How to Get Data Back after Restoring iPhone?

Read and get fixes on how to get data back after restoring iPhone. Some relevant information has also been in this post.


By Penny / Updated on June 21, 2023

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Can you recover data from a factory reset iPhone?


Unfortunately, my iPhone stopped working yesterday but I couldn’t reboot it using the Update option from iTunes. Thus I had to recover it using the factory reset. But I lost some photos and WhatsApp messages. I want to retrieve them, but how to restore data on iPhone after the factory reset? Could you offer me a manual? Thanks a lot.

- A user from MacRumors

The factory reset works as an efficient way to resolve many troubleshooting issues. That means this operation enables the iPhone to normal condition.

But just like the user above, it could cause data loss without available backups because the factory reset needs to erase all the content and settings on your iPhone.

Have you restored your iPhone to factory settings accidentally? This unintentional mistake also cannot avoid data loss. So how to get data backup after restoring iPhone? Please check them out below. 

Part 1. How to get data back after restoring iPhone?

In this part, an available iCloud or iTunes backup is indispensable to iPhone data recovery. The following two solutions illustrate the point nicely.

Way 1. Get data back after restoring iPhone with iCloud backup

These steps below depict how to restore data on iPhone after factory reset with iCloud backup. As the name suggests, an iCloud backup is a necessity with this solution. Please note the following precautions.

  1. If you turn on iCloud, these data will be automatically synced in rather than stored in the iCloud backup.
  2. If you stop using iCloud, the data like Call history only be saved for 180 days.

Step 1. After factory reset, go to the “Apps & Data” screen, you could choose “Restore from iCloud Backup”.


Step 2. Pick the latest backup from the list after signing into iCloud with Apple ID. Please wait for the restoration process to finish.

Way 2. Get data back after restoring iPhone with iTunes backup

iTunes can retain nearly everything on your iOS device, so it is more convenient for you to retrieve data via iTunes backup. Let’s perform how to restore iPhone from iTunes backups

Step 1. Run your latest iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer. Then click the “iPhone” icon on the left corner.


Step 2. Go to “Summary” > “Restore Backup”.


Step 3. Select the most appropriate backup from the backup list and click “Restore”. The size of the backup affects the process of restoration. Please wait patiently.


Part 2. How to backup iPhone data efficiently?

As mentioned above, two feasible ways to restore the data after the factory reset exist. However, sometimes you may meet a bug when making an iCloud or iTunes backup, which is bothersome. Therefore, FoneTool seems like a better choice for you to adopt.

This free iPhone backup software enables you to create a full or partial backup or save important data to a secure location. As demonstrated, maybe you are more likely to make a full backup in this situation. Please refer to the relevant steps below.

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With an accessible “Full Backup” or “Custom Backup,” you can restore your iOS device without losing data.
 You can preview all the items and select your needed ones before backing up or transferring.
 It works well with the latest iOS 15 and iPhone 13/12/SE (2nd) /11.
 A well-designed interface and clear instructions are user-friendly to newcomers. 

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your computer, then connect your iPhone to your PC. Click “Trust This Computer” on your iPhone.

Step 2. Launch it and click “Full Backup”.


Step 3. If you see the program is launched, please click “Full Backup”.


Step 4. You can see the backup, please select the backup path. Then tap “Start Backup” and wait for the process to get finished.


Tips: If you want to restore data, you could run "Full Backup" and tap “Full Restore”.

In conclusion

How to get data back after restoring iPhone? Two possible options are in this essay, both of which have backups. In addition, you can try to utilize FoneTool to make backups in advance rather than attempt to restore data after data loss.

Having a closer look at this free professional iPhone backup and transfer tool, maybe it can help you prevent potential problems better. With these advisable schemes of backup such as “Photos backup” and “Custom backup”, there’s no need to restore iPhone from iCloud/iTunes backups. 

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.