How to Recover Photos from Lost/Stolen iPhone without/with Backup

Updated to iPhone Data Recovery Tips by Robert on Dec 20, 2022 | Approved by Cesar C

"Can I restore photos from my stolen iPhone? I lost my iPhone and there are many pictures there. I really want to how to recover photos from lost iPhone without backup. Please help me".

Part 1. Is it possible to recover data from stolen/lost iPhone without backup?

Very sorry to tell you that if your iPhone is lost and you had not backed up the iPhone before losing them, it’s very likely you’ll lose the photos in the stolen iPhone permanently. The only possible way to find lost iPhone data without backup is getting the iPhone backup. You can set it up on your iCloud by making use of "Find My iPhone". Here are the steps for how to locate your iPhone with "Find My iPhone".

  1. Open the iCloud page with your computer web browser.
  2. Log in with your iCloud account. Go to the "Find My iPhone" window. From there, select the iPhone you’ve lost. From there, you can see where it is. After then, you can make a call to your iPhone, asking the receiver to return it.
  3. If your iPhone is offline, you should check the option "Notify me when found".

Part 2. How to Recover Lost iPhone Photos with backup

If you had backed up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud before you lost your iPhone, you can recover the pictures from stolen iPhone by extracting the pictures from iTunes or iCloud backup with iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery.

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Here in the following, let’s learn how to retrieve photos from lost iPhone by iTunes and iCloud backup files with professional iPhone data recovery software for Mac or Windows PC.

#1. How to recover photos from lost iPhone with iTunes backup

  1. Please download and install the iPhone Data Recovery software on computer where you once backed up your iPhone.
  2. There are separate versions for Windows PC and Mac. Choose the right version for your computer.

  3. Launch the best iOS photo recovery APP.
  4. In the start-up window, please select the "Recover from iTunes". Then, you can see all the iTunes backup files. All of them are listed. Please select the one which contains all the pictures you lost from the stolen iPhone and click "Scan" to recover photos from stolen iPhone.

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  6. Wait for the scanning process to finish. After then, you can preview the found pictures and select the needed ones, clicking "Recover" to save them on your computer.

#2. How to Recover pictures from stolen iPhone with iCloud backup

If you have iCloud backup files, then you can extract the stolen iPhone pictures from the iCloud backup file as well.

  1. Download and install the iPhone data recovery software on either your Windows PC or Mac where you want to get stolen iPhone photos.
  2. In the main window, click "Recover from iCloud". After then, sign in with your iCloud account. In the displayed iCloud backup files list, please select the one which contains the stolen iPhone pictures. Select it and click "Scan".
  3. In the result windows, select the found pictures to preview. When finding the target stolen iPhone pictures, select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

You see, it’s hard to recover photos from lost iPhone without backup. In this case, you should keep a great habit to back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes. If you do not have any iCloud storage plan, then try to back up to iTunes. It never cost you a penny. Only with backup files, your data is safe.