iPhone Stolen or Lost? 2 Ways to Retrieve Your Data

This article will introduce the professional ways to get back your data if your iPhone was lost or stolen. Also, you will get more information about how to block an iPhone, erase lost iPhone remotely, etc.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2022

What to do if iPhone is stolen or lost? 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 or unlock your iPhone. Therefore, you can block the lost iPhone, erase your iPhone remotely, and try to recover data from the lost iPhone. However, some users have no access to iCloud because of no verification code sent to the lost iPhone.

Here in this post, you can solve the problem and restore data from your lost iPhone to a new iPhone. Also, you will learn what else to do with a lost iPhone, to protect your data. Keep reading and get what you need.

How Can I Recover Data from Lost iPhone?

If you lost your iPhone and failed to restore data from iCloud or iTunes, you can use an iPhone data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS. It allows you to recover the data that you want. No matter your iPhone is lost or not. It supports you to restore data from backup without connecting your iPhone and without any hassle. And, you can also choose to connect iPhone to recover lost data without backup.

Before recovering, you can preview your iPhone data and select what you want to get back. Then, you can choose to recover to your new iPhone or Windows PC/Mac. This recovery way will not overwrite the info your new device owns. Check the detailed steps below to recover:

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.

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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 to 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

How to Restore from Backup when Lost iPhone

iTunes is very convenient to help iOS users to back their data up, which also supports to backup of almost all data from iPhone if you had installed iTunes on your computer and connected your devices to a computer. iTunes backup will be stored on your computer and can be restored when you need backup files. Note that: iTunes will erase the existing data after restoring. 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.

How to Recover Data from Lost iPhone with iCloud

iCloud is prepared for 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.

Further Reading: How to Get Apple ID Verification Code without Phone?

I Have Lost my iPhone How Can I Block It?

At the same time when you trying to recover data from a lost iPhone, you may also need to block it to avoid a data breach. That’s why Apple advises using Lost Mode when your iPhone is lost. Lost Mode allows you to block your iPhone and someone can’t access your private data.

To block your lost iPhone with Find my iPhone:

Sign in to iCloud web, to continue without entering a code, click the Find iPhone button under “Or get quick access to” > Click All Devices > Select your lost iPhone > Click Lost Mode or Lock. Also, you can open Find My on your iPhone > Click Devices tab > Choose your lost iPhone and Mark As Lost.

Also, with Find My, you can locate your lost iPhone on the map, play a sound or erase lost iPhone remotely.

How to Reset iPhone if Stolen?

Sign in to iCloud > Click All Devices > Select your lost iPhone > Choose Erase iPhone.

Or, go to Find My on iPhone > Click Devices tab > Choose your lost iPhone > Click Erase This Device.

Conclusion

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. And, PhoneRescue for iOS enables you to get data from your lost iPhone to your new iPhone without any hassle, including photos, text messages, contacts, etc. If you have any better suggestions, please share them with us in the comments.

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