Recover iPhone data, back up and restore with Dr.Fone

Recover, back up and restore your iPhone without touching iTunes

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Dr.Fone iPhone data recovery
Dr.Fone gets under the hood of iOS to make iPhone data recovery simple.
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This post is brought to you by Wondershare, maker of Dr.Fone.

Say you’ve deleted your messages before backing up your iPhone. Usually the best iTunes can offer is a shrug. With a convoluted and opaque system of options, it makes a task that should be a simple matter — finding the stuff you need and getting (or returning) it to your device — overly confusing and frustrating. Worse yet, iTunes can often lead to results you’re not looking for.

Dr.Fone scans for lost files

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Tell Dr.Fone what types of data you want to recover, then start scanning your iPhone.
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This unduly difficult situation is exactly what Dr.Fone iPhone data recovery addresses. It’s a dead-simple but powerful piece of software for Mac (or Windows) that makes it easy to back up, recover and restore your iPhone or iPad — no bulk syncs required.

Whether that lost message — or photo or WhatsApp message or contact — is lurking in the cache of your iOS device or in an iTunes or iCloud backup, a simple scan using Dr.Fone quickly reveals it (and any other files that might be hiding). All the files in a given category get presented visually in a menu that lets you choose exactly which ones you want to recover.

After connecting and scanning your iPhone or iPad, you simply choose the files you want to restore to your iOS device.

If you want to recover lost iPhone data, do this

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You choose whether to restore lost iPhone data to your phone or your computer.
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Here’s a pro tip if you really want to recover lost iPhone data: As soon as you realize you’ve lost something important, stop using your iPhone immediately.

If you don’t, there’s the possibility that the memory space holding the “deleted” data (which isn’t really gone yet) might be overwritten. That’s because the memory space occupied by this “lost data” is identified by your iPhone as usable.

If no new data is generated, segment of memory storing your missing files won’t be overwritten, and the data can be recovered. However, any new data generated as you use your iPhone will be randomly written to the device’s free memory — possibly space occupied by the “lost” data. If that happens, the “lost” data will never be recoverable.

“Randomly” is the key word here. Some users might find that they can’t recover recently deleted data, while others might discover that data deleted long ago can be recovered. If you don’t stop using your iPhone when you discover that you’re missing data, your data is at risk.

Beyond iPhone data recovery

Recovering iPhone data isn’t all that’s on the Dr.Fone menu, though. You can selectively delete individual files or entire categories from your phone or tablet. Or even wipe your iPhone or iPad entirely, which is handy if you’re about to sell it or pass it along to a friend or family member and you want to make sure there’s no sensitive data left.

The Dr.Fone Toolkit lets you get under the hood of iOS so you can find and work with exactly the files you want. With this software, you can see what’s actually in your iTunes and iCloud backups. You’ll be able to preview and even print out your data, and selectively recover up to 18 different file types.

It works great with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch — and it’s 100 percent guaranteed safe.

Try Dr.Fone iPhone data recovery software for free

With all the important information on our phones and tablets, it’s crucial that we retain control of it. Dr.Fone delivers the comprehensive control you need, with a no-frills interface that helps you see where your information is — and how to easily get it where it needs to be.

Intrigued? Try Dr.Fone iPhone data recovery for free. We’ll bet you don’t want to return to the old days of guessing where your data’s going.