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iRefone for Mac recovers up to 13 types of lost files from your iDevice. It offers you 3 solutions to recover lost data from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch including scan your iOS devices, extract your iTunes backup files, download and recover data from iCloud backup. Follow the guide below to retrieve your lost files.

Notes: When losing data, please stop using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch immediately. Any operation can generate new data to overwrite the lost data. Also don't sync them with iTunes or back them up to iCloud, or the backup file will be updated and be the same as your device. Then you'll lose your previous backup.

Part 1: Directly scan your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to recover lost

Part 2: Extract iTunes backup files to recover previous data from it

Part 3: Download and recover data from iCloud backup files

Part 1: Directly scan your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to recover lost

In this way, you need to have your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch at your hand. Also, your device can be recognized by the computer. Then you need a digital USB cable.

Step 1. Run the program and connect your device to your Mac

Install and run iRefone for Mac on Mac, connect the device you want to recover with Mac via USB cable.Then you will see the interface as follows, click "Start" to access the data in device.

Tips: If you use an iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 or iPod Touch 4, you can also start the scanning of your device by clicking on the "Advanced Mode" button.

Step 2. Choose and Scan the data to be recovered

All the data categories in the device are displayed in the interface. Just click on the icon of the data you want to recover and the software will automatically start to analyze and scan it.

Step 3. Preview and Recover data to Mac

When the scanning is finished, you could preview all contents of the selected data, including these deleted one. (Contacts, Messages, Call History, Notes, Calendar, Reminders and Safari Bookmark) You can tick any items you want and store them on your computer by clicking on the "Recover to Mac" button. If you want to preview other data, just click the "Close" button to exist the current preview interface and click other icon view other data.

Tips: iRefone for Mac supports to transfer recovered Notes, Contacts directly back to device. After scanning these two items, pick out these notes or contacts you need and click "Recover to Device" button on the interface to transfer these recovered Notes and Contacts directly back to your device. You can also edit notes and contacts and save the modified data.

Part 2: Extract iTunes backup files to recover previous data from it

Apple doesn't allow anyone to manually access and view data in the iTunes backup file. You can only restore the whole backup to your device, and then you can know what it contains. With iRefone for Mac, you can do it now.

Note: Don't sync your device with iTunes when you realize that you've lost data, or the iTunes backup file will be updated after the sync, if you want to recover them through this recovery mode.

Step 1. Choose your iTunes backup file and scan it

Run iRefone for Mac on Mac, Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup" on the main interface. All the iTunes backup files of your iOS Device which has ever synced with iTunes on this Mac will be automatically found and listed here. You can choose the one you want and click "Select" to access the data interface.

Tips: If your iOS device backup is not displayed here, it's probably because your iOS device has not synced with iTunes on this Mac or you save the backup in other location. You can click "Select more" button to choose the backup by yourself.

Step 2. Preview the data in iTunes Backup

Then you will enter into the interface to show you all the data categories in your backup. Select the data you want to preview. The scanning time depends on the database in your iTunes Backup. You can preview them one by one before recovery.

Step 3. Recover iTunes Backup data

When the scanning is finished, you can selectively mark and recover those you want by click the "Recover to Mac " button on the bottom-right to save them on your computer.

Tips: iRefone for Mac supports to transfer recovered Notes, Contacts directly back to device. After scanning these two items, pick out these notes or contacts you need and click "Recover to Device" button on the interface to transfer these recovered Notes and Contacts directly back to your device. You can also edit notes and contacts and save the modified data.

Part 3: Download and recover data from iCloud backup files

Just as the iTunes backup file, iCloud backup files can't be easily acessed. What Apple allows you to do is acessing and downloading contacts from iCloud.com on your computer. As to the other data, you can't read them, except restoring the whole backup to your device. Now, follow the guide below to learn how to download and extract data from iCloud backup on your computer in steps.

Step 1. Log in your iCloud account

Choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" from the top menu on the program's primary window. Then you'll see the window as follows. You need to enter your iCloud account and the password to log in, so that you can download the backup file.

Note: It's totally safe here to log in your account. Brorsoft won't take any record of your account or the data content at any time. You're always the only person who can see the account and acess the data. Brorsoft takes your privacy seriously.

Step 2. Download and scan your iCloud backup

When you logged into iCloud, the program can find all iCloud backup files in your account. Choose the one where you're going to recover data and click on the "Download" button.

And then in the pop-up window, you can choose the type of files you would like to download. This will reduce the time of downloading the iCloud backup file. After that, you can scan the iCloud content now. Click on the "Next" button to begin. It will take you some time. Just wait for a moment.

Step 3. Preview and Recover data from iCloud Backup

The scan will be complete in a few minutes. Once it stops, you can click the icon of the data you need in your iCloud backup file, like contacts, messages, photos, and more. Check them one by one and tick the item you want. Then click on the "Recover to PC" to save them on your computer with one click.

Tips: iRefone for Mac supports to transfer recovered Notes, Contacts directly back to device. After scanning these two items, pick out these notes or contacts you need and click "Recover to Device" button on the interface to transfer these recovered Notes and Contacts directly back to your device. You can also edit notes and contacts and save the modified data.