How to get photos from backup iPhone or iPad, created in iTunes

When free 5 GB, provided by Apple in iCloud cloud storage, run out, we have to decide — purchase a subscription to a suitable tariff plan with a large number of gigabytes or refuse to store photos in the cloud. Therefore, the output for most — iTunes backups, and here is how to extract a photo from them, we will tell in this material.

Why it may be necessary to extract photos from a backup iTunes? For example, You rolled back from the newest firmware to the previous generation of iOS. In this case, recovering from the backup will not work (thanks Apple!). Or in case of loss of the gadget until the acquisition of a new, and so on. Options can be quite a lot.

OS X or Windows can not extract photos using standard tools and this is why you will have to ask third-party developers for help, and to be more precise — their creations.

iBackup Viewer

Utility from the studio iMacTools, which is free, but with limited functionality, although to extract the photos will go well. Compatible with OS X computers, so with the Windows PC.

After installation and launch, the application will immediately display the number of found backups and connected iOS devices.

In the left side menu, just select and expand the backup, how the categories list will appear, we are interested «Photos».

In the main window, select the images of interest, and then click on the gear on top and tap «Save selected…», to save highlighted photos, or «Save all…», to save all images.


In the end, it will only remain to specify the directory and wait until the end of the file export (it takes about 6 minutes to extract the 10 GB media library, Of course, adjusted for the power of iron).

The main disadvantage of iBackup Viewer is the inability to access password-protected backups, even if you know the unlock code. There is no input window.

The free version does not have access to albums or images, located in the photostream. You can also work with contacts, call history, by messages, calendar events, audio and text notes and so on.

iPhone Backup Extractor

And this is a representative of a pure free camp. True one of the main drawbacks will be the lack of Windows-version.

The program does not require installation. After launch, click «Read Backups».

A list of backups available on Mac will be displayed. Select the desired one and press the button «Choose».

Awesome file list scrolls until, until you see «iOS Files». Highlight the line and press «Extract».

Specify a place to unpack and wait for the copy process to finish.

In the resulting directory «iOS Files» follow the path /Media/DCIM/100APPLE/, where all the images will be located. Images from the photo stream can be found in the directory /Media/PhotoStreamsData.

The most interesting thing is, that in order to extract files from password-protected backups, it is not necessary to enter the unlock code.