Free iPhone Data Recovery Software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS
- Part 1: Is There Any Free iPhone Data Recovery Software?
- Part 2: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Profile
- Part 3: How to Retrieve Data from iPhone Free with This Software
- Part 4: Bonus Tips
- Part 5: Bottom Line
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- User Comments
Part 1: Is There Any Free iPhone Data Recovery Software?
iPhone is one of the most popular mobile phones all over the world, and of course it owns a lot of users. Due to there is no memory card on iPhone, your data are just stored on iPhone in a very safe way. However, there are still accidental elements which may cause iPhone data loss. For instance, you may delete some important data by mistake, or you discover that some types of data are missing after you update your iPhone to the newest iOS version. Under this situation, some of you will put forward this kind of question: is there any available free iPhone data recovery software?
Data loss after iOS upgrade is a very common issue which is encountered by many iPhone users. If you are facing this issue, this post: 3 Useful Ways to Recover Lost Files After iOS Update is useful for you to find the best way to restore lost data on iPhone.
iPhone runs Apple's iOS mobile operating system, which is totally different from Android operating system. For Android device, there are different kinds of Android data recovery software. Likewise, multiple iOS data recovery programs are designed to recover lost data from iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is an excellent option.
Some of you are not familiar with this software when it is mentioned here. To make you better understand this software, the next part will guide you to learn some useful information about this software first.
Part 2: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Profile
This software is researched and developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. It has both Windows version for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP users and Mac Version for Mac OS X 10.11(El Capitan), 10.10(Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6 users.
This tool can be used to recover various types of data from iOS devices, such as iPhone 7 Plus/7/SE/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, iPad 2/1, iPad mini, and iPod Touch 5/4. And you can use its Free Edition to recover all your iPhone notes, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, voice memos, and App documents. In addition, you are also able to recover two pieces of iPhone photos/App photos/Videos/Contacts/Call histories each time with this freeware. (For more information of the recovered data on this freeware, you can refer to this introduction: Functional Limitations in MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition)
When you open this freeware, you will discover that there are three recovery modules listed on the main interface. When and how to use the recovery modules to recover iPhone data free? You can find the answers in part 3.
Part 3: How to Retrieve Data from iPhone Free with This Software
If you have made an iTunes and iCloud backup files before you delete the important data on iPhone, you'd better give priority to the following two ways to retrieve your iPhone data from backup.
Hope you all know that with this freeware, you are allowed to recover one type of data each time.
Way 1: Retrieve iPhone Data from iTunes Backup File
Generally speaking, you are not allowed to open and use iTunes backup file directly. But with this software, you can extract the important iPhone data from the backup, and use these data immediately. This is magic. Besides, due to the comprehensiveness and completeness of iTunes backup file, "Recover from iTunes Backup File" module is the first recommended way among all these three recovery modes.
As long as there is available iTunes backup file, you are able to use this module to recover your lost iPhone data free.
The target iTunes backup file should be stored on the computer you are going to use. If not, you can copy that iTunes backup file to your computer.
Step 1: Select this module from the main interface, and then the iTunes backup files will be shown in front of you automatically. It is possible that there is more than one iTunes backup file on the interface. In this case, you can choose the one you want to recover by distinguishing from their different "Name", "Latest Backup Date" and "Serial Number". Then click on "Scan" button.
Tip: Some users reflect that they can't find their wanted iTunes backup file on this interface, but they are sure the target backup file is saved on the computer. If you also encounter this issue, don't worry. In theory, this software is able to voluntarily get the iTunes backup files from the default storage path appointed by iTunes application. So, if the target iTunes backup file is stored on another path, you can find and add it on the interface manually by pressing on the blue button "Select".
Step 2: After the scanning process, this software will show you the scanning results as following. The left side is the data types' list. If the mark of data type is in light blue, it means there are scanned data on it. For instance, if you want to recover the deleted iPhone notes, just choose "Notes" from the list, and then all the scanned notes will be displayed here including existing and deleted items. However, you can switch the upper side button "OFF" to "ON" to display the deleted items only. You can click on them one by one and preview them. Then, choose the items you want to retrieve and press on "Recover" button.
Step 3: There will be the first pop-out window. You can choose to save the recovered data to the software's default storage path; or you can also click on "Browse" to select another path.
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Way 2: Restore iPhone Data From iCloud Backup File
If you have available iCloud backup file rather than iTunes backup, you'd better try "Recover from iCloud Backup File" module, which enables you to download the data and files in iCloud backup to the computer.
