[Guide] How to Recover Photos from iPhone That Won't Turn on

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Recovery Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

"I have an iPhone X that is very much broken. I finally got my PC to recognize it, but it is locked with a passcode. Thus I can't find a way to get the images off of it. Is there any way on how to retrieve photos from iPhone that won't turn on? Thanks!" -- from IFIXIT.


"There is no way to get pictures off an iPhone if it won't turn on", officially claimed by Apple. But having recovering photos from the broken iDevice, many may find it is not true. Alright, there are indeed solutions to retrieve photos from a disabled iPhone, and that is what we are to illustrate in today's post.

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Variant 1: Retrieve Photos from iPhone That Won't Turn on via Doctor for iOS

Do you want to extract photos from a disabled iPhone to your computer on a selective basis? Just try MobiKin Doctor for iOS. The best part of this tool is that you can reaccess your photos from any iTunes backup you've previously made, and restore lost data from the iTunes backup without damaging any files on your iPhone. And it is pretty easy to use this tool; you don't even need to launch iTunes on your computer.

Doctor for iOS is remarkable, for it can:

  • Retrieve photos/pictures from iTunes backup on iPhone that won't turn on.
  • Recover deleted iPhone text messages, contacts, call logs, pictures, calendars, videos, Safari history, notes, and many more from iPhone with or without backup.
  • Work on various iOS devices, including iPhone 14/14 Pro/14 Pro Max/14 Plus, iPhone 13/13 Pro (Max)/13 mini, iPhone 12/12 Pro (Max)/12 mini, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone X/XR/Xs/Xs Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6S/6 Plus, iPad, iPod touch, etc.
  • It values your privacy.

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How to recover photos/pictures from iPhone that won't turn on with Doctor for iOS?

Step 1. Start Doctor for iOS on a computer

Install and open the Doctor for iOS on your computer. Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File", and it'll automatically detect the iTunes backup file on this computer.

select the recover from itunes backup file mode

Step 2. Scan iPhone photos from iTunes backup

Click "Start Scan" at the bottom right. All your iPhone data types will then be displayed on the screen. Now, please select "Camera Roll"/"Photos" and click "Start Scan".

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Step 3. Retrieve photos from iPhone that won't turn on

Preview the pictures and select what you want. Finally, click "Recover to Computer" to retrieve iPhone photos and save them on this computer.

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Variant 2: Get Photos off iPhone That won't Turn on with iTunes/Finder

You are required to prepare for another iPhone with enough storage space before retrieving photos on a broken phone from a previous iTunes backup. And if you have a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or above, just do this using Finder instead. Please note that the selected backup will cover the existing data on this functioning iPhone.

* Retrieve photos from iPhone that won't turn on with iTunes:

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and open the latest version of iTunes.
  • Wait a moment, and then click your device icon at the upper-left corner of the iTunes screen.
  • Click the "Summary" tab at the left pane.
  • Tap "Restore Backup…" from the "Backups" section.
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  • Choose the backup you want to retrieve.
  • Click Restore. (iPhone won't restore?)

* Retrieve pictures from iPhone that won't turn on with Finder:

  • Open Finder on your Mac.
  • Connect your iPhone to your Mac computer.
  • Click your device at the left pane when it appears.
  • Choose "Restore Backup…"
  • Select the backup you want to restore.
  • Click "Restore".

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Variant 3: Recover Photos from iPhone That Won't Turn on via iCloud Backup

To retrieve pictures from iPhone that won't turn on via iCloud backup, make sure you:

  • Had a backup of the old phone on iCloud.
  • Have another iOS device available.
  • Log in with the same Apple ID used on the disabled phone.

By doing so, you'll lose all the items on another device, for this will erase your iPhone before restore.

How to get pictures off iPhone that won't turn on via iCloud backup?

  • Set up your iPhone as the first time you did.
  • When you reach the "App & Data" screen, tap "Restore from iCloud Backup".
  • Choose the latest iCloud backup you made.
  • If your iOS device has been set up, you can ease it by going to its Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase Now. (This will wipe out everything from this iPhone)
  • After resetting, your iPhone will reboot and display the setup steps.
  • Follow its on-screen instructions to set up this device.
  • When you come to the "Apps & Data" screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup".
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  • Choose the backup with your desired iPhone photos.

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Variant 4: Get Pictures off iPhone That Won't Turn on from

It is easy to get pictures off an iPhone that won't turn on without even installing any apps. You can directly go to if you synced iPhone photos with the Cloud. And in doing so, you're enabled to download wanted photos to your computer.

How to get photos off iPhone that won't turn on from

  • Open a new tab in your browser on your computer and head to the iCloud website.
  • Log in to your account if you have not already.
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  • Click Photos on the main interface.
  • Select the images you want to download.
  • Click the download icon.

Variant 5: Fix iPhone Won't Turn on Issue to Recover Photos without Backup

Well, can I resolve the "iPhone won't turn on" problem with professional software and thus fetch the iPhone photos easily? iOS System Recovery can make it happen with a few movements and taps. This program can fix 50+ iDevice issues, including Touch ID not working, phone screen not responding, battery draining fast, loop restart, and many more.

Here are more tips to fix iPhone won't turn on, including checking, charging, and force restarting your device.


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To resolve iPhone that won't turn on for photo retrieving, you can:

Step 1. Download and install this utility on your computer. Open it and choose "More Tools > iOS System Recovery".

the main screen of the iphone repair program

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer through a USB cable and click "Start" to initiate the iPhone system repair.

enter a repairing mode

Step 3. This program will soon detect the info of your iPhone. You can check it and tap "Repair". If the detected info isn't correct, just select the right one and hit "Repair" again.

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Step 4. After the repair, please restart your iPhone, and you will find it can work as usual. Lastly, you should regain access to your photos on this device.

Last Words

Well, you can pick any of the approaches above to retrieve photos from your iPhone that won't turn on considering your situation. And finally, an additional tip here, if your iPhone won't turn on because of getting physically damaged, just send it for repair as soon as possible and ask the technician for the possible fixes. Plus, don't forget to bring your purchase receipt and warranty, if any.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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