Ultimate Guide: How to Recover Data from iPhone Without Backup


If you are an iPhone user, most likely you have encountered the frustrating issue of accidentally reset iPhone without backup when your device is dead or lost. The easiest way to recover your lost file is to retrieve it from a backup. However, you may not have backed up your data, or your iPhone may lose backup after factory resetting. In that case, what should you do to recover erased iPhone without backup?

This guide discusses several ways to recover data from iPhone without backup. Make sure you take a look at it if you want to get back your lost files.

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Part 1. FAQs on How to Recover Data from iPhone

Q1. Can Data Be Recovered After Deletion Without Backup?

Yes, you can. When files go missing on your iPhone due to deletion, or factory resetting, they are not completely erased from the phone. They are moved to the "unallocated" folder from the "Allocated" folder. So, with iPhone recovery software, it is possible to access the iOS database and restore lost files without a backup.

Q2. Can You Recover Data After Factory Reset on iPhone Without Backup?

There is a possibility, but most recovery programs can hardly find lost data from iOS devices after resetting. Normally, factory resetting an iPhone erases all data and settings on your device, returning it to its factory state. Besides, the existing files are overwritten with new files during the reset process, which makes them unrecoverable.

Q3. Is It Possible to Recover Data from Lost iPhone Without Backup?

No. When the iPhone gets lost, you'll no longer have access to it. Data recovery will need a direct connection to the iPhone or its backup files, which isn't possible without the device.

Part 2. How to Recover iPhone Data Without Backup

I accidentally restored my iPhone and lost everything without backup. Are you in the same situation? Worry not. You can use Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery to restore iPhone without backup.

It is made to specifically assist iOS users in recovering iPhone data after factory reset without backup. The "Recover from iOS Device" mode makes the restoration possible. You can directly recover deleted files like messages and contacts from your iPhone without a backup. It's very easy and, at the same time, efficient.

Key Features:

  • Recover deleted/lost files from iOS devices, iCloud & iTunes backup in one click.
  • Intuitive interface that is easy to use.
  • Recover lost/deleted contacts, messages, SMS attachments, call logs, photos, notes attachments, Safari, and more.
  • Compatible with the latest iOS 16.

Steps on how to recover data from iPhone without backup using iPhone Data Recovery:

01Launch the app on your computer after downloading and installing it. Choose the Recover from iOS Device module and connect the iPhone to the same computer with a lightning cable. Click Trust on your iPhone when asked.

click the trust option on your mobile device for recognition.

02Upon establishing the connection, the interface will be displayed as shown below. Please choose the desired data types from the interface and click on the Start Scan button to proceed with the scanning process. The software will scan all files in your iPhone and display them on the interface after the scan. Preview them, both deleted and existing.

scan the files in your iphone

03Choose a category from the left panel and see their detailed items in the right section. You can also turn on the Only display deleted item(s) icon to show deleted files. After choosing the files to restore, click the Recover to Computer button, and your deleted/lost files will be recovered to the PC.

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Want to get back deleted photos or videos on iPhone? Click here to see how to recover deleted photos from iPhone without backup. And here's how to restore deleted WhatsApp messages without backup if you also want to retrieve deleted chat history in chatting app like WhatsApp.

Part 3. How to Recover Data from Lost iPhone or After Factory Reset via Backup

If the unexpected happens and you realize that your iPhone is lost or you mistakenly did a factory reset, all your files will be gone. In such a case, the only way to get back these files is by restoring them from a backup. Luckily, Apple has designed solutions such as iTunes and iCloud to help users store their files. So, if you have backed up your files, then you are lucky because you can effortlessly restore the backup and get back the lost files. Besides, Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery not only can recover data from iPhone without backup but also recover iPhone data from iTunes and iCloud backup. All in all, I recommend you regularly back up your iPhone to a computer to avoid data loss.

3.1 How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone with Backup Using Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery

We have discussed how to recover deleted files from iPhone without backup using Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery in part 2. Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery also restores iPhones from iTunes or iCloud backup. We can all agree that it is one of the best tools on the market for data recovery. So, if you use iCloud or iTunes to save your files, iPhone Data Recovery restores your files in just a click.

