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Lost iPhone? Look Here to Recover iPhone Data and Gain Tips

Lost iPhone, Lost Data!

Smartphone, which wins by its ability to access variety of APPs, is gradually replacing feature phone and becomes more and more popular all over the world. Take iPhone as an example. iPhone owns various types of snap-in APPs, such as Messages, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Contacts, Camera, and more, which facilitate your daily life, and these APPs save some important data for you. Once your iPhone is lost/stolen, you will lose them at the same time. Here come the questions: What should you do if there are important data stored on it? How to recover data from lost/stolen iPhone? And is it possible to get your iPhone back?

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As for iOS data recovery, the only possibility to recover data from lost/stolen iPhone is to use the previous backup file. So, it's necessary for you to know the way to make a backup of your iPhone first.

In addition, you should not give up the opportunity to find your iPhone back at first. Everything is possible after all.

Then how to backup your iPhone in advance? And what should you do after your iPhone is lost or stolen? Just find the answer in the next sections.

Preventive Measure: Backup Your iPhone

iCloud backup and iTunes backup are two Apple officially recommended methods, which are also used by most iPhone users.

The official Apple site introduces the steps to make an iCloud or iTunes backup in detail, and the post and link is: How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

If you back up your iPhone in advance, you'll have a copy of your device which can be used to make iOS data recovery in case your iPhone is replaced, lost, restored to factory settings or damaged.

1. If you want to restore data after they are wiped from your iPhone forever, you can find the some useful solutions in this post: 3 Ways to Recover iPhone Data after Restoring to Factory Settings.

2. If you want to fix your water damaged iPhone, please see this post: Guide to Dry out Wet iPhone And Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone.

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What Should You Do after Your iPhone Is Lost/Stolen

First: Try to Find It and Protect Your iPhone Data

You must know that iPhone has a snap-in function of "Find My iPhone" which can assist you to locate the position of your lost or stolen iPhone as long as that function is enabled on your missing iPhone.

Besides, if there are confidential data stored on your lost/stolen iPhone, and you may even want to know is it possible to erase these data remotely to protect the privacy.

Fortunately, the Apple official post: If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen which can assist you to locate your lost/stolen iPhone, turn on lost mode and even erase your iPhone when it is necessary if you turn on the "Find My iPhone" function. Even if you don't turn on "Find My iPhone" before your device is lost or stolen, you are still able to change your Apple ID password as well as other internet accounts on your device and take more effective measures to protect your data by following this post.

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Second: Restore Lost/Stolen iPhone Data for Your Urgent Use

If you find your lost iPhone back finally, everything will be OK. Also, there is another possibility: you lost it forever. However, don't be so sad if this happens to you, for you can recover data from lost/stolen iPhone to avoid more serious loss.

But how to recover data from lost/stolen iPhone?

Generally speaking, you are allowed to restore some specific data from the lost/stolen iPhone if you own a piece of third party iOS data recovery software. Since the iPhone data you want to retrieve are important for you, the software you select must be a reliable and professional one. So, I think it is necessary for you to know MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, which is a dedicated iPhone data recovery program designed by MiniTool Solution Ltd.

ios About MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS

This software offers three recovery modules: "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File" to retrieve Contacts, SMS, Notes, Photos, and more, from iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

In addition, whether you are using Windows OS or Mac OS, you can always find the suitable version for your use, because this software has both Windows version for Windows10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, and Mac version for Mac OS X 10.6 and above versions.

You may suspect the performance of this tool. Don't worry, its Free Edition allows you to preview the data you want to recover and supports to free recover some specified files. So, it is recommended to download and install the Free Edition on your computer to experience its functions first.

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Since your iPhone is lost or stolen, the recovery module "Recover from iOS Device" is unavailable for your case. However, you still can learn about this recovery module by visiting this previous post: When Should We Select "Recover from iOS Device" Module, which teaches you when and how to use this recovery module.

And the next two sections are about the steps of "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File".

Recover Specified iPhone Data for you!

way 1 Way 1: Recover Lost/Stolen iPhone Data from iTunes Backup File

This way is based on the premise that the iPhone data you want to retrieve are stored on the iTunes backup you have made before your iPhone is lost or stolen.

