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Want to Recover Data from A Bricked iPhone? Try This Tool

Those days, I noticed an iPhone issue as follows on Twitter and some other social platforms.

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Actually, it is called "bricked iPhone" issue, which is not an emerging problem. It can occur to iPad and iPod Touch as well. This issue may even cause iOS data loss in some circumstances. Thus, you must want to know how to unbrick iPhone and how to recover data from bricked iPhone if data loss issue really happens. However, some of you perhaps don't know what does bricked iPhone mean and why it happens. So, I think it is necessary to explain this issue first, and then introduce some solutions to retrieve your important bricked iPhone data in this post.

Part 1: What Is Bricked iPhone and How to Fix It

What is Bricked iPhone

In the field of electronics, Brick means the electronic device can no longer function. When this issue happens to your iPhone, you will discover that the device won't turn on or just stuck on recovery mode. But, why this happened? As a matter of fact, the causes are various, and the common situations include power outage during iOS updating process, failure of iPhone iOS reinstallation, abrupt interruption of any software update, and more.

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Those days, some iPhone users reported that types of data are lost after updating their iPhone to the latest iOS version. If this issue also happens to your iPhone, I recommend you to visit this previous post: Recover Files after iOS Upgrade to retrieve your lost iPhone data in a safe and reliable way. In addition, this way is also available to restore lost iOS data on iPad and iPod Touch.

Anyhow, the iPhone stops working now, and your priority is to fix it. So, the following section will introduce some effective solutions to you to resolve this issue.

How to Fix Bricked iPhone

solution 1 Solution 1: Reset Your iPhone

This solution tells you how to fix a bricked iPhone without restoring, and the steps are very simple: just hold the "Power" and "Home" buttons simultaneously for about 5 to 15 seconds until you see the Apple logo. In addition, charge the device to avoid any battery related problems.

But this solution is not almighty all the time. In some cases, the iPhone instantly switches off or stuck on the boot Apple logo after you reset your iPhone, or even the iPhone won't turn on. Then you may need to restore it to factory settings to make it back to normal state.

Move on and learn how to restore a bricked iPhone

solution 2 Solution 2: Restore Your iPhone to Factory Setting

Generally speaking, there are two ways to achieve this aim, which are used in different occasions:

Way 1: Connect your iPhone to a computer which has installed the iTunes software, and then the software will report that it has detected an iPhone. Select the device and click on the "Restore" button to start factory reset process. When this procedure is finished, the software will ask whether you would like to restore from a previous iTunes backup. Admit this option or not according to your personal needs.

Way 2: Enter DFU mode to restore your iPhone (this solution should only be used to restore your iPhone if you are unable to turn it on). Still connect your iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes. Press and hold the "Power" and "Home" buttons together for about 8 seconds. Then release the "Power" button but continue to press the "Home" Button until a pop-out interface says "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes". Release the "Home" Button after that. Once enter the DFU mode successfully, your iPhone screen will be black. Click on "OK" and "Restore iPhone" successively. And then iTunes will restore your iPhone to factory settings, download and install the latest iOS version to your iPhone. And you can use this iPhone as a new one.

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Now, you know how to fix a bricked iPhone. And then the following part will lead you to get some bricked iPhone data recovery skills.

Part 2: How to Recover Data from A Bricked iPhone

As you know, after the bricked iPhone is fixed, you can choose to restore data from a backup to your device directly. But do you know, as long as you have a piece of third party iOS data recovery software, you will be able to choose the data type(s) you want to restore and even save them to your computer. If you want to restore your bricked iPhone data in a safe way, you'd better apply a reliable and professional program. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is a good option.

Actually, this software is specially designed to recover iOS data such as call history, contacts, notes, messages, photos, reminders, Safari bookmarks, videos, and more from iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with its three recovery modules: "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File". No matter you are using Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP or Mac OS X 10.6 and the above versions, you can select a corresponding version from the official site. Here I recommend you to download and install the Free Edition to your computer and verify its functions first.

Now, you obtain a piece of iOS data recovery software. Then, you can learn how to utilize it to solve your problem from the following introduction.

tip Until now, this program can support the latest iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, and the latest iOS 10.

solution 1 Solution 1. Restore Bricked iPhone from iTunes Backup File

"Recover from iTunes Backup File" is a highly recommended method among those three recovery modules. But at first, you should guarantee that you have installed the latest iTunes to the computer you are going to use, and there should be a relative iTunes back file stored on that computer. If you are ready, just start right now.

