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How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone 5 with or without Backup

I just met a hard problem. Messages, contacts, notes, photos, videos etc were deleted from my iPhone 5 by accident. Regardless what they means for me, now I really want to get them back instantly. How can I do?
When faced with this situation, I think the important we should think first is whether you have a backup for your iPhone. According to you have or not, choose the most appropriate way for iPhone file recovery.

  1. Way 1: Recover Deleted Files iPhone with Backup
  2. Way 2: Recover Deleted Files from iPhone without Backup

Way 1: How to Recover Deleted Files iPhone with Backup

Undoubtedly, with iPhone backup in hand, no matter it is iTunes backup or iCloud backup, it brings hope for you when your iPhone files are lost.

How to use iTunes backup to recover iPhone deleted files?

When talked to this problem, I think most people would instantly think of recovering iPhone files from backup with iTunes.

1. Connect iPhone 5 to computer that you usually sync iPhone to.

But don’t let it sync to computer this time, otherwise, your previous iTunes backup would be replaced.

2. Click File > Devices > Restore from Backup when iPhone has been recognized by iTunes.

recover iPhone deleted files from backup with iTunes

Actually, besides this method, using iPhone data recovery tool, you could also easily recover deleted files from iTunes backup, especially only recover what you want to restore. This method also applies to unrecognized iPhone 5. iPhone deleted files would be recovered and saved on computer with the help of iOS Data Genius.

1. Install and run iOS Data Genius on computer where iTunes backup saves.

2. Choose Recover from iTunes Backup File mode in iOS Data Genius interface.

iPhone file recovery with iTunes backup with iOS Data Genius

3. In list of iTunes backup file, select one you think it is best to recover deleted files for iPhone 5. Then click Start Scan button.

4. Preview deleted files in iTunes backup file after scanning, and check what you want to recover, then click Recover button.

preview iPhone 5 deleted files to recover on computer

5. Select or create a new folder in computer file explorer window to save iPhone deleted files on computer. Until getting Recover successfully message, iPhone file recovery with iTunes backup can be completed.

How to use iCloud backup to recover deleted iPhone 5 files?

Please be sure you have had iCloud backup not long ago, because if you want to recover iPhone from iCloud backup, all the content and settings in iPhone will be erased at first. Besides, keep Wi-Fi turned on and power source. Now begin iPhone file recovery with iCloud backup.

1. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on your iPhone 5.

2. After iPhone restarts automatically and successfully, you would see Setup Assistant begins.

3. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup and select which iCloud backup you want to use, then tap Restore.

If there is username and password set for iCloud backup, enter them in time to continue restoring iPhone.

4. When iCloud backup restore is done, the deleted files would be restored to iPhone if they have been backed up in this iCloud backup.

Way 2: How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone without Backup

However, if you have no backup for iPhone 5, how should you do? This way would show you how to directly recover deleted files from iPhone without backup when your files were just deleted recently, even though you cannot see them.

Step 1: Prepare iPhone data recovery tool iOS Data Genius.

iOS Data Genius can recover lost or deleted data up to 11 types for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, surely including recovering iPhone 5 deleted files. Download it from isunshare website and install on your computer.

Step 2: Choose "Recover from iOS Device" mode and plug iPhone 5 into computer.

iPhone file recovery without backup

This mode can scan iOS device directly to find data deleted recently, and then recover them on computer. Once you connect your iPhone to computer, check the box "I have backed up my device with iTunes" and click "Start Scan".

Step 3: Preview and recover deleted iPhone files to save on computer.

recover deleted files from iPhone 5 without backup

Click on files on the left side of iOS Data Genius interface, you can preview them on the right side. When you are sure they are the files your iPhone lost, choose them and tap Recover button.

On new dialog, you will have privileges to select a folder to save the deleted files that are ready to be recovered. After you confirm Recover successfully message, the folder will be opened.

successfully recover iPhone deleted files no backup

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