How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with/Without Backup

Accidentally deleted some important files on your iPhone or iPad? Looking for a way to recover the deleted files? In this guide, we will show you how to recover deleted files from iPhone iPad with and without backup.

By iMobie | Posted on: Nov. 19, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2018

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Losing all or some of files on iPhone iPad can happen for various reasons, such as accidental deletion, hardware damage, iOS upgrade failure, etc. In such cases, if you have backed up your device and are quite sure that the backup stores all the files you lost, then you can simply get them back by restoring your device from the iCloud or iTunes backup.

However, if the iTunes or iCloud backup you made before doesn’t contain the files you lost, or even made no backup in advance, then is it possible to recover the deleted files from iPhone iPad. The answer is absolutely YES! In this article, we will show you how to recover deleted files from iPhone iPad with and without Backup. No matter you have backup or not, you can find the best way to get your files back.

Before we start, there is something you must clear,

  1. The traditional ways of restoring from both iTunes and iCloud backup (Method 2 and Method 3) need you to erase all data on your device before the recovery process, and these erased files can’t be recovered anymore.
  2. Apple offers no way for iOS users to check the iTunes or iCloud backup files before restoring, or restore only certain file type. So, you have to be 100% sure that the iTunes or iCloud backup you choose to restore from do include the files you lost. Otherwise, you will lose more important data on your iPhone iPad and can’t retrieve the deleted files either.
  3. If you are not sure whether the backups you made before containing the files you deleted or not, Method 2 and Method 3 are not recommended. And in that case, Method 1 can be the safest choice to recover deleted files.

Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup

Just as we mentioned in the Note section above, the iTunes and iCloud backup way have many annoying limitations. So, lots of iPhone iPad users prefer to use some safe and professional data recovery tool to retrieve their deleted or lost files on iPhone iPad. Among so many iOS recovery tools in the market,  PhoneRescue for iOS is the most recommended, as it has helped over millions of iPhone iPad and iPod touch users recover wanted files successfully. And below are its outstanding features on retrieving files from iPhone iPad.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer ( or directly click the Download button below) > Run it.

Step 2 Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via a USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode >  Click on Right Arrow to continue.

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup – Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup – Step 2

Step 3 By default, all file types are checked. Check the file types you want to recover > Click on OK button to proceed.

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup - Step 3

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the items you want to recover > Click on To Computer button to download them to computer or To iDevice button to get them to your device.

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup – Step 4

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad without Backup – Step 4

Method 2. How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with iTunes Backup

To recover deleted files with iTunes backup, make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 1 Open iTunes on your computer > Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2 Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in iTunes > Select Restore Backup option as the screenshot shows.

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with iTunes Backup - Step 2

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with iTunes Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Pick the backup contains the files you want to restore > Click Restore button to start the recovery process.

Method 3. How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with iCloud Backup

It is worth reminding that restoring from iCloud backup will erase not only all data on your device, but also all the settings.

Step 1 Go to “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with iCloud Backup - Step 1

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone iPad with iCloud Backup – Step 1

Step 2Follow the onscreen setup steps to reach the Apps & Data screen > Tap Restore from iCloud Backup option.

Step 3 Sign in your iCloud account (Apple ID) > Choose backup > Choose the iCloud backup that stores the files you want to restore.

The Bottom Line

With above 3 methods, you may have recovered your deleted files on iPhone or iPad successfully. And as you can see from above, Method 1 can be the most ideal way for you to recover deleted files on iPhone iPad, as it has no data loss risk. By the way, don’t forget to share this tutorial with others to help them recover deleted files on iPhone iPad.

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iMobie

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