How to Recover Data from Restored iPhone?

Set your iPhone to factory reset but found data lost? Here you could find the best methods to recover data from restored iPhone.


By Lora / Updated on May 27, 2024

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How do I get my pictures back on my iPhone after restoring?

Did you restore your iPhone and get all your precious pictures wiped? How to recover data from restored iPhone? It seems that users who suffered and were bothered by iPhone data loss like losing pictures after restoring are not seldom.


Sometimes they can’t stand their sluggish iPhones and decide to reset them to speed them up; some else users’ iPhones go something wrong and are forced to be restored.

However, the only goal for these users is to recover data from restored iPhone despite the different situations. Let’s check some real cases here.

My phone wouldn't turn on and had the iTunes symbol displayed and so after trying to resolve it myself I took it to an apple repair. They reset my phone and I've lost about 10,000 pictures :(

- Question from thestudentroom

Recover photos from Factory reset iPhone

Is there a way of recovering photos from a Factory reset iPhone?

- Question from MoneySavingExpert

It can be noticed that the user in the first case faced some difficulty on his/her iPhone, after restoring the iPhone, all the pictures are gone. But thankfully he/she had activated iCloud backup.

The second user, he/she didn’t create any backups using iTunes or iCloud but still urgently needs his/her photos.

So, is there a way to recover data from iPhone after factory reset? And how to recover data from reset iPhone?

Now, before coming to the solution part, it is a good choice for users to get a brief impression of “Restore” in advance.

What does “Restore iPhone” mean?

Some users may wonder, “Does erasing iPhone really delete everything?”, and the answer is YES. It is to say that all your photos, videos, apps, settings, etc. will be wiped. The details of “Restore” will be given as follows.

To give it a definition, “Restore” means returning to the original condition. Generally speaking, “Restore iPhone” is slightly different from “Reset”.


Reset” refers to a factory reset, which will erase ALL the content and settings on your iOS device, your iPhone version will go back to the version that the last time you upgraded.

While “Restore iPhone” will wipe your data, info, and settings, AND install the latest version of iPhone software on your device. At this time, your restored iPhone will only be equipped with the newest version of iPhone software, default apps, and settings.

To put it simpler, for example, if you have ever upgraded your iPhone to iOS 13.7, and one day you reset your iPhone, then it will be at iOS 13.7.

In the contrast, if you restore it, then your iPhone will be upgraded to iOS 16.5.

Can you recover data from restored iPhone?

Is there any possibility to recover data from restored iPhone? To all our relief, the answer is yes, but with a prerequisite.

First, if you are equipped with a backup of your data, you can easily recover your pictures and all other items in the backup. Next, if you don’t, then it will be much more difficult to retrieve your photos and other data, especially when the phone model and software version are very late, the later it is, the more difficult it is.

Now, it is time to recover data from factory reset iPhone. The methods and steps below will guide you to do so.

How to get your pictures (or others) back on your iPhone after Restore?

Method 1. Recover data from restored iPhone from iCloud Backup

If users have activated iCloud Backup in advance, it will automatically back up their data, such as their accounts, documents, and settings. Then users could restore iPhone data from it.

By using this tool, you can get all your precious pictures back, as long as they are synced or backed up. What’s more, all other data including accounts, messages, calendars, etc can be retrieved.

>> Notes: 
  • If you have set up your iPhone after restoring it, you need to factory reset it one more time to get access to the “Apps & Data” screen. If you haven’t, then skip the first step.
  • If you cannot restore iPhone from iCloud backup, check the link and get help.

Step 1. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”. Input your passcode here to confirm.


Step 2. After rebooting, you will see “App & Data”. Click “Restore from iCloud Backup”, then sign in with your iCloud Apple ID. Select the latest backup history you have made.


Thus, you have restored data from iPhone after factory reset.

Method 2. Recover data from restored iPhone from iTunes Backup

Moreover, iTunes can be of some help also. The backup you made on iTunes is quite complete. You could also use it to retrieve notes from iTunes backup.

>> Notes:

✐ If the backup you made is encrypted, you can get back your Health data from iPhone easily. E.g., Health, Activity, etc. If not, all these data mentioned above cannot be recovered.

✐ During the process, please keep the connection between your iOS device and your computer.

✐ Since you have made backups with your computer, you must have trusted the computer, but if you have rebooted your phone, you may be asked “Trust This Computer?” again, please click “Yes”.

✐ If restoring iPhone from iTunes backup failed, please refer to this guide and get help.

Step 1. Run iTunes and connect your iOS device properly to your PC via a compatible charging cable.


Step 2. Click the “iPhone” icon in the upper-left corner.


Step 3. Go to “Summary” > “Restore Backup”. Then choose a backup you need.


Thus, you can successfully recover data from factory reset iPhone.

Method 3. Recover data from restored iPhone with an easy tool

To recover data from restore iPhone data without backup, you can try an easy tool MyRecover for iOS. With it, you can get your lost data back easily with a few clicks. Just follow the simple steps here.

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Step 1. Download and install MyRecover for iOS on your computer.


Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a lighting cable and run the software, then click “Scan Now”.


Step 3. Please be patient as the scanning procedure is determined by the size of your data. Then find the data you want and click “Recover”.


Bonus tips: back up your data in time using a freeware

It is not difficult to notice the importance of backup. If there is no backup created in advance, and the pictures or other items are so important that you cannot afford to lose them, you may have to seek help from a data recovery service. And it may charge you an outrageous amount of money to get your data back.

So, to avoid a future loss of your iPhone and money, it is strongly recommended to back up your photos and data regularly.

To our awareness, the free storage that iCloud offers are so limited – only 5GB. So, here we recommend you use a freeware FoneTool to back up your time smartly and designedly.

This tool can help users back up their data regularly, such as daily, weekly, and monthly with its powerful backup schemes, and protect your data firmly.

To sum up

In this article, you could find how to recover data from restored iPhone using iCloud backup and iTunes backup. What’s more, users could get aware of “Restore” in the second part.

If you have permanently deleted data from your iPhone, like photos, videos, notes, etc., it is recommended to use a professional iPhone data recovery app to help you.

Sincerely, it is sagacious of all users to back up your data regularly.

In addition to MyRecover for iOS, MyRecover also provides a data recovery program for PC. If you encounter data loss situation on your computer, you can download and install it to help you get data back.

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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.