How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, September 12, 2017

Situation: "The panic is rising from my stomach when I delete important files in my iPhone 6s by mistakes. I tried to restore the incredibly important but deleted files, but all is in vain. How Can I recover these deleted files?"

Analysis: It is no wonder that "panic is rising", because we store tons of important files in the iPhone. But don't worry, you can still recover the deleted files from iPhone X/8/7/6/5/4. Firstly, you should know where the deleted files are stored on 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.

Then you should stop using your iPhone and use a suitable iOS file recovery to retrieve the lost files as soon as possible


SolutionFonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can bring your deleted data back from iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s/5 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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Recover Deleted Files From iPhone Without Backup

Step 1: Connect iPhone to the computer

Launch the program and connect your iPhone to the computer with an USB cable.Then the program will pop up 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 "Start Scan" button at right side to scan out deleted files.

Scan and Analyze Your iPhone

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted files

After scanning is complete, all deleted/existing files on 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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There are also other two ways for you to get back lost files on iPhone, just go follow it:

Extract iTunes Backup to Recover Deleted Files:

Step 1: Select "Recover from iTunes Backup File"

Step 2: Start Scan

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted files on iPhone

Recover iPhone Files from iTunes Backups

Use iCloud Backup to Recover Deleted Files:

Step 1: Sign in your iCloud account

Step 2: Download and extract iCloud backup files

Step 3: Preview and restore wanted files

Recover iPhone Deleted Files from iCloud Backups

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 computer or iPhone.

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