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4 Ways to Recover Photos from iPhone that Won't Turn on (2022)

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“Hey I was wondering if I can still recover photos from an iPhone that won't turn on and I lost it, but everything is backed onto iCloud. Please help!”

When using an iPhone, you may encounter different issues, for example, iPhone won't turn on. At that time, what you worry about the most is the data saved on the device, especially photos. You may want to recover photos from the iPhone that won't turn on.

Is it possible? How to do that? In this article, you will learn 4 ways on how to get photos off iPhone that won't turn on as well as potential solutions to help you fix the iPhone won't turn on issue.

Part 1. How to Get Photos Off iPhone That Won't Turn On

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. With help of it, you can selectively recover photos from iPhone that won't turn on no matter you have made backups or not.

Brief Introduce of FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery

  • 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.
  • It is fully compatible with all iPhone models and iOS versions, even the newest iPhone 12 and iOS 15.


Way 1: Get Photos Off iPhone That Won't Turn On without Backup

Connect your iPhone to the computer and check if the computer recognizes the device. If it does, you can use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to directly scan the iPhone and retrieve photos.

Step 1. Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Photo Recovery software on your computer. Launch the program and choose "Recover Data from iOS Devices".

iphone recovery

Step 2. Get the iPhone connected to the computer using USB cable. The 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. Choose "Photos" from the listed data types and click on "Scan", the program will immediately begin scanning the connected iPhone for deleted photos.

select a data type

Step 4. 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.

preview photos ios

Way 2: Get Photos Off iPhone That Won't Turn On from iTunes Backup

If you've created backup of the dead iPhone via iTunes, you can follow the steps below to get photos off iPhone from iTunes backup with FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  1. Launch FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and choose "Recover Data from iTunes Backup".

  2. Choose the iTunes backup file which has the photos you want and click on "Next".

  3. Choose "Photos" that you would like to scan and recover, then click on "Scan" to begin scanning.

  4. After the scan, preview the photos and select the ones you need, then click "Recover to PC".

select itunes backup

Way 3: Get Photos Off iPhone That Won't Turn On from iCloud Backup

If you've previously backed up the dead iPhone with iCloud, FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery offers you the option to access the iCloud data and selectively recover photos:

  1. Run FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and choose the option of "Recover Data from iCloud".

  2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password, choose "Photos" and click the "Download" to start to download the iCloud data.

  3. Choose the iCloud backup file you want to recover photos from, then click on "Scan" to proceed.

  4. After you've downloaded the data, you can choose the photos you want to recover and click on "Recover to PC".

select icloud backup

Way 4: Get Photos Off iPhone That Won't Turn On via iCloud.com

If you had synced your photos to iCloud before getting your iPhone dead or damaged, you can also visit the iCloud official website and download your photos from the site:

  1. Open any browser and head over to iCloud website. Log into your iCloud account.

  2. Click on "Photos" on the main interface.

  3. Choose the photos you want to recover and click on the download icon to save them.

sign in to icloud

Part 2. Fix iPhone Won't Trun On Issue to Recover Photos

If unfortunately, you don't have any backup of your iPhone or the device can't be recognized by computer, don't fret, you can try to get your iPhone fixed with the solutions below and then get access to your photos.

Charge Your iPhone for a While

The drained battery can prevent your iPhone from turn on normally. So, the first thing you should do is to charge the device. The red empty battery symbol indicates that the iPhone needs to be charged at least 5% to power on. Keep the device plugged into the charger for a while and then see if it turns on.

charge iphone

Force Restart Your iPhone

Sometimes, force restarting your iPhone can help to fix many minor errors on the deivce. The process is somewhat different between iOS models, just refer to the steos below:

  • For iPhone 6s or earlier: 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 or later: Press the Volume Up button and quickly release it, then press the Volume Down button and quickly release it, then press and hold the Power button until the Apple screen appears.

force restart iphone

Fix iPhone Won't Turn On with Professional iOS Repair Tool

If the above 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 different kinds of iOS issues including iPhone won't turn on, iPhone stuck in recovery mode, Apple logo, boot loop, etc. This program is highly recommended by CNET, Software.Informer, Filehorse, GetDroidTips, Lera Blog and many other media sites.


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

choose repair mode

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable. You may need to put the device into DFU mode to get it detected.

put iphone in recovery mode

Step 3. Now you will be required to select the firmware package that suits the iOS version of your iPhone, then click on "Download".

download firmware package

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

fix now


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.

Edwin J. Parke

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.

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