Extract Photos from an iPhone Backup

This article provides information on how to recover iPhone photos and videos and other files from your iOS device backups. This can be particularly useful if you accidentally deleted some iPhone photos or your iPhone is inaccessible, and you wish to check what files can be salvaged from a backup created when you last connected your device to your computer.

It is not possible to natively extract photos and videos from iPhone backup, as they are there in case you need to restore your iPhone from the backup rather than retrieve individual files.

iBackup Extractor is an application for both Windows and Mac users, which lets you browse and recover iPhone photos and other files from your backups which were made in iTunes (or in Finder if you are using macOS Catalina or higher). In this way, you can retrieve photos you may have deleted or lost from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Any images contained in your backup can be restored - iPhone camera images and videos, photos which were messaged to you, or saved to your device, or just downloaded from the internet to your device.

How to Recover Photos from a backup of your iPhone:

  1. Download and Install iBackup Extractor if you haven't already done so.
  2. Launch iBackup Extractor from your desktop (PC) or launchpad (Mac).
  3. Select a backup from the list of detected backups which you would like to access.
  4. Click the 'Photos' tab (PC) or 'Images' tab (Mac).
  5. Select the images you would like to extract, and click "Copy to PC" or "Copy to Mac".
Free iBackup Extractor Download for PC Free iBackup Extractor Download for Mac

You can use this free download to see what backups are available on your computer, and what images are stored within them.

With this trial version of iBackup Extractor, you can even extract 20 items from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad backup completely free of charge.

See it in action!

Watch the video below to see how to recover photos and videos from an iPhone backup using iBackup Extractor.

Browsing and Viewing Your Images and Videos

Extract photos from iPhone backup

Many people ask how to view backed up photos in iTunes. To view your images, firstly select the backup you wish to extract images from in iBackup Extractor. Once the backup has loaded, click on "Photos"(PC) or "Images"(Mac) in the category list.

iBackup Extractor displays thumbnails of all the images stored in your backup.

To view a large version of an image, double click the photo entry in the photo list, or click the "View Photos" button (or "Preview" on Mac) on the Photo toolbar. To return to the thumbnail views, click the Close (X) button at the top of the "View Photos" window.

To access your videos, simply click the Videos item from the menu. Here you can select and copy any videos which were taken on your iPhone!

Retreive videos from an iPhone backup

The Mac version of iBackup Extractor does not currently support the viewing or copying of Videos in the "Images" section. To access and copy Videos on Mac, open the "Explorer" section in iBackup Extractor. Here, navigate to Domains > CameraRoll > Media > DCIM. You can tell which items are videos because their file extension will show a video type like .MOV or .MP4. You can then select the videos you wish to copy, and click the copy icon .

How to Extract Photos and Videos from the backup

Select the images and videos you wish to copy to your computer and proceed to click the "Copy to PC" or "Copy to Mac". button in the iBackup Extractor Photos toolbar. To extract all your photos, click the copy button without any images selected.

You'll then be prompted to choose a location on your computer to save your images and videos to. Your selected items will be copied to your chosen location in a folder named after the source folder (e.g. "Camera Roll").

For images, both JPEG and HEIC images are supported and your photos will be copied in the same quality as they were originally saved to your iOS device. On a Mac, HEIC images will be copied to your Mac without conversion as Macs support HEIC format natively. On Windows, iBackup Extractor will automatically convert your HEIC formatted photos to a JPEG file, so they can be viewed on your PC. You can also choose not to perform this conversion, as well as save both the JPEG and the HEIC file by selecting this in iBackup Extractor options as below.

iBackup Extractor photo options

For videos, you can access and copy any MOV (.mov format) video files taken on your iPhone from the Photos section of iBackup Extractor.