Top 5 Best iPhone Data Recovery Software in 2018 [Review]

We collected 5 most popular iPhone data recovery software tools and evaluate them carefully to provide valuable references for you. If you’ve lost or mistakenly deleted photos, messages, notes and/or other important things on your iPhone, read on to choose the best helper to retrieve your lost iPhone data.

By iMobie | Posted on: Mar. 20, 2018, Last Updated: Jan. 22, 2019
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All of a sudden My iPhone reset itself, and I lost all my iPhone data on it! Is there anyway to get my photos and my text messages or anything back? How can I choose a capable iPhone Data Recovery tool to do so?

– One Reddit user asked

It’s usual that some users may meet data loss on their iPhone, since iPhone is widely used in this world and many reasons like iPhone lost/stolen, mistakenly deletion could lead to the data loss. As we known, people can fix an iOS software issue or buy a new iPhone, but may not survive from an iOS data loss disaster, especially the loss of some valuable files and information. So it’s necessary to know some best iPhone data recovery software.

In this post, we talk about the criterion for selecting one iPhone recovery software, and we also list some best apps to recover lost data. In the end, we give you the compare list, as well as some frequently asked questions on data recovery app. Now let’s check all of them.

How to Choose iPhone Data Recovery Software

iPhone data recovery is a process of salvaging inaccessible data from corrupted, damaged or lost iPhone device. Normally people can get reliable data recovery service from an expert or an app. But most of people would like to try an easy-to-use iPhone recovery software before seeking for help from the expensive recovery service nearby.

What Is iPhone Data Recovery Software?

One iPhone data recovery software usually provides you with three modes to retrieve what you’ve lost, including recovering from iPhone device, from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup. The recovery can be processed even the iPhone device is lost, as long as the iTunes or iCloud backup has been taking in place prior to the inaccessibility of the device. Besides, some high quality recover programs is capable of repairing common iOS system issues on iPhone iPad.

There are many specific categories of data recovery software such as iPhone photo recovery software, imessages recovery software, iPhone contacts recovery app, etc. Well, these software can be called by a joint name – iPhone data recovery software.

How to Define One Best App for iPhone Data Recovering?

Our principles of defining what is the best iPhone data recovery software are as the same as how you’d like to recover your lost iPhone data. Before starting, you’d better clearly understand WHERE have you lost the data from? HOW did you lose the data? WHAT types of iOS data would you like to recover?

Criterion 1. Compatibility

For the first question: WHERE have you lost your iOS data, from an old iPhone 5s, iPhone 6/7/8/X, or a new iPhone XS/XR? As Apple mobile product line covers over 10+ iPhone models, the first criterion we chosen is the compatibility. One good iPhone data recover software should be capable of supporting all existing mobile device models and popular iOS versions like iOS 11/12.

Criterion 2. Recovery Methods

For the second question: HOW did you lose your iOS data, mistaken deletion? The device is lost or badly damaged? iOS gets stuck? Studies show hardware/software failure and human error are two most common causes of iOS data loss, but different type iPhone data disaster requires corresponding iPhone data recovery methods.

Therefore, the second criterion is methods. Top iPhone recovery software should have methods to recover data in various situations. And most apps have some adopted iPhone Data Recovery approaches like recovering data from device, from iTunes backup and from iCloud backup. And some apps can fix iOS issues or get back data from broken or water-damaged iPhone.

Criterion 3. Recovery Capability

iPhone Data Recovery software also follows industry rules: no matter how hard you’ve tried to recover your lost iPhone data, you still have chance that you’ll lose them forever. So the third question, WHAT types of iOS data would you like to recover? Actually this is the most crucial standard to justify if your iPhone data recovery tool is qualified. All candidates listed below support a wild range of data recovery file types.

1. Top Best iPhone Recovery Software – PhoneRescue

The first one app we are going to review is PhoneRescue for iOS. By uplifting both technical and user experience to a new industry standard, PhoneRescue has been upgraded to version 3. It aims at helping more and more users get back lost data quickly and easily from both Android and iOS devices. Two great improvements make PhoneRescue for iOS the top 1 iPhone Data Recovery choice on our list: the leading iOS data recovery capability and the fluent user experience.

