By Penny / Last update February 17, 2022

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. Have you restored your iPhone to factory settings accidentally? This unintentional mistake also cannot avoid data loss.

Given that the factory reset needs to erase all the content and settings on your iPhone, at the moment, the top priority is to recover the lost iPhone data. Let’s check out the corresponding solutions on how to get data back after restoring iPhone in the first section. After that, relevant tech information is in the second section.

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

“Can you recover data from a factory reset iPhone?” “Yes, it is accessible for you to recover the lost data if you have made backups before.” That is to say, an available iCloud or iTunes backup is indispensable to iPhone data recovery. In this case, it is the only way to recover data. The following two ways also 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 consider the following precautions.

  1. If you turn on iCloud, these data will be automatically synced in the 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 practical for you to retrieve data via iTunes backup. Let’s perform how to recover data from iTunes backup with specific steps.

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 relevant 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, there are two feasible ways to restore the data after the factory reset. However, sometimes you may meet a bug when making an iCloud or iTunes backup, which is bothersome. Therefore, AOMEI MBackupper 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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★Key features:
 Quickly backup all the photos, videos, contacts, and messages on your iPhone. Files about memory and business could be stored on PC forever.
 It enables you to preview all files and select the needed ones before making backups or restoring your iPhone.
It allows to restore files not only to an iPhone, but also an iPad or iPod Touch.

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper 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 AOMEI MBackupper 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 retrieve a redundant backup from iTunes and iCloud.