2 Ways to Recover Photos from iCloud (2018 Updated)

Last updated on Dec 26th, 2017 by Ian McEwan

Ten years ago, thanks to Steve Jobs who introduced the iPhone and changed our world. People use iPhone not only to make phone call or do the other things, but also to take beautiful photos or selfies keeping wonderful moments in their daily life. However, accidents of losing photos happen from time to time. It could be caused by a stolen iPhone, an accidental deletion, or iOS 11 upgrade failure. Any kind of these situations will be enough to freak you out. But if you have backup files in iCloud, you may got the chance to get your deleted photos back. Here we are going to introduce 2 ways to help you recover photos from iCloud (Apply to other data, i.e. contacts, messages, videos, etc.).

Recover Photos from iCloud

Method 1: Recover in Apple’s way

Follow the next steps:

Step 1: Upgrade your iOS if there is an update available (If no update available, skip this step.):

Go to “Settings” >Choose “General” >Click on “Software update

Step 2: Check your recent backup files:

Tap in this order : “Settings” > “iCloud ” > “ Storage” > “ Manage Storage

iCloud storage
iCloud backup

Step 3: Erase all contents and settings

Before the following steps, i strongly advise you to create a backup of your current phone’s files while you are still in iCloud.

Tap in this order :“Settings”>“General”>“Reset ”>“Erase All Content and Settings

Reset iPhone
Erase iPhone

Step 4: Restore your iPhone by choosing from a list of available backups in iCloud

Turn on your iPhone and connect your Wi-Fi, then choose the backups file containing the photos you want to get back, and wait for the progress bar to complete.

restore completed
restoring app and media
As you see, in Apple’s way, you may lose your current data and you have to repeat steps mentioned above. It may drive you crazy following these many steps for the first time, not to mention to do it again. Now let me Show you a much simpler way—dr fone

Method 2: Recover Photos from iCloud By Using a Professional Third-Party Software—dr fone

Step 1: Log in iCloud account with dr fone

  • Download and intall dr fone. Download and intall dr fone.
  • Connect your device (iPhone or iPad) to PC with a USB cable. Please don’t do any other operations during the process.
  • Run dr.fone, click on the "Recover" button. Then choose "Recover iOS Data".
  • dr.fone Interface
  • Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup Files”. Then you can see a login screen.
  • Sign in iCloud
  • Enter your iCloud account and password to login. No need to worry about your privacy which dr.fone takes seriously. No records of your Apple account info or other messages will leave or leak by dr.fone.

Step 2: Download iCloud Backup File

Now you have logged into your iCloud,you can see all the iCloud backup files with information of different latest backup date,file size and iCloud account.

  • Choose one iCloud backup files you want to recover from and click on the "Download" button.
  • Select an iCloud Backup Scan

    A page will pop up to let you choose the type of files you would like to download. This will make the downloading faster. You can tick one option or choose the “select all” button to recover whatever you want.

  • To recover your photos,tick the first option“photos & Videos”. Click on the "Next" button to start downloading. Then wait for a little time until it shows the photo contents.
  • Choose iCloud File to Download

Step 3: Retrieve and Recover Data

It takes a few minutes to display all your files completely. After that, you can find almost all photos or videos in your iCloud backup file.

  • Check and tick the photos one by one you want to recover
  • To save them on your computer, click on the "Recover to Computer" button ;
  • drfone-recovery
  • Once you have downloaded iCloud backup files, you don’t have to sign in and download the iCloud backup files again next time. Just click "To preview and scan previously downloaded iCloud backup file" under the entrance of sign-in
  • Sign in iCloud

3 simple steps with a few clicks get your photos back. Unlike Apple’s way, dr.fone is really easy and handy for operating. It’s quite suitable for busy people like you and me. (Click to free download today) (Click to free download today)

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