How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone with/without Backup

Attempt to recover deleted files from iPhone? In this iMobie guide, we will introduce you two simple methods to recover deleted files from iPhone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 18, 2021

It is quite a common phenomenon that you may lose some valuable files on iPhone due to various kinds of reasons like accidental deletion, new iOS update, jailbreak, device crash, etc. Data loss on iPhone can drive you crazy if you have no ideas on how to retrieve them. But you have no need to worry about it too much because there is always a practical method that can help you get back the deleted files on your iPhone.

In this guide, we will offer you several workarounds to recover deleted files from iPhone effortlessly, no matter you have created backups or not. Check them now.

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Recover Deleted Files on iPhone from the Recently Deleted Album

If what you would like to find is photos, the first method that you should apply must be the “Recently Deleted” album. Normally, when we delete pictures on iPhone from the camera roll or some other albums, the photos will not permanently disappear but be moved to the “Recently Deleted” album and save them there for 30 days. Before that date, you can easily get them back to the original album. Here are the detailed steps,

  1. Go to Photos App > Tap on Albums > Scroll down to find the Recently Deleted album.
  2. Open Recently Deleted album > Preview the recently deleted photos and check if there are the photos you want to recover.
  3. Click Select > Select the photos you want to recover > Tap on Recover in the bottom right corner.

Besides, the “note” data is also similar to the “photos”. You can also find a “Recently Deleted” folder where you can find the notes deleted within 30 days. Simple steps:

Open the “Notes” App > Tap the “Recently Deleted” folder > You will see what you have there.

As the photos deleted within 30 days go to the “Recently Deleted” album, this is a possible solution to recover recently deleted photos from iPhone. However, unlike Mac or PC computer, there is no recycle bin on an iPhone. Normally, the deleted files will stay on your iPhone for 30 days. Therefore, if the photos are deleted for more than 30 days, you can take other measures to recover permanently deleted photos from your iPhone.

Hopefully, you can recover the recently deleted files. If not, please keep reading about more possible methods.

Recover Deleted iPhone Files on iPhone from iCloud/iTunes Backups

If you cannot find what you want in the “Recently Deleted” album, the files you’d like to recover might be permanently deleted. In such situations, you must wonder “how do I recover permanently deleted files on my iPhone?” Well, iCloud or iTunes can help if you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud in advance.

Before we take advantage of iCloud/iTunes backups to recover deleted items on iPhone, we need to know three important facts.

1. What is backed up in iCloud/iTunes?

We have to make sure that the iCloud/iTunes backup can back up most of the data that we are using such as photos, contacts, notes, calendar, etc.

2. iCloud/iTunes backup will not allow you to preview what is in it

The backup file is secured as an integral folder. There is no way to preview or check the iCloud backup files unless using some professional technologies.

3. iCloud/iTunes restoring feature requires erasing the iPhone first

When we want to put the backup file back on the iPhone, we need to erase the device first. Thus, the existing data and files on your iPhone will be overlapped. It would put you at another high risk of losing some other important data and files if the important data is not covered in the iCloud backup.

If you insist on recover deleted files from iCloud/iCloud drive/iTunes, you can further learn how to recover deleted files from iCloud or How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup.

If you do not like the traditional iTunes/iCloud restoring methods, we have another option, with which you can preview the backup files and restore the files without erasing your iPhone. And it is PhoneRescue for iOS. It differs from the traditional ways of restoring from iCloud/iTunes since PhoneRescue for iOS will not erase any data on your iPhone. You can also view the backup files to check whether it contains the files you’d like to restore. You can selectively recover what you need instead of all types of content.

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Step 1. Download PhoneRescue for iOS and connect your iPhone.

Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your computer > Connect your device to the computer > Choose the mode – Recover from iCloud.

Click on Recover from iCloud

Click on Recover from iCloud

Step 2. Log in to your iCloud account and choose the iCloud backup.

Log into the iCloud account > You will see all the content in your iCloud > Select iCloud Backup to recover files deleted from iCloud.

Click on iCloud Backup

Click on iCloud Backup

Step 3. Preview deleted files and recover them from iCloud.

Preview files before recovering > Recover the selected items from iCloud to your iPhone or your computer.

Preview and Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud

Preview and Recover Deleted Photos from iCloud

If you have made an iCloud backup before deleting files, just refer to the guide below to selectively recover deleted files from iPhone with iCloud backup: How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone with iCloud >

How to Recover Deleted Files on iPhone without Backup

If you still cannot find the deleted files on iPhone in the backup files, we need to try another professional “iPhone data recovery” tool.

The Best Tool to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone

To safely recover the deleted files from iPhone, you need to take the aid of the best iPhone data recovery tool, which can not only help you retrieve lost iPhone data from iTunes or iCloud backup without replacing current data but also makes it possible for you to directly recover them from your iPhone even without any backup. And PhoneRescue for iOS is just the exact tool. 

PhoneRescue for iOS is developed to help iPhone iPad iPod users recover multiple types of iOS data and files on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Except guaranteeing you the safety of your files and the usability of the program, PhoneRescue for iOS also has some incomparable advantages:

  • Enjoy the world’s highest recovery success rate, it has helped 5,700,000 iOS users recover deleted or lost files successfully.
  • Support to recover as many as 31 types of iOS contents, including photos, messages, and attachments, notescontactsphotos, videos, reminders, calendars, Safari bookmarks, Safari history, app documents, etc.
  • Support to find and recover deleted files and data from iPhone, iTunes backup, and iCloud backup. Whether you have made a backup or not before deleting the files, you have the chance to get what you have lost with PhoneRescue for iOS.
  • Supports All modes of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, including the newest iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro(Max) as well as all iOS versions: iOS 14/13/12/11/10.

If you have no backup available, you may need PhoneRescue to directly recover your deleted files. To recover deleted data from iPhone, firstly you should download PhoneRescue for iOS free trial to your Windows or Mac computer, and then follow the steps below to recover deleted files from iPhone.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone and choose Recover from iPhone directly.

Connect your device to the computer via USB cable, choose the Recover from iOS Device mode, and click on the Right Arrow icon to continue the file recovering process.

PhoneRescue for iOS

PhoneRescue for iOS

Step 2. Choose the types of files and start to scan your deleted files.

Select the category that you would like to recover and click OK > PhoneRescue will scan your device to find files on your iPhone.

Select Photos Category Only

Select Photos Category Only

Step 3. Preview deleted files and recover them to your iPhone.

You can preview those files that you deleted, and choose any of them to have a recovery. There are two recovery options, you can directly recover the files like contacts, messages, and notes back to your iPhone, and you can also save your deleted media files like photos to your computer.

Preview the Photos and Choose to Recover

Preview the Photos and Choose to Recover

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The Bottom Line

This tutorial also applies to recover deleted files on an iPad or iPod touch on iOS. If you meet any problem when recovering with PhoneRescue for iOS, be free to contact us by sending an email, we will reply to you as soon as possible! Download the free trial of PhoneRescue for iOS to have a try >

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.