How to Recover Data after a Factory Reset

“My iPhone 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 the data if you didn’t have a backup. Nonetheless, this article will show you a few ways to get your data back.

1 Restore iPhone from an iCloud Backup

The following is a simple way to restore data to your iPhone from an iCloud backup.

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.


2 Restore iPhone from an iTunes Backup

If you have an iTunes backup instead, follow these simple steps to restore the device.

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


3 Recover Lost Data after Restoring iPhone to Factory Settings

Apart from iCloud and iTunes backup file, you can also use third-party retrieval software programs such as iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Win or iPhone data recovery for Mac. The specially designed utility tool for iDevices helps in retrieving data from your device, iTunes backups and iCloud backups without causing any data loss to your present content and settings on iPhone. The main features of the program are:

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iMyfone D-Back iPhone Data Recovery

  • Gives the chance to recover lost data that you may have lost due to; iOS upgrade, jailbreak issues, virus attacks, deletion, factory reset, broken device, password-forgot device and also due to system crash.
  • It has four ways in which you can use to retrieve data namely; Smart Recovery, Recover from iOS, Recover from iTunes Backup and Recover from iCloud Backup.
  • It is a comprehensive tool that retrieves over 22 file types like Videos, Photos, Contacts, WhatsApp Messages, Safari Bookmarks, Kik Messages, Voice Memos, Notes and others.
  • It can extract backup from iTunes and iCloud to your computer.

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Mode 1 Recover Data after a Factory Reset via iTunes/iCloud Backup

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

Then select the type of file you want to recover.

select the type of file

Step 2: Scan for lost data

Click on “Scan” and the results of the lost text files will be displayed. Preview and select the data that you wish to save. Remember, for iCloud option, you will have to log in to your cloud account and download the backup file. Next, you will have to scan download.

Scan for lost data

Step 3: Recover and save data

once you 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.


Mode 2 Recover Data after a Factory Reset without Backup

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.

Step 1: Run iMyfone on your computer and then select “Recover from iOS device.” Click “Start” to begin

choose recovery option

Step 2: In the next window, select the type of file we wish to recover.

choose recovery option

Step 3: Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and click “Scan” as soon as the program detects the device.

choose recovery option

Step 4: 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.

choose recovery option

Now download the trial version of iMyfone D-Back iPhone data recovery for Win or iPhone data recovery for Mac to scan your data to know if it can still find your covered data.

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