1. Restore from iTunes Backup via iPhone Data Recovery

Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery scans all iTunes backups and then lists them on the interface with detailed information like size, name, time, version, and more. Also, you can preview the files before extracting the files from iTunes backup to your computer. Here are steps to recover your iPhone:

01Install the program on your PC, then choose the Recover from iTunes Backup File option on the left panel. The software will scan the iTunes backup location on the PC. Choose the backup file, then hit Start Scan.

choose recover from itunes backup file on coolmuster iphone data recovery

02Check the file types to be restored, then click the Start Scan tab.

click start scan button to scan your iphone data

03Tap on a file category on the left to open. Choose the detailed existing and deleted files. Lastly, tap the Recover to Computer button to recover your data from the iTunes backups.

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Further Reading:

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2. Restore from iCloud Backup via iPhone Data Recovery

You must reset the device before you can restore files from iCloud. However, with iPhone Data Recovery, you don't have to do that. You just have to sign into your account and recover the files from a backup. Here's how to recover an erased iPhone without backup from iCloud Backup via iPhone Data Recovery:

01Run the app on the computer and click on the Recover from iCloud Backup mode on the left. Now log into your iCloud account. When prompted for a 2-factor verification, enter the code you get on the iPhone and press Verify.

choose recover from icloud backup on coolmuster iphone data recovery.

02Select the files to restore and tap Next to initiate the scanning process. From there, preview more details of the iCloud backup.

click next to scan iphone data

03Choose the data you wish to recover, then hit the Recover to Computer tab to save the restored files.

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3.2 How to Restore from iCloud Backup

If you enabled iCloud backup on your device before it got lost or reset, you can easily restore the data. This feature is a true savior because any file on the device will automatically get backed up to iCloud. So, if your files get deleted by mistake, you should restore them from iCloud backup by doing this:

Step 1. First, reset your iPhone to its factory settings if it's already set up. This will let you access the setup page to start the data backup process. To reset your device, head to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

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Step 2. Once you have successfully reset your iPhone, you will reach the Apps & Data screen showing different locations to Restore your device. Connect the iPhone to a reliable Wi-Fi and select the Restore from iCloud Backup option.

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Step 3. Select the most recent backup you created on the iCloud account and wait for the restore procedure to finish. Once completed, your iPhone will be restored to its previous state.

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3.3 How to Restore from iTunes Backup

Often, Apple has set restrictions to its patented hardware such that you need loads of software offered by the company to access it. iTunes lets you back up your iPhone settings, contacts, app data, messages, photos, and videos and restore them. Although this exclusive app is good, sometimes it may fail. You may face problems while restoring your backup files to your new or newly reset old iPhone. Here is how to restore iPhone from iTunes backup:

Step 1. Plug your iPhone into a Computer using a USB cable. Your device will be detected automatically, and you may be asked to enter your iPhone password or select the Trust This Computer option.

Step 2. On the iTunes application on your Windows or Mac computer, select the Device option at the top left of your screen once you connect the iPhone.

Step 3. Now, you will get to the Summary screen. If you are on a different page, click on Summary on the menu on your left. Under the Backups section, you will see the Restore Backup option. Click on it to view all your backups present on your iPhone system.

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Step 4. Once done, you can select the files you wish to restore from the backup. Choose the files according to the date of backup or file name.

Step 5. Next, you may be prompted to enter your backup passcode if you have used the option for Encrypt local backup. Once you have set everything, the restoration process will take a few minutes.

Do not disconnect the iPhone from the computer after restarting. Wait until it syncs to iTunes, and then disconnect it at your own pleasure.

Also Read:

How to Recover Photos After Reset iPhone without Backup? [Solved]

How to Retrieve WhatsApp Messages from Lost Phone without Backup?


If you accidentally erased iPhone without backup, you should not worry. We have introduced how to recover deleted files on iPhone without backup in this article. If you do not have a backup in place, Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery can help recover iPhone data after factory reset without backup. It scans the deleted and existing files and recovers them instantly. Moreover, we also introduced ways to recover data from lost iPhone or after factory reset via backup. Besides iCloud and iTunes, Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery can also recover iPhone data from iTunes and iCloud backup. Let's download it to recover data now.

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