3 Methods to Recover Deleted or Lost Photos from iCloud

Q: Last night I tried to update my iPhone to the newest iOS 12, but unfortunately the upgrade failed. And consequently, I found most of my important photos were gone. I desperately tried to recover my photos from iCloud. Can someone tell me how can I restore photos from an iCloud backup? Thanks a lot! - Marry from Quora

Thankfully, Apple offers iCloud service to back up our iOS data automatically, so that we can retrieve data lost due to this or that reason conveniently. If you are unlucky to lose some precious pictures and create frequent backups to iCloud just like Marry, you can follow these 3 solutions in the post to learn how to retrieve deleted photos from iCloud backup easily.

Part 1. How to Get Photos from iCloud onto iPhone via "Recently Deleted" Folder

If you have triggered on Photos app for iCloud backup, then you can easily get your deleted photos back from the "Recently Deleted" folder on iCloud.com, since it has simultaneously backed up your photos and videos. Make sure your iCloud account have enough space for Photos app. Now follow the simple steps below:

  • Step 1 Log into iCloud account

    Go to iCloud official website (iCloud.com) in the browser and enter your Apple ID and passcode to sign in iCloud account.

  • Step 2 Recover photos from iCloud "Recently Deleted" Folder

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    Find Photos app and select "Albums" at the top menu bar. Choose "Recently Deleted" folder to see your recently deleted photos and then tap the "Recover" button to restore the selected photos.

    Note: Please try to recover the deleted photos you need immediately since the photos in "Recently Deleted" folder will be only kept for 30 days. After that, all the photos in this folder will be removed permanently.

Part 2. How to Get Old Photos from iCloud to iPhone by Restoring iCloud Backup

The second method to recover deleted iPhone photos from iCloud is to restore the whole iCloud backup that may contain the lost photos you need. At first, go to the "Settings" > [Your Name] > "iCloud" > "Backup" to check your recent iCloud backup file. Then look at the following simple guide to learn how to do it:

  • Step 1 Erase all content and settings on iPhone

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    Simply go for the "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings" to clear all data and settings on your iPhone completely.

  • Step 2 Restore iCloud backup to iPhone

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    Next follow the onscreen prompts to complete your iPhone settings. When it comes to the "Apps & Data" screen, choose the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option. Then log into your iCloud account and pick the most relevant iCloud backup and then tap the "Restore" option. Wait a while until the restoring process is finished.

    Note: 1. Please keep your Wi-Fi network connected during the restoration. 2. Back up your existing data on the iPhone before erasing all contents and settings to avoid data loss.

Part 3. How to Retrieve Photos from iCloud on PC Using Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery

If you didn't find lost iPhone photos from "Recently Deleted" folder, and don't want to erase your iPhone either, then Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery can help you retrieve lost or deleted photos from iCloud on PC easily and securely. Besides, it also gives you liberty to preview and selectively recover photos you want.

This remarkable iOS data recovery utility is able to recover up to 20 types of lost files including text messages, contacts, photos, videos, WhatsApp/Viber/Kik messages, notes, calendars, Safari bookmarks, etc. from iCloud backup, iTunes backup and iDevices as well. No matter how you lost your data, such as accidental deletion, system crash, forgotten password, etc, Joyoshare can salvage your data immediately with highest success rate.

Key Features of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:

Recovers lost or deleted photos from iCloud backup safely

Besides iPhone photos, it supports to recover 20+ data types on iOS devices

Supports to convert recoverable HEIC photos to JPG format

Compatible with all iOS models and versions (iOS 12 supported)

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Next let's move to the detailed instruction on how to retrieve deleted photos from iCloud on PC with Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery for Windows at every step.

  • Step 1 Open Joyoshare and log in iCloud

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    First of all, download Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery and install it on your computer. Launch Joyoshare app and choose the "Recover from iCloud" mode from the top menu bar. Enter Apple ID and password to sign in your iCloud account. Please believe that Joyoshare will never keep a record of your private info and contents.

  • Step 2 Download iCloud backup

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    Once you entered iCloud account, Joyoshare will detect all your iCloud backup files automatically. If not, you can add them by clicking the "+" button on the top right corner. Choose one iCloud backup that you think may contain the lost photos you need, and then click the "Download" button. After the downloading is done, pick the data types to recover, such as "Photos", "App Photos", etc. Then click the "Scan" button to allow Joyoshare to scan the lost or deleted iPhone photos from iCloud backup.

  • Step 3 Preview and recover deleted photos from iCloud backup

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    The scanning process will take a while depending on the size of your data. Afterwards, you can preview all recoverable photos. Also, you can filter out the "Only show the deleted" or enter a keyword on the search box to search for a specific one. Hereafer, you can press the "Recover" button to retrieve all the selected iPhone photos and export them onto the local folder of your computer.

    See More: 4 Best Ways to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone XS/X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5

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