iPhone data can be surprisingly easy to lose. Whether you accidentally delete a photo, accidentally disable a safeguard, or mistype a password, there’s a good chance your data is gone forever. In this article, we provide five iPhone data recovery tips to help you recover lost data from your iPhone.
Back-Up Your iPhone
Before you attempt any data recovery, you should back up your iPhone data first. Backing up your iPhone data can be a tedious process, but it’s critical to have a backup. If anything goes wrong during the backup process, you have another copy of your data to fall back on.
Back up your iPhone data by connecting your iPhone to your computer and turning on the “sync” feature. This lets the computer copy the data from your iPhone to the computer. While you’re at it, you might as well back up your photos, videos, contacts, and apps too. Once your iPhone is backed up, disconnect it from your computer and turn off the “sync” feature on your iPhone.
If you’re trying to recover lost data from an iPhone that uses Apple’s iCloud, try using iCloud’s “Find My iPhone” feature. iCloud can track your iPhone even if it’s off or locked. The feature is great for finding lost iPhones, but it’s also an excellent way to recover lost iCloud data.
Find My iPhone will show you where your missing iPhone is, and the last place it was on a map. You can then use this information to find your lost data and get it back. If you use Dropbox to store your iCloud data, you can also use Dropbox’s Find My iPhone feature to track down your lost data.
Erase & Reformat
If you’ve ever accidentally deleted a photo or video, you know how painful it is to recover those files. The good news is that most deleted data can be recovered. It just requires a little effort from you.
The first thing to do is try to recover the data yourself. If you take a few minutes to search for your deleted data, you’ll likely stumble across it. You can then try to get the data back by either manually selecting the file or using a tool like PhotoRec. (We discuss various data recovery tools below.)
If getting the data back yourself isn’t an option, you can try erasing and reformatting your iPhone. This process wipes your device clean and resets it to factory settings. When your iPhone is wiped clean, the only way to get the data back is to restore it to your current settings. This process isn’t 100% foolproof, but it’s a good way to erase and reformat your phone.
Reset Your iPhone
If you’ve tried the above tips and your iPhone’s data still isn’t showing up, there’s a strong chance it’s corrupted. A major part of data recovery is removing corruption. To do this, you have to completely reset your iPhone to factory settings.
Before you do this, make sure you back up your iPhone data again. It’s much safer to back up first and then reset your iPhone than to reset first and then back up your data. Once you’re backed up and your iPhone is wiped clean, turn off your iPhone and open the slide to the right. Press and hold the “Volume Down” and “Home” buttons until you see the Apple logo. When your iPhone is wiped clean, your data should show up.
Check For Corrupted Data
If you’ve tried the above tips and your data is still missing, it’s worth checking for corrupted data.
This is something you’ll have to do before every attempt at data recovery. Just try to imagine the worst-case scenario and which data you’d be checking for. If your photos are corrupted and unreadable, they’re probably the first thing you’ll check for. A corrupted file is like a missing key.
The file may look just fine, but it’s the wrong key. When you’re checking for corrupted data, you’re looking for that key in the wrong place. Start by re-downloading all your apps and downloading the latest iOS update if you can. You may also need to contact the developer for help.
Get A Data Recovery Tool
If you’ve exhausted all of the above options, it’s time to get a data recovery tool. Data recovery is a very technical field, and it takes years of experience to gain mastery over it. At best, you can learn some of these techniques by using geek tools, but you won’t know how they work. Those who have the experience and know-how these tools work will have a much greater chance of getting your data back.
There are dozens of data recovery tools, and many of them are professional grade. Which one you get will depend on your budget, the amount of data you have to recover, and the type of device you have.
Depending on your situation, you may want to look for a data recovery tool for:
- Android devices
- Digital cameras
- Portable media players
- Bluetooth devices
- Home entertainment systems
- Car entertainment systems
- Other electronics
iPhone data is surprisingly easy to lose, and it can be difficult to find your data even when it’s on your device. Thankfully, these tips will help you recover lost data from your iPhone. Back up your iPhone data, use Geekware to find your missing device, erase and reformat your device, and check for corrupted data before you give up. If none of these options work, there’s a good chance your data is corrupted. In that case, many data recovery tools will get it back to you.