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.

  • Lucas

    yeah but what sucks is I guess it backed up again and overwrote the existing backup so it deleted every picture in the backup after i jailbroke and re-synced everything. i’m pretty pissed. i lost all pictures from last september up until this week. stuff from my wedding and honeymoon weekend. 🙁

  • Tom

    Wow, I never just keep one copy of stuff like photos!
    Especially on a device I can lose or which can be easily damaged or stolen.

    Live and learn.

    Jailbreak is like being a Beta tester: “Always expect the worse and you will never be disappointed.”

  • Kel13

    I used iBackupBot for iTunes, the free trial version. Got my photos back in no time. Very easy to use.

  • Paul Buonopane

    I made a program for Windows users to recover the images as an alternative to the paid program recommended by this and several other blogs. It’s very simple, and is really only meant for this specific incident; it won’t recover anything other than the images. http://www.earth2me.com/products/spiritrecover (My contact info is on that site if you have trouble getting it to work)

  • James middleton

    But if it’s encrypted u can’t extract it, so how do u extract it???

    An answer would be much aprieciated

  • Paul Buonopane

    I’m not entirely sure that you can. If you know the password, it’s theoretically possible, but not practically. Someone on another blog mentioned something about Oxygen Suite trial for recovering encrypted files, but I haven’t tested it out myself.

    I know my program (SpiritRecover) will ignore any encrypted recovery backups it finds.

  • yeah i also got my photos back with iBackupBot

  • Excellent Software. Its good for ipod users.

  • Thanks for such a wonderful software, which recovers deleted photos just in few steps from ipod. can You provide me the free download link of this software.