By Stephanie / Last update September 30, 2022

There are a number of reasons why iPhone users may lose important data such as accidental deletion, iOS update or jailbreak failures, software crashes, virus attacks, iPhone damaged or loss. Fortunately, the days of losing data and not being able to recover it are over.

Once you've lost your data, you could easily get your iPhone data back with iTunes or iCloud backup. If there is no backup, there are a number of free data recovery programs available that will help you restore iPhone data that has been accidentally deleted or lost due to a system failure.

How to recover iPhone data freely?

Here are two different cases for iPhone data recovery. If you regularly backup via iTunes, iCloud, or Mac, the data would be easily found back. Besides, some free iPhone data recovery software would be helpful for restoring data or fixing some system errors for iPhone without any backup.

Case A. Restore iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup

Users can sync their iOS devices via iTunes with Mac and Windows systems to create an iTunes backup file. Using the iTunes backup file is a way to recover deleted videos, photos, and messages from iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

The backup of iTunes is a fail-safe way to ensure your data from lost when you lose or delete important data from your iPhone. Only the iOS core kernels can read the content of an iTunes backup file. If you make any changes to the iTunes file, your data stored in it will be severely damaged. Get the detailed steps to load backups on your iPhone

Steps recover iPhone data via iTunes backup

First, turn off the Find My iPhone feature on your iPhone. Tap “Settings” > [Your name] > “Find My” > “Find My iPhone”. Turn off Find My iPhone, enter your password, and then tap turn off to complete the process.

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Step 1: Connect the iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 2: Open iTunes or Finder on Mac, and find your iPhone. If the iPhone is a new device, iTunes will advise you to restore data from backup.

Step 3: Click “Restore Backup” and make sure you have select the correct backup from the backup list.

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Step 4: If your backup was encrypted, type the password to continue the recovery process.

Steps to recover iPhone data via iCloud backup

If you deleted important data, or the iPhone gets into recovery mode when attempting data recovery failed, you could reset your iPhone via restoring data from iCloud backup. Need to mention that, this method requires users to erase all data from iPhone.

Step 1: Firstly, turn on your iPhone, you need to erase all the existed data on the iPhone. Tap “settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Contents and Settings”. If you want to recover data to another iPhone, you need to clear out all data too.

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Step 2: Follow the guide to reset your iPhone. When comes to the Apps & Data screen, select “Restore from iCloud Backup".

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Step 3: Sign in to iCloud with your iCloud ID and choose a backup. Choose the most relevant one based on the date and size of all backups. The transfer will begin after you choose. If a message appears indicating that a newer version of the software is required, follow the onscreen guide to update.

Step 4: Keep your iPhone network connected and wait for the recovery process to complete patiently.

Tips: The progress time takes from a few minutes to an hour depending on the size of the backup and the network speed.

Case B. Restore iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via free data recovery software without backup

For those who don’t have a regular backup of vital iPhone data, downloading some data recovery software would be useful to find data back. Usually, some data recovery software has a free version. You could try them to retrieve your data and then start to back up your files. 

It's recommended to use AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS to recover iPhone data without backup. It is a professional iPhone data recovery software that helps you to restore iPhone photos, videos, contacts, notes, voice memos, etc. Even if you accidentally deleted your WeChat history, AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS can get the deleted WeChat chat conversation back easily. 

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Step 1. Download and install AOMEI Data Recovery for iOS on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer, and tap "Trust this computer" on your iPhone. The software will detect your iOS device automatically.

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Step 2. Click "Scan Now" and the software will scan your iPhone at a fast speed. 

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Step 3. All existing and deleted iPhone data will be listed after the scanning process completes. You can select the file type in the left panel and then choose the data you want and then click "Recover" to save it on your computer. 

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Conclusion

To sum up, it’s easy to recover iPhone data freely if you have a regular backup of your crucial iPhone files via iTunes or iCloud. Without backup, the third-party iPhone data recovery software could be the best choice to recover deleted or lost iPhone data. Each of the tools mentioned above has advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, you could find one that meets your needs.

More important, backing up your iPhone data is always the best way to protect your data from being lost or deleted. iTunes and iCloud are good choices for backup. Alternatively, freeware for backup iOS devices data-FoneTool is recommended. It’s faster and more selective than iTunes and iCloud backup. It is worth trying!