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3 Useful Ways to Recover Lost Files After iOS 9.3.1 Update

Data Loss after iOS 9.3.1 Upgrade

h3 News for iOS 9.3.1 Upgrade

ios 9.3.1 As we know, iOS 9.3.1 is arriving on your iOS devices now, as free update. Apple iOS 9.3.1 brings new features to the current version of Apple's mobile operating system. As expected, it's a major update for iOS 9 users bringing Night Shift, Touch ID security for Notes, greater personalization for News, app discovery in Health, Apple Music and Nearby for CarPlay, and a new education experience for iOS, and more. As with other previous iOS 9.x releases, iOS 9.3.1 is compatible with the iPhone 4S or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later, iPad Pro and 5th generation iPod touch or later. 

h3 iOS 9.3.1 Upgrade Cause Data Loss

Therefore, after the release of iOS 9.3.1, numerous Apple users can't wait to upgrade their iOS devices to the new version for lots of new features. It is not complicated for users to install iOS 9.3.1 on their devices. However, after updating devices to iOS 9.3.1, users may find some photos, contacts, text messages, videos are lost, and they are eager to find a way to recover files after iOS 9.3.1 upgrade.

Let's see a real life example: 

I lost my data including contacts and calendars from my iPhone 6 plus after updating to iOS 9.3.1, I have an iTunes backup, but I can't not find the lost data I wanted from iTunes back, whether I can get back my lost data from my iPhone? Anyone who can help, please?
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Besides, some users reported that they get the White Apple Logo Screen of Death on their iPhone or other devices after upgrade to iOS 9.3.1. If you are facing this issue, you can also visit this post to find some useful solutions: How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo And Recover Its Data.

Now, to help you get out of this terrible situation, 3 methods are introduced in this post to restore iOS data.

3 Ways to Recover Lost Data After iOS 9.3.1 Update

h3 Way 1: Retrieve Lost Data from iTunes Backup after iOS 9.3.1 Update

Make sure that you have backed up your iPhone or other iOS devices to iTunes and have the iTunes backup file you want to use stored on your computer, and you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. (The earlier version may cause failing to restore the lost data from iTunes Backup.)

Step 1. Connect your iOS device to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Open iTunes on your computer to start with the procedure.


Step 3. Click on "File > Devices > Restore from Backup", or else click the device button, go to the "Summary" tab and locate the button named "Restore Backup".

If "Find My iPhone" is enabled on your iOS device, you first have to turn it off by going to "Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone" on your device.

Step 4. Choose the backup file you need from the available selections. Be sure to check the indicated device name and date of each backup file to ascertain the most appropriate one for your device. Next click on "Restore" and wait a while for the process to run its course. 

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h3 Way 2: Recover Files from iCloud Backup after iOS 9.3.1 Update

To restore lost data from iCloud backup, you need to make sure that you have backed up your device to iCloud. And make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi network connection, or you may fail to restore or take a long time to finish the whole process. In addition, this way will request you to restore your iOS device to factory settings at first. Note: here, we take iPhone for example.

icloud Step 1. You can go to "Settings > General > Reset", and tap "Erase All Content and Settings" to first remove all information and settings from your device.

Step 2. After all the content and settings are erased from your device, it goes into go to "Setup Assistant" mode beginning with a Hello screen.

Step 3. Tap on the screen to start the setup process on your device and join a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 4. From the apps Apps & Data screen, tap "Restore from iCloud Backup", and then sign into iCloud with your own Apple ID and password.

Step 5. Proceed to "Choose backup", then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud, and wait for the contents in the backup to be returned to your device. The process may take some time, and it depends on the size of your iCloud backup and the speed of your network. You might want to grab some coffee and catch up on the news while waiting for it to finish. 

The recent backup is recommended. However, if you are sure a certain iCloud backup contains all the deleted data that you want to retrieve, choose it to restore your iPhone. 

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Want to know the best way? 

h3 Way 3: Restore iOS Data via MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS after iOS 9.3.1 Update

In general, when it comes to iOS device data recovery, you can try using the newest iOS Data recovery software: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. Developed by a famous software development company, this tool can help to recover media data (photos, app photos, videos, photo stream, voice memos, message attachments and WhatsApp attachments) as well as text data (messages, contacts, call history, calendar, notes, Safari Bookmark and app documents). Lost files could be recovered by using this software as long as these files are not overwritten by new data. Let's see the user feedback as follows. 


Now, let's see the detailed steps to retrieve lost data after updating iOS by using MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. Tips: this tool not only supports Windows OS but also is compatible with Mac OS.

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This professional iOS data recovery software provides three modules including "Recover from iOS Device", "Recover from iTunes Backup File" and "Recover from iCloud Backup File" to help recover lost data. Due to the limitations of iCloud, you are unable to apply this recovery module "Recover from iCloud Backup File" since MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS cannot get iOS 9.3.1 iCloud backup.

