There are times in our lives when we think we’re doing something to help ourselves out, but actually it just turns out into a big old mess.
When you’re spring cleaning and manage to somehow throw your grandma’s extremely special lace doily she hand-crocheted years ago, only noticing when your mother comes around for Sunday dinner and asks you where the special doily is. Oh dear. Not that you really liked it anyway but that’s not the point, is it?
But you’re obviously here because you restored factory settings on your iPhone. Were you spring cleaning your phone? When your phone starts running slow as all heck and you have a million different apps in there (with only about 15% of them actually useful), restoring factory settings is a brilliant way to clear things up and start fresh. Now, you might have gone in and reset your factory settings, only to realize that you actually have important information stored on your phone that you forgot to backup or save! A contact that you haven’t cross-referenced in your Gmail account, a message about a party you’re supposed to be attending next week, a picture of your girlfriend with your new kitten, a video of your nephew learning to ride a bike…
Not to fear. Even though you may have wiped your phone without *knowingly* creating a backup, Apple, being the kind folks that they are, are behind the scenes doing it for you. If you have ever synced your iPhone with your iTunes or plugged in your iPhone to charge overnight with your wifi running, chances are that you’ve got backups sitting there ready for you. Moreover, you might be able to recover data from the device itself! When you do a factory reset, you may still have access to the files that was on your iPhone.
And what’s the best way to get the data out of these different sources? Based on research and from what I’ve found, Dr. Fone from Wondershare provides the best all-around file recovery solution to recover iPhone data after factory reset.
Dr. Fone can recover data from the phone itself, from your iTunes, or from your iCloud account. The software runs on either PC or Mac. It then gives you access to all your old Contacts, Notes, Call History, Facebook Messenger History, WhatsApp History, Photo Stream, Voice Memos, Messages, Reminders, Calendar Events, Safari Bookmarks, Camera Roll, Voicemail, App Photos, App Videos and App Documents.
The software is for use with all types of iPhones – iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 – and their variants. You can also use it with iPads and iPod Touch 3 and 4.
Here are the three different ways in which you can recover iPhone data after factory reset using Dr. Fone:
Method #1: Recover from iOS Device
This is the method that looks on your phone for missing or deleted files. Start up the program and click on Recover from iOS Device. You’ll then need to plug in your iPhone by the USB cable to the computer before you click on the green Start Scan button.
Wait for Dr. Fone to scan your iPhone for data. When the scan has finished, all the bits of files will be displayed by category on the left hand side. Go through each of them to find which ones you want to recover. If you want everything, use the checkboxes beside the categories on the left. If you want to do it bit by bit, go through each category and select which ones you want to keep and which ones you don’t.
When you’re ready, click the Recover button to start saving the files to your computer, which can then be used to resync your phone.
Method #2: Recover from iTunes Backup File
Click on Recover from iTunes Backup File. If iTunes is installed in your computer and you’ve used it to sync to your iPhone, you probably have a backup of your phone stored on iTunes. In the list on the screen, click on your phone name with the latest backup date and then click on the green Start Scan button.
Once Dr. Fone has finished running its scan of your iTunes backup file, you can go through the categories on the left and select which data you want to keep by ticking the checkboxes next to it. When you’re done choosing, click on the Recover button to start saving the file/s to your computer, which can then be used to resync to your iPhone.
Method #3: Recover from iCloud Backup File
Click on Recover from iCloud Backup File. You’ll need to correctly enter your Apple ID and password that you used for your iPhone.
A list will come up of all your backups that are stored in the iCloud. Find the one that has your iPhone name with the latest date and click the Download button.
When Dr. Fone has finished scanning your iCloud backup file, go through the categories on the left and select which bits of data you’d like to keep. When you’re finished with that, click on the Recover button to save the files to your computer. This data can then be used to be synced back to your iPhone.