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3 Ways to Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset

Q: When I restore my iPhone to factory reset, I lost everything. My photos, contacts, text messages, and more are gone. Is it possible to recover iPhone data after factory reset? Help, please.

recover iPhone data after factory reset

The answer is yes. As you well know, you lose all the data and settings on your device when you perform a factory reset. Yet sometimes, to fix a problem with your iPhone, it may become necessary to perform a factory reset. This article will share with you the top 3 ways you can recover your lost data on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5 after a factory reset.

Now, let’s follow below tips.

Solution 1. How to Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset without Backup

If you have made no available backup, or can’t be sure the backup files you made, try PanFone iOS Data Recovery to directly recover lost data on iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/X/8/7/6 Plus/6/5C/5S/5/4S/4, etc. It is an easy-to-use and safe iPhone data recovery program aimed at recovering data including photos, call history, messages, contacts, notes, reminder, videos and more that have been lost or deleted in iPhone.

Simply download and install the compatible version on your computer to get started.

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Step 1 : Get Your iPhone Connected to Your Computer.

Launch PanFone iOS Data Recovery and connect your iPhone to computer, then you will see 3 recovery modes, simply select Recover from iOS Device.

run PanFone iOS Data Recovery

Step 2 : Start Scanning Your iPhone to Retrieve Lost Data.

Once your iPhone is detected, click on the "Start" button to start analyzing your iPhone. If your iPhone can not be detected, please click here to get help.

Note: please always make sure that your iPhone is connected to keep the scan progress on going and avoid unnecessary termination of the process, otherwise it will start again.

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Step 3 : Preview and Recover Lost Data from Your iPhone.

Once the scanning process is complete, you can preview all found data before performing recovery. These data will be displayed in three categories according to file types. You can touch on each tab to switch and view the found data. Choose the contents you want to recover, press the Recover button.

Step 4 : Recover Lost Data to Computer or iPhone.

Now, you will get two options, recover to computer and recover to device. Just select the option you need.


Solution 2. How to Recover iPhone Data After Factory Reset With iTunes Backup

It is relatively easier to restore the missing photos back on to your device if you have an iTunes backup.

Recover iPhone Data after Factory Reset using iTunes - Apple route

recover iPhone data using iTunes

  • Open iTunes on your computer that has backup files.
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  • Select your iPhone icon when it appears in iTunes.
  • In the Summary panel, click Restore from backup...
  • Select a backup from a list of archives available, then click Restore.

After completing the steps, you should see your lost data files again on iPhone.

Recover iPhone data after factory reset - 3rd party way

If you wanna recover certain specific kinds of lost data as per your needs, third-party software will be able to help. PanFone iOS Data Recovery that we mentioned on the first solution also gives you ability to get lost iPhone data back.

Step 1 : Select your iTunes backup and extract it.

If you have synced different iOS devices with iTunes before, more than one backup files will be displayed in the windows after you click Recover from iTunes Backup File. Just choose the one for your iPhone and then click Start Scan button.

select iTunes backup file

Step 2 : Preview and recover data from iTunes backup file.

It only take you a few seconds to scan. After finishing the scan, you are be able to see the three different categories of data to be recovered. Just choose those data you prefer to recover and then click on Recover button.

After that, you will also get two options, recover to computer and recover to device. Select the option according to your need to move further.


Solution 3. How to Recover iPhone Data After Factory Reset With iCloud Backup

If you have an iCloud backup instead, follow these simple steps to recover the lost iPhone data from it:

Recover iPhone data from iCloud - Apple route

  • Turn on your iPhone.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to set up the device.
  • When arrive at App & Data screen, select Restore from iCloud Backup
  • Sign in iCloud with Apple ID.
  • Proceed to "Choose backup," then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.

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Retrieve iPhone data after factory reset - 3rd party way

PanFone iOS Data Recovery software also comes with useful feature that enables you to retrieve lost iPhone data from iCloud backup. Here are the simple steps:

Step 1 : Sign in iCloud.

Select Recover from iCloud backup mode. Then enter your iCloud account to sign in.

Note: please do not connect the device to your computer during the recovery to prevent the iCloud file from being updated or modified.

sign in iCloud

Step 2 : Scan iCloud Backup File.

Similarly. if you have synced different iDevices with iCloud before, more than one backup files will show up after you sign in iCloud. Simply choose the one for your iPhone and click Next button.

select iCloud backup file

Step 3 : Extract the iCloud backup to access the content.

Now, a dialog will pop up, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, Camera Roll will be displayed in detail. When the download is complete, click on the Next button to extract files.

extract iCloud backup file

Step 4 : Preview to Ensure What You Want to Recover.

During the process, you can view certain data. All data found in the iCloud backup can be restored. Select data you want to recover and then press Recover button.

You will be prompted to choose Recover to Computer or Recover to Device, you can easily save all of them to your computer or directly put them back to iPhone.


Those three solutions provide a great way to recover data from iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5 after a factory reset. Let us know how it works out for you.

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