help find photo, saved as wallpaper

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by cs123456, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. cs123456 macrumors member


    Apr 9, 2008
    Trying to restore/locate an iPhone pic that I accidentally deleted (while driving – I know; I’m bad) from my iPhone. However, this photo is currently saved as my active wallpaper on my iPhone, yet I do not see it in the wallpaper setting selections. I already sync, but could not find the file. Can I access it via iTunes some how or through Explorer? Thx!!! :D
  2. Racktacular macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    I have the same problem. I actually also posted a thread and no one has responded yet. Hopefully someone will know.
  3. paulold macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2008
    Washington, DC
    This is an obvious question, but did you look in the Camera Roll? You can access the Camera Roll via the Camera (icon on the lower left), via Photos (it's the first photo album in the list) or via Settings...Wallpaper. When you go to Settings... Wallpaper, at the top will be a folder called Wallpaper, which only contains the wallpaper images that come with the iPhone. I'm not sure how one adds to that folder. Below this will be folders for the Camera Roll first and then any photo albums/folders you've synced to your iPhone.

    My current wallpaper image is an image I took with my iPhone. I have not deleted the image from my iPhone yet. It does not appear in the Wallpaper folder even though I am using it as wallpaper. It appears in the Camera Roll folder.

    I also use iPhoto on my mac. It's set to launch anytime a camera is plugged into the computer. Thus, whenever I plug in my iPhone, iPhoto wakes up and offers to import the photos to my iPhoto Library. (I then have to ask it to import them - it doesn't do it automatically.) I might change this setting and launch iPhoto myself anytime I want to import new photos.

    If your photo no longer appears in the Camera Roll and yet it's still visible as your wallpaper, that suggests there's a copy of the image stored in a hidden folder within the phone. If it were an iPod, I might be able to find it, but I have not learned how to access hidden folders on a iPhone yet. And I'm not someone who's into unlocking or jailbreaking.

    At the same time my PC crashed, I had exchanged my iPhone for a new one due to a faulty battery. Thus I was not able to sync the new phone with my old data. Amongst the stuff I lost on my iPhone were a few photos I took. I tried asking in a separate thread if photos are somehow transferred to the pc whenever you sync your iPhone, but I never heard from anyone. If so, I could use my mac to search my pc's harddrive to retrieve the photos. Something tells me they don't come off your iPhone unless you import them into a program like iPhoto, however.
  4. Racktacular macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    Thanks for the reply. I can only comment on my phone, but I will say that there is not a copy of the wallpaper in the camera roll. I actually went through all the pictures, in every folder, that I have on the iPhone and my wallpaper pick isn't in there. I double checked iPhoto on my mac too and it wasn't there either. It would suck if the wallpaper is in some "hidden folder". Can anyone help out with that?
  5. cs123456 thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 9, 2008
    Maybe we have to break-in, to find the hidden folder :(
  6. honeygreentea macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008

    hey guys, i think this may be the folder you're looking for: "/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/". sorry if i'm wrong, or glad i could help if i'm correct.
  7. catharinelatyon macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    I am having the same problem with my iphone. i have a very important photo saved as a wallpaper, but I can't see it in the camera roll. how could i get this photo onto my computer?
  8. kaibosh123 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2008
    Hey same thing happened but FOUND IT (but read it first)

    Ok, so if yours is jailbroken (I have mine on 1.1.4),

    download the Capture app from installer, I know it's red, but just trust me here. Click on it, and say Launch.

    Lock the iphone, when you wake it (don't unlock it, just press a button for the screen) you should see a bar thing with an orange button that says like take or something and a black one that says exit. RIGHT AFTER YOU WAKE IT, SAY SNAP OR TAKE OR WHATEVER IT SAYS, that is to avoid it from turning off the screen again. WAIT UNTIL THE LITTLE BAR THING COMES BACK UP!!!

    THEN (you can now un-install it if you want, for future screenshots, there is an app with a grey install button called ScreenShot)

    download the MobileFinder with the grey install button. After that, click on the little '~' icon in the top right hand corner, click twice on media, click twice on DCIM, then double click on 100APPLE. Scroll until you find the picture that was taken with the screenshot, then in the lower right hand corner is a "send" button. click it once, then on the lower left is an "email" button.

    Email it to yourself, and then download it, then sync it to iPhone.

  9. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    The wallpaper is stored in your iPhone in a directory called private\var\mobile\library. If your phone is jailbroken you can go and copy it out of there onto your PC.

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