How to Recover Photos from iPhone 5

Find out here what’s the safest and easiest way on how to recover photos from iPhone 5.

Photos are wonderful. They can capture fleeting moments for eternity and tell a story. With the popularity of smart mobile devices, it is now easier than ever to make memories everyday and re-visit them at will. iPhones are the market leader where stunning picture quality and optimal performance is concerned. However, with so many images in multiple formats, it is only natural that some may be accidentally deleted while others can be rendered inaccessible through virus corruption and trauma to the device.

Dr. Fone is a reliable and efficient recovery program that can retrieve lost images from the iOS hardware itself – which is difficult given the proprietary nature of the iOS platform.

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This tutorial will take a quick look at the process on how to recover photos from iPhone 5 and its variants (iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C).

Photo Recovery from iPhone 5 in Three Modes:

As soon as Dr. Fone is launched, users are greeted by three options:

  • Recovery from the iOS device itself
  • To recover from the iTunes backup file
  • Recover images from iCloud backup files

Over the course of this tutorial, we will cover all three.


Reminders Before Starting the Actual Scan:

1.     When attempting to recover files from the iOS device, the automatic sync with iTunes has to be disabled since not doing so may lead to new information overwriting existing data. This is possible by launching iTunes, selecting the Preferences option, going to Devices and tapping the checkbox next to Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.

2.     The scan is not possible unless the phone is in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode which is characterized by a blank home screen. If you’re not familiar with this mode, Dr. Fone provides an easy guide illustrating the steps in the process. Ensure that you follow the correct sequence and timings.



Mode 1: Recovery from iOS Device


The most critical of the three modes, this one follows the given sequence:

  • Users must connect the iPhone 5 to a computer with Dr. Fone installed on it via its USB cord.
  • Dr. Fone will automatically recognize that a device is connected to it and will trigger the recovery mode. Clicking the Start Scan button initiates the scanning process.



  • At this stage, if the device is not in the DFU mode, the guidance screen shared above is flashed.
  • Once in DFU, the actual scan starts. There is a progress bar that keeps note of the time to scan completion. During this process, if users spot an important image they would like to recover right away, they can use the stop or pause button to end the scan prematurely or to halt it midway and retrieve the needed file.



The directory to the left keeps track of the total number of data types that are available for retrieval within the device. The individual numbers are counts of the files under each data format.


  • When the scan completes, the numbers reach their final value. By clicking the appropriate data type, its corresponding individual files are displayed on the right for perusal. Mark items for recovery by checking the boxes next to them. The search bar to the extreme right can be used if you are looking for a specific file. Just input its file name or keyword and then run a search.


  • Clicking on the blue Recover button opens a window that allows users to save the recovered photos to the PC/laptop or directly reinstate them to the iPhone 5.



Mode 2: Recovery from iTunes Backup File


This retrieval is easier. It doesn’t require the connection of the iPhone device to Dr. Fone. Users simply:

  • Launch Dr. Fone on a PC or laptop that has the iTunes account of the corresponding device.
  • Choose the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File
  • Choose the file name from which the photos has to be retrieved.



  • Click on Start Scan and wait for the information to be extracted from the selected file. This generally takes a few minutes depending on the volume of data in the backup file.
  • Preview and peruse all the recovered image files by clicking its appropriate directory to the left and tick the ones you wish to restore.


  • Click on the ‘Recover’ button to save the files to the computer or directly to the device.


Mode 3: Recovery from iCloud Backup File


This mode has the option of choosing to extract only the needed data formats and as such is often the fastest way to get to the end result.

Users must:

  • Launch Dr. Fone on any PC or laptop.
  • Choose the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File on the prompt screen.
  • Input the iCloud account login credentials.



  • Determine the file required through the meta-data of the name and date of creation and click its corresponding Download button.


  • Indicate the preferred data type on the format selection screen. In this case, it is both Camera Roll and App Photos.


  • Wait for the download to complete and the scan to start.
  • Look through the image files that are displayed for recovery once scan is complete, and select the ones that you wish to recover.


  • Click the ‘Recover’ button and save the photos to either the PC or laptop on which Dr. Fone is installed or reinstate them to the original device.


So this covers everything. The most comprehensive photo recovery for an iPhone 5 can be completed in a few clicks. To recap:

  1. Choose the appropriate recovery mode.
  2. Connect the device to Dr. Fone if needed.
  3. Allow the scan to proceed after completing the backup file selection for Modes 2 and 3.
  4. Select the needed images.
  5. Recover the photos to either the computer or the iOS device.


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