Best iPhone Data Recovery Software - PhoneRescue for iOS

Best iPhone Data Recovery Software – PhoneRescue for iOS

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PhoneRescue Supported File Types (click to view detailed tutorial):

PhoneRescue supports recover 20+ file types, and offers you the detailed guides to recover each of these types, such as photos, messages, notes and contacts.

How to Recover Data from iPhone using PhoneRescue [Tutorial]

How does an iPhone Data Recovery software work to retrieve your lost data from your device? This is not a mystery if you know the story behind. A deleted file is typically not immediately overwritten on your iPhone disk, but more often has its entry deleted from the file system index. Simply put, you swipe to delete a message on your iPhone, the data actually is still stored on the device, but you cannot see it through iPhone interface. In such a case, the deletion can be easily reversed. Follow steps below to recover your lost iPhone data with PhoneRescue for iOS:

Step 1. Install and run the app on computer.

Most of iPhone recovery apps runs on Windows and Mac. So you need to download it to a computer. Here you can download PhoneRescue trial version to a computer and continue the recover process.

Step 2. Connect iPhone to computer and select recovery mode.

Connect your device to computer, and PhoneRescue will get your device. After that, choose the recovery mode that meets your scenario and click the forward button to continue.

How to Recover iPhone Data using PhoneRescue

How to Recover iPhone Data using PhoneRescue

Step 3. Select data types to start scanning lost files.

You can select only a few file types to start the recovery. Just choose the items you want to recover, and give it a few minutes to analyze your iPhone data and get back your lost or deleted files.

Select iPhone data types that you want to recover

Select iPhone data types that you want to recover

Step 4. Preview your lost data, and recover iPhone data back.

After PhoneRescue finish the scanning, all the files and data that you lost or deleted will be marked with red color. You can choose any category on the left panel to preview the lost data and select any items to have a recovery.

Preview Lost Data and Recovery Them Back to Your iPhone

Preview Lost Data and Retrieve Them Back to Your iPhone

Step 5. Check The Items You Recovered to iPhone or Computer

The time of  iPhone Data Recovery process could be vary from device. And after the app completes the recovery, you can check whether the files go back to your device or being saved to computer.

iPhone Data Recovery Completed - PhoneRescue

iPhone Data Recovery Completed – PhoneRescue

Here are the deleted data I saved to computer desktop, including some lost notes, photos, messages and contacts.

Your Lost Data That You Saved to Computer using PhoneRescue

Your Lost Data That You Saved to Computer using PhoneRescue

How to Recover Data from iPhone Backup using PhoneRescue

As Apple’s official backup solutions, iCloud and iTunes are the complete backup option for your iPhone data, backing up not only photos and videos, but also the contact list, text messages, applications data, and settings from your iPhone. Therefore, if you didn’t find your lost files from device, you can try to recover iPhone data from the backups using an iPhone data recovery app.

Recover Data from iPhone Backup

Recover Data from iPhone Backup

The iPhone data recovery procedure is almost the same as recovery from device, so you can follow these two detailed tutorials to retrieve your lost data:

Note: When recovering iPhone data from iTunes backup, if your backup is encrypted, you may need to enter the password to unlock your iPhone backup.

2. Top iPhone Recovery Software – Dr.Fone Review

Dr.Fone for iOS developed by Wondershare is another acclaimed iPhone data recovery tool. It is great for recovering deleted content from both iOS and Android mobile phones. It goes to work immediately when there is problem: connect an iPhone to the computer, open Dr.Fone, and with a few clicks users can scan their mobile phone and instantly see what information is recoverable and then restore it.

For iPhone, where data cannot be recovered directly from the device, Dr.Fone can also recover information from the latest iTunes backup file. When disaster strikes, just like PhoneRescue, Dr.Fone could be another chance to get their data back.

