How to Restore Photos from iCloud to iPhone/Mac/PC

Using iCloud to backup photos is the most common choice among most iPhone users. Once you determine a schedule to back up photos to iCloud photo library, all your new-taken pictures will be stored in iCloud automatically. In another word, iCloud works seamlessly with Photos app. So you will never omit any important photo. As time goes by, the file size of your iCloud backup becomes larger and larger.

Restore Photos from iCloud

It does not matter too much if you need to restore photos and videos from iCloud to new phone. But if you merely want to get a deleted or lost photo back to iPhone, then it seems you have no choice but restore all photos from iCloud backup. Nevertheless, you need to know that restoring photos from iCloud will lead your iPhone into factory reset. Sounds pretty terrible, right? Fortunately, you can try a new way to restore photos from iCloud to iPhone selectively and safely. So if your deleted photos are contained in an iCloud backup, then read and start restoring your iPhone to find deleted or lost photos back.

Part 1: How to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup on iPhone

Before you restore photos from iCloud backup, you should spend one minute to know the related influences. And in what situations can you restore iPhone photos with better experience. After recognizing advantages and disadvantages of restoring photos from iCloud, you will not suffer unnecessary data loss any more.

Pros and Cons to Restore Photos from iCloud Directly

  • Transfer photos saved in Photos app and other files to a new iPhone directly.
  • No third-party app need to be installed.
  • Factory reset iPhone.
  • Restore all photos from iCloud Photo Library.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

Step 1. Erase your iPhone

Open "Settings" app. Select "General" and scroll down to find "Reset". Choose "Erase All Content and Settings" button to restore iPhone to factory settings. Later, you will be asked to enter a passcode. Confirm "Erase iPhone" in the popping-up notification to reset iPhone settings.


Step 2. Download and restore photos from iCloud on iPhone

Your iPhone will restart automatically. Select "Restore from iCloud Backup" in the "Set up your iPhone" menu. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Select the latest iCloud backup of this iPhone. It may take you a while to restore all photos from iCloud to iPhone.

Restore Photos from iCloud

Now you can get deleted photos back through iCloud backup. But other pictures that you have not backed up before will be lost.

Part 2: How to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup Selectively

TIf you want to replace your old iPhone with iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and transfer some important pictures from previous iCloud backup files, then you should not restore photos from iCloud Photo Library directly. Just as the above mentioned, you are not able to pick out the images you want to transfer to a new iPhone. And things will be worse if you need to restore a photo from iCloud to the iPhone you are using. To solve these problems, you can turn to Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery for help.

Main Features of iPhone Data Recovery

  • Restore photos and other files from iCloud selectively.
  • Restore data from iTunes backup without erasing iPhone.
  • Get deleted/lost data back from iPhone/iPad/iPod directly.
  • Preview iTunes and iCloud backup files before restoring.
  • Fully support with latest iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6/6 Plus and more.

Pros and Cons to Restore Photos from iCloud Selectively

  • Selectively restore photos from iCloud to computer.
  • Preview deleted and existing photos in detailed.
  • Output restored photos with various formats.
  • Need to pay certain fees to restore photos from iCloud backups.

How to Restore Photos from iCloud Backup without Resetting

Step 1. Sign in to iCloud

Launch iPhone Data Recovery on your Mac or Windows PC. Locate "Recover from iCloud Backup File" mode in the lower left corner. Enter your Apple ID and password when you see the "Sign in to iCloud" page.

Note: Do not use USB cable to connect iPhone to computer. Or your iCloud backup files will be updated or modified.

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Step 2. Scan photos from iCloud backup

You can access all previous iCloud backup files listed in the right panel. Choose the certain iCloud backup file and hit "Download" button besides. There will be the popping-up interface asking which file type you want to download. Mark "Camera Roll", "Photo Library", "App Photos" and other file types if necessary. Click "Next" to proceed the next part of restoring deleted photos from iCloud without resetting.

Scan Photos from iCloud Backup

Step 3. Restore photos from iCloud backup to computer

Select the certain category that contained your lost photos. Trigger on-off "Only display the deleted item" option to get deleted photos only. You can select that image and then preview in the right panel in detailed. After choosing all deleted photos, press "Recover" button. Set your output format and destination folder for restoring photos from iCloud.

If you have large amounts of photos need to be restored while there is not enough storage space in your iPhone, then you can manage those restored photos on Mac or Windows computer with ease.

Restore Photos from iCloud Backup

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Tips and Tricks

For people who just delete the important photo by accident and do not have time to back up it to iCloud, iPhone Data Recovery is the best choice. You can find deleted photos and other files back even though you do not have iCloud backup files. Just connect iPhone to computer, and then iPhone Data Recovery will detect your iOS device immediately. All those restored photos will be saved as thumbnails or images from related iPhones. All in all, using iPhone Data Recovery to restore photos from iCloud backup selectively and safely is better than the Apple's official iCloud backup recovery.

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