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How to Extract Photos from iTunes Backup on Mac Computer

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Gabriel Hammond

July 12, 2017 (Updated: August 4, 2020)• Filed to: iPhone Transfer

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“My son was playing with my iPhone 6 and later I found out he must have deleted some of the photos on the device. The photos are numerous, like 100 or so and it’s a big problem as I really didn’t want to lose them. I do have a backup in iTunes fortunately, but I was wondering if there is a way for me to get the photos out of iTunes without restoring the device. If I can save them to my computer, it would be great. Anyone know how?”

The above user scenario is not unique. Accidental deletion happens to be one of the most common reasons for data loss. And yes, there is a way to extract the missing photos or really all of your photos from iTunes and save them on your Mac. As a matter of fact, doing this will ensure they are kept safe on your Mac if anything should ever happen to your iPhone. That said, I’m sure you, just like the reader who sent in this question is eager to find out how you can extract photos from iTunes. Well, keep reading and let us tell you.

The Tool You Need

It is probably impossible to extract the photos from your iTunes backup without the right tool. Save for restoring the device, which many don’t want to do for obvious reasons, the only other way to do it is to make use of iMyFone iTransor Lite iTunes Data Extractor. This data extraction tool is designed to get into your backup file and get your photos or any other type of data without interfering with the data already on your iPhone. iTransor Lite will reach into your iTunes backup file and pull out only the photos needed.

iMyFone iTransor Lite

Key Features:

  • It is reliable and very easy to use. We’ll share with you how to use it in just a second. But before then, the following are some of the powerful features that make iTransor Lite so effective.
  • iTransor Lite allows users to view and extract data from iOS devices, iTunes Backup files and even iCloud backups with an ease and flexibility not seen before.
  • The preview function allows users to see exactly what they will be transferring before starting. This way, you can choose the photos you want to extract.
  • The whole process is quick and easy and you can extract up to 22 different types of data to transfer to your computer.

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How to Extract Photos from iTunes Backup using iMyfone iTransor Lite

You must be impatient to get your photos back by now, so we’ll stop with all the talking and get to the how of it all. To begin with, you will need to download and install iMyfone iTransor Lite to the computer you use to sync to iTunes. This is important because the program will detect the backup files on the computer. Once you’ve installed iTransor Lite on your Mac, follow these very simple steps to extract your photos.

Step 1: Open iTransor Lite and from the main window choose “Extract from iTunes Backup.” Click “Start” and in the next window, you should see a list of different types of data. Because we want to extract photos, select “Photo” and click “Next” to continue.

choose “Extract from iTunes Backup.”

Step 2: iTransor Lite will detect all of the iTunes backup files on your computer and list them in the next window. Select the one containing the photos you want to extract and click “Scan.”

select an iTunes backup

Step 3: Wait while the program analyzes the selected backup file and searches for your photos. When the process is complete, you will see all photos found. Click on an item to preview and then select the ones you want to extract. Click on “Export” and in the popup window, select the location on your Mac to save the photos.

preview photos from iTunes backup

And it’s that simple! Keep in mind that iTransor Lite can export any type of data. So, if ever you need to move some data to your Mac for safe-keeping, iTransor Lite should be your go-to solution.

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