How To Recover Deleted Files, Contact, Reminder & Emails On iPhone

Many of you might not know that it is possible to recover deleted files, contacts, reminders, and even emails on your iPhone. Recycle bin has always been a part of desktop Operating System like MAC, Linux, and Windows. Unfortunately, none of our mobile OS comes with a built-in recycle bin to recover deleted files like we do in the computer operating system.

Now, many of us have to depend on our Smartphones to deal with files, photos, videos, contacts, and schedules heavily. Luckily, smartphones are now offering an easy interface to deal with files. It is fast and easy to edit contact lists, calendar entries, schedules, and even photos with nice phone apps. These applications also make it easy to delete unwanted emails and files.

Sometimes, these quick and easy features allow us to lose some important files from your smartphones. Since we don’t have recycle bins on our phones, that might be the end of the files. The good news is that Apple now allows its users to recover deleted files from their phone and iCloud account.

Now, users can recover deleted photos and videos from their iPhone other files from iCloud. To begin, you will need an iCloud account and set up and sync your iPhone with iCloud to enjoy this feature. Stick around with us, and we will show you how to recover your deleted files on your iPhone.

How to Recover Deleted Files on iPhone?

Recover Deleted Files on iPhone

Following the guidelines below, you will be able to recover different files on your iPhone.

Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone

Apple recently introduced this awesome feature on the iCloud account.

  • To recover your deleted contacts, you first have to log into your iCloud account.
  • From the iCloud web interface, click on the settings icon,
  • You will see a new section with the name, ‘Advanced after My Devices block’.
  • Click on Restore Contacts link, from there;
  • it will open a new popup box with your contacts archive list.
  • It is the backup copy of your contacts,
  • And you can restore your entire contacts from a previous date archive per your choice.

This will replace your entire contact with the new restored list on all your devices that synced with an iCloud account. Before restoring your contacts, Apple will also create a copy of your current contact list, just in case you don’t like the restored copy.

Recover Deleted Reminders and Calendar

The procedure to recover deleted calendar is the same as we described for the contacts. You can also restore an archived copy of your calendar with a previous date.

However, the downside of this process is that once you restore your Calendar and Reminders, you will lose all the sharing information of your calendars. Also, Apple will cancel and recreate all the scheduled events, and invitations will also be reissued.

It is possible that your friends and family may see cancellation and a new invitation from you after you complete the restoration process. Just like in contacts, Apple will create a copy of your current calendar and reminders, just in case you want to go back to the new copy.

Recover Deleted Photos and Videos

You may have thousands of photos and videos on your iPhone, and it will be challenging to synch all media files using the 5GB free space your iCloud account has. The good news is that Apple lets you recover your deleted media files from your device itself instead of going to your iCloud account. To recover your deleted media files on your phone, follow the steps below.

  •  Open Photos and switch to Album View.
  • Find group Recently Deleted.
  • Then Select Deleted Photos and Videos and click on Recover.

Recover Deleted iCloud Files

Your iCloud account will definitely display the list of recently deleted files that already synced with your iCloud accounts. This includes the files that you created in apps like Pages, Number, Keynote, Notes, etc. To restore these files, you need to:

  • First of all, log in to your iCloud account with any browser then go to the Settings.
  • From there, click on Advanced and Restore Files like you would do with contacts and calendars.

Recover Deleted Emails

When you set up your email account on your iPhone, you can delete or archive emails on your iPhone email settings. The difference is that Deleted messages will go to trash, and Archived messages will go to the All Mail folder. In both cases, you can retrieve messages that you accidentally deleted from your inbox.

Please note that your recovery period for any deleted files is limited to certain dates. After this date, Apple will automatically delete them from your iPhone, and they will not be recoverable. Once you realize that you accidentally deleted some files, immediately perform the steps explained above to recover your deleted data.

Also, check how to recover deleted Whatsapp messages on iPhone here.


Now, you never have to worry about losing important files any longer. Just make sure you quickly recover your missing data as fast as possible before it is too late.

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