At the same time, you need to pay attention to the following notices:

1. If your lost or stolen iPhone data are included in your previous iTunes backup and iCloud backup at the same time, please give priority to the recovery module "Recover from iTunes Backup File".

2. Install the latest iTunes version on your computer.

3. You should make sure that the iTunes backup file you want to use is stored on your computer.

Then, do as the following steps tell you to do:

Step 1. Open MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition and enter its main interface. Then choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" from the top line of the interface, and the iTunes backup files stored on the computer will be displayed on this interface automatically. Choose the one you want to use by judging from the "Name" & "Latest Backup Data" of each one and click on "Scan" to start the scanning process.

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If the iTunes backup file you want to restore is not shown on this interface, you can click on the lower side blue icon "Select", then choose the available iTunes backup file from the stored path and press "Add" to make it displayed on this interface manually.


Step 2. You will enter the scan results interface after the scanning process is completed. And all the scanned data and files are listed in category on this interface. For instance, if you want to restore iPhone photos, please just select "Photos" from the left menu and all scanned iPhone photos will be displayed on the interface with their name. Choose the ones you want to recover and click on the lower right side button "Recover" to continue.


Step 3. Follow the next wizards to select a proper path to save the iPhone photos.

The steps are the same if you want to recover other types of iPhone data.

At last, you are able to view the recovered iPhone data saved on the specified path directly.

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way 2 Way 2. Restore Lost/Stolen iPhone Data from iCloud Backup File

Due to the limitation of iCloud, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is unable to get iOS 9 or later iCloud backup file, which means if your iPhone is running iOS 9 or later version when you are making an iCloud backup, this software will not detect that iCloud backup file.

As long as you are sure that this recovery module is available for you, you will be able to make iPhone data recovery through the following steps:

Step 1. After you enter the main interface, you should click on "Recover from iCloud Backup File" from the top line of this software to get the interface as below. Then type your Apple ID and Password into the entry bar, and click on "Sign In" to enter the next step.


If you have downloaded files before, this program will save those downloaded data for you, and you can click on the blue button load files to continue or just open the downloaded result.

Step 2. Then the software will show you all the available iCloud backup files it can detect and display them on the interface as following. If there are two or more iCloud backup files shown on the interface, you are allowed to select the iCloud backup file you want to restore by judging from the "Name", "Latest Backup Data", and "File Size" and then click on "DownLoad" to continue.

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Step 3. Then you will see a pop-out window as below. This window allows you to choose the data type you want to download. Just select the data type(s) you want to restore and click on "Confirm" to move to start the downloading process.

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Step 4. The downloading time depends on the data size you want to download. And then you will see the result interface which just contains the selected download data. You are still allowed to preview the data on this interface, and then just select the ones you want to restore, click on "Recover" and follow the wizard to select a proper path to store the selected data.

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Finally, you are still able to use the recovered data directly.

Moreover, different from way 1, this way enables you to select the data type you want to restore which can save time for you sometimes.

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More things you should know

The Free Edition just allows you to recover one type of data each time. In addition, there are some functional limitations of it, which means you are unable to recover all types of data by using this Free Edition. So, if you want to break the limitations to restore more iPhone data, you'd better purchase the advance version.

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way 3 Way 3.Restore Your Data to the New iPhone

If you can't find your lost/stolen iPhone finally, and you buy a new iPhone, then you may want to restore your lost/stolen iPhone data to your new device. As long as you have an iCloud or iTunes backup file which contains the files you want to recover, you can apply the Apple officially recommended method by visiting this post: Restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup to achieve your aim.

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Bottom Line

There will be a lot of trouble after your iPhone is lost or stolen. Data loss is one aspect. So, to keep your iOS data safe, you'd better form a good habit to make an iCloud backup and an iTunes backup at the same time. Then you will have a possibility to recover your iPhone data from your previous backup files even if your iPhone is lost or stolen one day.

If you lost your iPhone accidentally, you can try to find it at first. And if you want to restore some important data on it, you can try the professional iPhone data recovery software - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, which supplies you two available recovery modules including "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File". The recovery steps are very simple and effective. You will get what you want after you use it.

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