iPhone Photo Recovery

iPhone Photo Recovery is a Breeze with Dr. Fone from Wondershare

Do you own an iPhone? Chances are you have used this smart device to click at least a dozen images every week.

A huge downside of replacing cameras with smart devices is the tendency to completely disregard printing of images to create physical copies. Thus when the iPhones are attacked by viruses, suffer from processor overheating or sustain a physical trauma, data may be rendered inaccessible putting all the captivating pictures and sentimental value at risk.

Under such circumstances scans are required to retrieve the photos. Dr. Fone from Wondershare is a swift and light-weight application that is capable of probing both the iOS device as well as the backup files in iTunes and iCloud for items that can’t be lost.

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Before Discussing iPhone Photo Recovery, Please Keep in Mind:

1.      A scan for lost images has to be initiated as soon as possible to ensure that overwriting of existing data with new information by the various installed applications doesn’t happen. Not doing so might compromise the possibility of a successful retrieval.

2.      Scanning is not triggered unless the connected iPhone is in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. Activating this mode requires careful following of a given sequence of steps which is facilitated by a detailed animated instruction screen provided by Dr. Fone.

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3.      If Dr. Fone is installed on a PC or Laptop that also supports the default iTunes account of the iPhone from which the images have been lost, then prior to initiating a body scan or hardware scan, the auto synching of data between the iPhone and the iTunes account has to be stopped. In order to achieve this, visit Preferences, scroll to Devices and check ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’ from the iTunes account menu.


Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device

Recovery from the iOS device itself is supposed to be tricky. Not so with Dr. Fone from Wondershare.

1.      Connect the iPhone from which the images have been lost to a PC or Laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. This is possible via the Apple provided power cord.

2.      Choose the first option – Recover from iOS Device from the welcome screen and allow the software to identify the make and the model of the device. Once this is done, the screen below comes on and users are required to click the green ‘Start Scan’ button.

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3.      If the iPhone is in DFU mode, the actual scan is triggered. However if it is not, the instruction screen discussed in the previous section is flashed by Dr. Fone.

4.      A scan in progress is characterized by two things:

  • The progress bar right to the top with the time to completion for the scan beneath it.
  • The buttons ‘Stop’ and ‘Pause’ to the extreme right which are used to terminate a scan prematurely or halt it mid-way.

These options are provided because of a unique Dr. Fone feature. The directory to the left has a number of nodes and each node stands for a particular data format supported by an iPhone. The numbers next to these nodes keep increasing throughout the scan as they stand for the items of the particular type identified for recovery by Dr. Fone. Users can peruse these files before the scan culminates without affecting the process, but they can’t retrieve them. For recovery, pausing or stopping of the scan is essential.

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5.      When the scan completes, a display screen comes on. From this screen users can choose the image files they wish to reinstate and tick them individually. They can even search for items by name or keyword using the search field to the top right. Hit the ‘Recover’ button and choose to either save the pictures in their original format to the Hard Disk of the supporting PC/Laptop. Or reinstate the data directly to the connected iPhone.

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Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup Files

iTunes is an important part of the Apple legacy. It is an offline data synching platform that also holds items purchased from the iTunes store. Dr. Fone doesn’t disregard iTunes and can also search its backup files for lost images.

1.      After connecting the iPhone device to the PC/Laptop supporting Dr. Fone, users must choose the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File from the menu.

2.      This brings up a list of backup files from which the one that is the most likely to hold the required data has to be identified. This is done with the help of supporting meta-data like file size, file name, date of creation and more.

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3.      Click on ‘Start Scan’ to initiate the process. From here on recovery follows the exact sequence described in Mode 1.

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Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File

iCloud is a new addition to the iPhone family and is built right into the iPhone 6 and its variants. However iPhone 5 users can also access it. It is an online backup method, complementing the convenience of iTunes.

1.      After connecting the iPhone device to a PC or Laptop supporting Dr. Fone, users must choose the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File.

2.      This requests entry of iCloud login credentials to access the account.

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3.      The account holds multiple backup files since the iCloud storage space is shared by all the Apple devices owned by an individual. Generally meta-data can be used to select the file that holds the required images.

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4.      Click ‘Download’ and choose the options ‘Camera Roll’ and ‘App Photos’ from the pop-up. By limiting what is downloaded and extracted, the potential scanning of text messages or videos is prevented, shortening the time to scan completion.

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5.      Hitting ‘Next’ starts the scan and the process follows the one that is described in Mode 1. The ultimate choice of whether to save the images to the Hard Disk of the supporting PC or the actual iPhone lies with the user.

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iPhone Photo Recovery is easy and simple with Dr. Fone from Wondershare. Zero technical knowledge required! Recapping the process:

  • Connect the iPhone to Dr. Fone via a power cord.
  • Select the right mode.
  • Choose the files that are the most likely to yield the required shots.
  • Allow the scan to complete.
  • Peruse the display screen and choose the needed images for recovery.

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