3 Ways to Recover iPhone Data after Restoring to Factory Settings
- Help! Data Loss after Restoring iPhone to Factory Settings
- How to Retrieve iPhone Data after Factory Reset
- Way 1: Restore iPhone Data from iCloud Backup after Factory Reset
- Way 2: Restore iPhone Data from iTunes Backup after Factory Reset
- Way 3: Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset by MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS
- How to Avoid Data Loss of Your iPhone
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Help! Data Loss after Restoring iPhone to Factory Settings
All mobile phones have the function of restoring the device to factory settings, which will delete all media and data on the phone. And data will not be recovered from the device by any professional data recovery software. iPhone is not an exception. It owns six reset options. (See the left picture)
Why you need this function? Normally, to protect your privacy, or to fix iPhone stuck on Apple logo, the effective way is to restore iPhone to factory settings.
This reset function is useful, but all data on your iPhone are erased. So, if there are important data stored on your iPhone, next you may want to find an effective way to recover iPhone data after restoring to factory settings.
Let's see an example as below:
"I repaired my iPhone 6s by restoring it to factory settings. How do I recover lost data from it then? Some data are very valuable and I need to recover them. What should I do then? I will greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance!"
Recovering iPhone data after factory resetting is possible if there is an iCloud or iTunes backup in advance. So, if you really decide to restore your iPhone to factory settings for some reasons, please make an iCloud or iTunes backup before operation.
As long as you have an iCloud or iTunes backup, the following ways to recover iPhone data after restoring to factory settings are useful for you.
How to Retrieve iPhone Data after Factory Reset
In general, there are three ways to recover iPhone data after restoring it to factory settings once you have made an iCloud or iTunes backup in advance.
Way 1: Restore iPhone Data from iCloud Backup after Factory Reset
Step 1. Just turn on your iPhone, follow the onscreen setup steps until you get the Apps & Data screen, and then tap “Restore from iCloud Backup”. If you are using a totally new iPhone, the steps are the same. But if you have already set up your iPhone, you have to reset it to factory settings at first.
Step 2. Sign in to iCloud by using your Apple ID. And then select a backup which is the most relevant. You can recognize it by the date and size of the backups. Then just follow the next guides until you get this interface as following:
Keep Wi-Fi connected, and the restoring time depends on the size of the backup and the network speed. When the progress bar completes and all settings are finished, you'll find that your previous data are restored to iPhone.
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Way 2: Restore iPhone Data from iTunes Backup after Factory Reset
Step 1. Open iTunes on the Mac or PC that you used to back up your iPhone, and then connect you iPhone to the Mac or PC with a USB cable. Allow your iPhone trust this computer. If you have set up pass code for your iPhone, there may be a message which asks you to enter them. Just input them.
Step 2.Select your iPhone when iTunes recognizes it. Click “Restore Backup” in iTunes. Then choose the backup file you want to restore. Date and size of each backup are listed there for your judgment.
Step 3.Click “Restore” and the restoring processing will start. Please keep your iPhone connected with iTunes to guarantee its sync with your computer. Disconnect them when the sync finishes.
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The above two ways are the official introduced restoring methods to recover iPhone data after restoring to factory settings. You may notice that your iPhone must be in factory settings mode before using iCloud backup to restore your data. Besides, you are not allowed to choose what you want to restore. Restoring your iPhone from iCloud backup or iTunes backup just recovers all your backup files to your iPhone. If you don't want all of them, you still need time to delete the useless files. In addition, iCloud backup and iTunes backup don't allow restoring your iPhone data to your computer.
Is there any way to recover your iPhone data to your computer in category after restoring iPhone to factory settings? Is it possible to select what you want to recover? Or can you even recover the deleted data from the iCloud or iTunes backup?
Fortunately, technicians designed some pieces of mobile recovery software for iOS specially. Among all these good and bad software, the professional MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is a good recommendation for you.
Way 3: Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset by MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS
As a piece of iOS data recovery software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS has three recovery modules: “Recover from iOS Device”, “Recover from iTunes Backup File”, and “Recover from iCloud Backup File”, which can be used to restore photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, calendar, notes, and more in category to your computer. There are both Windows version and Mac version for your use. Besides, it offers free edition download service which enables you to experience its power functions without paying any cent.
