How to Recover Photos from Your Dead iPhone (In A Few Simple Steps)

If your iPhone has gone off and you can no longer power it on, the best you can do is restore your data to a new iPhone or computer.

There are a couple of ways to go about this problem:

First, you can use iTunes to restore your backup to another iPhone. However, this is only possible if you have frequently backed up your data. It won’t help you recover recently saved data most of the time.

The second option is to recover your data through iCloud. Again, this option is only available if you have frequently saved your data. It is a simple option, but it won’t be suitable in some cases, as I have explained in this post.

The third option is to recover data through software. While many data recovery software for the iPhone is out there, many do a shoddy job. I have picked the best software to recover data on the iPhone, and I will guide you on how to restore your data using them.

Both options work whether you use an iPhone 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8.

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How to recover data from a broken iPhone using iTunes Backup

If you backup and sync your data with iTunes frequently, most of it is stored in your iTunes. There is a high chance that even the most recent data and photos you took could be saved in your iTunes backup. If this is the case, recovering them is indeed easy. Follow the steps outlined here to recover your photos from a broken iPhone through the iTunes backup:

  • Open iTunes on your computer
  • Plug in your iPhone
  • Once it shows up on iTunes, click on photos and save them to your computer

Remember that this method only works when your iPhone can power on but the screen is damaged. If it is completely dead, then skip to the following method.

How to recover data from a dead iPhone Using iCloud backup

iCloud Data Recovery for iOS

Most people who use Apple products have an iCloud account but aren’t aware of it. Here is how to recover photos from a dead iPhone using an iCloud backup:

  • Open any web browser on your computer
  • Go to
  • Click on the photos icon
  • Choose the photos you want to save

Alternatively, you can log in to iCloud on your new device and sync all the stored data.

Recovering data from a dead iPhone using software

If your iPhone is completely broken and you cannot recover data through iTunes or iCloud backup, then you need to use data recovery software. While some of this software is free, others will require you to pay for a license before you recover your data.

Recover data from a dead iPhone using iMobie PhoneRescue

imobie phonerescue installation steps

PhoneRescue can analyze and recover many different data types from your dead iPhone. Using the following steps, you will be able to recover your photos from a dead iPhone using iMobie PhoneRescue:

  • Connect your broken iPhone to a computer
  • Open PhoneRescue on the computer
  • Select from the available recovery options. Alternatively, you can choose one at a time to ensure that you have recovered all your important data.
  • Uncheck categories of data that you don’t want
  • Find your photos under Media Data
  • Select those you want to recover
  • Select computer, and save them

Remember that before you save your data, you must purchase the full version of PhoneRescue. Although this might be inconvenient, it is worth your money. There are many recovery options available, including sorting by date. Check out our full review of PhoneRescue by iMobie for more information about this software.

Recover data from a dead iPhone using Wondershare Dr.Fone

Wondershare DrFone iPhone data recovery software

To recover your photos from a dead iPhone using Wondershare, follow the steps outlined here:

  • Connect your iPhone to a computer that has Wondershare’s Dr.Fone installed
  • Launch Dr.Fone and wait for the phone interface to appear
  • Scan the iPhone
  • Click on photos on the menu situated on the left
  • Preview the data and recover any photos you would like

Wondershare’s Dr.Fone can also recover data from your iTunes and iCloud. It requires you to enter your iCloud details to recover data. However, it is worth noting that it will just give you exactly what is in your iCloud. It isn’t any different from logging in through your browser. It won’t repair any bad photos and restore damaged data.

Is Dr.Done safe? Well, Wondershare is known for developing quality software with no virus or suspicious code. I have also never experienced any problem while using their software. I, therefore, recommend it since it is safe.

Recover data from a dead iPhone using Easeus MobiSaver

Eeaseus data iPhone recovery

To complete our list of the best software to recover data from a dead iPhone is the Easeus MobiSaver. Like the two software mentioned above, this free data recovery software recovers data from iTunes, iOS devices, and the cloud. If your iPhone is dead and you need to recover data using Easeus MobiSaver, follow the steps outlined here:

  • Launch Easeus MobiSaver
  • Connect your iPhone to the computer
  • Select recover from iCloud or Recover from iTunes Backup
  • Scan iTunes or iCloud
  • Click on photos or the data you are interested in
  • Preview and select those you wish
  • Recover to your desktop

If recovering data from iCloud, remember that it will ask you for your Apple ID and logins. That again prompts the question: is MobiSaver safe? Easeus is safe to use and can recover photos and videos from a locked iPhone that you can no longer switch on, maybe due to a broken screen or a damaged one.


The methods above work exceptionally well when you want to recover photos from a dead iPhone. Whether your iPhone is water damaged and can no longer work, you have factory reset it, or it has a broken screen, and you don’t want to replace it, you will find these methods useful.

If your iPhone is stolen, remember to use iCloud to recover your data and erase or format it from the stolen device.