Can I Recover Photos From iPhone Backup Data?

Can I Recover Photos From iPhone Backup Data?

Gregory Han
Aug 26, 2013

Q: I recently had my phone stolen while out with some friends. I'm really bummed out about losing my iPhone, but that can be replaced. What I'm really worried about is getting some of the photos I stored on my phone but never transferred into iPhoto. I know whenever I would connect my iPhone it would sync and backup my data, but is there a way to get to my photos using those backup files without a phone?

Sent by Glen

Editor: Sorry to hear your phone was stolen. But the good news is if you've backed up your phone while syncing, you should be able to get to your photos by using this app. Picturescue scans and converts iTunes' backup files on the Mac and presents any recoverable photo via an image browser to review. Export all of the photos at once or browse to pick and choose for restore. The app is free to try and scan backup data, and then $9.99 to unlock the recovery feature.

Windows+iPhone users (also available in Linux and OS X editions) can use the similarly featured, iPhone Backup Extractor, which pulls out calendar events, contacts, photos, videos, SMS messages, notes, location data and app data from iTunes backup files. Available as a free, $24.95 Home, and $99.95 Professional editions (this chart explains the differences in features).

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