I had my phone stolen whilst overseas about a month ago. Luckily there are many photos I took before the phone was stolen which should be backed up to iCloud. The last iCloud backup was the day my phone was taken so all of the photos should be there, I just don’t know how to access them. Cheers for your help!
Losing iPhone can be a heartbreaking ting that I can’t imaging. The price of an iPhone is not cheap, and the data in it may be more important than the device itself. Since you can’t access the stolen iPhone anymore, you should have an available backup. If you’re going to retrieve photos, I see two avenues for you to pursue:
- Restore from the cloud. Just plug your iPhone into power and let it do its thing. However, it may take a long time.
- Retrieve the photos from Photo Stream. If you were ever connected to a WiFi network then it is possible most of the photos got uploaded to Photo Stream.
However, when you got your new phone and tried to do a restore from iCloud, it may take hours and would start all over again especially when you’re using an unstable network. After numerous attempts you will give up on iCloud restore. Actually, you don’t have to do a complete iCloud restore and wait a million years for it to do so. There’s a professional backup extractor called iFonebox which can provide you a way to access iCloud from your computer so that I can simply get your photos back from iCloud backup.
You can learn more about its features here:
- Ease of use
- Apply to all kinds of iOS devices
- Support data preview before downloading them
- Come with a selectively recovery function
- 100% safe and will not wipe out the current data on your device
- Compatible with latest iOS operating system
There are two available versions: Windows version and Mac version, please make sure to download and install the correct version for your computer. Then you can follow the next steps to regain pictures from iCloud backup.
Step one: Run iFonebox and enter your Apple ID
Run the program, then just click the “Recover from iCloud Backup” at the top right of the software. You’ll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID account and password correctly.
Step two: Download data from iCloud backup
After you have selected an iCloud backup to download, it will start the downloading process. You can select all to download.
Step three: Scan data
Click on “Photos” icon to start scanning automatically. It will take some time, you should wait patiently.
Step four: Preview and download data
Now you can select the images you want and click “Recover to pc”, then the instruction is accomplished.