If you use iCloud Photo Stream, the last 30 days or 1000 pictures should be on your PC, Mac, or whatever device you were using Photo Stream to sync with. Otherwise the camera roll is part of your backup, either iCloud or iTunes backup depending on which you use. You must restore the entire backup.
I have the same problem. I restored from an iCloud backup after erasing all content. Everything's back to normal. Except for the Camera Roll. It remains empty. It only downloaded the last 15 pictures from my Photostream. For a few minutes my photos app showed "Downloading 0 from 1327 photos". After a while that was gone as well.
I'm sure my restored iCloud backup should still contain these pictures as it states that the backup size is 4,5 GB. My camera roll was about 3,2 GB so that makes sense.
Anyone got an idea on how to sort of restart the process that will download the photos from iCloud? I'm trying to figure this out for more than a week now and it's really starting to **** me off. Two and a half years of pictures are gone!
So is there any way I can get only my Camera roll and nothing else?
No. Restoring a backup whether from your computor or iCloud is all or nothing. There's no way to selectively restore one part of a backup.
With photos, you can also sync and import them to an app on your couputer, outside of the backjup. There's no way to do this on iCloud other than Photostream, which has to be set up BEFORE taking the pictures.
That's true. You can only restore complete backups.
I got my pictures back, the ugly way though. What I did:
- made an iCloud backup of my phone (only 2GB instead of the earlier 4GB, because the camera roll was empty)
- restored my last iTunes backup, this was a month old. It was made right before i upgraded to iOS5.
- My pictures were back on my iPhone so i downloaded them to my PC.
- Then I restored the iCloud backup from my phone. The one I made before I restored the iTunes backup.
The pictures where gone again, but at least I had them on my PC.
I don't trust iCloud backups anymore. The backup itself holds all your settings and remembers which apps and data you had installed. But it went wrong when it had to redownload the pictures from the cloud. It was a hard lesson learned. From now on I'll backup my pictures once in a while. I was used to what Apple promises: that everything "just works". No, it doesn't.
Hey I'm also experiencing the same problem.
After updating to iOS 5.0.1, I have a little problems with my network on the phone. So I was told to backup everything and reset everything and restore back my last backup. Okay so I back up using iCloud, and when I restore everything back .EVERYTHING was there, except for my 700 photos from camera roll.
So, being paranoid and concern, I reset everything again without backing up, and used my last back up to restore everything again. My pictures are still not there.. Where on earth did they go?! I need them back!
I have the same issue. The pictures were downloading into my camera roll and then they jus disappeared. I want them back what can I do ? The back up still states for e.g "178 MB" next to the camera roll however I still dont have my photos in the phone. Is there a way to get them back? Secondly I did not turn the Photo stream on when I had setup icloud since it already showed my camera roll was backed up :/
did anyone get this issue sorted? I am having the exact same issue. backed up to new iphone from icloud and everything was restored except my camera roll. It says it is downloading 1 of 6000 photos but it has been saying that for 2 days. Also when i backed up it loaded and then deleted most of my apps. I went to the apple store and they were useless - they told me this backup would work no problem! When I sync with itunes it says i have 11gb of photos on the phone but they are not there. HELP!!