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How to Recover iOS Data after Jailbreaking Your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Data Loss after Jail-breaking

Good news, now we can jailbreak our iOS devices including iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s/5 and more by using some jailbreak tools. After jailbreak, we can customize our iOS device in every way possible. To be specific, we can install themes to change the look and feel of our iPhone or we can use Winterboard that allows us to transform iPhone into an Android phone or transform iPad into a Mac. However, do you know what jailbreak is? What will happen after you jailbreak your iPhone?

Overview of iOS Jailbreaking

In a word, iOS jailbreaking is the process of removing software restrictions imposed by iOS, Apple's operating system, on devices running it through the use of software exploits; devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and the AppleTV 2 and 4. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS file system and manager, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.
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Tip, if you don't know how to jailbreak you iPhone, you can find answers to complete this task in this “4 Ways to Jailbreak an iPhone” article.

Jailbreaking iPhone Causes Data Loss

Although jailbreaking iPhone or iPad will give you the ability to add non-Apple free applications and functions onto the device, it is a risk process. Sometimes, jailbreak may result in a series of problems like data loss. Here, let's see some real-life examples.

Example 1: “Yesterday, I have jailbreak my iPhone 5s and install Cidya on my iPhone, after a successful installation, I found all data on my iPhone were lost, including photos, contacts, text messages, videos, ect… I feel very confused now, then I connected my iPhone 5s to iTunes and tried to restore and update to the latest iOS version. However, iTunes was unable to restore lost data back, because I never backup iPhone data to iTunes, Is there any way to restore iPhone data directly after jailbreak?”

Example 2: “I had a friend jailbreak my iPhone 4S. When finished, everything is OK, except all contacts were lost. I need my contacts back urgently. Is there any way to recover lost data on iPhone after jailbreak?”

Example 3: “Last week I have bought a new iPhone 6s plus, as a Apple fans, I like to jailbreak my iPhone 6s plus device to install third-party applications, tweaks, mods, themes, useful utilities, and other content (called “packages”) from Cydia, the jailbreak equivalent of the App Store on iOS. But after jailbreaking my iPhone 6s, I found all pictures stored on my iPhone were losing. How can I restore jailbroken iPhone 6s Plus lost photos files? Is it possible to recover data from a jailbroken iOS 9 devices? Thank you!”

Of course, there are some other true stories about data loss caused by iOS jailbreaking. And if we Google “recover iOS after jailbreak”, we will get about 498,000 results (0.46 seconds), as demonstrated below. This indicates that iOS data recovery after jailbreak has become a topic of concern to everyone.

However, how to recover data from jailbroken iOS device? Now, 2 solutions to restore iPhone/iPad data after jailbreak are listed here. You can find a suitable one to recover lost data.

Restoring Data from Backup after Jailbreak

As we know, experienced jailbreakers will always backup their iPhone iPad before jailbreak, because they know jailbreak, especially the failed one would cause data loss of their iOS devices. Besides, jailbreaking your iOS devices voids the warranty, and this operation often got stuck in DFU mode. Thus, you are unable to access to your data. So, if you have synced your iPhone/iPad with iTunes before jailbreak, you can extract and recover your data (including contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, etc.) in iTunes previously. But one thing you should keep in mind is that don't sync your iPhone/iPad with iTunes after you lost contents, or your previous data will be overwritten and you won't get it back.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Connect your device to the computer that you stored your backup on.
Step 2: Open iTunes. If iTunes tells you there's an iOS update, get the latest version.
Step 3: Click the device button, and go to the Summary tab, and click Restore Backup…
(Alternatively, you can choose the “File > Devices > Restore from Backup…” button.)

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Note: 1) If you're using Windows and don't see a File menu, press the Alt key to turn on iTunes menus.
2) If Find My iPhone is enabled on your 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 want to restore from the available selection. Be sure to check the indicated device name and date of each backup to ascertain the most appropriate one for your device.
Step 5: Click Restore and wait for the process to finish.

Thus, you have finished recovering data from iTunes backup after jailbreak. On the other hand, you can restore data from previous iCloud backup.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Data from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Go to “Settings > General > Software Update”.
Step 2: Make sure you have a recent backup to restore from. Go to “Settings > iCloud > Storage (or Storage & Backup) > Manage Storage”, then tap a device listed under Backups to see the date and size of its latest backup.
Step 3: Go to “Settings > General > Reset”, then tap “Erase all content and settings”.
Step 4: Then your iPhone will restart and you need to set it again. When you enter into “Set up your iPhone” interface, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup”. Then sign in your iCloud account and select a iCloud backup you want to restore it from latest iPhone backups. Then your deleted or lost data will appear on your iPhone.

