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How to Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone 8/8Plus/X/11

By Vernon Roderick, Last updated: September 21, 2023

What is the best smartphone to use for a selfie? There are several choices for that. Because of an unending battle between smartphone companies, smartphones have now evolved into a higher level and so does their cameras. The most used smartphone for selfies, however, are iPhone models. Due to its excellent selfie output results, iPhone models have emerged as one of the top models that have the best camera. Especially the newly launched iPhone 8/8 Plus.

Before We Recover Deleted Photos on iPhone:

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Part 1. Why Photos are Vital on Your iPhone 8/8 PlusPart 2. What iPhone Cameras Can Bring for You During Picture Taking?Part 3. How to Backup Your Photos Using iCloud and iTunesPart 4. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone 8 PlusPart 5. Video Guide: How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures from iPhone8/8 PlusPart 6. Conclusions

Part 1. Why Photos are Vital on Your iPhone 8/8 Plus

Samsung and Apple companies are the leading smartphone companies up to this date. Knowingly, Apple launched their new product, iPhone 8/8 Plus. As expected, iPhone 8/8 Plus comes with a very powerful feature because of Apple’s continuous innovation of their products. Including, of course, their iPhone 8/8 Plus camera.

It has become more advanced with a 12 megapixel, dual camera. It also owns the new feature facial landmarking create dramatic studio lighting effects in Portrait mode. Wide-angle lenses, optical and digital zoom up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos. Perfect for a selfie and video capturing every event.

Selfie. That is what every smartphone user does whether they are teens, adults, even grandmothers and grandfathers, celebrities or not, owns a high-end camera or not. The act to capture every moment with a smartphone camera lives in every being. Whenever on a vacation to a lovely place, people always tend to grab their phones for a selfie. Even in school teens often take a selfie before, after, and during an exam. In this generation, it is also used for note taking during a discussion.

Yes, writing notes on the notebooks are no longer the trend nowadays. Students are allowed to take pictures of notes on the blackboard or books for faster note taking. When going to an event a selfie is always a must. As ridiculous as it may seem, taking a picture is somehow a special habit of every person. A selfie serves as a memento for that very moment that they want to remember. It is also used for reminiscing a certain happy event. Sometimes, selfies are also used by silly friends to post on social media every birthday.

Therefore, it's frustrating if the photos suddenly disappear from the iPhone camera roll or are deleted by accident.

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Part 2. What iPhone Cameras Can Bring for You During Picture Taking?

But, Why not a DSLR camera or any other digital camera? Or even a film camera? It is simple. Smartphones are very handy and easy to use. It is easy to carry because of its size plus it is not heavy. A person also does not need to ask for somebody else to take a picture of them or a certain group of friends so it saves them the embarrassing moment of asking someone a favor.

What do they do with all those taken pictures? It depends on a person’s taste. Some want to put them into a photo book, a frame, some just take pictures to post on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, while there are also some that just leaves the pictures in their gallery untouched. However, all these pictures could be at risk.

They could be lost due to a factory data reset, failure in iPhone software upgrade, or an accidental move of the finger.Not all of smartphone users are not fond of backing up their data. Some do not even care about their data at all. They will just eventually realize the importance of backup when it’s already too late and all their data are gone.

Part 3. How to Backup Your Photos Using iCloud and iTunes

Here are the steps on how to backup your data using iCloud and iTunes.

How to Backup Photos Using iCloud

For this process to work the device must remain connected to the wireless network until the process is successfully done. Otherwise, it may lead to losing more data instead of keeping it safe. Avoid using the device as well to avoid overwriting the data.

  1. Find iCloud in the Settings. It can be done by navigating to the Settings. It may be confusing to find the iCloud option in the Settings due to the number of updates that the Apple developers are sending but it can be surely found in there.
  2. Make sure the iCloud Backup is turned on.
  3. If the iCloud Backup is turned on, simply tap Backup Now.
  4. The backup process will then immediately begin. Again, do not touch anything yet in your device if the process is still not done to avoid overwriting data. See to it that the process is done before doing anything else.

After the process is done, in the Manage Storage, still located in the device’s Settings, the backup will then appear along with the backup size, date, and other details. This will ensure that the backup is done successfully and that the data are safe on the iCloud server.

How to Backup Photos Using iTunes

There are only 3 simple steps to backup a load of data in iTunes.

  1. Using a compatible USB cable, connect the device to the computer and start iTunes.
  2. Expect a message to pop up after connecting and opening iTunes. It will ask for a passcode or verification of the legit owner. After providing the passcode and verification, follow the simple onscreen steps.
  3. The device will then appear in the iTunes, select it. If your device is iPhone 8/8 Plus, choose iPhone 8/8 Plus when it appears in the iTunes.

To backup is a perfect shield from unwanted loss of data. Even the latest iPhone 8/8 Plus does not have the feature to recover a lost data in an instant. That leaves the users an alternative way of retrieving lost data using a third-party application by FoneDog fine developers and creators.

Part 4. How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone 8 Plus

There are 3 methods to recover deleted photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus. Though the process is not complicated, focus and determination are required.

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Method 1. Extract Deleted Photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus via USB Cable

In this method, a fully functional USB cable is essential to success. This method is a bit different from the iCloud and iTunes backup because this process is for those users who did not back up their data.

