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[2023] How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

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“My girlfriend deleted all the photos that we took yesterday when she tried to clean up her iPhone memory. Those photos are very dear to us. She really regret for what she did as she didn’t find any backup for these photos. How can we get them back?”

Part 1. Can I Recover Deleted Photos without a Backup?

It is really catastrophic when deleting or losing something meaningful, for example photos. However, it happens often in our daily life. Things would get worse if you don’t search any backup files after losing the photos.

Is it possible to recover deleted photos from iPhone without any backup? YES! After some data are deleted from iPhone, such as photos, the deleted photos are not immediately destroyed from the database file until new data re received. So even if the original photos are deleted, the fragment file is still in the database.

Part 2. Check Recently Deleted Folder on iPhone

What you need to do first is to check the Recently Deleted folder. Sometimes the deleted photos are not permanently deleted, they may be saved in the Recently Deleted folder after accidental deletion.

  • Click on Photos app on iPhone and tap on ‘Albums’ option.
  • Scroll down and click on ‘Recently Deleted folder’.
  • Check if the photos are saved in this folder, and then select the photos.
  • Finally, click on ‘Recover’ to retrieve the deleted photos.

recover from recently deleted folder iphone

Part 3. Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

If the photos are permanently deleted, an iPhone data recover tool is required to extract deleted photos from iPhone. FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery can retrieve deleted photos as well as 22 more types of data from your iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, etc.

It adopts advanced algorithm to deeply scan the device data baseand find the deleted photos. Moreover, with this powerful iPhone data recovery software, you can even recover deleted photos from iPhone even if there is no iTunes/iCloud backup available. You can download FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery on your computer to perform the photo recovery process now.

Competitive Features of FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:

  • Recover deleted iPhone photos from without backup.
  • Recover deleted files from iOS device without restoring device to factory settings.
  • Preview deleted photos contained on your iPhone or within iTunes/iCloud backup for free.
  • Fully or selectively recover deleted photos without damaging the data on your iPhone.
  • Fully compatible with the new released iOS 16/15, etc.


Before using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to deleted photos from iPhone without backup, you must download it on your computer or laptop. Then follow the steps below.

Step 1. Then, click on ‘Recover from iOS Devices’ and use a data cable to have your phone connected to computer. If have you never connected the phone to the computer before, you should click on "Trust This Computer" on the device.

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Step 2. After the device is detected, tap on 'Start Scan' tab to scan the deleted photos saved on the iPhone storage.

start scan iphone

Step 3. After the process is over, all the deleted photos found by this program will be displayed in category. Tap on 'Photos' tab to view them. You can view individual photo and select the one you want, then hit on 'Recover' to export selected photos to your computer.

preview photos ios

Though FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is a safe and powerful tool to recover lost files from iOS devices, we cannot guarantee that the successful recovering rate is 100%. Here are some tips for you to increase the recovery rate.

  • Stop using your iPhone after deleting data from your device, or the fragment file in the database will be overwritten and hence, it will become impossible to recover them even if you have a data recovery tool.
  • Turn off the internet connection on your iPhone if the device has even been backed up to iCloud. This can increase your odds to recover photos from iCloud if possible.
  • Do not try to recover photos by restoring iTunes or iCloud backup unless you are 100% sure that the deleted photos are saved in the iTunes/iCloud backup. Or you may permanently lose these photos.

Part 4. Tips to Avoid Data Loss on iPhone

Though a reliable iPhone Data Recovery software may be helpful to recover your lost photos on iPhone, we don’t guarantee the 100% success rate. It may be a bit difficult to recover if the photos or other data were deleted for a long time. Thus you’d better make the full backup of the iPhone data with iTunes or iCloud regularly.

Back Up iPhone Photos with iTunes

Step 1. Start iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone/iPad to computer.

Step 2. Hit the device icon when it is recognized by iTunes and go to the Summary interface. Click on the tab of ‘Back Up Now’ and the backup process will begin.

backup iphone photos with itunes

Back Up iPhone Photos with iCloud

iCloud is a cloud service launched by Apple. It can be used to store photos, videos, files, music and apps. Here are the steps to back up iPhone photos with iCloud.

Step 1. Click ‘Settings’ and tap ‘iCloud’.

Step 2. Click on iCloud Backup and then Back Up Now.

back up iphone photos


When the whole process is complete, all the recovered photos will be saved on your computer. That’s all the steps you can follow to recover deleted photos from iPhone without backup. Why not have a try?

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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