This article provides information on how to recover iPhone photos 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 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). 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, 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:
Download and Install iBackup Extractor if you haven't already done so.
Launch iBackup Extractor from your desktop (PC) or launchpad (Mac).
Select a backup from the list of detected backups which you would like to access.
Click the Images tab.
Select the photos you would like to extract, and click "Copy Photos..."
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.
Browsing and Viewing Your Images
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 the "Images" button 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 on the Photo tool bar. To return to the thumbnail views, click the Close (X) button at the top of the "View Photos" window.
How to Extract Photos from the backup
Select the images you wish to copy to your computer and proceed to click the "Copy Photos..." button in the iBackup Extractor images tool bar. To extract all your photos, click on "Copy" without any images selected. By default, images will be copied to your Desktop in a folder named "Camera Roll". You can navigate to a different folder in iBackup Extractor to save your photos, or modify the default save location in iBackup Extractor Options.
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.