Q: Hello, I turned off iCloud photo library on my iPhone 6s due to storage issue, but all my live photos disappeared. Is it possible to recover them in some way? Pls help how to get my pics. Many thanks. - Richard from Apple Forum
Live Photo is first introduced by Apple, which is a cool feature that brings the still image to life by creating a 3-second video-like picture. Many people like to use it to record their important moments in the life, however, it may drive you mad when you lost these Live Photos just like Richard. Don't be despondent. In this article, we'll show you top 4 possible solutions to recover Live Photos from iPhone 6s to the latest iPhone XS (iOS 12 included) with ease.
- Method 1. Recover Live Photos from "Recently Deleted" Folder
- Method 2. Recover Live Photos from iPhone Without Backup
- Method 3. Retrieve Lost Live Photos from iTunes Backup
- Method 4. Restore Disappeared Live Photos from iCloud Backup
Part 1. How to Recover Deleted Live Photos from "Recently Deleted" Folder
Suppose your Live Photos are gone due to your accidental deletion, you can now check the "Recently Deleted" folder on the Photo app to see whether they're still there. This is an amazing feature added for iOS 8 version and later, which will help users keep the deleted photos for 30 days.
Step 1. Just open your iPhone and go for the "Photos" > "Albums" > "Recently Deleted" to see whether your deleted Live Photos are here.
Step 2. If the Live Photos you need are in this folder, you can tap the "Select" button on the top right corner and select deleted Live Photos you'd like to recover.
Step 3. Now you can tap the "Recover" button on the lower right corner. You can also simply press the "Recover All" icon to bring all deleted photos back.
Part 2. How to Retrieve Lost Live Photos from iPhone Without Backup
If you have lost your Live Photos and you didn't make any backup before losing them, there is still one solution to retrieve them under the help of this trusty and powerful iOS data recovery tool called Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.
Joyoshare iPhone Photo Recovery software is capable of recovering any lost Live Photos, whether you have backup or not. Besides Live Photos, it supports recovering up to 20+ types of lost iPhone files including contacts, call history, text messages, notes, WhatsApp history, voice memo, reminder, Safari bookmark and many more. No matter how your Live Photos are lost, such as mistaken deletion, system crash, device stuck, water damage, etc., Joyoshare will salvage them with highest success rate.
Key Features of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:
Recover Live Photos without or from backup easily
Support real-time preview and selective recovery
Fully compatible with almost all iPhone models (iOS 12 supported)
Available for both Windows and Mac
Now let's move to the detailed instruction on how to recover Live Photos from iPhone without backup by using Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.
Step 1 Connect iPhone and launch Joyoshare
First of all, please connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac. Then open Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery on the desktop and it will detect your device automatically.
Step 2 Select data types and scan
After Joyoshare recognized your iPhone, it will enter the "Recover from iDevice" mode by default. Now tick the data types you want to recover, such as "Photos", "App Photos", etc., and then click the "Scan" button to let Joyoshare start to scan the lost Live Photos for you.
Step 3 Preview and restore lost Live Photos
Wait a while until the scanning process completes. All recoverable Live Photos are orderly displayed on the sidebar. Preview them one by one and select the ones you need. Then click the "Recover" button to export and save them onto the local folder of your computer.
Part 3. How to Restore Disappeared Live Photos from iTunes Backup
Now let's say you have made an iTunes backup before losing the data, you can now retrieve lost Live Photos by restoring iTunes backup or simply use Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery. The former will not allow you to preview and selectively recover what you want, while the latter will never overwriting the existing data on the device. Here is how.
Step 1 Choose a recovery mode
Open Joyoshare app and then switch to the mode of "Recover from iTunes" on the top menu bar.
Step 2 Scan lost Live Photos
All your iTunes backup files will be detected here, and you can choose the most relevant one. Then click the Gear icon beside it and select the types of lost file you want to recover. Next click the "Scan" button to start analyze and scan the lost Live Photos.
Step 3 Recover Live Photos from iPhone backup
Once the scanning is done, you can see all recoverable photos classified in categories. Preview them and tick the Live Photos you desire, and then press the "Recover" button. After a few seconds, you'll find your lost Live Photos back on your computer.
Part 4. How to Recover iPhone Live Photos from iCloud Backup
Similarly, if you have an iCloud backup, you can also use Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery to retrieve missing Live Photos by following the guide below.
Step 1 Open Joyoshare and sign in iCloud
Run Joyoshare program first, and go to "Recover from iCloud" this time. You're required to enter Apple ID and passcode to log into your iCloud account. Just do it, because Joyoshare will never keep records of your privacy info.
Step 2 Download data files
When you signed in iCloud, all your iCloud backup files will be shown here. Choose the one that may contain the lost Live Photos and pick the data types as well after clicking the "Download" button. Then click the "Next" button to download files.
Step 3 Restore Live Photos via iCloud backup
When the downloading is finished, you're now freely to preview the recoverable Live Photos and tick the wanted ones. Afterwards, click the "Recover" button to export them to your computer.