How to Restore iPhone After Updating to iOS 8

Has this happened to you?

You have just finished updating your iPhone to iOS 8 and discover that the Apple guarantee has fallen short. Even though the buzz in the market is that the upgrade will not affect existing device data, many users are finding out the truth the hard way. Some are losing their notes, SMS and images, while others can’t find important iCloud documents!

If you are wondering how to restore iPhone after updating to iOS 8 – complete with your invaluable data – then think no more. Dr. Fone from Wondershare can retrieve lost items not only from the iCloud and iTunes backup files but also from the iOS device itself. This means successful recovery even if you didn’t backup your information prior to the update.



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Just a Few Things to Keep in Mind


1.     If you are relying on scanning the iPhone to recover your data, ensure that you start the scan as soon as you detect data loss. Otherwise, applications will start to overwrite the information that is found in the deeper caches of the iPhone, compromising retrieval.


2.     Dr. Fone can’t scan your iPhone unless it is in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. In order to reach it:

  • Press the Power button for 3 seconds.
  • Press the Home and the Power button for 10 seconds.
  • Release the Power button but keep the Home button pressed for 15 more seconds.

An animated guidance screen with instructions will come up to facilitate the process.




3.     If the PC or laptop that is being used to scan the iPhone also happens to have an iTunes account, go to its dashboard, select Preferences > Devices and tick ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’ to disable auto synchronization of data.


Three Modes How to Restore iPhone After Updating to iOS 8


Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device

This is the only option available if you have not taken a backup of your iPhone content before attempting the iOS 8 update.

1.     Put the device in DFU mode and connect it to a PC or laptop that has Dr. Fone installed on it. This is done with the help of the USB power cord provided by Apple.


2.     Launch Dr. Fone from the desktop and choose ‘Recover from iOS Device’ on the welcome screen. This will prompt the system to analyze the iPhone for its model compatibility. Once Dr. Fone is confident of its ability to thoroughly scan the device, the ‘Start Scan’ button will appear.



3.     At this stage, if you haven’t put the device in DFU mode, the guide screen with animated countdowns will come up. Follow them to ensure proper activation of Device Firmware Upgrade.


4.     A scan that is underway has a completion bar with the time to process completion noted beneath it, and the buttons ‘Stop’ and ‘Pause’ to the right. Both prove useful because they can terminate and halt the scan for item recovery on the fly.

To the left is a directory which has several nodes, each standing for a particular data type. The number next to a node represents the files that can be retrieved and reinstated by the Dr. Fone utility.



You have the flexibility to skip the full scan, directly peruse particular data items found, and recover the ones you require without having to wait for the ones you do not need.


5.     Since for the purpose of this tutorial a complete iPhone restore is required, multiple data types including images, videos, audio, bookmarks, notes, voice notes, contacts and SMS must be retrieved. Once the scan is finished, the display screen becomes available. You can click on certain nodes, call up files by name or keyword with the search bar, focus on only deleted items (On/Off slider), and finally choose files either in bulk or individually by ticking the right checkboxes.



The recovered data can either be saved to the connected iPhone or to the PC or laptop supporting Dr. Fone.




Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File


In case you have taken backup to iTunes, this and the next option apply. iTunes is the legacy backup platform of Apple and traditionally, it doesn’t allow the user to view individual files or items in its backup containers. But this is possible with Dr. Fone.


1.     Launch Dr. Fone from the desktop and select the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File.


2.     The next screen will provide you access to a list of iTunes backup files. Here you must choose the one that has the latest version of your iPhone content. Qualifiers like file name, size and date of creation make selection possible. With this done, hit ‘Start Scan’.



3.     Allow the scan to run its course. Choose the various files required and recover them either to the connected iPhone or to the computer supporting Dr. Fone.




Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File


iCloud is a more convenient form of backup because it saves data straight to the Apple servers and thus can be directly accessed from the iPhone as a built-in application.


1.     Launch Dr. Fone and select the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File.


2.     Input your iCloud login credentials and gain access to the iCloud backup containers.



3.     You are required to choose the right backup file – one that has all the data needed – on the basis of file properties like name, size and date of creation. Upon determining this selection, hit ‘Download’.



4.     The pop-up that comes on is geared to ensure that Dr. Fone only downloads the items that you actually need. Often users require just images or videos to the exclusion of any other data type. However, for the sake of this tutorial, the Select All option should be ticked. Click ‘Next’ to continue with the scan.




5.     With the process complete, the display screen allows recovery of needed items. They can be saved to the hard disk of the PC/laptop supporting Dr. Fone.



Discovering the loss of data after an update can prove to be debilitating to personal and professional efficiency. Dr. Fone is the right tool on how to restore iPhone after updating to iOS 8.

Recapitulating the process:

  • Connect the iPhone to Dr. Fone.
  • Choose the right recovery mode.
  • Select the needed backup file.
  • Allow the scan to complete.
  • Recover the items.

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