"My iPhone is completely dead. I recharged it for hours but it was in vain. What makes me crazy now is how to recover all of the photos from this dead iPhone. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!"

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. But his iPhone was suddenly crashed. Just like you are right now, he was more worried about getting back the photos on his dead 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 14.

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

1. Make Sure Whether the iPhone is synced with iTunes or iCloud

Simply restore your photos from iTunes or iCloud backup if you have backed up them before. Most people won't back up their iPhone via iTunes regularly since it requires a computer and USB cable to manually back up the data. Unlike iTunes, iCloud automatically backs up your device each day through the network. So make sure whether the "iCloud Backup" option had been enabled before your iPhone got broken. If you had enabled the "iCloud Backup" option, you're able to log in to another iPhone with the same Apple ID and restore your photos from iCloud backup. Alternatively, you can go to to check if your photos are there.

  • Log in to
  • Click on Photos.
  • Tap Select, then tap Select All.
  • Tap the More button.
  • Choose Download, tap Download to confirm.

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Make sure you had enabled the sync option in iCloud. Or this method won't work. If you can't find your photos on, try the following methods.

How to Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone

iMyFone D-Back 聽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:

Main Features about D-Back

  • It is capable of extracting data from iTunes/iCloud backup even if your iPhone is dead.
  • It supports retrieving photos directly from broken iPhone without backup.
  • It offers a complete preview before performing data recovery.
  • It supports different data loss scenarios like jailbreak failure, iOS upgrade/downgrade. Virus attack, system restore, forgotten password, and other instances.
  • The repair feature can effortlessly resolve the "iPhone is broken/dead" issue along with other 30锛媔ssues, such as stuck on Apple logo, iPhone won't turn on, recovery mode loop, etc.
  • It support nearly all iOS devices such as iPhone 7, iPhone 11 and all the latest models that running on iOS 14.

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1. Recover Pictures from iTunes Backup Selectively

Step 1. Launch your iMyFone D-Back, choose Recover from iTunes Backup and press Start.

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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). 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.

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It works only if you have a habit of making backups of the data on your iPhone via iTunes. If not, you can try to get pictures off a broken iPhone directly.

2. Fix Your iPhone before the Recovery

Before recovering your photos directly from a completely dead iPhone with D-Back, you have to fix it with the "Fix iOS System" mode.

It's proven to be effective in solving the problems of white Apple logo, red iTunes logo, etc. And the repair utility is highly recommended when your iPhone screen unresponsive. To get started, run this application and switch to fix iOS system tab, then click on the "Standard Mode" to proceed. Once the repairing process finished, your iPhone will boot into a normal state. Turn to our detailed step-by-step guide to fix your dead iPhone.

Repair Your iPhone

3. Recover Photos from Dead iPhone Directly without Backup

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, click "trust this computer" and enter your password. 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".

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When your iPhone can still be recognized by the computer, this way is possible. If not, you should turn to the option 1.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I fix a dead/crashed iPhone?

Depending on the causes, you can fix your dead/crashed iPhone with the following methods:

1.1 Software glitches & system crash: A hard reset is a normal way to revive your dead iPhone. Different models require different operations for a hard reset.

1.2 Won't charge or turn on: A failed piece of hardware, such as the battery or the logic board which needs to be replaced. Try to keep your iPhone on charge for at least an hour. Because it takes longer to charge if the battery is completely discharged.

1.3 Hardware broken: Some of the hardware pieces broke, such as the screen, mainboard, etc. And your iPhone won't turn on anymore. You have to send it repaired or replace it.

1.4 Water damaged: If you dropped the iPhone in water and water damage is what you're dealing with, try putting it in dry rice for a few hours.

2. How can I make a backup on my dead iPhone?

You can make a backup on your dead iPhone through iTunes. In case that iTunes can recognize your iPhone, it may give you an option to make a new backup. If it can't and you still want to make a backup, I'm afraid you have to stop here and choose a data recovery tool for more help.

3. Can you recover photos from a dead iPhone without backup?

The answer is yes. Since the data is encrypted, you can't do anything to turn on this completely dead iPhone. Therefore, the data recovery tools which require you to unlock the iPhone won't able to recover photos from your device directly without any backup. And Apple official says that there's no way to recover photos from a completely dead iPhone without backup. However, there's a chance to recover photos from the dead motherboard. But this method is quite risky and requires a tech expert to help with. What's more, it can't guarantee a 100% successful rate. So you'd better think twice before attempting to do that.