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How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Friday, July 31, 2020

Feel panic when you accidentally deleted important files on iPhone 7 and have no idea how to get the lost files back? Well, then you come to the right place. Let's get straight to the point: there are still chances that you can recover the deleted files from iPhone 11, iPhone XS/XR/X, or iPhone 8/7 and earlier.

Firstly, you should know where the deleted files are stored on the iPhone.

The deleted files are still stored on your iPhone's internal memory, but they are in the area that is invisible to users. And the files just stay in the area temporally and can be overwritten by new data any minute. You can also find the deleted files on iPhone from old iCloud/iTunes backup.

  • The deleted files are still stored on your iPhone's internal memory, but they are in the area that is invisible to users. And the files just stay in the area temporally and can be overwritten by new data any minute.

  • You can also find the deleted files on iPhone from old iCloud/iTunes backup.

That is to say, you should stop using your iPhone and follow the methods in this post to recover deleted files on iPhone as soon as possible. Next, we will instruct you to recover the deleted files from iPhone without or with backup. 

Recover Deleted Files From iPhone Without Backup

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can bring your deleted data back from iPhone 11, iPhone XS/X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, and more. It is an easy-to-use utility providing three solutions for you to restore deleted files on iPhone:

  • Scan iPhone/iPad/iPod internal memory and recover deleted files without backup

  • Find deleted files from iTunes backup

  • Retrieve missing files from your iCloud backup

The iPhone file recovery software supports data recovery for 19 types of files on iPhone, including recovering deleted SMS/WhatsApp messages, contacts, photos, app photos, videos, contacts, call logs, notes, reminders, calendar, voicemail, safari bookmark/history, app documents and more.

You can free download the trial version here:

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Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer

Launch the program and connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. Your device will be detected automatically.


Connect iPhone to Computer via USB Cable

Step 2: Start scan your iDevice

After the main interface of software appears, you would see the three data recovery options for you. Select the first "Recover from iOS Device", and click the "Start Scan" button at the right side to scan out deleted files.


Scan and Analyze Your iPhone

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted files

After the scanning is complete, all deleted/existing files on the iPhone will be displayed on the windows. Choose the categories you want to recover to access the deleted files that you need. 

For example, if you are going to retrieve your photos, you can choose "Camera Roll" and if you want to recover messages, you can choose "Messages"

Finally, click "Recover" to get the deleted files back. 


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FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is so convenient that only within 3 steps you can recover the deleted files from iPhone. More than that, it can also help you extract the important files from your iTunes/iCloud backup. Let's move on and see how it works. 


Recover Deleted Files From iPhone With Backup

Before we use the traditional ways to restore deleted files from iTunes/iCloud, here are 3 things you should pay attention to:

  1. Make sure you've backed up the accidentally deleted files on iTunes/iCloud or you will fail the recovery.  

  2. You cannot preview the files.  The backup files on iTunes/iCloud are saved as a whole folder. That means you can only recover the whole folder to check if it has the files you need.

  3. Restore from iTunes/iCloud will erase your device first. Therefore, the existed data on your phone is at risk of being removed. 

If you want a better way to preview the files before restoring and avoid erasing the device, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can meet your needs. 


Use iTunes Backup to Recover Deleted Files:

Step 1: Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File".

Note: Make sure you have backed up your files on iTunes before or the program will not find the backup files.


Recover iPhone Files from iTunes Backups

Step 2: Click Start to Scan. If you have encrypted files, a prompt will pop out and ask you to enter the password to scan and recover them. 


Enter Password To Confirm


Step 3: Preview the deleted files on iPhone. Usually, the red file names are the deleted files. Check the files you need and click Recover to get the data back. 


Use iCloud Backup to Recover Deleted Files:

Recovering from iCloud backup is as simple as the steps above. 

Step 1: Sign in your iCloud account. 


Recover iPhone Deleted Files from iCloud Backups


Step 2: Download and extract iCloud backup files.

Step 3: Preview and click Recover to restore the wanted files.


ICloud Backup Preview


By using FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery, you can effectively retrieve lost files due to jailbreak, device damage, restoring to factory settings, etc. To avoid permanent data loss, it is important to back up iPhone to computer. FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore can help you back up everything in iPhone to PC and restore the backup to the computer or iPhone.

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