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2 Ways to Recover iPhone Data Lost after Restoring to Factory Settings

"About two hours ago, my iPhone 6 get into recovery mode when I attempting to upgrade the phone to iOS 9. I don't know what happened and have no idea about how to solve this problem. So I ask for help on the internet and one of users told me to restore my iPhone to factory reset. It has truly helped me get the iPhone out of recovery mode, but at the same times made me lost all the data on the device. Is there a way to get my iPhone data back?"

Before introducing how to recover iPhone data lost after restoring to factory resettings, let's talk about what Factory Settings Reset is. Factory reset sometimes just like formatting device or deleting files from your iPhone. All the files or data you stored there will be gone. Actually the files are not gone. These operations (I mean factory reset, formatting, deleting, etc.) only free up the space which was taken by the files you stored on your device and make the space is available for the new files.

General speaking, when you delete data from your iPhone, it isn't gone forever immediately, but only becomes invisible and can be overwritten by any new data. Therefore it's available to recover the lost iPhone data after restoring your iPhone to factory settings. Then how to get them back? Read on for details.

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If you lost all of your iPhone files after restore to factory settings, you can use iTunes to get back your data. If only part of the data is lost and you don't want to erase what you have now, you need an iPhone Data Recovery tool to help you. You should know that iTunes doesn't allow you to recover data selectively.

One of the best iPhone data recovery tools on the Market is iRefone for Mac, which is a professional yet easy-to-use tool for users to recover iPhone data lost selectively. With it, you can retrieve lost contacts, messages, call logs, WhatsApp history, photos, videos, and notes directly from iPhone without backup. If you have ecently iTunes backup or synced the data with iCloud, the program can selectively retrieve files by extracting data in the backup. If you're a Windows user, you can turn to iRefone for Windows (Windows 10 compatible), which has the same function as the Mac version. Just get the right version and follow the steps below to learn how to recover iPhone data lost after restore.

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Part 1: Recover iPhone data after restsore via iTunes backup

Part 2: Recover iPhone data after restsore via iCloud backup

Part 1: Recover iPhone data after restsore via iTunes backup

Follow steps below:

Step 1: 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: 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: 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.

Note: In this way, you can not only recover data existing in the iTunes backup, but also recover those deleted data, which can't be restored directly from iTunes to your iPhone.

Part 2: Recover iPhone data after restsore via iCloud backup

Follow steps below:

Step 1: Run the program and then 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.


Step 2: 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: 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 Mac" to save them on your computer with one click.


Tips: iRefone 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.

Note: It's totally safe to log in your iCloud account and download the backup file. iRefone won't keep any record of your information and data. The downloaded file is only saved on your own computer and you're the only one to access.

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