Best Data Recovery Software for iPhone - Dr.Fone

Top Data Recovery Software for iPhone – Dr.Fone



3. Enigma Recovery Review [for iPhone]

If you have accidentally lost or deleted important data from your iOS device, the Enigma Recovery software is also a safe and ideal solution for you. With Enigma Recovery software, you can preview existing data on your iOS device, iTunes or iCloud backup. This is quite useful if you have lost your device and need access to the data on your backup file.

Enigma Recovery for iOS Review

Enigma Recovery for iOS Review



4. Primo iPhone Data Recovery Review

Primo iPhone Data Recovery is made to orchestrate your data disaster recovery plan with super easy process. This newly released recovery tool gives great support on recovering up to 25 types of iOS content: SMS/iMessages, Notes, Contacts, Call History, Photos, Reminders, etc. It also provides three recover modes so no matter you have backup or not you can get back deleted iOS data as you need.

Primo iPhone Data Recovery Review

Primo iPhone Data Recovery Review



5. EaseUS MobiSaver Review

EaseUS MobiSaver is a good application if data loss issues happened with your iPhone. This app enables you to retrieve information only from your backup file. You can choose any type of information you want to take back: photos, songs, contacts, messages, reminders and notes, and so on.

But it might not be perfect as various problems you might encounter along the way. One problem is that even the computer OS recognizes the gadget, the free program refused to see it. The problem persisted for several minutes at our test, without performing any setting changes.

In a word, the MobiSaver EaseUS is a program full of good intentions, simple to use, but it demands great patience from the user, as sometimes it is slow to react.

EaseUS MobiSaver - iPhone Data Recovery

EaseUS MobiSaver –  2018 iPhone Data Recovery



Comparison Chart of Top Best iPhone Recovery Software

For a clear comparison, we installed the latest version of these iPhone recovery tools and tested them to recover deleted SMS, contacts, photos and videos from an iPhone 8 plus on June, 2018. And below are the detailed review information.

PhoneRescue for iOS Dr.Fone ( Recovery) Enigma Recovery Primo iPhone Data Recovery EasyUS MobiSaver
Recover from iDevice
Recover from iTunes
Recover from iCloud
Selectively Scanning
Time Consuming 40 seconds 2 minutes 40 seconds 2 minutes 6 minutes
Attachments Recovery
Data Comparison
Recover back to iPhone
iOS System Repair
Cost $59.99 $69.95 $59.99 $39.99 $69.95
Reviews (Ratings)

Availability Free Trial

Frequently Asked Questions about iPhone Data Recovery

We’ll collected some frequently asked questions on iPhone data recovery apps online, as well as shared some ideas on these questions.

Question 1. Is there any free iPhone data recovery software?

We’ve reviewed all these iPhone recovery apps, and found all of them offer free trial versions for limited use. And when users are going to recover lost data, they will charge fee. So there is no free iPhone recovery app in fact.

Question 2. Is there any cracked data recovery app?

There are some cracked versions for these apps we’ve found. But it may be not secure and safe. The virus and malicious programs may be injected into these cracked files and do harm to your device, and even steal your private information.

Question 3. Is it possible to recover iPhone data without backup?

Yes, most of recover apps are able to recover lost data without using iPhone backup. They will scan device to find those items that lost but still stored on your device. Therefore, you may get back your lost data even when you have no backup available.

Question 4. Does any app support recovering data without computer?

Some users would like to use iOS-based app to recover data from iPhone. But as we tested, most of these apps won’t get back deleted data, and most of them require you to use its desktop app to do a recovery.

The Bottom Line

Besides the apps we mentioned above, there are some other similar apps like iMyFone, FonePaw, Jihosoft, FoneLab, etc. Since they have the same features, we just reviewed some top ones on above. If you are interested in these apps, you can have a try.

As the frequency of iPhone data loss is increasing, it’s suggested to consider taking proper precautions to decrease the cost and impact of data lost. A regular iPhone backup plan with iTunes and iCloud is always welcome. Meanwhile, to increase your chances of recovering the data you need, you’d better stop using your device until your lost data get recovered, as this will lower the chance of overwriting data on iPhone disk.

Anyway, if ‘disaster’ happens, have a try with the iPhone data recovery solutions mentioned above to get back your lost data.


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