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How to Recover Photos from Dead or Broken iPhone/iPad

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“Is it possible to retrieve my photos from my dead iPhone? It has water damage and no longer turns on. I had important pictures of my new born son but I did not back up the phone. Is there anything that can be done to get photos off the dead iPhone?”

Have you ever run into the same situation: your iPhone is totally dead or broken for some unexpected reasons and won't turn on? At that time, what you care most may be the important files like photos saved in your iPhone.

Is it possible to retrieve photos from dead or broken iPhone? In this article, we will focus on this issue and share some possible ways to get photos off dead or broken iPhone. Keep reading to check out.

1. Can I Retrieve Photos from Dead or Broken iPhone?

Absulutely YES. You can retrieve photos from a dead or broken iPhone if you have previously created backups of the iPhone via iCloud or iTunes. You can easily restore the backup to another iOS device to get back your photos.

If you haven't back up your iPhone before it is dead or broken but the device is still recognized by your computer, you can bring back the photos. You can rely on third-party iPhone data recovery tool to directly scan the dead iPhone and export the photos.

2. Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone without Backup

In case you don't create any backup of your dead or broken iPhone, a professional iPhone data recovery tool will help you get the photos off the device. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is designed to recover deleted or lost data from iPhone/iPad/iPod directly without backup.

Key Features of FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  • It supports to recover 20+ types of iPhone data, including photos, videos, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, WhatsApp messages, etc.
  • Extract and selectively recover data from iTunes or iCloud backup without restoring iPhone.
  • Allows you to free scan and preview all photos and other files before recovery.
  • Supports all iOS devices and iOS versions, including iPhone 14/13, iOS 16 and earlier.

To start with, you can download FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery by clicking the button below and have it installed on your computer.


Step 1. Launch the iPhone Photo Recovery on your computer and select "Recover from iOS Device" on the homepage.

iphone recovery

Step 2. If your dead iPhone can still be recognized by computer, connect it to the computer and click "Next" when the program detects the device.

connect iphone

Step 3. Choose "Photos" and other data types you wish to recover, then click on "Scan" to begin scanning.

start scan iphone

Step 4. When the scan is done, click "Photos" from the left side bar to view and check the items that you need to retrieve. Then click "Recover" to export the selected photos to your computer.

preview photos ios

3. Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone with iCloud

If you have enabled iCloud Photos on your dead or broken iPhone beforehand, then all you photos will automatically sync to iCloud automatically. If your iPhone cannot be recognized by the computer, you can bring back photos from iCloud.

3.1 Download Photos from iCloud.com

  • Visit iCloud.com on any browser and sign in with the same Apple ID you use on the dead iPhone.
  • Click on "Photos" and select the photos you need, then click "Download" to save them to your computer.

download photos from icloud

If you have another iOS device available, you can login into the same Apple ID and turn on "iCloud Photos" on this device, then your iCloud photos will be synced to the new device automatically. However, the existing photos on this new device will be overwritten, so don't forget to make a backup before doing this.

3.2 Recover Photos from iCloud Backup

If the iCloud sync process goes wrong on the the new device, you can also get photos off dead iPhone by restoring another iOS device from the iCloud backup. However, you also risk losing the data on that device and you can't recover photos only.

To avoid data loss, you can use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to selectively recover photos from iCloud backup. Launch this program on your computer and select "Recover from iCloud", then follow these steps:

Step 1. As you can see the windows as below, sign in to iCloud by entering your Apple ID and password.

sign in icloud

Step 2. Once logged in, you can browse a list of iCloud backup files, choose one backup that may contain the photos of your dead iPhone and click "Scan" to download the iCloud backup file.

select icloud backup

Step 3. When the download process is complete, the software will show you details of all the data in iCloud backup. You can preview and tick the photos you need, then click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

preview photos icloud

4. Recover Photos from Dead/Broken iPhone with iTunes

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes before it is dead or broken, then the photos will be stored in the backup. And you could bring back the photos by restoring the backup to another iOS device.

Similar to iCloud, iTunes will erase all existing data while restoring the backup, so you can follow the steps below to get photos off iTunes backup with FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery.

Step 1: Run this tool and choose "Recover from iTunes Backup". Then select an iTunes backup that contains your lost photos and click "Next".

select itunes backup

Step 2: In the next page, choose "Photos" and click "Scan", the program will start to scan the photos from the backup.

scan itunes

Step 3: After the scanning, all found photos will be displayed. Just choose the items you need and click "Recover" to save them to your computer.

preview photos itunes

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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