Recover Photos after Factory Reset with/Without Backup

After you factory reset your mobile phone, you can read this passage to learn how to recover your photos with or without backup, and use FoneTool to selectively back up your photos after recovery.

Kathy by Kathy Updated May 13, 2024
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Can you restore photos after factory reset?

Resetting your cell phone can help clear data and improve device performance, but for users who accidentally reset their phones, recovering photos becomes a significant concern.

This article provides you with 5 methods to recover photos from your phone after factory reset.

enlightened For iPhone users, you can recover photos from iTunes, Finder or iCloud backup mentioned in part 2 or recover them without backup using the professional tool mentioned in part 3.
enlightened For Android users, you can recover photos through the Google Photos mentioned in part 4.

Recover photos after factory reset with backup on iPhone

Now you can keep on reading to get how to get your iPhone photos back with the previous backup.

Method 1. Retrieve photos after factory reset with iTunes backup on Windows

Restoring iPhone from the previous iTunes backup can be an available approach for Windows PC.

Step 1. Run the latest iTunes on the computer and connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable. Click the iPhone icon in the top left corner.

Step 2. Go to Summary, and tap the Restore Backup button under the Backups section. Then select the targeted backup and click Restore in the pop-up window to finish the process.

restore backup

Note: If you have encrypted your iTunes backup, then you can find solutions in this passage to restore it: [Stepwise Tutorial] How to Restore Encrypted iPhone Backup

Method 2. Retrieve photos after factory reset with Finder backup on Mac

For Mac users, using Finder to back up an iPhone is a more common choice. You can follow the instructions below to get your iPhone photos.

Step 1. Open your Mac and connect your iPhone to it > Launch the latest version of Finder.

Step 2. Click the iPhone in the left panel and then click Restore Backup > Choose an iPhone backup you want to restore and click the Restore button to accomplish the action.

restore from finder backup

Method 3. Get photos back after factory reset with iCloud backup

After the factory reset, if you have already backed up your iPhone with iCloud, then you can follow the steps below to restore your photos.

Step 1. Turn on your iPhone, then a Hello screen will display on your device.

Note: If you have already set up your iPhone, you need to go to Settings > General > Reset > Choose Erase All Content and Settings to delete all iPhone data first.

Step 2. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your iPhone and connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network. And you will receive a reminder to ask if you want to restore data, then choose Restore from iCloud Backup on the App & Data screen.

Step 3. Sign in to iCloud account with your Apple ID and select the latest backup from the list to recover the iPhone photos.

restore from icloud backup

Recover photos after factory reset on iPhone without backup on Windows

If you haven’t backed up your iPhone previously, then FoneTool can be your ideal choice to finish the task without backup.

With this useful tool, you can selectively preview and recover lost or deleted iPhone data within only 3 steps. In addition to photos, you can also recover over a dozen types of data, including videos, contacts, Safari Bookmarks, call history, etc.

Now you can follow the instructions below to get how to recover photos after factory reset without backup.

Step 1. Download FoneTool on your Windows PC > Connect your iPhone to the Windows PC > If asks, click Trust to let the computer access your data.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Go to Toolbox > Choose iOS Data Recovery.


Step 3. Click the Photos icon > Tap on Start Scan to continue.

scan photos

Step 4. Choose the photos you need and click Recover to PC to retrieve them to your computer.

recover photos

enlightened Once the recovery process is completed, you can use FoneTool's phone transfer feature to move photos from PC to your iPhone (Phone Transfer > PC to iPhone).

Now you can know why FoneTool is the best app to recover photos after factory reset from the easy steps.

Retrieve photos after factory reset on Android device

Google Photos is indeed a popular choice for backing up photos on Android. If you've previously used Google Photos to back up your data, you can easily recover them after a factory reset. Here's how:

Step 1. Open the Google Photos app on your Android device and sign in with the Google account where your photos are stored.

Step 2. Tap on the Photos tab at the bottom of the screen > Locate and select the photos you wish to restore > Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner > From the dropdown menu, select Save to device and wait for the selected photos to be downloaded to your device.

save google photos

Once the download is complete, you can find the recovered photos in your phone's Gallery app.

The Best way to selectively back up iPhone photos

To avoid sudden data loss, regularly making an iPhone backup can be a wise choice. For Windows users, iTunes and iCloud are the most commonly used tools for backing up iPhone photos.

However, iTunes frequently encounters errors such as backup not being listed in iTunes, which can interrupt your usage. iCloud's wireless transfer speed entirely depends on network quality, which may require a significant amount of time to back up your iPhone.

Additionally, iCloud only offers 5 GB of storage for free users, which is often insufficient for heavy iPhone users. Then FoneTool can also give you an ideal way to back up your iPhone data.

enlightened Preview and selective backup: FoneTool allows you to fully back up iPhone like iTunes/iCloud or preview the files to choose which you want to selectively back up on iPhone.
enlightened Super-fast backup speed: You can quickly transfer lots of large files from iPhone to PC. For example, 1000 photos can be moved in minutes.
enlightened No file size/number limitation: The number and size of files you can and back up only depend on the capacity of your target device (PC, iPad, or external drive). FoneTool doesn’t have any limitations.
enlightened Wide compatibility: Unlike the frequent errors in iTunes, FoneTool can operate stably on various iOS devices, including iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, as well as the latest iOS 17.

Now you can download FoneTool on your Windows PC and learn how to back up iPhone photos easily.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable > Launch FoneTool on your PC and click Phone Backup > Selective Backup > Get Started.

selective backup

Step 2. Check the Photos icon > If you only need to back up specific photos, you can click on Photos to select them > Then click OK to continue.

choose photos

Step 3. Click Backup Storage Path to specify a location to save the backup > Click Start Backup to start.

start to back up

Once the process is complete, you can go to My Backups and click View dot to check if your photos are backed up or click Restore dot to restore them to your iPhone.

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Now you can know how to recover photos after factory reset on iPhone or Android device. You can restore your iPhone photos from iTunes, Finder or iCloud backup. Or use FoneTool to make it without backup. And use Google Photos to recover your photos on Android.

If you need to selectively back up iPhone photos on Windows, then FoneTool's phone backup feature can also give you more excellent experience than iTunes/iCloud. With its rich feature, you can also move iTunes music to iPod Touch.

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