Save Your Memories: How to Extract Photos from iPhone Backup Files

Photos are a funny thing. On one hand, they’re how we remember our lives. No one wants a photo-less life to look back on. On the other hand, we’re terrible at saving our photos when we sync our phones with our computers. 

Let’s say you just restored your iPhone but forgot to pull the photos off and put them neatly into iPhoto before you restored, you just did it on an impulse.

Before you restored, iTunes made a backup of every file on your iPhone. That’s good. Now how do we crack it?

  1. First, download the iPhone/iPod Touch Backup Extractor for your Mac.
  2. Next, open the Backup Extractor and click the Read Backups button. This will create a new window that lays over the previous window with a list of iPhone backup files that are living on your harddrive.
  3. Find the date of the most recent backup that you want to pull photos from. Select the backup and click Choose.
  4. Next, scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of items and select iOS Files. That’s where all of your photos are. Click Extract and choose the folder that you want to save a new folder to, also called “iOS Files.”
  5. Find the new iOS Files folder that you just extracted, open it and click the folder called “media.” Open the folder called DCIM and the subsequent folder inside. 

Bingo! You’ve unlocked your photos from your backup. Select the ones you want to save, drag them into iPhone or upload them to Flickr or Facebook and you’ve just saved some of your precious memories.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland (via)
Just came across this on Flickr’s blog. Gorgeous shot.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland (via)

Just came across this on Flickr’s blog. Gorgeous shot.

Days 1-3 of my 365 Project.

I missed my camera so I thought I’d pick it up and do something with it every day. I don’t know what kind of path the project will take but I’m excited for it. I hope you’ll follow along.

The rest of my pictures are available on my Flickr.

Last week I had a photo shoot with Shane from He’s a local photographer from the Denver/Boulder area who’s trying an interesting project in 2010. Pioneered famously last year by, the business model that both endeavors follow is simple: for each day in one year, the amount you pay corresponds to how many days have passed in the year plus $1.

After the shoot he profiled me and my iPhone app on his website.

If you’re in the Denver, Boulder or the surrounding areas and need some professional pictures taken, definitely shoot Shane an email.

Four reasons the 4th generation iPhone will not have a front-facing camera


The picture above has been making its way around the Internet this afternoon and claims, unfoundedly, that there is a 70% chance the 4th generation iPhone will have a front-facing camera. I’ve never been quite sure why there is a demand for a front-facing camera in addition to the obvious rear facing one. Regardless, here is why the 4th generation iPhone will not have a camera facing you.

Space/Form Factor - Two cameras means there needs to be more electronics inside to handle both cameras. Assuming that the iPhone either keeps the same thickness measurement or gets slightly slimmer, Apple can’t afford to sacrifice space for other technologies to include two cameras.

No Video Conferencing - Video conferencing strains the battery significantly so in order for the iPhone to do video conferencing, the battery would need to be much larger. A larger battery would hurt the form-factor again, another reason why a front-facing camera is out.

It’s Impractical - Look at the latest additions that came in the iPhone 3GS: shooting brief videos, a faster processor, a compass, voice commands. What do they have in common? They’re all practical (though the compass helps this case the least aside from its GPS capabilities). Aside from vanity shots and making sure your hair is alright before a date, what use does a front-facing camera have?

It’s a Phone - First, the iPhone is just that — a phone. Second, the iPhone is made for the everyday customer, not for the Fortune 1000 business exec and even the exec is going to lend his voice before he lends his face to meetings be may be missing. Everyday users aren’t going to pull up a video chat to talk with friends; they’re going to make a phone call or send a text message. Apple will leave the video chat to their laptops and iChat.

I would flip the odds on this prediction and give the chance of seeing a front-facing camera a generous 30%. That being said, I seriously doubt we’ll see more than one camera in the next version of the iPhone.