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If you are here, that means your iPhone is either stolen, has a broken screen or suffered water damage. Man, that’s tough…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

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 whole 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. This will be super fast! Searching for backups

  2. After a few seconds you will see the list of available backups. Click on the one that contains your photos. All backups in CopyTrans Backup Extractor

  3. Click ‘Photos’. Data types

  4. Finally, select the folder you want to extract the photos to. Wait until the photos are extracted. Voila! Now you can click ‘Open containing folder’ to see which photos were extracted. Data extracion finished screen

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

Recover photos from an old iTunes backup

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

There’s one major drawback – you won’t be able to select the photos only, let alone choose which photos you wish to restore to the device. All the data, including other apps and settings from your old iPhone will be restored to a new one.

If you are OK with this, head to the Apple Support official website to learn how to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iTunes backup. If not, continue reading the article for alternative solutions.Recover photos from iTunes backup

Recover photos from an iPhone backup with CopyTrans Shelbee

If you have previously backed up your device you can easily restore the contents of your old iPhone to a new device and choose what exactly to restore. CopyTrans Shelbee can restore a full backup just like iTunes, or you can recover photos from a broken iPhone to your new device.

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

  5. In the newly appeared window select “Photos”. 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

How to recover iPhone photos from an iCloud backup

If you are using cloud backup solutions like iCloud Photo Library, it might be easier for you to restore your Photo Library to a new device. However, downloading the photos from an iCloud to a computer can be tricky.

To access your backed up 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 the icloud.com to your PC right away – select the photo and hit cloud icon in the top-right menu. Download photos and videos from the iCloud account one by one

Unfortunately, there’s no way to select all photos. If you are OK with clicking/selecting every photo one by one, that’s fine, but for some of us who have more than 4000 pictures (guilty), it might be a bit stressful.

No worries! Our CopyTrans Cloudly does an excellent job when it comes to recovering all your iCloud photos. It’s the one and only solution to recover photos from a lost iPhone.

  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. You will see the main app screen after. To download all photos and videos from iCloud, click “Download”:
    Click download

  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.
    Download in progress

I have actual photos on my PC. How to put them on 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. On the left-hand side click on the green icon in the top left menu to create a new album. Your transferred photos will go there.
    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 where you’ve backed up your 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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Marika (pronounce like 'Merica) dreams of saving the world from boredom. Fairly believes that she was the one for the part of Wonder Woman in DC movies, but for now she is eager to make your CopyTrans journey remarkable.