[Fixed] iPhone 7/7 Plus Data Recovery Failed without Losing Data

Is your iPhone 7/7 plus get stuck in Recovery Mode? Read this tutorial to help you get iPhone 7/7plus out of attempting data recovery loop without losing any data.


By Lora / Updated on June 6, 2023

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iPhone 7/7 plus attempting data recovery loop

“My phone model is iPhone 7 plus, when I downgraded to iOS 11.4.1, it was stuck at attempting data recovery failed every time. There are many important data in the iPhone. Is there any way to fix it without losing data?”

"iPhone attempting data recovery" is one of the most frequently asked questions among iOS users. When this happens, you may be wondering what it means to attempt data recovery on an iPhone. How can this problem be resolved?

We have compiled three practical solutions in this tutorial to solve this issue. Before you try the methods, finding out the causes of attempting data recovery may be helpful for avoiding this issue in the future.

Why is your iPhone 7/7 plus stuck on “Attempting Data Recovery”?

The Attempting Data Recovery loop can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most fundamental reason is an update bug that occurs frequently when updating your device to a new iOS version via iTunes. The “attempting data recovery” failure is a common occurrence on iPhones running iOS versions 10.0.1 to 12.

This issue may affect a large number of users. When this happens, your messages may disappear, and the iPhone may eventually restart. Worse, your critical data may not be restored as planned. Many people have reported that they restarted their iPhone, but their photos had vanished from their camera roll after an update, and so on.

Three solutions to fix iPhone 7/7 plus stuck in data recovery loop

There are several ways to resolve attempting data recovery failed for iOS 10/11/12/12.3/13/14/15/16. Here are the top four tips for fixing the iPhone attempting data recovery issue.

Method 1. Press the Home button

Pressing the Home button is the first and most straightforward way to resolve the iPhone attempting data recovery loop. When you facing this issue if you are updating your iPhone 7/7 plus iOS via iTunes, don’t be panic, you could try to press the Home button and wait patiently till the update completes.

After the update finishes, your iPhone will revert to its normal state. If pressing the Home button does not resolve the problem after a long period of time, you could try other methods listed in the following.

Method 2. Force restart your iPhone 7/7 plus

If pressing the Home button doesn’t work, force restart could be one of the most effective ways to fix many small iPhone issues. For iPhone 7/7 plus, follow the two steps below.

Step 1. Press and hold the Side button (Power button) on the right side of the phone and the Volume button.

Step 2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear. You may see the Slide to Power Off slider, but the iPhone will skip this step if you continue to hold the Power button. The phone will then begin its startup process.


Method 3. Fix iPhone 7/7 plus attempting data recovery failed via iTunes

If the previous solution does not work for you, you can try putting your iPhone into Recovery Mode. One thing to keep in mind is that using this method will erase all of your iPhone's data. After that, you could use iTunes to restore your iPhone (See the next part).

Please make sure your iTunes is the latest version on your computer. Click “Help” and select “Check for Updates” in iTunes.  

Step 1. Connect your iPhone 7/7 plus to the computer.

Step 2. Force restart the iPhone by pressing and holding the Side button and Volume down button.

Step 3. There will be a pop-up notification to ask whether you want to restore or update the iPhone. Click “Update”.


Step 4. Wait for your iPhone to update. After the process completes, then you could set up your iPhone like the first time use it.

How to recover data after iPhone 7/7 plus data recovery failed

After you fix the issue “Attempting Data Recovery” and restart your iPhone normally, you could try to use the following methods to recover iPhone 7/7 plus data. When it comes to iPhone data recovery, you may know Apple's recommended method of restoring your iPhone data from iCloud and iTunes backups.

Of course, if you have backed up your iPhone data to iCloud or iTunes, you can use this method to recover iPhone data easily. Without backup, you could try to use third-party iPhone data recovery software to recover iPhone data or selectively restore data from your iTunes or iCloud backups.

Method 1. Recover iPhone 7/7 plus data via iTunes backup

Step 1. Connect your iPhone 7/7 Plus to the computer.

Step 2. Click the device icon and click “Summary”.

Step 3. Click “Restore Backup” under the "Backups" menu.


Step 4. Choose the latest backup you have made and wait for the restore process to finish.


Method 2. Recover iPhone 7/7plus data via iCloud backup

If you put your iPhone 7/7 plus into Recovery Mode and reset your iPhone or there are some vital data vanished in your iPhone, you could recover iPhone 7/7 plus data via iCloud backup you have made before. Need to mention that this method requires you to erase all contents existing in iPhone now.

Step 1. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.


Step 2. After you’ve erased your iPhone, set it up from the start. When you come to the "Apps & Data" screen, select “Restore from iCloud backup”.


Step 3. Log in to your iCloud account and then select the backup you want in the backups list.

Method 3. Recover data via iPhone data recovery software

Using third-party iPhone data recovery software is a good way to recover iPhone data when you don’t have iTunes or iCloud backup or you want to selectively restore data from backups. Here we take Dr. Fone as an example.

Dr.Fone – Recover can help you recover all of your iPhone data after an unsuccessful data recovery effort (iOS). This wonderful program can quickly recover practically any type of iPhone data. Here's how to recover iPhone data when data recovery attempts failed.

Step 1. Open Dr.Fone and click “Data Recovery”.


Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a charging cable.

Step 3. There are three recovery modes you could select. After you choose “Recover from iOS Device”, you could select file types you want to recover and then click “Start Scan”.



After reading this post, hopefully, you could determine which method is best for you to simply resolve the iPhone trying data recovery issue. You could try to fix iPhone 7/7 plus data recovery failed first. When you put your iPhone 7/7 Plus in Recovery Mode, you could try to recover data from iTunes or iCloud backups. Alternatively, the third-party iPhone data recovery software could be another good choice for restoring iPhone 7/7 plus data.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.