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[Fixed] How to Extract Photos from iPhone Backup?

Many Apple users will back up their files using iTunes or iCloud. When you lose some important data, such as photos on your iPhone, you may first look for the backup files to see whether you can find the deleted photos and restore them. But then you will notice that it's not an easy job to get them back to your device, especially from iTunes. The backup files are not readable and you can't manually extract specific files. So here comes the problem, how to extract photos from iPhone backup files?

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Part 1: About Extracting Photos from iPhone Backup
Part 2: Extract Photos from iPhone Backup with iPhone Backup Extractor
Part 3: Extract Pictures from iPhone Backup in iTunes
Part 4: How to Extract Photos from iPhone Backup in iCloud

Part 1: About Extracting Photos from iPhone Backup

For most iPhone users, iTunes and iCloud are two main tools to back up files like photos, videos, contacts, SMS on iPhone. When data loss happens, you can check for the backup files and restore then files to your iPhone again.

If you want to extract photos from iPhone backup in iCloud, you can visit the iCloud.com and select the required files to download them to your devices.

How about the iTunes backups? Can I restore only photos from iPhone backup in iTunes?

The truth is, iTunes backups are SQLite files which stored in a specific location on your computer, you can't access them directly. So you are not allowed to extract photos from iPhone backup individually via iTunes. Thankfully, you can use an iPhone Backup Extractor software to help you extract photos from iPhone backup in iTunes.

Part 2: Extract Photos from iPhone Backup with iPhone Backup Extractor

Since iTunes backup files are inaccessible to you, Coolmuster iPhone Backup Extractor is here to help. This program allows you to preview and extract photos from iPhone backup files easily. Apart from photos, you can also extract iPhone notes, videos, contacts, text messages, calendar, voice memos, etc. with the help of iPhone Backup Extractor.

Key features of Coolmuster iPhone Backup Extractor:

>> Extract photos as well as other files from iPhone backup files with 1 click.

>> Preview the iTunes backup files and selectively restore the files you want.

>> Scan and recover iPhone backup files from iTunes without launching iTunes or connecting iPhone.

>> Easy to use & extract files with their original quality.

Coolmuster iPhone extractor has Windows and Mac versions. Download the version you require to extract photos from iPhone backup on Windows on Mac.

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Step 1: Install and open the iPhone Backup Extractor on your computer, it will automatically detect your computer and then show the previous iPhone backup records. Select the one you require and click the "Start Scan" button to scan the backup files of your iPhone.

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Step 2: After scanning, the backup files will be categorized according to the file types. You can easily preview all sorts of files inside this backup. Click "Photos" and you can view photos from iPhone backup in thumbnails, you can select the specific photos or click "Check All" to extract all photos from the backup files in one go.

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Step 3: After selection, click the "Recover" button to extract photos from iPhone backup files.

Tip: Can't find your photos via iTunes backup? Click this guide to learn how to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone.

Part 3: Extract Pictures from iPhone Backup in iTunes

You can also restore the photos from iPhone backup in iTunes directly using iTunes. In this way, all you need to do is to connect iPhone to the computer that stores the backup files and then restore backups to iPhone using iTunes.

However, the shortcomings of this method are obvious: the syncing process will wipe out the existing data on your iPhone and you are not able to preview and selectively extract pictures you want from iPhone backup files. If you don't mind the limitations of using iTunes, you can follow the steps below to retrieve photos from iPhone backup with iTunes.

What you need:

- Make sure you have installed the latest iTunes on your computer.

- Turn off the "Find My iPhone" feature on your iPhone (Open "Settings" > [Your name] > "iCloud" > "Find My iPhone")

Here's the guide to extract pictures from iPhone backup using iTunes:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable, and then open iTunes.

Step 2: Click the device icon on the top-left of iTunes and then go to the "Summary" tab.

Step 3: Under the "Backups" section, click the "Restore Backup" button.

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Part 4: How to Extract Photos from iPhone Backup in iCloud

iCloud offers 5 GB free storage space for Apple users to store photos, videos, files, notes. Many people will enable the iCloud photos to automatically back up the photos on iPhone. Extracting photos from iPhone backup in iCloud is simple, but you can only download one photo at a time.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Visit iCloud.com and log in to it with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Click "Photos" and then you can preview the photos from iPhone backup.

Step 3: Locate the photo that you want to restore, and download it to your computer.

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Comparison

Use iPhone Backup Extractor or iTunes?

As it can be seen from the above, when it comes to extracting photos from iPhone backup in iTunes, you can choose iPhone Backup Extractor or iTunes.

Using iTunes' built-in Restore feature is a free and direct way to extract photos from iPhone backup, but it is frustrating that you can't view the photos and then select what you want to recover, and the worst part is that you will lose the existing data on your iPhone during the iTunes syncing.

Coolmuster iPhone Backup Extractor aims to help you extract the photos or other types of files easily from iPhone backup. It allows you to have more control over the backup files. You can freely access the backup files on your computer, then view and extract photos from iPhone backup files at a breeze.

So honestly speaking, compared to iTunes, it is recommended to use an iPhone Backup Extractor to restore only photos from iPhone backup.

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