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How to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup

We may have the experience of losing photos for various reasons, such as accidental deletion, a virus attack, device getting broken, jailbreak failure, or iOS upgrade, etc. So create a backup is so necessary. Apple provides an iCloud service for us to make a backup. That's really convenient for us to back up the photos.

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This article will show you how to retrieve photos from iCloud when you accidentally (or not so accidentally) deleted the photos. It provides a few ways of doing so, depending on where you deleted the photos from and whether you had iCloud Photos enabled.

How to recover permanently deleted photos from iCloud

Method One: Restore Deleted Photos from iCloud Backup without iOS Device

If your iPhone/iPad are damaged or lost, you can still find your photos back by using a data recovery tool, such as PanFone Data Recovery.

Key Features of PanFone Data Recovery

PanFone Data Recovery is one of the reliable and most trusted iOS data recovery tool that allows you to recover permanently deleted data from your iDevice, iTunes backup and iCloud backup and it provides 3 recovery modes to retrieve data:

  • Can restore videos, photos, contacts, music, call history, text messages, WhatsApp conversations, iPhoto, Instagram, etc. on your iOS Device.
  • 3 Recovery modes - Recover from iOS Device, iTunes Backup and iCloud Backup without overwriting.
  • A detailed preview before performing recovery.
  • You can choose to extract found data to computer or put them back to the device.

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Steps of How to Extract and Recover Lost Photos from iCloud Backup:

Firstly, install PanFone Data Recovery to retrieve your Photos Recovery tool and follow the below steps to restore your photos from the iCloud backup file.

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Step 1: Launch the program and login iCloud.

Select "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode and enter your iCloud account to sign in. When you do this, make sure that your Internet connection is in good condition.

Note: Please do not connect the device to your computer during the recovery to prevent the iCloud file from being updated or modified.

login iCloud

Step 2: Download latest iCloud backup file

All iCloud backup files will be loaded and listed. If you have synced different iDevices with iCloud before, more than one backup files will show up after you sign in iCloud. Choose the one you want to access and choose a backup to download. Then click on Next. Simply tick the ones you need, this would save you much time if you just would like to download parts of the files.

iCloud backup file

Step 3: Extract the downloaded iCloud backup to access the content.

Once the downloading is completed successfully, you can begin scanning to extract it so that you can access the details. All the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, Camera Roll will be displayed in detail. Then you just need to select what you’d like to recover. Click Next after the download process. The program can extract the backup file quickly.

iCloud backup file

Step 4: Preview to Ensure What You Want to Recover.

This step is to take a glance at your content thumbnails in your iCloud backup file. Choose photos to retrieve. Click "Recover to Computer" to easily save all of them to your computer.

Till now, you will get the lost photos back.


Method Two: Retrieve Your lost iPhone Photos from iCloud to iOS device.

If you prefer retrieving photos from iCloud backup without a third-party tool, the following method will be introduced to get your photos back to iPhone or iPad directly from the iCloud backup file.

Note: All current files on your iPhone will be removed after you restore photos from iCloud backup file. So the method one will be highly recommended to avoid important data loss.

Step 1 : Update the iPhone to the latest version.

Navigate to the Settings on your iPhone screen and then click "General" > "Software Update" to get the latest iOS version.

Step 2 : Check the iCloud backup.

Head to Settings, tap on "iCloud" > "Storage & Backup". You can have a check on whether the iCloud backup appears at the end of the window or not. Generally speaking, you would find the iCloud backup there after you backed up your iPhone.

Step 3 : Bring back your iPhone photos from iCloud backup.

Tap "Settings" > "General". Hit Reset to find Erase all content and settings option. Find setup assistant, tap on "Set up your device" and then go with "Restore from a Backup". Now, you can backup and restore your iPhone from the iCloud backup.


Method Three: Get Recently Deleted Photos Back from iCloud to Computer.

If the photos have be deleted no long ago, we also can try to find the photos in the Recently Deleted folder in iCloud.

  1. Go to iCloud.com and sign in to your iCloud.
  2. Tap on Photos, then select the Recently Deleted folder
  3. recently deleted
  4. After that, select the photo you want to retrieve and tap Recover.

The drawback of this method (through icloud.com) is that you can’t select all the photos and recover all of them at the same time. Right now you can only select and download 1000 photos at a time. If you have thousands of photos that need rescuing, then it might become a hassle.

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The above guide is introducing 3 methods to restore the deleted/lost photos from iCloud backup. Besides these methods, you also can use PanFone Data Recovery to restore the photos from the iPad directly. Click here to see it.


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