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How to Recover Data from iPhone after a Factory Reset (iOS 13/12 supported)

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Gabriel Hammond

May 26, 2016 (Updated: April 17, 2020)• Filed to: iPhone Data Recovery

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“My iPhone running iOS 11 stopped responding after updating a few apps. To get it to work again, I decided to factory reset the device. Consequently, I lost all the data on the device. Can anyone help me get my data back?”

A factory reset can be a good way to fix an unresponsive device but as you’ve found out, it leads to data loss and unfortunately, it is hard to recover data from an iPhone after a factory reset if you didn’t have a backup. Nonetheless, this article will show you a few ways to get your data back.

1. Recover Data after a Factory Reset without Backup (iOS 13 Supported)

It is very difficult to recover lost data after a factory reset even using a data recovery tool but if the data you have lost is very important to you and wasn’t included in the backup, it may be worth a try. Follow these simple steps to try and recover the lost data directly from the iPhone using iMyFone D-Back.

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How to Recover Data after Factory Reset iPhone?

Step 1: Select "Recover from iOS Device" Mode

Run iMyFone D-Back on your computer and then select “Recover from iOS device.” Click “Start” to begin.

choose recovery option

Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and click “Next” as soon as the program detects the device.

connect ios device

Step 2: Select File Type

In the next window, select the type of file we wish to recover, then click on "Scan".

select file type

Step 4: Preview and Recover

Once the scan is complete. Preview the data and see if you can find any of the lost data. If you are lucky enough, select the missing data and then click “Recover” to save the data to your computer.

preview and recover

Note:

You should stop using your iPhone after factory resetting it to avoid overwriting the data on it.

2. Selectively Recover Lost Data from iTunes/iCloud Backup with D-Back

D-Back iPhone data recovery allows you to selectively recover photos after factory reset iPhone from iTunes/iCloud backup after a factory reset. You can also peview them before rcovery, follow the steps below to do so:

Step 1: Select Recovery Method and Data to Recover

Launch the iMyFone D-Back software. Choose recover from "iTunes” or “Recover from iCloud Backup” If the data you want is in the backup file.

choose recovery option

Choose the iTunes backup you want to recover data from, click on "Next" to continue.

select itunes backup

Step 2: Scan for Lost Data

Select the type of file you want to recover, click on “Scan” and program will begin scanning your lost data.

Scan for lost data

Step 3: Recover and Save Data

Preview and select the data that you wish to save, hit on “Recover” a new dialogue box will open asking for you to select a folder from your computer to save your data.

 Recover and save data

After selecting the location, the recovery begins automatically and the data will be saved into your computer.

Note:

You should have backed up your data via iTunes or iCloud before resetting it.

3. Restore iCloud Backup to Recover Data from iPhone after Factory Reset

Step 1: Once you turn on the device, you will see the Setup screen. Select “Slide to Setup”.

Step 2: Choose your preferred language.

Choose your preferred language

Step 3: Select your region or country.

Step 4: Connect to a Wi-Fi network. Don’t use a cellular network, it may fail to download all your files.

Make sure that you are on Wi-Fi network

Step 5: In the next screen, choose whether you would like the “Location Services” activated or deactivated. The option is “On” by default.

Step 6: In the next screen, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” and enter your iCloud login credentials.

enter your iCloud login credentials

Step 7: Agree “Terms and Conditions.” You have to agree to the terms once again in the next screen.

agree to the terms

Step 8: Choose the latest backup from the list of backup files available.

Pick the recent backup file

Step 9: Wait for the restore process to complete and your data will be back on the device.

Note:

If the iCloud backup data are not the latest, you might lose data after restoring from iCloud.

4. Restore iPhone from an iTunes Backup to Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2: Launch iTunes and navigate to “Devices” under the “File” menu. Choose “Restore from Backup”.

Step 3: Choose the most recent backup and click “Restore”. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

Restore iPhone from an iTunes Backup

Note:

Restoring from iTunes will delete all your current files on the iPhone.

Now download the trial version of iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery to scan the data on your device (including the device running iOS 13/12/11) to know if it can still find your covered data.

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