4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2010 12:05 PM by Daiya
scottoblotto Level 1 (0 points)
So I was having issues after upgrading to OS4 and decided to follow advice to restore to factory settings. This did solve my issues with being able to edit contacts, but it presented a new issue.

I did do a backup of the phone before the restore, but I did not think to import my camera roll photos into iPhoto.

I just checked in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup to see if I could somehow grab the camera roll photos out of the backup, but was surprised that the only back up that looks to be in there is from after the restore. Is it possible to find an earlier backup to get the photos from? And if so, do I have to restore the phone to that backup or is there some other way to maybe just import the photos to iPhoto or open them with another application? It looks like all the files in the backup are text files.

I looked at a Time Machine backup but that was from an iphone backup about a week ago so there were newer pictures.

Any help would be appreciated.

iPhone 3G, iOS 4
  • red555 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    On the computer, itunes, go to Edit, Preferences, Devices tab. There should be a list of all backups retained on your computer.

    I think to harvest the camera roll photos from the backup requires you to restore the iphone off the OLD backup, import the camera roll, then restore the iphone off the newer backup to get it back the way you want it.

    All this is based on how Windows-itunes works, so if I am wrong about mac-itunes, please correct my process above.
  • scottoblotto Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, but in that window it says the only available back up is from after I wiped my phone. (insert sad face emoticon).
  • red555 Level 4 (2,550 points)
  • Daiya Level 4 (1,655 points)
    I think to harvest the camera roll photos from the backup requires you to restore the iphone off the OLD backup, import the camera roll, then restore the iphone off the newer backup to get it back the way you want it.


    There are various third-party iPhone Backup Extractors that should be able to pull the photos from the backup file, just FYI. Both Mac and Windows. Of course, since iTunes overwrote the backup file the OP wanted, doesn't really help in this case.

    You can manually move the backup files before doing any kind of major syncing, etc, for future needs.