Now, you might be wondering which one is the best for lost data recovery. For more information, please see the following introductions which are based on Windows OS. 

Module 1: Recover from iOS Device

This module allows you to restore iOS data without backup. But, to avoid data overwritten, you should stop to use your iOS device as soon as possible.

Step 1: Analyzing iOS data and scanning device.

After connecting iOS device to computer, you only need to click "Scan" button, then this software will automatically analyze the data saved in iOS device. After analyzing iOS data, the software will scan the device. The scanning process will take a few minutes, and it depends on the amount of data saved on the device. 

If the iOS device is encrypted, you need to enter password to unlock it after the analysis is done.

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Step 2: Previewing scanning results.

After scanning, this software will list all found files. On the left list of the following interface, you can see that the files are listed in category, and you are able to preview one by one.


Step 3: Saving recovered data.

At this time, you need to choose all desired data, and then click "Recover" button to store them. And, click "Browse" to select a suitable place according to actual needs to store recover data. After all operations are done, you have finished recovering lost data from iOS device. 


After all these steps, the selected data and files will be stored to your computer, and you can view them directly.

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Module 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File

If the lost important data are included in your previous iTunes backup, please give priority to "Recover from iTunes Backup File". 

Step 1. Choose iTunes backup files. 

Open MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS and select "Recover from iTunes Backup File" to detect all backup files in the computer. Then the backup files will be shown in the list. Next, you can pick out the needed backup through "Name", "Latest Backup Date" or "Serial Number". 

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If the backup files are stored into a special location, you can click on "Select" to find them out. Finally, with a click on "Add", the specified data will be added to the list. 

Step 2. Scan iTunes backup file. 

Select the specified backup files, and click on "Scan" button. A few minutes later, the data in it will be shown in the following interface in category. 

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Step 3. Check the desired files to recover.

Through classification list or search box, you can find out the wanted files in a short time. Then please tick them and click on "Recover" to start the restoration job. Finally, you will be allowed to keep the files into a safe location (or you can click on "Browse" to choose a trusty place).With a click on "Recover", all data will be kept into the computer. 


After all the operations are finished, you are allowed to view the recovered data and file stored on your computer directly.

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The Free Edition of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS has some functional limitations which allow users to recover a little bit of data. So well, you had better purchase higher editions to break the limitations. 

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One Necessary Tips for Apple Users - Backup Data

As we know, no matter how wonderful an iOS is, iOS data loss is nearly unavoidable. For instance, users may mistakenly delete some data, some users will lose files or precious photos every time a new update rolls out, and some users perform a factory reset on their iPhone because of the White Apple Logo Screen of Death issue. Of course, you don't want this to happen to you. Therefore, it is recommended to back up your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other devices. As a result, you'll have a copy of your information to use if your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged. 

Now: two methods are listed here. 

h3 Make a Backup Using iCloud

iCloud-backup Step 1: Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Now, you can tap "Settings > iCloud > Backup". (Note: if you are using iOS 7 or earlier version on your iOS device, tap "Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup".)

Step 3: Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

Step 4: Tap "Back Up Now". Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

Step 5: Make sure the backup has been finished by tapping "Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage", and then select your device. The backup you just made should appear in the details with the time and backup size. 

h3 Make a Backup Using iTunes

itunes backup Step 1: Open iTunes and connect your device to your computer.

Step 2: Click "File > Devices > Transfer Purchases". Then wait for the transfer to finish.

Step 3: To keep your iPhone or Apple Watch Health and Activity data, you can create an encrypted backup. If you don't need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn't encrypted. Just click "Back Up Now".

Step 4: After the process ends, you can see if your backup finished successfully in iTunes "Preferences > Devices". 

With these two kinds of backup files, you can even restore data after resetting your iOS devices to factory settings. Please see the detailed steps in this post: 3 Ways to Recover iPhone Data after Restoring to Factory Settings.


After seeing the above introduction, you might know how to recover lost data and files after upgrading to iOS 9.3.1. And, you can choose a suitable method to recover lost data. In general, according to a survey, more and more users like turning to MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to carry out lost iOS data recovery because of its excellent performance as well as simple operation.

What's more, this tool supports various devices as follows. 
iPhone iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
iPad iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad mini and iPad Pro
iPod iPod Touch 4 and iPod Touch 5
iOS iOS 6.0 and above

Have you upgraded to iOS 9.3.1? Are you facing data loss after iOS 9.3.1 upgrade? Do you need to recover lost data and files after iOS 9.3.1 update? If you have any problems about data recovery after upgrading to iOS 9.3.1, or better suggestions about iOS data recovery, please feel free to leave it in Comments. Many thanks!