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How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone without Backup (2021 Updated)

2021-05-08 17:01:58/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Recovery Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

"I forgot to back up my iPhone; how to recover deleted files from iPhone without backup?"

Are you worrying about not being able to restore an unbacked up iPhone? Relax, just follow this post, and you can easily get out of the predicament.


The iPhone has attracted many smartphone users because of its high-quality camera, smooth operating system, large-capacity storage, and other cool features. And because of its huge storage capacity, you can store many files in the iPhone, such as contacts, text messages, call logs, videos, photos, music, and even applications such as Viber and WhatsApp.

However, because of some unintentional mistakes, you lost the data on the iPhone, and worse, you did not make any backups for the iPhone data. So, can we perform iPhone data recovery without backup on iTunes or iCloud?

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Part 1. Can I Recover iPhone Data without Backup?

Data loss is the most common problem for all smart device users. Some users have the habit of backing up iPhone, so they can restore lost or deleted iPhone data from the backup files. But what if lost everything on iPhone with no backup? Can I recover iPhone data without backup? The answer is "yes".

The iPhone device uses a built-in software called "SQLite database" that can be used to save and restore iPhone data. Once you delete some data on the device, these data will not be deleted from the iPhone immediately, they will still exist, but people will not see them. And if you continue to use your iPhone at this time and save new content, this will cause the previously deleted data to be overwritten by the new data, thus making them completely disappear from the device.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that once you find data loss, stop using your iPhone device, and immediately use professional iPhone data recovery software to recover the deleted data from the device, rescue them and save them on your computer.

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Part 2. Recover Deleted Files from iPhone without Backup within 30 Days

If you delete photos from the "Camera Roll" on iPhone, Apple will temporarily store the deleted photos in the "Recently Deleted" album. You can restore photos from the "Recently Deleted" album within 30 days from the day you delete the photos. Please note that the "Recently Deleted" album only appears on iPhone/iPad/iPod running iOS 8 or later.

To recover deleted photos from the iPhone's "Recently Deleted" album without backing up, follow these steps:

  • Open the "Photos" app in your iPhone.
  • Find the Album "Recently Deleted", and open it. You can see the photos that you have deleted within 30 days are here.
  • Tap the "Select" button on the top right corner.
  • Handpick the photos that you need to recover.
  • Tap "Recover"/"Restore" to retrieve them to Camera Roll.

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Part 3. Recover Deleted iPhone Data without Backup with iPhone Data Recovery

An ultimate solution to recover all deleted data and files from iPhone, iPad, and iPod without backup, is using a professional iPhone data recovery utility called MobiKin Doctor for iOS. With the help of the software, you can scan your iOS device and perform the data recovery from iPhone without backup. By the way, if you have an iTunes backup, the software can also restore lost iPhone data from backup easily.

What Can Doctor for iOS Do for You:

  • Recover lost iPhone data like contacts and messages without backup.
  • Recover various data types like contacts, photos, videos, messages, call logs, WhatsApp data, notes, calendar, reminders, voice memos, and so on.
  • You can preview the iPhone data before recovery.
  • It supports recovering data from iPhone directly or restoring from iTunes backup.
  • Compatible with almost all iOS devices, including iPhone 12/11/11 Pro (Max), iPhone X/XS/XR/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus, iPad Pro/Air/4/mini, and iPod touch.

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Below is how to recover data from restored iPhone without backup by using Doctor for iOS:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer

After downloading and installing the iPhone data recovery software on your computer, launch it and connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Once the software detects the connected iPhone, you can highlight the "Recover from iOS Device" mode.

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Step 2: Scan iPhone for deleted data

All recoverable file types are displayed. Just choose the data types you want to get backup and click on the "Start Scan" button to let the software start looking for lost files on the device. After the scan process finishes, all recoverable data will be scanned out and listed on the screen. You can preview the data and select the one(s) you want to recover.

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Step 3. Start to recover iPhone data that is not backed up

After you have selected all the data you need, you can hit on the "Recover to Computer" button from the bottom right to save all recovered iPhone data on your computer. That is all about how to restore iPhone without iCloud backup or iTunes backup.

Doctor for iOS can also restore iPhone data from iTunes backup. Here is how:

Recover from iTunes backup: Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" mode > Select the backup file you want > Click "Start Scan" > Preview and select the data you need > Click "Recover to Computer".

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Part 4. FAQs about iPhone Data Recovery without Backup

Question 1: Can I recover iPhone data after reset?

Answer: Yes! It is entirely possible to restore data from iPhone after factory reset. You only need to remember one premise, as long as the deleted data is not overwritten by new data, they all have a chance to be restored. Of course, choosing a reliable iPhone data recovery software is the key.

Question 2: Can I recover the iPhone data I deleted for a long time?

Answer: Yes! As mentioned above, it still depends on whether the lost data has been completely overwritten by the new data. If not, then you can use iPhone data recovery software to retrieve the deleted data. Of course, if you have backed up your device before, it is also a very convenient way to recover deleted data from the backup file.


How to restore iPhone data without backup, is an annoying problem faced by many users. By reading this article, we know that it is possible to recover lost iPhone data without backing up. You only need to use MobiKin Doctor for iOS. With the help of this software, all content deleted due to any unexpected events will return to its previous state. Nevertheless, we still recommend that you develop a good habit of backing up your device regularly. This will save you from the hassle of data loss.

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