Although Spirit is probably the easiest and fastest jailbreak ever, it does come with its share of problems. After jailbreaking their iDevice with Spirit, many people reported the loss of their pictures. This issue was fixed by Comex when he released an update to Spirit, but what happens to those of you who lost their pictures before the update?

I spotted an article that explains how to recover those missing pictures after jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad with Spirit. The process is pretty simple and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

For this to work, you will have had to backup your iPhone or iPad before jailbreaking. If you did not backup your device before jailbreaking with Spirit, then this will not work for you.

How to recover deleted photos from your iPhone or iPad after jailbreaking with Spirit

Step 1: If you haven’t already, install OpenSSH from Cydia.

Step2: Download iPhone Backup Extractor (for Windows 32 bit or 64 bit – for Mac OS X).

Step 3: Launch iPhone Backup Extractor. It will automatically find backups available on your machine. Select the right one.

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Step 4: Navigate to Media/Media/DCIM and select this folder. Click next to save it on your computer.

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Step 5: Using CyberDuck for Mac of WinSCP for Windows, SSH into your device.

  • To find your IP address, on your device, go to Settings > Wifi > Tap on the blue arrow of the network you’re on.
  • Username is root. Password is alpine

Step 6: Navigate to User/Media and replace the existing DCIM folder by the one you downloaded to your computer in step 4.

Step 7: Reboot your device.

Done! All your lost pictures after using Spirit should be recovered.