By Stephanie / Last update April 7, 2022

Can you recover photos from iPhone if not backed up?

 

 

“I was accidentally deleted pictures last week in my iPhone X. How can I restore them without any backup (iCloud, iTunes, etc.)? Please help me. Thank you.”

- Question from Apple Communities

Have you ever accidentally deleted photos from your iPhone? When you’re regretful for the deletion, it’s not easy to find them back, especially without any backup file. Losing photos on an iPhone is a frustrating thing that no one wants to encounter.

When this happens, in order to increase your chances of recovering deleted photos from your iPhone without backup, you’d better use that iPhone as little as possible or turn it off, because the photos are not really lost but kept somewhere to be overwritten. It’s particularly easy to be lost forever.

Check the Recently Deleted folder

If you deleted those photos, the first step you need to do is to find them in the Recently Deleted folder. Some users thought the deleted photos were permanently deleted from iPhone but not in reality.

When you delete photos from your iPhone, they are moved to the Recently Deleted folder for 30 days before being permanently deleted. You could find deleted photos in one month.

Step 1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap “Albums” on the bottom bar.

Step 3. Scroll down and find the Recently Deleted folder under the Other Albums.

Step 4. Select the photos you want to restore and tap “Recover”.

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 [3 steps] Recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup

If you couldn’t find the photos you want in the Recently Deleted folder, it means the photos are permanently deleted from your iPhone. When you permanently delete photos or other files from your iPhone, the third-party iOS data recovery software is the best choice to help you recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup.

With iPhone data recovery software, it scans the iPhone storage and then recovers permanently deleted photos on iPhone without a backup. Many iPhone data recovery tools on the market can help you find deleted pictures back on iPhone, but AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS is one of the best.

★Key features of AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS:
Supports more than 10 types of iPhone data, including photos, videos, contacts, notes, WeChat history, etc.
Preview and selectively recover the iOS data you want.
User-friendly interface.
Support iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch with iOS 10 and later.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to the computer

Download and install AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS on your computer. It’s advised to use an original lightning cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.

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Step 2. Click “Scan Now”

Tap “Trust this computer” on your iPhone to authorize the computer. AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS will detect your iPhone automatically. Click “Scan Now” on the software to start the scanning process. It usually costs several minutes to complete.

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Step 3. Click “Recover”

All of your iPhone data found will be listed on the left panel. Click “Photos” and select the deleted photos and videos you want to restore, and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

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Bonus tip to avoid iPhone data loss

Unfortunately, the best iOS data recovery software couldn’t guarantee a 100% recovery success rate. If the iPhone data was deleted for a long time or covered by new data, it’s hard to restore.

Therefore, please be careful when you want to delete iPhone data and make a regular backup in your daily life. For those who don’t use iTunes or iCloud for making iPhone backup, there are must be some reasons as the following.

It’s complex to use iTunes or iCloud.
It will be interrupted due to iTunes internal error or third-party charging cable.
Lack of iCloud storage.
It costs lots of time to make an iPhone backup.

No worries! FoneTool could solve those problems perfectly. As a free iPhone backup tool, FoneTool supports full backup and custom backup. You could only make photos backup on your computer. It’s faster and more stable than iTunes and iCloud backup.

Besides, you could use FoneTool to transfer iOS data between iPhones and computers at lightning speed.

Bottom line

Using professional iOS data recovery software could be the only way to recover permanently deleted photos from iPhone without backup. AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS is that one!

As a useful and reliable iPhone data recovery tool, it could not help you recover permanently deleted photos, but videos, notes, contacts, voice memos, call history, WeChat history from iPhone. Overall, the software is easy to use and will walk you through a successful recovery process.

In addition, remember that backing up data on iPhone is critical for any Apple user who wants to avoid data loss. It’s recommended to use FoneTool to keep your vital iPhone data on your computer.