iPhone Stolen or Lost? 2 Ways to Retrieve Your Data

This article will introduce 2 professional ways to get back your data if your iPhone was lost or stolen. Keep on reading and you will figure out the measures to recover data from stolen iPhone.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 01, 2021

As it is known to all, once you have lost your iPhone, probably you will never get it back. Therefore, the first and most important thing is to ensure the security of the data, because once the bad guy got your device, he would try to jailbreak your iPhone. Before your data was exposed, you need to erase your iPhone remotely. And next, you may consider how to recover data from stolen or lost iPhone.

Once you have run iTunes on your computer, you may have backed up your stuff. Meanwhile, your iCloud would have backed your data too. Therefore, it will be so easy to get your data back if you have backups. There are two tips to help you restore your data, the first one is about to retrieve data from iTunes/iCloud backups freely and entirely, the second one is about to get your data through professional software which will help you to select the exact info you want to recover and won’t cover your existing data on your new iPhone.

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Tip 1: How to Recover Stolen iPhone’s Data from iTunes/iCloud Backups

Apple has two backup ways for its users to save their data. Therefore, if you lost your iPhone, you can get back your data from those backups. Frankly speaking, you may get another iPhone if you want to recover your stolen iPhone’s backups. And if you can’t get the other iPhone, you can restore your data from iCloud/iTunes to your computer. How could this happen? Read the following tips, you will figure it out.

Part 1: Getting Back Data from iTunes Backup

iTunes is very convenient to help iOS users to back their data up, which also supports to backup almost all data from iPhone if you had installed an iTunes on your computer and connected your devices to a computer. The following steps will introduce how to recover your data from your iTunes backup.

Step 1. Run iTunes and connect with another iDevice to your computer.

Step 2. Select restore backup in iTunes.

Step 3. Click “Restore” to get your data once.

Recover Data from iTunes Backup

Recover Data from iTunes Backup

It will cost a lot of time to restore your data, so you may be patient. Once you finish your recovery action, you can disconnect your iPhone from a computer.

Part 2: Getting Back Data from iCloud Backup

iCloud is prepared for the iOS user who doesn’t usually back up their stuff to iTunes. It is also a second line to protect the users’ data. The following steps will guide you to recover your data from iCloud backup.

Step 1: Open Settings, tap General, then tap Reset, and tap Erase all content and settings

Step 2: Go to Set up your device, tap “Restore” from a Backup, and then sign in to iCloud

Step 3: Choose a backup from backups in iCloud, then you can recover your data

Recover Data from iCloud Backup

Recover Data from iCloud Backup

Also, it will cost you a lot of time to restore your data. You may be patient and wait a moment.

Both iTunes and iCloud could get back your data safely and entirely. However, there are still some defects that the recovery data will overwrite the previous data if your iDevice has one. Also, you can’t choose and preview your info in your backups. So what if you don’t want to overwrite your data? And how could you achieve recovering selected info from your backups? Let’s have a look.

Tip 2: How to Recover Lost iPhone Data Through PhoneRescue for iOS

This part will introduce the professional recovery software- PhoneRescue for iOS to restore the data that you want. PhoneRescue for iOS, a third-party software, could recover your data from your backups. It supports previewing these data and also you can select what you really want to restore. Moreover, this recovery way will not overwrite the info your new device owns. There, we will discuss how to use it.

First of all, you need to prepare some things.

1. A fine computer, both Mac and Windows are okay

2. Download PhoneRescue for iOS to your computer

Second, you may start your easy recovery journey.

Part 1. Recover Your Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Install PhoneRescue for iOS on a computer and select the Recover from Tunes Backup mode.

Choose Recover from Backup

Choose Recover from Backup

Step 2. Select the backup, Scan the backup data(for example photos). Compare is prepared for the user who has an iPhone that will compare the data on the iPhone with the backup. If you have lost your iPhone, you don’t need to tap the Compare button.

Choose iTunes Backup on iPhone

Choose iTunes Backup on iPhone

Step 3. Scan the data you choose.

Scan the Data You Chose

Scan the Data You Chose

Step 4: Preview the data you have scanned and recover selected ones. You can choose to recover to your computer or to your iDevice.

Retrieve Photos from Stolen iPhone via iTunes Backup – Step 4

Retrieve Photos from Stolen iPhone via iTunes Backup

Part 2. Recover Your Data from iCloud Backup

Step 1: Run PhoneRescue for iOS and select the Recover from the iCloud model.

Recover Data from iCloud Via PhoneRescue

Recover Data from iCloud Via PhoneRescue

Step 2: Sign in Your iCloud.

Enter Apple ID and Password to Sign in

Enter Apple ID and Password to Sign in

Step 3: Scan the iCloud backup content and select the data you want(for example photos)

Scan the iCloud Backup You Chose

Scan the iCloud Backup You Chose

Step 4: Recover selected photos from iCloud. You can choose to recover to your computer or device

Preview the Data and Recover Them

Preview the Data and Recover Them


It’s really perturbed that your iPhone was stolen or lost. If your iPhone can not get back anymore, but you have already done a backup for the iPhone, you can get your data back easily and quickly. As an iPhone user, backups are necessary. Have you gotten the data retrieval method described in this article? If you have any better suggestions, please share them with us in the comments.

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