How to Recover Data from iPad 4

How to Recover Data from iPad 4 with Dr. Fone

The iPad 4 has all the features and functionalities that lovers of elite tech find so amazing. The screen resolution with retina display is to die for; multi-tasking is a breeze, the camera packs a punch at 1.2MP and HD video recording is a given. However it is still not immune to physical trauma, liquid damage, accidental deletions or virus corruption. When any of these data loss scenarios become a reality, users need something like Dr. Fone from Wondershare to retrieve files and information from the temporary memory caches of the device.

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Dr. Fone is lightweight and effective and conducts scans in three exhaustive modes for the greatest probability of success.

Before Starting a Scan Though Please Keep in Mind:

1. If you keep using the iPad 4 even after data loss is detected, overwriting of existing information is a distinct possibility in which case Dr. Fone will not be of much use. Initiate the scan as soon as possible.

2. The iPad 4 should be in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode to accommodate a body scan. To activate this state:

  • Press the Power button for 3 seconds
  • Press both the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds
  • Press only the Home button for 15 seconds more

Since the durations are tricky, Dr. Fone also offers an animated guidance screen to count them down with you.


3.      If the PC or laptop that supports Dr. Fone also happens to support the iTunes account synced with the iPad 4 then auto transfer of data for backup between the two is possible. In order to prevent this, go to the iTunes dashboard:

  • Select the option ‘Preferences’
  • Scroll to reach ‘Devices’
  • And tick ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’

Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device

Recovery from an iOS device is often tagged ‘difficult’ because Apple manufactures both the hardware and the software for it and as such there is little scope of finding an easy way to probe its inner recesses. However with Dr. Fone from Wondershare, the process is complete in just 5 steps:

1.      Users connect the iPad 4 to a PC or Laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it with the provided USB power cord.

2.      They launch Dr. Fone and from the home screen choose the first option – Recover from iOS Device. Doing so establishes a link between the iPad 4 and the Dr. Fone application allowing it to identify the model of the device and prepare itself for the impending scan.



3.      Once the connection is forged, the following screen comes on. Hitting ‘Start Scan’ triggers the process if the iPad 4 is in DFU mode. If it is not, the animated guidance screen is presented to help activate Device Firmware Upgrade.



4.      An ongoing scan has a progress bar that takes note of the time to completion of the process. There are two buttons ‘Start’ and ‘Stop’ to the right of the progress bar and these are used to terminate the scan before time or halt it mid-way. Dr. Fone provides its users the flexibility of clicking on the data format or node icons on the directory to the left of the screen if they wish to peruse files or items being identified for recovery in real time. However actual retrieval is possible only when the scan is interrupted. The ‘Start’ and ‘Stop’ buttons serve this function.



5.      A scan may take anywhere from a minute to several minutes to complete. The display screen shows the individual files for a particular data format to the right of the screen from where items can be chosen individually or in bulk by ticking the appropriate checkboxes. The search bar is used to call up data by name or keyword. The On/Off slider focuses on only those files that are lost to the interface of the iPad 4. Clicking on the blue ‘Recover’ button allows users to save data directly to the hard disk of the PC or the laptop or reinstate it back to the iPad 4.



Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File

iTunes is the manual backup provision offered by Apple. An iTunes account consists of backup files or containers which can be examined by Dr. Fone for copies of lost files or items.

1.      Users need to connect the iPad 4 to Dr. Fone and choose the second option from the home screen – Recover from iTunes Backup File

2.      This calls up a list of probable backup containers and the users must choose the one that is the most likely to hold the required data. Since its contents can’t be perused, this has to be done on the basis of meta-information like File Name and Date of Creation.



3. Hitting ‘Start Scan’ after the selection of the appropriate file triggers the scan which proceeds exactly as described in steps 4 and 5 of Mode 1.


Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File

iCloud provides Apple users storage space in its servers and as such is a more convenient, online alternative to the iTunes backup process.

1.      Users connect the iPad 4 to the PC or Laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it.

2.      They select the third option from the home screen which is Recover from iCloud Backup File. Doing this calls up the iCloud login form into which they have to enter their account credentials.



3.      This gives Dr. Fone access to the iCloud backup files list from which the container that has copies of the needed items has to be chosen. