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Definitive Guide on How to Restore iPhone Data after Factory Reset

Q: How to Recover Data from iPhone 7 after Factory Reset?

"Hi, I am wondering how to recover data from iPhone 7 after factory reset. For some reasons, I did factory reset on my iPhone 7, some precious photos, text messages, WhatsApp messages, etc. are gone. How to recover them? Free tools are most welcome. Thanks a lot." -from an iPhone user

 

In some cases, you might have to perform a factory reset on your iPhone. For example, your iPhone becomes irresponsive or gets stuck on a black/blue/white screen. And after the reset, you will find that your phone data is gone with the system issues. So the next step you need to do is to get back the data. But how to restore iPhone data after factory reset? Here are some possible solutions for your reference.

What is Factory Reset & How It Works?

A factory reset is a software restore of an iPhone to its original system state by erasing all of the information stored on the device. Since it can effectively erase all of the data, settings, and applications that are previously on the device and restore the device to its original settings, users often use it to fix phone issues. It is easy to complete- you just need to click the options Settings> General> Reset> Erase All Content and Settings> Erase iPhone to remove the settings and data.

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After that, all the files and settings on your iPhone will be wiped. Then is it possible to get back your data after a factory reset? If you regularly backup your phone up to iCloud or iTunes, there may still be hope to recover lost data. With the backups, you can recover iPhone data after a restore by restoring an old iPhone backup file or extracting data from an old file.

For Android users, you can click to learn how to recover data after factory reset the device.

 

Recover Formatted iPhone Data from iCloud

It is not a difficult task to restore iPhone data from iCloud. To complete that, you only need to set up your device and connect it to a Wi-Fi network and then go with onscreen prompts to get back the files. The followings are the details about the restoring process. Just go with them to extract your formatted iPhone data.

Step 1. Power on your iPhone and you will see the setup screen. Just choose the option Slide to Setup on the screen.

Step 2. Next, you need to select a language and region/country and connect your mobile phone to a stable Wi-Fi network. (A Wi-Fi network is better since a cellular network is unstable and you may fail to download the files.)

Step 3. On the next page, you will be asked whether you would like the Location Services activated or deactivated. The option is On by default.

Step 4. Then you can select Restore from iCloud Backup and enter your iCloud login credentials. After the login, you need to Agree the Terms and Conditions to continue the process.

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Step 5. Choose the latest backup from the list of backup files available and wait for the restore process to complete. Now your data will be back to your iPhone.

iCloud backup does not include the files:

* Contacts, Calendars, Notes, My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library that are already stored in cloud.

* Information about your Gmail and Exchange mail.

* Apple Pay digital wallet information and settings.

* Touch ID settings.

* Contents of iCloud Music Library and App Store.

 

Get Back Your iPhone Files from iTunes

If you have backed up the files to iTunes, it would be easier to retrieve your data. But the whole process should be performed on a computer with the latest iTunes. So for successfully restoring the lost files, you need to prepare something:

* A computer.

* Install the most recent iTunes version on your desktop.

* A stable network connection.

Then you can start the recovering process now.

Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to computer and launch the iTunes.

Step 2. Click the File option in iTunes to open the menu and select Devices.

Step 3. After that, you should tap on the option Restore from Backup and click the most recent backup.

Step 4. At last, you can hit Restore to start the recovering process. During the process, you should keep the device connected or the recovery would be interrupted and cause data loss.

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iTunes backup does not include the data:

* iTunes and App Store contents.

* Imported MP3 files, videos, books and pictures.

* My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library that are already stored in cloud.

* Touch ID settings.

* Apple Pay digital wallet information and settings.

* Activity, Health and Keychain data.

 

How to Selectively Restore iPhone Files after Factory Reset?

Apart from the methods above, you can also make use of a program to restore your data selectively. Here iPhone Data Recovery can be a good choice for you. This software allows you to view, select and recover data from iTunes or iCloud freely. You can download the free trial by clicking the icon below and go with the steps to get back the wanted data efficiently.

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Step 1. Download and install the software on your computer and then launch it. On the main interface, you will find three recovery modes: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File. Just select one mode.

Step 2. After selecting one mode, you can begin to scan the data now.

- Scan iTunes backups: click Recover from iTunes Backup File mode and choose the exact iTunes backup you want. Then tap on Start Scan to scan the iTunes backup.

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- Scan iCloud backups: tap on the option Recover from iCloud Backup File. Then you will be asked to sign in your iCloud account. Just enter your Apple ID and passcode. After that, your iCloud backups will be listed on the screen. Just find your newest iPhone backup and click it to download the files. Then you can mark the files that you want to recover and click Next to start the scanning process.

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Step 3. When the scanning process ends, you can see that all backup data type are displayed on the interface. You can click one data type to view its details in the right panel. Then you should check the wanted files and click Recover to restore them.

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While using this tool to recover data from restored iPhone, you should turn off iTunes on your PC to avoid a conflict.

 

Never Lose the Files on Your iPhone Again

The data on iPhone would be lost, deleted or damaged for many reasons, so you'd better backup the wanted files to computer to avoid data loss. This is just an easy operation and you can complete it with simple clicks as long as you get a right software like MobiKin Assistant for iOS. With the help of this tool, you can transfer the files like contacts, messages, calendars, notes, bookmarks, music, photos, videos, etc. from iOS device to computer without any hassle. You can take the free trial of this software to have a try.

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Step 1. Run the program and connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer. Then the tool will detect the connected device automatically and ask you to trust this computer on your iDevice. Just go with the on-screen prompt to trust the device and click Continue.

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Step 2. After the detection, you will see several file categories listed in the left panel, such as contacts, messages, notes and so on. You can tap on one folder to preview the detailed contents.

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Step 3. Next, the program may prompt you to turn off iCloud contacts, notes and bookmarks on your device. Just follow the prompts to complete it.

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Step 4. Tick the files you want to backup and hit Export on the top menu to transfer the files to PC.

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The Bottom Line

See, you can only restore iPhone data from backups after a factory reset. Maybe there are some tools allows you to get back the data without backup, but the data that they can extract is limited. Hence, backing up iPhone data beforehand would be the best and safest way to avoid data loss.

Now just select one way to get back your iPhone data and start to backup your phone data.

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