How to Recover Photos from iTunes Backup

You may have already experienced this situation: You are quietly looking at the photos on your iPhone and suddenly, the software or the device breaks down, and you lose part of your photos or even all of them. We also sometimes delete photos by mistake!

iPhone users often lose photos taken with their phone or delete them due to various reasons; accidental deletion, formatting, system crash, virus attack, restoring factory settings, jailbreaking, etc.

Looking for a way to recover your backed-up photos from iTunes? Here are 4 methods to recover them:

1. How does iTunes backup iPhone photos?

iTunes is a software developed by Apple to transfer data to iDevice from PC, backup and restore data from iOS device.

iTunes can back up the following data:

  • Pictures ;
  • Posts;
  • contacts;
  • Call logs;
  • iPhone Settings;
  • Application local files;
  • Keychain data.

iTunes cannot back up data selectively, and cannot back up photos only. You must back up all data. Here is how to back up your data with the iTunes software:

  • Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone via the USB cable.
  • Click on your device icon.recover photos from iTunes backup
  • Click on “Summary”, select “This computer” and then click on “Back up now”.

2. How to recover photos from iTunes backup?

It is possible to recover photos from an iTunes backup. However, this operation will erase all your existing data and replace it with data from the backup. Also, you won’t be able to select photos individually or view photos from an iTunes backup.

Here is how to recover photos via iTunes backup:

  • To get started, launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, then connect your iPhone using the USB cable.
  • After that, click on the “my device” icon.
  • Finally, select Summary > Tap This Computer > Click Restore Backup.

3. Recover your photos from iTunes with PhoneRescue in one click

PhoneRescue is a software that can extract iPhone backup from iTunes and iCloud. So, this tool can also recover the photos and other data directly from your iOS device. Unlike iTunes, PhoneRescue has several advantages when you recover iPhone photos from iTunes:

  • Ability to view iTunes backup contents and view iTunes backup photos.
  • Ability to select a certain category of data for recovery, no need to recover all data.
  • Restoring data does not overwrite existing iPhone data or cause data loss.
  • Compatible with all iOS devices.

Here’s how to recover your photos with PhoneRescue:

  • First, download and install PhoneRescue for iOS.
  • Then launch it and connect your iPhone via its USB cable.
  • Select “Recover from Backup”  and click Next.
  • Then select a backup, check Photos, and click OK.
  • Finally, select the photos you want to recover, and then depending on your choice, click the Restore to PC or Device icon.PhoneRescue iTunes data recovery

4. Recover photos backed up to iCloud with PhoneRescue

PhoneRescue also allows you to recover a selection of photos from an iCloud backup that you can send directly to your iPhone. It is also possible to view and select photos from an iCloud backup before transferring them.

Here’s how to recover photos from iCloud backup with PhoneRescue:

  • Launch PhoneRescue and click “Recover from iCloud”
  • Then sign in to your iCloud account using your iCloud address and password.
  • Select a backup then click Next.
  • Check Photos then click OK.
  • Select the photos to recover and then depending on your choice, tap on To device or To PC.


There you go, we have shown you how to recover photos from iTunes backup. If you use iTunes to recover your photos, all your data will be overwritten by restoring the backup.

We advise you to use PhoneRescue, in order to keep your data. This software also offers you the possibility to view and select the photos before recovering them.

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