How to Recover Photos from iPhone that Won't Turn on (2021)

Most users who use Apple devices are actually not very familiar with iPhone! When they use an iPhone, they may often encounter different issues! For example, iPhone won't turn on. What you may be worrying most is that you may lose all data on the device. It is especially crucial to get the data back without restoring the iPhone system.

For example, you want your photos back from your iPhone X/XS/XR/11/11 Pro/12. If you have time, you can read the tips listed below to recover photos from an iPhone that won't turn on.

1. Recover Photos from iPhone That Won't Turn on Directly

The tool that we introduce here is FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, a trustworthy recovery program that has helped tens of thousands of users recover data from disabled iPhone without any hassle. And it is very easy to use this kind of application, let's check the steps below.

Why Choose FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery (iOS 14 Supported)?

  • 3 recovery methods can be used to recover photos from iPhone that won't turn on: via iPhone, via iTunes backup and via iCloud backup. So the highest recovery rate is guaranteed to recover your lost data.
  • Not only photos, other 20+ types of data are also supported to be recovered with this recovery program, including text messages, videos, voice memos, contacts, call history, social application data (WhatsApp/kik/viber/line), etc.
  • Selectively extract any data from iTunes or iCloud backup without restoring all the content to your iOS devices to avoid data loss.
  • Preview each type of data with the trial version for free. Both the deleted and undeleted data can be previewed.
  • Your personal data will not be revealed after using the recovery tool. It is 100% secure to use.


Step 1. After the downloading process of the free trial version of FoneGeek program is complete, double-click on the app icon to open it up. Select "Recover from iOS Device" tab and get the iPhone connected to your computer. The iPhone Data Recovery program will soon detect this device that won't turn on if the device has synced with the computer before it is disabled.

connect iphone to pc

Step 3. Click on "Start Scan" and the program will immediately begin scanning the connected iPhone for deleted photos. 

select a data type

Step 4. You need to wait for the scanning to finish. After that, all the photos will show up on the program. You can select any photos you would like to recover and tap on the "Recover" button to get them on your computer.

select a data type

2. Continue to Charge Your iPhone

If your computer won't recognize the iPhone that won't turn on, then keep reading to fix this issue with the solutions below and then recover your photos when your iPhone can reboot. The red empty battery symbol indicates that the iPhone needs to be charged at least 5% to power on.

  • Condition 1: If the iPhone won't turn on and be stuck in black screen, then wait for 5-10 minutes. When the charging symbol appears on the screen, the iPhone will automatically turn on after a while.

  • Condition 2: If the screen maintains be black screen after charging for more than 10 minutes, there may be the battery problem.

  • Condition 3: After charging for more than 10 minutes, the Apple Logo appears and disappears after 20 seconds, it may be the battery problem.

charge iphone

3. Force Restart iPhone

The method of forcing restart an iPhone is somewhat different between iOS models. You can refer to the corresponding steps below.

  • For iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6S Plus: Press and hold the power button and Home button for 15 seconds until the Apple screen appears.

  • For iPhone 7 / 7 Plus: Press and hold the power button and volume down button until the apple screen appears.

  • For iPhone 8/8 Plus iPhone X, XS, XR: Press the volume up button once, then press the volume down button and release it, then press and hold the power button until the Apple screen appears.

turn off and turn on iphone

4. Fix iPhone Won't Turn on Issue and Recover Photos

When your iPhone won't turn on, the first solutions you come up with are to charge and restart the device. If these 2 solutions are not useful, you will need FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to repair this issue without data loss. It is always used to fix any kind of iOS issues including iPhone won't turn on, iPhone stuck in recovery mode, etc.


Step 1. Download FoneGeek iOS System Recovery onto your Mac or Windows. After launching it, select "Repair Operating System" to move on.

choose repair mode and connect the device

Step 2. Click"Fix Now" and connect your device to your computer. You may need to put the device into DFU mode.

put iphone in recovery mode

Step 3. The firmware will be updated to fix this issue. So you will be required to select the firmware package that suits the iOS version of your iPhone.

download firmware package

Step 4. Click on "Download" and the program will begin to repair your iPhone smoothly. You iPhone data including photos will be not affected after the repairing process.

repair ios system

In conclusion, whenever there is a backup file for your iPhone, you can use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to recover photos from iPhone that won't turn on. If you do not want to try this program, you can also fix this difficult problem with other tutorials in this article, then directly transfer photos to your computer after the device is turning on.


By Edwin J. Parke

Posted on May 05, 2019, 23:03:31

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.