How to Recover Photos from Disabled iPhone

Updated to iPhone Data Recovery Tips by Robert on Nov 10, 2023 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

It is really troublesome to find yourself in a situation where you cannot access your iPhone since it’s locked out or disabled. Most of us get into this kind of situation whenever we try to protect our privacy then ends up being a victim in the end whenever our memory fails us to remember the security code that we personally set.

Luckily, there are three methods that we can follow that will allow us to recover photos from disabled iPhone: recover photos from iPhone directly, restore iPhone with iTunes backup, and restore iPhone with iCloud backup. So without further ado, I’ll show you the three ways on how to recover photos from disabled iPhone.

Method #1. Recover photos from disabled iPhone directly with iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery.

iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery is a tool that you can use to restore deleted photos on iPhone even if it’s deleted, disabled or locked out. It’s a trusted third-party software that is easy to use, reliable, and also economical. It can also provide you previews of the files that you need so you can just select specific items that you want to recover. So, how to recover deleted photos from disabled iPhone with iBeesoft Data Recovery? Just follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download and install iBeesoft Data Recovery software - There’s an easy to use installation wizard that will assist you on the software installation.

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Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer - If there is a message on your iPhone asking you to "Trust this Computer" tap on it. This usually appears if it’s the first time you connected your iPhone to the computer.

Step 3: Launch the best iOS photo recovery app and Scan your device - Open the iPhone Data Recovery software. It’s user friendly and easy to navigate. Once the tool detects your iPhone on the "Recover from iOS Device " tab, click on "Scan". Wait for some minutes while the software scans your device.

Step 4: Preview and Recover - After the successful device scan, you will now be capable of getting a sneak peak of your iPhone photos. Under the "Photos/Videos" category select "Photos". You’ll be able to see all photos that are detected from your iPhone here. You have an option to just choose from the photos or to select them all. Once done, click on the "Recover" button. The files will be saved on your computer.

Method #2. Recover your iPhone photos from an iCloud backup.

Yes! Thankfully there is a way to restore your iPhone IF you have an iCloud backup. So keep in mind that you should ALWAYS backup your iPhone just in case these unexpected things happen.

Step 1: Go to on a different device or computer. Log in with your Apple ID to access your iCloud.

Step 2: Select All Devices once you are able to get in your iCloud.

Step 3: Select the disabled iPhone and click on Erase iPhone. This will allow your iCloud to delete your iPhone data which includes your password.

Step 4: Once the device has been erased, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" which will allow your iPhone to be setup from the last iCloud backup that you have set.

NOTE: There should be an iCloud backup done before your iPhone got disabled. You also need to use the same Apple ID when you sign in to your iCloud when setting up the device.

Method #3. Recover your iPhone photos from an iTunes backup.

There are usually two ways to restore your phone from iTunes. One is to connect your phone to a computer with iTunes to unlock it and the other one is the Restore iPhone option within iTunes itself. See the steps for each of the scenarios below:

Scenario 1: Restore iPhone in iTunes.

Step 1: Open the latest iTunes version on your trusted computer then connect your iPhone.

Step 2: Under "Summary" click on the "Backup Now" button.

Step 3: Once that the backup is done, you can now click on "Restore iPhone". You can now update it to the most recent firmware version.

Step 4: Once that your iPhone is successfully updated, you can now select "Restore Backup" to restore your iPhone from the latest iTunes backup file. This will allow you now to access your iPhone without any security code.

Scenario 2: Connect to iTunes to unlock prompt.

Step 1: Power of your iPhone and connect it to a trusted computer with the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Press and hold the "Home" button on your device until the prompt "Connect to iTunes" appear.

Step 3: Follow the steps on Scenario 1.