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How to Restore iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

Are you looking for a way to selectively extract photos from iTunes backup? The following article will explain to you how to get the pictures out of iTunes backup and move them into your iPhone easily.

Mobile Phone has been with us since its arrival, in our pocket or our purse. Thanks to smartphone's convenience and being handy, compared with a large camera, it has become trendy to take photos of the impressive landscape and selfie with a stick or GoPro, especially for youngsters. From traditional posed pictures to unique and remarkable photos, we share interesting stories with our friends and family, for example, in the birthday party, on Christmas Eve or on an unforgettable journey.

Apple iTunes helps us a lot in making a backup of our precious pictures and other data from iPhone, particular for those who doesn't have Apple ID and have a photo library of more than 5GB (iCloud offers free 5GB storage space at most). With iTunes backup, you can retrieve the missing files to your iPhone which you delete to free up more storage space or lost due to system failure. However, iTunes won't extract what you want. On the contrary, iTunes recover everything at the expense of wiping out your iPhone.

So the question is, how can you extract photos from iTunes backup selectively without affecting the current data? The good news is, as long as you have made regular iPhone backups through iTunes on your computer, you can restore your pictures. This is where iOS Data Recovery come in.

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Main Features about iOS Data Recovery

  • It is adept at extracting as many as 19 types of essential data, including contacts, photos, text messages, notes, reminder, calendar, call history, safari bookmark, voice memo, Whatsapp attachments, and more.
  • The whole process is as easy as 1-2-3: Scan > Preview and select > Recover
  • Besides retrieving iPhone photos from iTunes backup, two additional methods available: recovering from iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) itself, and from iCloud backup
  • It allows you to preview and select the items you would like to recover.

Recover Photos from iTunes Backup Using iOS Data Recovery

If you're working on more than one computer/ laptop, please ensure that you've installed the program on the computer that you normally sync it to that contains the iTunes backup file.

Step 1: Choose iTunes backup mode

Start the program and pick up the mode called "Recover from iTunes Backup File" on the main interface. This will search your machine for any available iTunes backup files automatically and display them in the right pane.

Step 2: Choose one iTunes backup to scan

Select the right iTunes backup from the list that contains the pictures which you want to extract and click "Start Scan". Wait for a while for the software to scan the data until all the stuff from iTunes backup are displayed on the pane, just like the screenshot below.

Click any of the picture category (Camera Roll, Photo Stream or Photo Library) on the left side to preview the specific photos on the right pane.

Step 3: Start extracting the photos from backup

Next, you can select the photos that you want to get back to iPhone by ticking the box under the photo thumbnail one by one on the right pane, or check the box next to "Camera Roll", "Photo Stream" and "Photo Library" to select the entire category.

Then, click on the Recover button at the lower-right position. A small dialog box pops up, from there you'll have to select a folder to save the file to a convenient location on your computer.

Afterward, press the Recover button again to initiate the process of restoring the photos from iTunes backup and saving to the computer folder.

When the process is finished, you preview your photos on computer, or sync them back to your iPhone via iTunes (Top 5 iTunes Alternatives).

That's it!

This approach is very useful no matter what happens to your iPhone, even if your handset is not with you due to being stolen or lost. The other two modes "Recover from iOS Device" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File" are also accessible, depending on your specific needs.


iOS Data Recovery is quite well-received by those who value their data greatly. Whatever happens to your content, iOS Data Recovery always has a way to handle it. Don't hesitate and get it a try right away.