#1. Connect iPhone 8/8 Plus to Computer

Choose the first option from the left side on the interface. Then, use the USB cable you prepared to connect your iPhone 8/8 Plus to the computer. Note that this process will fail if the USB cable is faulty. Make sure everything is working well before undergoing this process.


#2. Scanning the Device

After successfully connecting the device, a message will appear on the interface saying “Device connected, please click the Start Scan button to scan and recover deleted text messages, contacts, etc.” However, if this did not appear, maybe the device is not well connected to the computer or the USB cable is faulty. If successful, simply click Start Scan to start scanning all the data inside your iPhone 8/8 Plus.


#3. Preview Photos on the PC

The same with previous processes from iCloud and iTunes recovery, a preview of all the data that are ready to be recovered will be displayed. You can preview the photos that you want to recover by clicking the Media category and filter which photos to recover.


#4. Restore Photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus

When you finish filtering the photos, just click Recover. After several seconds, or it could be minutes depending on the size of the data you are going to recover, all the retrieved files will be settled on the computer’s storage, and all of it is ready to be delivered back to your phone.


Method 2. Restore Deleted Pictures from iPhone 8/8 Plus Through iCloud Backup File

Here are easy steps to recover deleted photos from iPhone 8:

  1. Log In to iCloud.
  2. Download your backup files.
  3. Scan backup file - "Camera Roll" or "Photo Library".
  4. Preview and recover your deleted photos from the iCloud backup file.

Step 1. Log In iCloud

Install iOS Data Recovery from FoneDog then launch the program. In the left side corner of the program, there are 3 options shown: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File, and Recover from iCloud Backup File.To start, choose iCloud Backup File.Then, log in to your respective iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.

Log In iCloudLog into iCloud--Step1

Step 2. Download Backup File

In the interface, a list of iCloud backup files will be shown in a descending order. Meaning, the first one on the list will be the latest backup you did before undergoing this process.Under the State column, click the Download button to download the backup file you choose. It is recommended to choose the latest backup files before you lost your data because it may contain all the file you lost.


Download Backup File of Photos--Step2

Tips: These backups will only appear if and only if you backed up your data before iCloud. If you do not know how the process above will guide you.

Step 3. Scan Backup File - Camera Roll or Photo Library

After downloading the backup file, an automatic scan will be performed by the program. Depending on the size of the file, it may take shorter or longer time to scan. The computer must also reserve enough storage for a possible large backup file of photos and also for the retrieved files.


Scan iCloud Backup File of Photos from iPhone--Step3

Step 4. Preview and Recover Your Deleted Photos from the iCloud Backup File

When the scan is complete, a preview of all the lost files will be shown.On the left side corner of the interface, there are 3 categories to choose from to recover: Media, Message and Contacts, Memos and Others.

To recover deleted photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus, simply click the Media category. Under the Media category, there are sub-categories to determine which folder they are originally from.

The sub-categories are:

Camera Roll

Photo Library

App Photos

App Videos

App Audios

Check the box of Camera Roll and Photo Library then hit Recover. The program will then start recovering your deleted photos. It may some time to finish due to the size of the data to be recovered.


Preview and Restore Pictures from the iCloud Backup File--Step4

Method 2. Retrieve Removed Pictures from iPhone 8/8 Plus Via iTunes Backup File

1: Select Middle Option on the Interface, Recover from iTunes Backup File

Install and run the FoneDog toolkit - iOS Data Recovery on the computer. However, if you have not synced your device with the computer, you will likely not be able to see your backup file in the interface.To sync your device with iTunes on the computer, follow the process below: Open the latest iTunes.

Connect your iPhone 8/8 Plus device to the computer using the USB cable. You will then find your iPhone 8/8 Plus on the iTunes.In the left side of the program, click Summary then select Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi.Disconnect the USB cable after clicking the Apply button at the bottom right corner. Then choose the items that you want to Scan, then click Start Scan.


Select the Option of Recover from iTunes Backup File--1

Tips: The computer and iOS device must be connected to the same network.

2: Scan and Recover iTunes Backup File of Photos

Check the box under Media category to recover deleted photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus to scan. After the scan, the interface will show the overview details of Media category such as the number of backup files and deleted files.Mark all the photos that you want to recover by ticking each photo then hit Recover.


Scan and Restore iTunes Backup File of Pictures--2

Part 5. Video Guide: How to Retrieve Deleted Pictures from iPhone8/8 Plus

Part 6. Conclusions

Follow all these processes accordingly to recover photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus. These processes are not complicated at all because of the excellent user-friendly interface of FoneDog - iOS Data Recovery. It is free to download in FoneDog’s official website. You do not need to worry about your privacy as this program is only for data recovery. Any files inside your phone won’t be recorded or saved by the program’s server.It is always recommended to backup all the data to your iCloud or iTunes because it is easier to recover any data from them.

However, not all data can be recovered directly from your iPhone 8/8 Plus because there might complications that you are unaware of. All the needed processes are purposely provided in the context above in a step by step basis so a person using this guide will eventually get a grip on the process.

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Vernon Roderick

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One of my passion is to develop software of my own

I write articles to share knowledge about IT technology and some experience in developing my own software, and developing my own software is one of my passions for work.

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