Question: How to recover deleted iPhone photos without backup?

鈥淩ecently I went on a trip, and I took pictures with my iPhone 11 on those days. Each day after taking pictures, I submitted them to my iCloud shared photos feature and then deleted it from my iPhone. Last night I was going to show those photos to my friends but found that they were missing. Does anyone know how to recover my deleted photos? By the way, it runs on iOS 14.鈥

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Since smartphones become an important tool in daily life, people are habitual of capturing beautiful and important moments with the iPhone instead of cameras. However, devices are not reliable enough and we can suffer photo loss any time due to various reasons, especially after the latest iOS update. Be it accidental deletion, software update, malware intrusion, anyone can face the loss of photos. Things get worse when you have no backup of those lost photos. In such a case, you may wonder how to recover deleted iPhone photos without backup.

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To handle this situation, we have brought the best and easiest way which can help you recover deleted photos without backup. Before we introduce the tool and the using steps, we would like to tell you some knowledge about data recovery.

1. Commonly Asked Questions on Recovering iPhone Photos

Before going to the next phase on how do you retrieve deleted photos that hadn't been backed up from iPhone, we will view the top asked questions about this topic that users are concerned about:

Q 1. Is It Possible to Recover Deleted iPhone Photos without Backup or without iCloud?

We often get to hear this question from people who have experienced data loss. Since Apple has its official way to restore photos, most people choose to recover from the iCloud photo library. But what if you have no backup of the permanently deleted photos? Is there any method you can recover those deleted photo files without backup? Fortunately, the answer is "YES". You can recover your deleted Photos without iCloud or without backup.

However, the possibility of recovery varies from case to case. Generally, if you have immediately stopped using your device and gotten the help of a data recovery tool after experiencing data loss, 聽it will somehow retrieve more (maybe all) of your deleted data; but if you were continuously using your device after losing data, there may be less chance of recovering your data.

Now, how can the data be retrieved after deletion? Well, allow us to enlighten you on that part too. iPhone uses the SQLite database to save your data and if in case you accidentally or intentionally delete some of your photos or video or any other data, it is not erased or removed completely from your iPhone right then and there.

sq lite database

Instead, the space occupied by it is set as "Available" and your data will still be there but in a hidden state. This is where the data recovery tool is required to find that hidden data and make it visible again. Now, if you keep using your device, 聽or directly restore the backup to your device without computer software, the data will get overwritten by the new data and hence, no data recovery tool will be able to recover your already overwritten data.

Q 2. How Far Back in Time Can You Still Recover the Lost Photos?

To be very honest, it cannot be calculated because at times, you can even recover the data which you may have deleted a long time ago (maybe last year), but in some scenarios, you cannot even restore the data which was deleted just a short while ago.

Actually, it completely depends on the matter of fact that if the data has been overwritten or not. Different data are stored in different ways on the iPhone, so some can be overwritten easily and some may be stored for a longer time. Here are a few tips for you to avoid getting data overwritten after experiencing data loss:

  • The very first thing is to be taken into account is "immediately stop using your iPhone right then and there". This will reduce the chance of getting your data overwritten and in turn, increases the chance of retrieving almost all of your data.
  • Secondly, you need to understand that data loss occurred due to factory reset is far different from data loss occurred due to accidental deletion or malware infection or some other reasons. If you have a factory reset your device, there is very little chance of recovering your lost data. This is because when you perform a Factory Reset, all your data on your iPhone is erased completely while in other data loss scenarios your data is just set in a Hidden state instead of erasing it completely.
  • Always, perform regular backups of your data using a backup tool to tackle data loss situations.

2. A Tool to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup/iCloud (Supports iOS 14/13/12)

iMyFone D-Back聽iPhone data recovery software聽is a powerful tool that enables you to recover your lost data from your iOS device. It also can recover lost data from your iTunes and iCloud Backup; even you don't have a backup, it can directly recover data from your iOS device. Unlike directly recovering from iCloud or iTunes backup, you are able to save the recovered photos on your PC with the help of D-Back, and it won't overwrite the current data on your device.

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Key Features:

  • It can recover deleted photos from iPhone without backup.
  • It can聽selectively or fully聽recover聽photos from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • It can restore聽photos聽without restoring, and it won't affect your current data聽on the iPhone.
  • You are allowed to view photos within iTunes/iCloud backup whenever you want.
  • Quite easy to use: it just takes 3 simple steps to retrieve deleted photos.
  • Compatible with iOS 14, 13, 12, 11, etc.

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Video Guide on iPhone Photo Recovery without Backup

If you want to know how to get back permanently deleted photos on iPhone without backup in iTunes or iCloud, just go to this article: 4 Steps to Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from iPhone.

Steps on How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone without Backup

iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery software allows you to easily retrieve deleted photos from iPhone 11/XR/XS Max/XS/X/8/7/SE/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4聽without backup. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Step 1. Run iMyFone D-Back on Your PC/Mac

First, download and install iMyFone D-Back on your computer. Launch the program and from Recover from iOS Device tab, click on the聽Start聽button.

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Step 2. Select Data Type (Photo) and Scan Your iPhone

Connect your iPhone to the computer and after your iPhone is detected by the program, simply hit on聽Next聽to search for all the photos on your iPhone.

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Next, choose the data types that you need to recover - here we choose Photo. You can also choose other data types.

select data types

Step 3. Preview Deleted Photos and Restore Them

After scanning is completed, a window appears showing all the photos that can be recovered. Preview them and check the ones you need. You can also choose 'Show only the deleted files' to preview deleted photos only. After selecting the photos you need, click Recover聽to complete the process.

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This is how to recover deleted pictures from iPhone without a backup with the help of iMyFone D-Back. You can also use iMyFone D-Back to recover deleted pictures from the iPad or selectively extract photos from your iTunes or iCloud backup files.

2.3. Can I Trust this iPhone Photo Recovery Tool?

Most iPhone users also wonder whether it is safe to use this iPhone photo recovery tool. So here we offer a review of its users:


What's more, D-Back is also trusted by many professional websites:


We really hope this program can help you to solve the annoying problem, just try the free trial version before purchasing. Generally, if the free trial version can find and preview the data you need, then probably the full version can recover them, also. That means what you can recover with full version is the same with what you can view with a trial version.

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Tip: Backup Your iPhone Regularly and Selectively

If you face data loss scenarios or delete your photos or data in haste, you must regularly back up your iPhone using either iCloud photo library or iTunes in order to be on the safer side. 聽You can also use another tool offered by the iMyFone team. It is iMyFone iTransor which is a flexible and free backup tool.