Yes, losing iPhone data without backup has been a familiar problem for iPhone users. Not many people back up their iPhone regularly. When an accident happened, they find out that there are NO backups available from which they can restore their iPhone. So here the problem is, what should we do to recover lost data or files from iPhone without backup on iTunes and iCloud?

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Part 1. Can I Recover Lost iPhone Data without Backup

Yes, you can retrieve the lost iPhone data without backup. But you have to resort to some third-party tools. Otherwise, the chance is slim to none.

If you can't find the lost or missing data, it's highly possible that they've been deleted or hidden, or you just lost them after factory reset. Actually, the lost data are still on your iPhone after factory reset/deletion, they are just transferred from "Allocated" to "Unallocated" folder. Only when you create new files and occupy the "Unallocated" space, these files will vanish from your device. Therefore it's possible for the third-party tool to access iOS database and recover lost iPhone data without any backups. In the following part, we'll guide you on what to do when you lost your iPhone data without backup. Let’s explore!

Part 2. How to Recover Lost Data from iPhone without Backup [No Data Loss]

The tool which you need must support to recover lost data directly from your iPhone since there's no backup available. And iMyFone D-Back is recommended here. It's by far the best iPhone data recovery software to recover lost data on iOS device. It's capable of recovering 22+ lost file types directly from iPhone without backup, including photos, videos, contacts, and 3rd-party app data. Following you can find more features of this software:

Tool You'll Need: iMyFone D-Back (iOS 14 Supported)

Main Features

  • It supports to recover lost data directly from formatted iPhone without backup.
  • Adopt advanced technology to search and access the lost/deleted data from the SQLite database. Data deleted long time ago (or data lost after reset) is possible to be recovered.
  • It allows you to scan and preview the recoverable data for free before the recovery.
  • High recovery rate and easy operations, best for beginners.
  • It's compatible with various iOS devices such as iPhone 12/11 Pro Max running iOS 14/13.
  • This program is highly recommended by Techradar, Pcworld, Engadget, Makeuseof, etc.

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If you need further guidance, you may refer to the following video to recover lost data from iPhone without backup.

How to Recover Lost iPhone Data without Backup

Steps to recover lost data from iPhone without backup using the D-Back

Step 1. Connect your iOS device and select data recovery mode

Open the iOS data recovery program after you install it on your computer, click "Start" from the Recover from iOS Device tab. And you will see the file types that the iOS data recovery software can recover. Select what you need. And then the iOS recovery tool will prompt you to connect your iOS device to the computer.

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Step 2. Scan iOS device to find the lost iPhone data

Click "Scan" and the iOS data recovery tool will scan the file types according to your selection in the beginning. The precise scan will hugely decrease the time of hunting for lost data. And please kindly wait.

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Step 3. Preview the found data and then recover

After iMyFone D-Back finds your lost data, it will show them all on the interface. And you can click each item under each category to check the specific content and then select those you need to recover. Just click on "Recover" and create one folder on your computer to restore the found data.

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So, just three steps and a few minutes, you can find the lost iPhone data with iMyFone D-Back iOS data recovery! No worries anymore when you lose your data and have no backup in the future! However, to avoid your data lost next time, you should know how to backup iPhone data properly.


  • Please make sure that your iPhone connected with the computer during the recovery process.
  • Please stop using your device as soon as data loss occurs to avoid data being overwritten.
  • If you can't find the lost data in "Recover from iOS Device" mode, please try a few more times. If it still fails, then it means that your data is possibly overwritten by filling in new data, turning off iPhone, or other operations.


Part 3. Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can iPhone data be recovered after reset?

A: YES - only before the data being overwritten. And it requires a professional data recovery tool to do the task.

Q2: Can I recover the data I deleted 1 year ago?

A: YES - still, it depends on whether the data has been totally overwritten. If not yet, then you can retrieve the deleted data with the help of a data recovery software. Or, on assumption that you have a backup at that time, it's a good way to restore your backup file to get back the old deleted data.


It's an irritating issue faced by many users that losing the data without backup. Though it's possible to recover the lost data without backup, it's always a good habit to back up your device regularly. This will save you from the hassle of data loss. But if you lose some data and unfortunately have no backup, iMyFone D-Back iOS data recovery tool will help you deal with any possible data loss risk like it has served for many other users.

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