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How to Recover Lost iPhone Data without Backup in 2022

DoubtUser Concern

“My iPhone won't boot proerply and I made a hard reset and follow the instructions to update using iTunes. The device was restored to factory settings and I lost all my photos and videos. I know it's stupid for me not to back it up in iTunes or iCloud. Is there a way to recover all my lost data without backup?”

For iOS users, what was known is that lost data can be retrieved by restoring device from iTunes or iCloud backup. However, this is feasible on condition that users have created backup before.

To be honest, not many people back up their iPhone or iPad regularly. What if there is no available backups for your iPhone? Is it still possible to recover lost iPhone data without backup?

In this article, we will show you how to retrieve deleted files from iPhone without backup. Also, we will explain how you can restore iPhone data from backup if you have made previously.

Part 1. Can I Recover Lost iPhone Data without Backup?

Well, the answer is YES. You can recover lost data from iPhone wtihout backup. Actually, the deleted files are not completely removed from your iPhone. They are still saved on the device, but invisible. You can make use of professional data recovery tool to retrieve them back.

However, you should immediately stop using your iPhone and perform the recovery once you have noticed that you had lost data. It is because that any new files added to the device will lead to data overwritten, making the deleted files completely gone and unrecoverable.

In the following part, we will walk you through the steps to recover lost or deleted iPhone with or without backup.

Part 2. How to Recover Lost or Delete iPhone Data without Backup

You can turn to FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery for help if you are eager to recover lost data without an iTunes or iCloud backup. As a professional iOS data recovery tool, this program can help users recover as many as 22 types of data directly from iPhone or from iTunes and iCloud backup.

The supported files are contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, notes, voice memos, voicemails, etc. And it is compatible with the latest iPhone 14/13 models and iOS 16/15.


Steps to Recover Lost Data from iPhone without Backup

Step 1. Download, install and launch the iPhone data recovery program on your computer. Click on "Recover from iOS Device" in the main interface.

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Step 2. Now connect your iOS device to computer. After the connection, choose the data you want to recover and click on "Scan", the program will start to scan the device to detect the deleted data.

start scan iphone

Step 3. Once the scanning has done, you have chances to preview the detected files in detail for free. Choose any files you want to restore and click on "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

preview photos ios

Part 3. How to Recover Lost or Delete iPhone Data with Backup

FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery can also be used to recover from iTunes or iCloud backup without the device in hand if you found your iPhone stolen or broken. And it can be applied to almost all models of iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Recover Lost Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Launch FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and switch to "Recover from iTunes Backup".

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Step 2: The program will detect all iTunes backup files on this computer. Select the one that has your lost data and click "Next".

select itunes backup

Step 3: In the next page, choose the data you want to scan and recover, then tap on "Scan" to begin scanning.

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Step 4: Now preview and check the files you need, then click "Recover" to save the data to your computer.

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Recover Lost Data from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Run FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and choose "Recover from iCloud". Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

sign in icloud

Step 2: Choose the data types you want to recover and then click on "Scan" to begin downloading iCloud data.

select icloud file types

Step 3: Once you've downloaded the data, select the data you want to recover and preview them in details, then click "Recover".

preview photos icloud

Part 4. Frequently Asked Questions about iPhone Data Recovery

Can I recover iPhone data after factory reset?

Restoring iPhone to factory settings will deleted the data on the device permanently. There is no data recovery tool can recover data from iPhone after factory reset, so does FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery.

If you have made a backup in iTunes or iCloud, then FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery can help you extract and recover data from the backup.

Can I recover data I deleted 1 year ago?

It depends. If you hadn't use the device after data loss, you can recover the data with the help of third-party data recovery software. Or, if you have made a backup at that time, you can get back the deleted data by restoring your device from the backup.

Can I recover data if my iPhone scren is broken?

If your computer can still recognized your iPhone, FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery supports to directly scan the broken device and recover lost data. If not, you can use it to extract data from iTunes/iCloud backup if you have made before.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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