Q: Hello, I'm wondering how to recover data from my iPhone after factory reset. I restored it to factory settings for some reasons, and consequently some important text messages, photos, WhatsApp messages, etc. were gone. How can I recover them? Any good suggestions are welcomed. Many thanks! - Jack Black from iFixit
As we know, when we restore the iPhone to factory settings, the data on your phone will be overwritten during the restoring, which means that you'll lost all your iPhone data. So I suppose you must have made some backups via iTunes or iCloud before you decided to do the factory reset. It may be impossible to realize iPhone data recovery after factory reset without backup. Next we will tell you how to recover data from iPhone after restoring it to factory settings step by step.
- Method 1. Restore iPhone Data after Factory Reset from iTunes Backup
- Method 2. Restore iPhone Data after Factory Reset from iCloud Backup
- Method 3. Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset with 3rd-Party Recovery Tool
Part 1. How to Recover Data from iPhone after Factory Reset via iTunes Backups
If you have made iTunes backups in advance, you can easily get all you lost data back after restoring your iPhone to factory settings. Just follow the easy steps below to see how to extract iTunes backups and restore your data.
Step 1 Connect iPhone to computer and open iTunes
First, please connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac with a USB cable. Launch the iTunes program and it will ask you to trust this computer, click the "Trust" button on your phone.
Step 2 Navigate to Backup Files
After iTunes recognized your iPhone, go to the "File" > "Devices" > "Restore from Backup"; or select your iPhone by clicking the small iPhone icon and then go to "Summary" > "Backups" > "Restore Backup".
Step 3 Restore iTunes Backup
Choose the backup file you want to restore and then click the "Restore" button to start to extract your iTunes backup file. Do not disconnect the device until all the data has been restored to your iPhone.
Part 2. How to Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset from iCloud Backups
Alternatively, you can also restore your missing data after your iPhone is set to factory settings easily from iCloud backup. The following is the easy steps to show you how to do it.
Step 1Follow the Setup guide
Turn on your iPhone, and then follow the Setup guide to choose your preferred language, region or country, select a Wi-Fi network to ensure a sucessful downloading, etc. When you come to the "Apps & Data" screen, tap the "Restore from iCloud Backup" option.
Step 2 Restore iCloud backup
Now enter your username and password to log in iCloud account. Select a backup file that you'd like to recover. Wait for a while and your data will come back to your device after the restoring process is completed.
Part 3. How to Restore iPhone Data after Factory Reset with Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery
The aforementioned two methods can restore your lost data from iPhone after restoring it to factory setting; however, there are also some limitations when using the solutions above.
1. They just recover all the backup files to your iPhone, and you're not allowed to preview and select some really necessary ones. You need to spend time deleting those files you don't want.
2. The restored backup files may overwrite the existing data on your iPhone after factory reset.
3. They only restore the backup files to the device, and not allow restoring to your computer.
If you don't mind, just go ahead. Otherwise, you can use a professional third-party iOS data recovery tool to recover your iPhone data in category after factory reset, and here I highly recommend you to use Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.
Key Features of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:
Recover 20+ types of lost data including contacts, text messages, voice mail, call history, photos and videos, WhatsApp messages, Safari Bookmarks, etc.
Recover data from iOS device, iTunes backup and iCloud backup
Scan the file in category, preview and select important files to recover
Allow you to extract iTunes and iCloud backups to your computer
After your iPhone was restored to factory settings, all the data on the iPhone has been erased. So even with a smart iPhone data recovery tool, you cannot restore the lost data from the iPhone directly. Fortunately, you can extract your iTunes or iCloud backups to get the missing data back. Now follow the simple steps below to recover data from iPhone after factory reset with Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.
Option 1: How to Recover Data after Factory Reset iPhone iTunes Backup with Joyoshare
Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and choose a recovery mode
Connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac and then launch Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery. Choose the "Recover from iTunes" mode on the top menu bar, and Joyoshare will recognize all iTunes backup files. If you don't have Joyoshare program on your computer, just go to the download page of Joyoshare and then select iPhone Data Recovery to download and install in the computer.
Step 2 Scan iTunes backup file for lost data
Choose one iTunes backup file you want to recover, and then click the Gear icon on the right side to select the types of data you'd like to recover. You can tick all these files or check some in categories. Then press the "Scan" button to scan all the lost data from iTunes backup for recovery.
Step 3 Recover iPhone data after a factory reset from iTunes backup
The scanning process will take a while based on the size of your backup file. Afterwards, all recoverable data will be orderly displayed. Now you can choose files in category, preview and select some important ones to restore. Then press the "Recover" button, and your data will be recovered and saved on your computer.
Option 2: How to Extract iCloud Backup to Restore Data after Factory Reset with Joyoshare
Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and sign in iCloud
Run Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery first and then select the "Recover from iCloud" mode. Enter your Apple ID and passcode to log into the iCloud account. Please be relaxed that Joyoshare will never retain any of your private info.
Step 2 Select iCloud backup file to download
Once you signed in your iCloud account, all the iCloud backup files are there. Choose one that you desire to recover, and then click the "Download" button to download all lost files. Then press the "Scan" button to extract these downloaded files.
Step 3 Restore missing iPhone data via iCloud backup
After the scanning comes to an end, you can see all the recoverable files in category. You can choose to recover them all or select some important ones to restore. You're also allowed to preview the files before tick them. Then hit the "Recover" button to export and save the restored data in the local folder of your computer.