How to Recover Lost Photos after Upgrading to iOS 8

“Lost all my photos!” It happens to most of people when they try to upgrade their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 8. Making a backup for the iOS device is the first thing you need to do before upgrading it to iOS 8. People know this, but most of them forget it. When it happens, they anxiously find ways online wishing to locate a simple solution.

Is there really such a solution? You may find many solutions online and they all declare that they can completely recover all your photos even lost due to iOS 8 updating. To a certain extent, they do, but the precondition is that you’ve ever synced your device with iTunes on your computer before. If you’ve never synced your device with iTunes, it’s hardly to recover lost photos after iOS 8 upgrade, because all the system files on your device are new and they’re enough to overwrite all the lost data. Therefore, the only way to retrieve lost photos after updating to iOS 8 is restoring your iPhone from the iTunes backup.

Restoring will erase all existing data on your iPhone. If you don’t want it, you can choose to use a third-party program to fulfill this for you, such as Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac) or Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Windows). This tool can help you extract the iTunes backup, enable you to preview all the data in it and selectively recover whatever you want. You can use it to extract all iTunes backup files for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Next, let’s try to use Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS (Mac). It’s pretty the same for you to use the Windows version. You can also take similar steps to extract the backup file on your Windows computer.

Step 1. Select your backup and scan it

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS provides you with two recovery modes: recover from iOS devices and recover from iTunes backup files. When you launch the program, the default recovery mode is Recover from iOS Device. You need to switch it to the other recovery mode by clicking Recover from iTunes Backup Fileon the top of the start window. Then all the iTunes backup files on your computer will be automatically found and displayed in front of you. Select the one for your device and click Start Scan to extract it.

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Step 2. Recover photos lost from your iOS 8 iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

Once the scanning is completed, you can simply click Camera Roll and Photo Stream on the left of the window. Then you can see every picture on the right. Preview them one by one, and tick the items that you need. You can preserve them all on your computer with one click on the Recover button at the lower-right corner.

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Notice: Once you realize that you lost data on your device. The first thing you need to do is always protect your device from being used again, and don’t try to sync it with iTunes before you get your data back.

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