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How could I recover deleted picture & messages from iPhone?

Has it ever happened to you that while browsing through all your messages and pictures you accidentally hit ‘delete’? Or maybe you are clearing up your iPhone of all the useless data and deleting messages and pictures, but you accidentally end up deleting something important as well. I’m sure this is a problem that a lot of people can identify with. However, just because something is lost doesn’t mean it can’t be found.

Read on to find out how to recover deleted pictures and messages from iPhone using several different methods.

How to Recover Deleted Picture and Messages from iPhone

There are several different means of recovering deleted pictures and messages from iPhone. The two most popular methods of doing so is to recover deleted pictures and messages from iCloud or iTunes backup. However, both of those alternatives come with serious drawbacks:

  1. You can’t view and selectively decide which files to restore.
  2. You have to restore the entire backup all together, however that would erase your present data and it will be replaced by the previous backup.

Because of these two drawbacks, people don’t generally choose to restore via iCloud or iTunes. However, there is a third alternative, that is, using a third-party software called dr.fone - iPhone Data Recovery.

The great advantage of using dr.fone is that it can help you view and access all the data held in your iTunes or iCloud backup files, and you can selectively decide which specific messages and pictures you want to restore. You can also choose to scan and recover data directly from iPhone 7/7 Plus/6s plus/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3GS without backup files.

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3 ways to recover lost iPhone data!

  • Recover deleted pictures and messages directly from iPhone, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
  • Recover data lost due to deletion, device loss, jailbreak, iOS 10.3 upgrade, etc.
  • Selectively preview and recover any data you want.
  • Supports all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

For now you can read on to find out how to recover deleted pictures and messages from iPhone using dr.fone — iPhone data recovery, either through a direct scan, through iTunes backup files, or through iCloud backup.

Method 1: Directly scan your iPhone to recover deleted picture & messages

This is the ideal method if you haven’t created an iTunes or iCloud backup recently. This iPhone recovery software scans your entire iPhone and allows you to gain access to all your deleted pictures and messages. You can then decide which ones you want to recover and save them to your computer.

How to recover deleted pictures and messages from your iPhone

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Download and access dr.fone. In a left hand panel, you’ll find three different options. Choose ‘Recover from iOS Device.’ Now connect your iPhone to your computer using a cable.

select recovery mode to recover deleted picture & messages

Step 2. Select the type of file to restore.

You’ll find a complete menu of all the different types of files stored in your device. You need to check ‘Messages & Attachments’ under the ‘Deleted Data’ option. You can also select anything else you might want to recover. After you’re done, click ‘Start Scan.’

scan iphone to recover deleted picture & messages

Step 3. Preview and Recover data.

You’ll find a complete gallery of all your data. You can browse through the categories on the left panel and view the gallery on the right. Once you’ve selected the deleted pictures and messages that you want to recover, click "Recover to Computer”. You can now save the recovered data to your computer or iPhone, or anywhere you want!

preview and recover deleted picture & messages

Method 2: Recover deleted pictures and messages from your iCloud backup

This method can be used if you are certain that your deleted pictures and messages have been saved in your iCloud backup. You can’t access the iCloud backup directly, because that would entail replacing all your current data, however, you can use dr.fone to view all the data available in your iCloud backup, and then selectively save them to your computer.

Step 1. Log in to your iCloud account.

First you need to download and access dr.fone. You’ll find three recovery options on the left hand panel. Choose ‘Recover from iCloud backup files.’ Now you need to enter your iCloud username and password and log into your account. You can rest assured that dr.fone only acts as a portal to your iCloud, only you have the access to your data and no one else.

sign in icloud to recover deleted picture & messages

Step 2. Download and Scan.

Now you’ll find a list of all your iCloud backup files for all your devices. You can select the one which you want to recover then click ‘Download.’ This might take some time depending on the size of the backup file and the speed of your internet connection. Once it has been downloaded you can click on ‘Scan’ to view and access all your backup data.

download icloud backup to recover deleted picture & messages

Step 3. Recover deleted pictures and messages from iPhone.

You can now navigate the different categories of data on the left hand panel, and on the right you will find the gallery of data. You can select all that you want to recover, and then click on “Recover to Computer.”

select recovery mode to recover deleted picture & messages

Method 3: Recover deleted pictures and messages from your iTunes backup

This method works best if you are sure that your deleted pictures and messages will be available in your iTunes backup file.

Tip: While trying to use this method if the iTunes backup proves to be corrupted, there are solutions for that problem as well.

How to recover deleted pictures and messages from iTunes backup

Step 1. Select recovery type.

After downloading and accessing dr.fone, select ‘Recover from iTunes Backup File’ from the left hand panel.

scan itunes to recover deleted picture & messages

Step 2. Select the iTunes backup.

You’ll find a list of all your iTunes backup files. Select the one which you want to restore and click on ‘Start Scan.’ And if you want to avoid confusion in the future, you can delete all the useless backup files.

Step 3. Recover deleted pictures and messages from iPhone.

Once it has downloaded and scanned all your iTunes backup files, you’ll be able to navigate through them over a gallery. Whatever deleted pictures and messages you want to restore, just click on them and then click on “Recover to Computer.”

recover deleted picture & messages from itunes backup

With these simple and convenient methods you’ll be able to recover all your deleted pictures and messages from iPhone. To recap, you should recover deleted photos on iPhone using dr.fone because it will give you the chance to view and access your data and selectively recover them. Directly downloading your iCloud and iTunes backup runs the risk of losing your current data. You can either directly scan the iPhone, if you don’t have any iCloud or iTunes backup, otherwise you can use the respective backup files to restore data.

Do let us know which method worked best for you, and if this guide proved useful. If you have any questions, please leave them down below in the comments and we’ll get back to you!

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