How to Extract Photos from your iTunes Backup File

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Let’s be honest, one of the main reasons why iPhone users buy iPhones is because they take high-quality photos. Most of us have hundreds, if not thousands, of photos saved on our phones, and one of the most significant concerns is making sure we don’t lose these precious images. One way of saving your photo memories is by creating a backup of your data in iTunes.

Extracting photos from an iTunes backup can be useful in case something happens to your iPhone, if it gets damaged, lost, stolen or if you delete some photos by mistake. Extracting images from iTunes backup files it’s pretty easy, but first of all, you have to make sure that you synced your iPhone in the past; otherwise, you won’t be able to recover your data through this method.

If you wish to extract photos from iTunes backups, you should know that the main purpose of these files is to restore the data on your iPhone when you need or wish to, rather than to extract individual files. That’s why retrieving photos from an iTunes backup file can be a little tricky. Luckily, this tutorial will teach you exactly how to recover photos from iTunes backup files.

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The Best Solution – Enigma Recovery

First of all, for extracting photos from iTunes backups, you’ll need the help of a recovery software. Enigma Recovery is a tool specially created for extracting deleted and existing data from iPhones, iPods Touch and iPads. It can be used for recovering data directly from your phone or from iTunes and iCloud backups also. It gives you the possibility to restore items back to your iPhone, or to extract them to your PC.

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How to Extract Photos from your iTunes Backup

Follow the next steps closely as they will show you how to extract photos from your iTunes backup files.

Step 1 – Download, install and open Enigma Recovery

Enigma recovery software install screen

Download the Enigma Recovery software and follow the instructions for installation then open the tool.

Step 2 – Recovering from iTunes backup

Connect device to recover from iTunes backup

For extracting photos from iTunes backups, click on “Recover from iTunes backup”, on the left side menu.

Step 3 – Pick the iTunes backup

Select iTunes backup file

At this point, you will be able to see all of the available iTunes backups from your computer. Check out the “Date” column first, to be sure that you pick the right backup. Click on the backup that you wish to use, and then hit “Next”.

Step 4 – Data type

Select Photos from the datatypes options

If you wish to recover only your photos from the iTunes backup file, click on “Photos”. The software also gives you the possibility to recover contacts, call history, notes, messages, videos, Safari internet history and WhatsApp history. By clicking “Select all”, all of these data types will be scanned. Now click on the “Start scan” button.

Step 5 – View extracted photos and export

Select and export photos

The scanning process might take a while, depending on how much data there is on your backup file. You will be able to see all of the existing and deleted files, by clicking on each type of data. If you wish to view the extracted photos from the iTunes backup, click on “Photos” on the left side menu. To transfer them to your computer, click on “Export” and pick the location. If you want to restore them back to your device, you’ll need our free Restore app that’s available on the App Store.


Victor, our Social Media and Support Manager helps customers to get the most out of our products. He was formerly a professional dancer who came to Enigma Digital due to his interest in emerging tech trends

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