your iPhone. If you have made some backups before, it will help you 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 iPhone. The following are the key features of iMyfone D-Back:

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Professional iPhone Data Recovery (iOS 10 Supported)

  • 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 messagesWhatsApp messages and more;
  • Support nearly all iOS devices such as iPhone 7/6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5/4S/4 running iOS 10/9/8/7.

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1 Recover Photos from Dead iPhone Directly

Let us see how to recover pictures from broken iPhone. If your broken iPhone can still be recognized by your PC, this way will be very easy for you. This time, iMyfone D-Back will also help you. Launch the program and choose Recover from iOS Device mode.

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Press Start. Choose photo, video, app photo and app video, so the program knew which files to look for. When your iPhone is found by the program click the Scan button.

Choose photo

As soon as the scan is completed, you will see all the documents which are available for recovery.

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Choose the photos you need and press Recover. Several easy steps will bring your photos back to computer.

2 Recover Pictures from iTunes/ iCloud Backup Selectively

It will work if you have a habit of making backups of the data from your phone. Launch your iMyfone D-Back, choose Recover from iTunes/iCloud and press Start. Choose photos as the file you wish in the next window.

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When the program shows you the versions of backups, choose the most recent one and click on Scan.

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After the scan iMyfone D-Back will provide you with the list of the photos which will be sorted according to the place they were saved in (e.g. Photo and Video, Message and Call log, Memo and others). Choose the folder where you want to keep the recovered photos, choose the photos you need and press Recover.

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If you have your backup saved on iCloud, choose Recover from iCloud option in 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 Recover. In some seconds, you will be given a list of documents which can be recovered. Indicate the location on your computer where you want to save your photos and press Recover. Easy like that.

So, now you are fully equipped with the tools which will help to restore your lost photos, no need to worry about them anymore.

And not only iPhone photos, if you want get back other lost data on iPhone, iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery and iPhone data recovery Mac can also help you get them back. And the trial version is free offered now for users to figure out whether the program is useful for them. What are you waiting for? Just have a try to get back your photos from a broken iPhone.

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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.

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