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If you are here, it means that your iPhone is either stolen, has a broken screen or has suffered water damage. Oh, what a shame… Let’s try to recover photos from your broken iPhone without the actual device.

That feeling when your new iPhone slips out of your hands

Choose the most suitable method:

Extract photos from iPhone backup to PC

The best way to recover your photos would be to extract them from a backup. Hopefully you have an old (or new!) backup that was done automatically by iTunes. Or maybe some software you used in the past did a backup for you, who knows?

You can automatically search your computer for backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  1. Run CopyTrans Backup Extractor. It will automatically start searching for backups on your PC. The backup hunt will be done before you know it!
    backup hunting screen

  2. After a few seconds you will see the list of all the backups available. If you would like to see iCloud backups on the list as well, enable iCloud account in CopyTrans Backup Extractor.

    TIP: You can use CopyTrans Backup Extractor to search for local backups on your PC and CopyTrans Shelbee to restore the contents to your iPhone.
    CopyTrans Backup Extractor: backup list

  3. Choose the backup that contains your photos. If the backup is encrypted, enter the backup password to proceed.
    enter the backup password

  4. Click on “Photos”. types of data: photos

  5. Finally, select the folder you want to extract the photos to. Wait until the photos are extracted. Voila! You can now click “Open containing folder” to see which photos have been extracted. Data extraction finished

  6. Your photos are successfully extracted! As soon as you have a new device, you can transfer the photos from PC to iPhone.

If you need more help with CopyTrans Backup Extractor, check out our Getting started with CopyTrans Backup Extractor guide.

How to recover iPhone photos from an iCloud backup

If the iCloud Photos feature was disabled on your device and the photos were not in iCloud – do not lose heart. It means that they would be included into an iCloud backup if you made one recently. You can search for iCloud backups and extract data from them with CopyTrans Backup Extractor. Here’s how:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, download and install CopyTrans Backup Extractor:
  2. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Install and run the program. If you need help, refer to the installation guide.
  4. On the welcome screen, enter your Apple ID and password to log in to iCloud.

    Log in to iCloud with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  5. If you have 2-factor authentication enabled, you will also need to insert a verification code sent to your device.

    enter the verification code

  6. There you are! after a short search CopyTrans Cloudly will display all your backups, both on PC and in iCloud. iCloud backups are marked with a cloud icon, while PC backups have a folder icon next to them. You can now extract files from backup to PC, following the standard steps.

    find iCloud backups with CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  7. Your photos are successfully extracted! As soon as you have a new device, you can transfer the photos from PC to iPhone.

Download photos directly from iCloud to PC

However, downloading the photos from iCloud to PC can be tricky. You can go directly to icloud.com or use an alternative tool, CopyTrans Cloudly (preferable if you want to download all the photos at once).

Download from icloud.com

If you are using cloud storage solutions like iCloud Photos, it might be easier for you to restore your Photo Library to a new device.

To access the cloud backup of your Camera Roll head straight to icloud.com.
Log in to your account and choose Photos in the main menu. You can actually download them from icloud.com to your PC straight away: just select the photo and hit the cloud icon on the panel in the top-right corner of the screen.
Download photos and videos from the iCloud account one by one

On the downside, there is no way to mass-select all the photos, so you will have to click on them one by one if you want them exported. This can sometimes be a tiresome procedure, especially if you have a lot of photos (guilty of that myself).

Download all photos using CopyTrans Cloudly

If you want to automate the downloading process, we have just the tool you need. CopyTrans Cloudly does an excellent job when it comes to downloading all of your iCloud photos in one go. It is also the only solution to help you recover recently deleted photos if you have no backup. Let’s start!

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Cloudly from the following page:

    Download CopyTrans Cloudly

  2. Run CopyTrans Cloudly. You will see a log in screen. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  3. If you have a two-factor authentication enabled, make sure to allow the connection on your device and enter the code you received on your device:
    Apple ID verification code

  4. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. Upon completion, you will see the main app screen. To download all the photos and videos from iCloud, click “Download”:
    Download photos from iCloud

  5. Select the folder where you want to keep your library. And that’s it! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos are downloaded.
    Downloading photos from iCloud with CopyTrans Cloudly

  6. The photos have been downloaded! As soon as you have a new device, you can transfer the photos from PC to iPhone.

Recover photos from iPhone backup with CopyTrans Shelbee

If you already have a new iPhone and want to restore photos from an iTunes backup, let us help you. CopyTrans Shelbee can help you restore the contents of your old iPhone to a new device, just like iTunes: see here how to run a full restore. Alternatively, you may choose to only recover photos from a broken iPhone to your new device – which iTunes can’t. Let’s see how to restore photos from a local backup to iPhone with CopyTrans Shelbee:

  1. Download CopyTrans Shelbee from the following page:

    Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Shelbee, please refer to the installation guide.

  3. Run the program and connect the iPhone or iPad to your PC. Click on the “Custom restore” button.
    Select Custom restore to recover photos from lost iPhone

  4. Next, click on the pencil icon and navigate to the folder where you store your backups. Select the backup that contains photos you want to recover.

    TIP 1: Use CopyTrans Backup Extractor to find all backup locations on your PC.

    TIP 2: You can choose an older backup to recover old photos.
    Click on the pencil and choose the backup you wish to restore


  5. Select “Photos” in the window that will shortly appear in front of you. Select Photos to recover photos from a broken iPhone

  6. Confirm the restore and hit “Next”.
    Confirm the restore

  7. Wait until the restore is finished and voila! Recovering photos from an iPhone backup is easy, right?Restore was successful

Recover photos from an iTunes backup

If you have previously made a backup with iTunes, you can easily restore lost photos and videos to a new iPhone. It might come in particularly handy when you want to recover photos from a damaged iPhone.

There is, however, one major drawback: you won’t be able to select photos only. All the data, including other apps and settings from your old iPhone will be restored to the new one. If you would like to only restore photos to your new iPhone, use CopyTrans Shelbee.

Here’s how to use iTunes to restore photos to your iPhones:

  1. Connect your iPhone to PC and run iTunes;
  2. Wait until your iPhone appears on iTunes top panel and click on the iPhone icon;
  3. how to restore iphone from iTunes to PC step 1

  4. Click on “Summary” to open a summary screen; then click on the “Restore Backup” button;
  5. how to restore iphone from iTunes to PC step 2

  6. iTunes may ask you to disable the “Find my iPhone” feature.
    how to disable Finf my iPhone feature

  7. Choose the backup you need and click on “Restore”.
  8. click on restore button
    If necessary, enter the password to your backup (you will be asked to do that if your backup is encrypted).

  9. Now just wait until the process finishes.
  10. wait until the process finishes

BONUS: I have actual photos on my PC. How to put them on the iPhone?

If you have all your photos backed up to your PC, you might be wondering how to put them on a new iPhone or iPad. CopyTrans Photo can easily transfer your photos from computer to iPhone in just two clicks:

  1. Download CopyTrans Photo from the following page:

    Download CopyTrans Photo

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Photo, please refer to the installation guide. Connect your device and wait for the photos to load.

  3. Click a green icon in the top-left corner of the app to create a new album: this will be the album for your transferred photos.
    Click on the green icon at the top left corner to create a new album

  4. On the right-hand side of the interface, navigate to the folder that contains your backed up pictures. Select the ones you want to transfer to your new iPhone and simply drag and drop them to the left side.Select the album and drag and drop photos you want to recover


  5. Click “Apply changes” to finish the transfer.Click Apply changes to finish recovering photos from a stolen iPhone

Hope these tips will help!

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