Here, if you still have some doubts about iCloud backup recovery, you can see “iCloud: Restore or set up your iOS device from iCloud”.

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Although we can recover iOS data from backup, what if there is no backup? Besides, with iTunes, you are not allowed to preview or selectively recover your data from iTunes backup. In this case, is it possible to directly recover data from iOS device?

The answer is Yes. As long as you turn to a piece of professional iOS data recovery software like MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, you can directly recover data from your iPhone/iPad instead of backup.

Now, you might be wondering:
“How do I recover data after jailbreak with data recovery software?”

Restoring Data via iOS Data Recovery Software

To recover lost data on jailbroken iPhone/iPad without backup, you can try using MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. With this iOS data recovery software, you not only can directly recover data from iOS device, but also can preview files before saving. Besides, this software allows you to selectively and directly recover files (like photos, app photos, videos, photo stream, message, WhatsApp attachments, contacts, call history, calendar, notes, Safari Bookmark and app documents, etc.) from iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Next, you can read to learn the detailed steps to restore lost data after jailbreak.

Recover Data from iOS Device - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS

Step 1: Download and install the professional iOS data recovery software on your PC.
Note: this software provides Windows OS version and Mac OS X version, and here, we take Windows OS for example.

Step 2: Connect your iOS device to computer.

Step 3: Launch the professional iOS data recovery software. Then, you will be asked to "Trust" your computer. Just do as told. (Here, if the "Trust This Computer" box doesn't appear on your screen after you connected the device to computer, you may as well try to unplug the cable from computer and then plug it in again.)

Note: To avoid data overwriting by synchronization, you had better close iTunes when using this program.

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Step 4: In the main interface, click “Scan” button to analyze the data saved in your iOS device.

Note: if the iOS device is encrypted, you need to enter password to unlock it after the analysis is done. (picture below)

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.

Step 5: Select desired data including photos & videos, messages & call logs, and others, and then click “Recover” button on the bottom right corner to store them.

Tips: 1: In this window, you can view files before recovering it.

2: Although this software will automatically provide a place to store recovered files, you can click "Browse…" to select a suitable place according to actual needs.

Thus, after all operations are done, you have finished recovering lost data after jailbreak.

Tips: the free edition of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS has great limitations. You had better choose a paid edition to break the limitation.

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Optional: Recover from iTunes/iCloud Backup File after Jailbreak - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS

As a professional data recovery tool, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS also offers other two excellent features, namely Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File, to help to recover lost data.

Besides, the Recover from iTunes Backup File module can show the backup files to you in a very intuitive way. Therefore, you can find needed data conveniently.

The Recover from iCloud Backup File module allows you to quickly download backup files from the cloud to local drive. After the scan, you're able to see the results intuitively and choose to recover them easily.

Unfortunately, however, if you want to choose the following 2 modules to start a recovery session, you should have backed up your important data before data loss occurs.

Note: due to the limitations of iCloud, currently MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS does not support recovering iCloud backup data from devices running iOS 9.0 or above.

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Solutions: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Fails to Recognize Your iOS Device

Although this professional iOS data recovery software can help to recover lost data from jailbroken iOS devices, users, sometimes, may find this software cannot find their iOS devices, as shown in the following picture.

In this case, you can try the following ways.

  • 1: If you have already installed iTunes, please check whether the "Apple Mobile Device Service" is enabled. If NOT, please start the service manually and then restart MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to retry.
  • 2: Please make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes. If NOT, download it from Apple's official website and restart MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS again.
  • 3: Try another USB port, because the poor contact may lead to faulty connection.
  • 4: Reboot your iOS device.
  • 5: If all solutions above are proved to be useless, please don't hesitate to contact us via [email protected]

Necessary Tip Before Jailbreak: Backup Data

See! Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad can help you to install third-party applications, tweaks, mods, themes, useful utilities, and other content (called “packages”) from Cydia, the jailbreak equivalent of the App Store on iOS. However, Jailbreak may cause data loss.

So well, backing up your iPhone/iPad content to iTunes or iCloud is recommended as a precautionary measure. This is very important. If something goes wrong during the jailbreak, you should be able to restore those lost data from backup contents.

Here, How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes will show you more information about how to backup data.

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Bottom line:

Did you jailbreak your iPhone? Are you still worried on finding a suitable solution to recover iOS data after jailbreak? Here, if you still not find a suitable solution, you can try using the above methods. On the other hand, if you find a new and effective solution to restore lost data, please share it with us in the comment below. And, if you have any question or doubts about our suggestions, please let us know via leaving a comment below. Much appreciated!