Due to the limitations of iCloud, this software is unable to get iOS 9.0 and the later versions' iCloud backup files.
Step 1: Press on "Recover from iCloud Backup File", type in your "Apple ID" and "Password", and then click on "Sign In".
Step 2: iCloud backup files will be listed on this interface. Here, you can select your wanted iCloud backup by judging from their "Name", "Latest Backup Date" and "File Size". Then, click on "DownLoad" button.
Step 3: In this step, you are able to choose the data types you want to download, and then click on "Confirm" button. This design will save a lot of time for you if it is unnecessary to download all data and files.
Step 4: After the downloading process, you will also see the results interface with the selected data types' mark in light blue. The rest steps are very easy, and you can refer to step 2 and step 3 of way 1.
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Added Information: This recovery module has a special design which can keep the downloaded results for you if you have used this recovery module before. Thus, once you want to use these downloaded data again, you can click on "Load Downloaded Files" button, and then click on "Start Scan" on the next interface to use these files again. This design prevents you from doing repetitive works and saves you a lot of time.
In case that there is no available backup file, way 3 will tell you how to recover iPhone data without backup.
Way 3: Recover Data from iPhone Directly
This way refers to the "Recover from iOS Device" module which can scan your iPhone and display all data in front of you on the results interface, including deleted and existing data. If there are no available iTunes and iCloud backup files, you can use this way to get your lost important iPhone data back.
1. To make this module work smoothly, you have to install the latest iTunes application to your computer.
2. You'd better stop using your iPhone as soon as possible when you discover that the important data are deleted by mistake, otherwise those deleted data will be unrecoverable once they are overwritten by new data.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer and then open this software. This software can detect the device automatically, and then display it on the software interface. Then click on "Scan" button to continue.
Tip: If it is the first time for you to connect the device to the computer, there will be an interface as following. To make this software detect your device successfully, you should make the device trust this computer by pressing on "Trust".
Step 2: It will take some minutes to finish the scanning process. After that, you will also enter the results interface. The rest operations are the same with way 1 and way 2, and it is unnecessary to repeat them here.
With these three ways, you are able to recover your lost iPhone data to your computer, and you can even use them directly.
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As for iPhone data recovery, you should also know this point: once you delete the iPhone photos/videos permanently, these deleted items will be wiped from the device forever and no iPhone data recovery software has the ability to recover them from your iPhone directly. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is not an exception. Here, I introduce you two useful articles if you want to recover your deleted iPhone photos and videos:
1. 2 Simple Solutions to Recovering Deleted Photos on iPhone
2. Solved Perfectly - How to Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone
If you are using Mac OS, you can use software's Mac version. Its operation interface is similar to Windows version (see the following picture), and the recovery process is the same.
After reading these three ways, you will see that this freeware is magic in iPhone data recovery field. But at the same time you should also know that there is one disadvantage on it: you are not allowed to recover your deleted or lost iPhone messages and WhatsApp messages with it. To break these limitations, you can choose to buy the advanced edition.
Part 4: Bonus Tips
1. From part 3, you can see that way 1 and way 2 are based on the previous iTunes and iCloud backup files. Thus, you will realize the importance of making iTunes and iCloud backup, and updating them regularly to make it keep pace with the newest data on your iPhone. So, just try to form this good habit from now on. If you don't know how to back up your iPhone, you can read this Apple officially previous post: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
2. Though there is available iPhone data recovery freeware, I still think you should protect your device well, and just think twice before you decide to delete your iPhone data. After all, iPhone data loss issue is a little annoying.
3. iPhone data loss may be caused by multiple reasons, and you can read the Tips & Tricks from this software's official site to learn more about iPhone data recovery solutions.
Part 5: Bottom Line
MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition enables you to restore lost data on iPhone free with its three powerful recovery modules:
If you are sure that the deleted iPhone data are included in the previous iTunes backup, you had better use "Recover from iTunes Backup File" module, which is also the first recommended way among these three recovery modes; however, if the target iPhone data are saved on your iCloud backup, you can use this recovery module - "Recover from iCloud Backup File" to get your iPhone data back; if unfortunately there is no effective backup file, you can choose to use "Recover from iOS Device" module to scan data on iPhone directly.
These three recovery modules have their own disadvantages and you can choose a proper recovery module according to your personal situation. In addition, if you want to recover lost data on iPad and iPod Touch, you can also use this freeware.
Once you encounter some problems when you are using this software, please feel free to contact us. You can leave your questions on the following comments bar, or send them to this email address: [email protected]. Any useful ideas and suggestions are also appreciated here. Thank you.
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