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Just had my iPhone 5 repaired and apple have wiped everything. Fine, I was expecting this. However, I now understand that my photostream which is on iCloud has a shelf life of 30 days. If this is true, I've lost every single photo between when I got the phone and now as I don't own a computer and haven't backed any of it up
The worst part is, my son was born in January and all the photos of his birth etc were on there.
Please someone tell me I can retrieve my photos and tell me how!
What's on your phone now? Presumably nothing if they've given you a replacement phone. What about contacts etc?
If you're absolutely sure that your photos aren't on your phone and there's nothing else that you're bothered about, try restoring the phone to factory settings. Then you'll have to set it up as if it was new. It'll ask you if you want to restore from an iCloud back up. Depends if you've done an iCloud back up since you got the phone
Also, have you checked that photo steam is turned on on your phone?
My photostream still has photos from at least 18 months ago, so if you follow Gwendoline's advice there's a good chance you'll get them back. My iPhone 5 is set to automatically upload new photos to iCloud when it's connected to wifi, and I'm pretty sure I didn't change that setting, so it's probably the default.
Thanks everyone. I think the apple shop is probably the best advice. I'll gladly pay a princely sum for those photos (which I've no doubt they'll charge!) When I got the phone back it drew down 450 photos from iCloud so they must've been on there but when I log in on the Internet on a laptop it's not showing anything (not even sure if it should?) My phone was definitely set to save them automatically and I did an update to make sure before I gave them the phone