This article provides information on how to recover iPhone photos and other files from your iTunes 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 iTunes created when you last connected your device to your computer. iTunes itself does not allow you to extract photos from iPhone backup, as iTunes backups are there in case you need to restore your iPhone from 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 iTunes backups. 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 iTunes backup can be restored - iPhone camera images, photos which were messaged to you, or saved to your device using iTunes, or just downloaded from the internet to your device.
How to Recover Photos from an iTunes 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.