How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: September 17, 2020

How do I recover lost photos on my iPhoneX/8/7/6 without backup? I had to restore it but when I restored it, the last backup was August. I've lost a lot of photos, apps, contacts, messages and bookmarks. Can I recover iPhone data without backup?

We all cherish our photos because they give new form to important people, events, places or things in our life where they will always stay as they were when their images were taken while they themselves inevitably change.

This is why it's such a tragedy when one's photos are accidentally deleted and he or she didn't make backups of them. For example: Restoring your iPhone's factory settings can end up deleting all the media you saved on your iPhone.

If you are like a majority of iPhone owners, it's likely you didn't make any additional copies—making it harder to restore your precious photos from your iPhone without backup. However, in this article, you will learn how to recover deleted photos from iPhone without backups.

Part 1. Why Can You Recover Lost Photos Even without BackupPart 2. Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Lost Photos on iPhone without BackupsPart 3. Avoid Photo Loss: Backup iPhone Photos to iCloud and iTunesVideo Guide: How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backups

Part 1. Why Can You Recover Lost Photos Even without Backup

There are pieces of open-source software that can help, but these are very complicated to use as they are designed like a command line tool that needs specialized knowledge to be used effectively.

The best course of action is to use a simple but trusted and powerful professional data recovery tool that lets you on how to recover deleted photos without backups or with any backups.

One such tool is FoneDog iOS Photos Recovery. An easy-to-use, all-inclusive data recovery program, iOS Data Recovery lets you recover and select deleted photos from your iPhone regardless whether you made backups of them to iCloud or iTunes and without restoring your mobile device.

Why Can You Recover Lost Photos Even without Backup

There are several reasons why this tool is highly recommended for recovering photos that were accidentally deleted and weren’t backed up:
  1. Supports a wide range of content apart from photos, including messages, videos, reminders, notes, calendar events, call history and contacts. (This means that no matter the kind of photos you want to retrieve, whether Camera Roll, Photo Stream or Photo Library photos, you can get them back.)
  2. Provides you with three ways to restore your deleted photos:
      • Directly from your iPhone without backup
      • Using the backups you made to iTunes
      • Using the backups you made to iCloud
  3. Lets you preview your deleted photos as thumbnails and retrieve the one(s) you want to get back instead of all of them and without doing a full iCloud or iTunes restore, making the data recovery process much easier.
  4. Features an easy-to-navigate user interface which ensures you can easily use the tool even if it’s your first time.
  5. Supports all of the iPhone models, from the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6/6s (Plus) and the iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8(Plus), iPhone X.
  6. Compatible with all of the iOS’ versions, from iOS 5 to iOS 11.
  7. Works well with both Windows and Mac computers.
  8. Guarantees that your data won’t be overwritten, ensuring a 100 percent safe data recovery. In fact, Fonedog has the highest recovery rate in the industry

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Part 2. Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Lost Photos on iPhone without Backups

  • Step #1. Download and Install the FoneDog toolkit. Connect your iPhone to your computer using its USB cable.
  • Step #2. Launch the toolkit on your PC, click the ‘Recover from iOS Device’ option.
Tips:

Install the latest version of iTunes before running FoneDog. It might not work as effectively as it can otherwise. To avoid automatically syncing your data, avoid launching iTunes and the Fonedog toolkit simultaneously. You can ensure this by disabling iTunes’ automatic syncing feature by launching iTunes > Preferences > Devices and then checking ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.

  • Step #3. Choose the type of data you want to recover, and Scan your iPhone for your lost photos by clicking ‘Start Scan’.This will take a few minutes, depending on the amount of saved data.
  • Step #4. Once you see your media come up, click ‘Pause’ to stop the scanning process.
  • Step #5. Preview the data that will consist of both your existing and lost data and that will be displayed in categories.
  • Step #6. Select the deleted photos on your iPhone by swiping on the ‘Only display the deleted items’ option.
  • Step #7. Preview the files that come up by clicking the file type on the left side of the window. A search box will appear on the top-right side where you can search for a specific file by typing a keyword in the search box.
  • Step #8. Retrieve your lost photos by putting a check mark in front of the box to select them and then click the ‘Recover’ button at the bottom-right side of the window. This saves them to your PC.

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Part 3. Avoid Photo Loss: Backup iPhone Photos to iCloud and iTunes

Not only you are supposed to know how to recover lost photos on iPhone without backups, but also you should be aware of making backups for your photos to avoid unnecessary data loss.

While you’re now likely to be more careful with your photos, it’s better to save copies of them in iCloud or iTunes to avoid having to go through the same ordeal of restoring them if they accidentally get deleted again. And it helps you of how to recover photos from broken iPhone without backup.

Step-by-step Guide to Backup Photos on Your iPhone to iCloud

  1. On your iPhone, open ‘Settings’ and select ‘iCloud’.
  2. Click ‘Backup’ at the end of the menu.
  3. Go to ‘iCloud Backup Settings’ and enable ‘iCloud Backup’.

This immediately displays a message that iTunes won’t back up your data as long as the iCloud Backup option is enabled.

When you sync or connect to a network, iCloud backs up all the data saved on your iPhone.

For your photos to get virtually instantaneously backed up to iCloud, enable the ‘Backup Now’ option in iCloud’s backup main screen. This backs up your photos that weren’t stored before.

Step-by-step Guide to Backup Photos on Your iPhone to iCloud

Guide on How to Backup Your iPhone Photos Using iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes, connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Select your device and right click on your iPhone on the device and choose the ‘Backup’ command.
  3. Then you will go to the summary tab and click the large Back Up Now button as shown in the middle of the window. Next, Click the Sync button at the bottom right of the window. The backing up progress window shows.

iTunes can backup all of your data automatically and regularly. Check whether you have accidentally disabled this feature on your iPhone. If you have, enable it to enjoy the convenience it provides.

If you choose iCloud over iTunes to back up your photos, know that you can store only up to 5GB of data to iCloud. But you can do so anytime on your account as long as you have access to a stable and reliable internet connection.

Guide on How to Backup Your iPhone Photos Using iTunes

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Video Guide: How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backups

Our photos are so valuable because they are tangible forms of our most precious memories, so do your best to keep them safe. But accidentally lose them on your iPhone, make sure you use a simple but trusted and powerful tool like FoneDog toolkit as well as back up your media to iCloud or iTunes. Here, we provide a video guide for you.

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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