Data Recovery from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch


I see a lot of question like this in public forums or communities:

I deleted photos/contacts/messages/notes from my iPhone/iPad/iPod. Those data are very important. I don’t have a back up! What can I do? Help!

Lost data from iOS devices is happening from time to time. Whether you’ve accidentally deleted an important file, forgotten the passcode to your locked device, or lost or destroyed your iPhone somewhere along the way, you’ve the risk at losing your valuable files. However, don’t worry! You also have the chance to get them back. Those deleted files may still on your device. That’s because Apple iOS only “marks” those files as deleted, but they’re fully recoverable until the space those photos occupies on the hard drive is overwritten by other files. So, the first rule you need to follow is to stop using your device once you found something lost is the.

Follow below given simple steps for those who have backed up their devices and those who haven’t to recover deleted files on your iOS device.

Part 1: Recover Deleted Files On iPhone with Backup

The simplest way to recover deleted files on iPhone is to restore the iPhone from the most recent iTunes or iCloud backup made.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

  1. Connect your device to the computer that you stored your backup on.
  2. Open iTunes and right-click on the iPhone icon and select “Restore from Backup”
  3. Look at the date and size of each backup and pick the most relevant.
  4. Click Restore iPhone and wait for the process to finish.

How to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

  1. Open “Settings” on your iPhone, then go to “General” > “Reset” >”Erase All Content and Settings”.
  2. When the iPhone has rebooted, follow steps in the iOS Setup Assistant
  3. When you get to “Set Up iPhone”, ignore the other options and only choose “Restore from iCloud Backup”
  4. Choose a backup. Look at the date and size of each and pick the most relevant. After you choose a backup, the transfer starts.
  5. Let the iCloud restoration begin and finish itself, this may take a while depending on how much stuff you had backed up and how fast the internet connection is.

Note: Whether you choose restore iPhone with iTunes or iCloud, it is a nothing-or-all thing. Also, please note that if your most recent backup is one month ago, you are likely lose the data that made in this month while restoring your iPhone from the backup.

Part 2: Recover Deleted Files On iPhone with Backup without Backup

If you don’t have iCloud backup or iTunes backup, or don’t want to restore your iPhone as whole, you may make use of some iPhone Data Recovery software. Among all I will use FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery for its high success rate. You can get back your deleted contacts, messages, iMessages, notes, reminders, photos and more without backup. Better still, this software allows you to extract iPhone files from iPhone backup and you can selectively choose what you need to recover. Follow below given steps to recover deleted files from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

  1. Download FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. Then, install and launch the program on your computer.
  1. Connect your iOS device to computer. When the device is detected, click Start Scan to let the program scan both existing and deleted files on your device.
  2. 3. After scanning, preview the list that has been found and mark down what you want. For example, if you want to retrieve deleted text messages, you can click Messages in the left panel and preview them in details.
  3. After choosing all you need, click Recover to get back iPhone data.

That’s it! With this program, you can also choose Recover from iTunes Backup File or Recover from iCloud Backup File – if you have backed up your device before.

If you face any problems on recover deleted files from iOS devices or Android devices, feel free to ask us in comments we will quickly get back to you.


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