For personal reasons that will not be detailed here, I have strong reason to believe that an unauthorised person has had access to my iPhone. They have used that access to edit my photos and videos, and also to delete the originals.

Is there any way I can obtain the originals of the photos and videos? This being an iPhone, they have been backed up to iCloud.

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    I've (seriously) edited this question to try and make it be just about the photography aspects as that's all that we can help with here. For any legal questions, you'll need to talk to a lawyer. – Philip Kendall Jan 27 at 12:48

On my iPhone in the Photos app you can revert to the original picture at any time. Select the picture you suspect has been edited, select “Edit”. If the picture has been edited, you will see “Revert” in the lower right corner of the screen. Touch that and it will ask if you want to “Revert to Original”.


Just for the photography part: If someone has your cloud storage login credentials and physical access to your phone and changed your photos there, you basically have limited means of recovering the photos.

  • If you have a backup of your phone data that is from prior of the event, you may have the photos in there
  • If your photo cloud provider has the ability to store versions of files, you might be able to roll them back there. Apple iCloud does not provide this for photos as far as I know.

This means, usually there is no chance to roll back a file if it has been written over the old version.

Apart from that, the situation is more of a legal case. Breaking into someone else's accounts is probably no little offense. You should get yourself a lawyer.


You answered your own question. The cloud has your files. However, this is not a photography question and we have no way of knowing if you are the owner of said camera. You could be the person who is trying to access someone else's pics. I suggest we remove this question.


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