1. You can visit our previous post “Quick Start Guide” to choose a proper recovery module.
2. As long as deleted files are not overwritten by new data you are able to recover them with this professional tool.
3. If there are both iCloud backup and iTunes backup before restoring iPhone to factory settings, please give priority to the recovery module of “Recover from iTunes Backup File”.
4. There is a button as on the scanning results interface or the download results interface. Switch it to “ON” to preview the deleted items only.
Since all data on iPhone are erased after factory reset, the recovery module “Recover from iOS Device” is unavailable. So, the followings are about the latter two recovery modules.
Here I operate MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS in Windows OS.
If you have made an iTunes backup, try this way:
Solution 1: Recover from iTunes Backup File after Factory Reset
1. The computer must contain the iTunes backup file you want, and the iTunes must be the latest version. The post Get the latest version of iTunes will help you.
2. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS and iTunes are not allowed to run at the same time to prevent lost data overwriting by synchronization which would cause lost data unrecoverable.
Step 1. Open MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to get its main interface and click “Recover from iTunes Backup File” from the top three recovery modules bar. The software will automatically detect all iTunes backup files in the computer, and list them on the interface.
Step 2. If there are more than one iTunes backup files in the list, choose the relevant backup file by judging from the “Name”, “Latest Backup Date” and “Serial Number”. And then click “Scan” to start the scanning process.
Note: If the iTunes backup files are saved into other paths, click "Select" to search them out, and then click “Add” to display them on this interface manually.
Step 3. When the scanning process is finished, all your iTunes backup files will be displayed in this interface. Select the files you want to restore and then click “Recover” on the lower right corner to continue.
Step 4. Click “Browse” to select a proper path on the computer to keep these restored files.
After these four steps, all your wanted files are stored to your computer, and you can use them as usual.
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If you have made an iCloud backup, try this way:
Solution 2: Recover from iCloud Backup File
Tips: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS can't get iOS 9 iCloud backup. So, if you make an iCloud backup when your iPhone runs on iOS 9 or later, you can only choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File”.
Step 1. Open MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS to get its main interface, and click “Recover from iCloud Backup File” from the top three recovery modules bar.
Step 2. Type your Apple ID and password on the interface, and click “Sigh In” to get the next interface.
Step 3. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS will list the iCloud backup files on the interface. Then click “DownLoad”, choose the type of files you would like to download from the pop-up interface as following, and click “Confirm” to start download process.
If there are more than one iCloud backup files listed here, choose the relevant backup file by judging from their “Name”, “Latest Backup Date”, “File Size”, “iOS Version” and “iCloud Account”.
Step 4. This interface is about the download results. All your specified iCloud backup files are listed here. Choose the files you want to recover and click “Restore” on the lower right corner to get this interface as following.
Step 5. Click “Browse” to select a proper path on your computer to keep these restored files.
At last, you will find that the needed data are saved on the computer after these five simple steps.
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See, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS offers two solutions to recover iPhone data after restoring to factory settings and save them to your computer. It doesn't require your iPhone to be under factory reset state and can select what you want to recover. Besides, some deleted but not damaged data can be recovered too. Once your iPhone data is lost due to jailbreak, upgrading or other reasons, you can choose one proper solution to retrieve your lost data.
Recommended: Recover iOS Data after Jailbreaking Your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
But, please notice that MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free Edition has many limitations. Please refer to the following table:
If you want to break these limitations and enjoy the powerful functions of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, you should purchase the Full Version from the official website.
How to Avoid Data Loss of Your iPhone
Although we have iOS mobile recovery software, it is still important to take measures to keep your iPhone data safe. There are some suggestions for your reference.
1. Please make sure that you have made an iCloud backup and iTunes backup of all your important files before restoring your iPhone to factory settings or updating your device to the latest version.
2. Please keep on updating your iCloud backup and iTunes backup to make sure that you get the latest backup files.
For more information, you can see this post "How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch”.
Thanks to these powerful iCloud backup and iTunes backup technology, you can retrieve the lost and deleted important data at any time. So don't forget to make full use of them.
By comparison, you can see the advantages of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. It supplies three recovery modules for your personalized use. And everyone can operate it easily on the simple and friendly interface. Besides, its three recovery modules can recover more deleted data than other recovery methods. You are even allowed to save your specified files to computer in category. Its performance is so attractive.
Next time, when you need to recover iPhone data after restoring to factory settings, just try MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS. If you have any thought, experience and other related issues about iOS devices, please feel free to leave messages in the comment below.