There is nothing worse than accidentally deleting a text message or picture on your iPhone or iPad. You suddenly change your mind, or maybe it was a complete accident, but now they’re gone. And you haven’t backed up in Tunes in over a week!

Well panic over, this guide will tell you, how to recover deleted text messages, contacts, photos, videos and other files directly from your iPhone or iPad, even if you don’t have a current backup.

Go to the site: and download the data recovery software for your device. The software is not free, currently costing about $60 but there is a free trial which lets you recover up to 3 files, so if you’re just after a specific text message or photo – that’s all you need. If you’re after more data than that, its probably worth $60 to you!

Then just connect your iPhone with your PC with the help of data cable and recover data directly from your iPhone. No backup file needed. It is helpful when you inadvertently deleted files or when you are encountering White Apple Logo Screen of Death, inaccessible system, broken device, or forgot screen lock password.

Assuming that you have downloaded the software on your PC not on your iPhone, here, is the step-by-step guide.

1. Launch the software and you will get to see something like this:

recover lost text messages or photos or contacts from your iphone

2. In this step, click on “Recover Data from iOS Device” option, and then click “Start Scan” to scan for lost data. After the scanning process is done, you will be able to preview the deleted sms, photo or contact before recovery.

3. In this final step, choose the category, select the item you want to recover, and click “Recover” to save the item on your computer. That’s it! All done.

This method also works on the latest iPhone 5S/5C and iOS7.

Written By: Liam Watson

I love tech things, especially the way they infiltrate our lives without us even realising. I don't like having to explain how a gadget works to every member of my family though!