Step 1. Left click the desktop shortcut of the software to open the software and enter its main interface. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" from the top side, and then the software will show you the iTunes backup files it can detect with their "Name" and "Latest Backup Date". Select the one you want to restore, and click on the lower side button "Scan" to continue.

recover from itunes backup file

tip If the iTunes backup file you want to use is stored to another location which is not listed on this interface, you need to make it displayed here manually. Just click on the lower side button "Select", pick out that iTunes backup file from other folder which save it and click on "Add". Then the target one will be on the list at last.


Step 2. It will take some time to finish the scanning process, and then the scanned iOS data will be displayed on this result interface in category. For instance, if you want to recover iPhone photos, you need to click on "Photos" from the left list and all photos will appear on the middle side of this interface with their names and little thumbnails. Then, you can choose the ones you want to restore and click on the blue button "Recover" to continue.

result interface

tip There is a blue "ON/OFF" button on the top side. If you turn it on, the software will just show you the deleted items. This is especially useful when you just want to recover iOS data which are deleted by accident.

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Step 3. The following pop-out wizard will lead you to search a proper path to store these selected data. And these recovered data can be viewed directly on the specified location.

See! This solution is very simple: three steps and several clicks can solve your bricked iPhone data loss issue.

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When and how to use "Recover from iCloud Backup File" module? Please move on to solution 2.

solution 2 Solution 2. Retrieve Bricked iPhone from iCloud Backup File

If you don't have an available iTunes backup file, there is still another solution which can help you to restore your bricked iPhone data. It is "Recover from iCloud Backup File" that can download data from your previous iCloud backup file.


Due to the limitation of iCloud, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is unable to get iOS 9 and the latter version iCloud backup files.

Step 1. Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup" on the main interface, and you will enter a login interface as follows. Input your Apple ID and Password successively, and then click on the blue button "Sign In" to enter the next interface.

recover from icloud backup file

Step 2. iCloud backup files will be displayed here, and they are easy to be distinguished by the "Name", "Latest Backup Date" and "File Size". Choose the one you want to use and move the cursor to the "State" bar and there will be an automatically appeared blue button "DownLoad". Just click on that button to continue.

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Step 3. There will pop out a small interface which enables you to choose the types of files you want to download. For instance, if you just want to retrieve photos from iPhone that won't turn on, check "Photos" on this interface only. Then, click on "Confirm" to continue.


Step 4. When the downloading process is finished, you will enter the result interface. And the next operations are same with step 2 and 3 of solution 1, which will not be repeated here.

tip In step 1, you may notice that there is another blue button "Load Downloaded Files" on the lower side on the interface. What is it used for? Actually, if you have used this recovery module to download the iCloud backup file before, the software will keep these downloaded files for you as long as you don't delete them. So when you use this recovery module again on the same computer, you are able to skip step 2 and 3, and enter the result interface directly by pressing this button. This design can avoid repetitive work and save a lot of time for you.

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In addition, you may notice that "Recover from iOS" module is not mentioned above, because it can't be used to recover your lost iOS data which are completely erased from the iPhone.

Besides, there is another thing you should pay attention to: this Free Edition doesn't allow you to recover all types of data (refer to this introduction: Functional Limitations of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition to get the details). In addition, it just enables you to retrieve one type of data each time. If you want to break these limitations to recover more data conveniently, you should purchase the corresponding advanced version.

Part 3: What Have You Learnt

Actually, most iPhone data loss issue always happened unexpectedly with various reasons. To avoid the unintended consequences it brings to you, we highly suggest you to backup your iPhone (as well as iPad and iPod Touch) regularly by using iTunes and iCloud simultaneously. And then, even your iOS device is bricked, or stuck on Apple logo, or broken, or (even worse) lost, you still have the chance to get your lost important iOS data back through your previous backup files.

Part 4: Bottom Line

This post introduces the ways to fix bricked iPhone and recommends a piece of professional iOS data recovery software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS - to assist you to recover data from bricked iPhone with its two powerful recovery modules "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File". The simple operation steps make every ordinary users can utilize it to recover iOS data. If you encounter iOS data loss issue next time, don't forget to use MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. It won't let you down.

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