Retrieving lock screen picture

Julien

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Jun 30, 2007
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Have a friend that has a picture of his daughter as his lock screen. Her can't find the original and wants a copy. Is there a way to add the lock screen photo to the Camera Roll?
 

TC03

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Aug 17, 2008
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Ugh.

This is why we need better photo management, people lose valueable photos all the time.

Imagine hundreds of millions of children whose childhood is being stored on devices people don't know how to properly backup. By the time these kids are adults, most of the valueable stuff will be gone.
 

Nermal

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Try the demo of DiskAid. It can recover various things from an iPhone, although I don't know whether the lock screen image is one of them.
 

FoxFifth

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Oct 18, 2012
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The "If Found Lock Screen" app is meant to be used to add some text over your lock screen picture, e.g., "If found email xyz @ gmail.com"
I used it for that purpose and found that when it finished it saved a copy of the picture with text to the Camera Roll. I'm pretty sure it allows you to start with your current lock screen picture but not sure if you can trick it into saving the picture without any text. If not, you may be able to add a single character of text near the top or bottom and edit it out later. Worst case you'd be out 99¢. Here is a link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/if-found-lock-screen/id398340788?mt=8
 

thedeejay

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Aug 16, 2012
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Why don't you recommend that he takes a screenshot of the lock screen and then crops out the time and other elements leaving only the picture.
 

Julien

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The "If Found Lock Screen" app is meant to be used to add some text over your lock screen picture, e.g., "If found email xyz @ gmail.com"
I used it for that purpose and found that when it finished it saved a copy of the picture with text to the Camera Roll. I'm pretty sure it allows you to start with your current lock screen picture but not sure if you can trick it into saving the picture without any text. If not, you may be able to add a single character of text near the top or bottom and edit it out later. Worst case you'd be out 99¢. Here is a link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/if-found-lock-screen/id398340788?mt=8
Thanks, I will get him to download this and give it a try next week. Could just put a period in a corner and this would be unobtrusive.
 

Xenc

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May 8, 2010
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I wonder if it could be in your iTunes backup. It might be easier to find if you filter by images only.

Alternatively, try enabling the "Remove Motion" option* and lock your device. If you connect a charger there will be a brief moment where your wallpaper will be shown without any text in the way, ideal for taking a screenshot.

*This will show more of your wallpaper as iOS 7 zooms in slightly by default.
 

elfy

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Apr 26, 2011
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Ugh.

This is why we need better photo management, people lose valueable photos all the time.

Imagine hundreds of millions of children whose childhood is being stored on devices people don't know how to properly backup. By the time these kids are adults, most of the valueable stuff will be gone.
The real issue is, people need to learn how to back stuff up. I don't know how many times I've heard of people who have literally years worth of snaps on a camera's memory card that they never transfer anywhere else. Somewhere along the line with the advent of digital, and photos becoming too easy to take and store, we've forgotten the value of them. Back them up, print them, look at them now and again, otherwise what's the point?
 

tjhilder

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Jun 10, 2009
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Kent, UK
I was able to set up Dropbox to save photos on my iDevices, just gives a backup in case anything happens to the others.
 
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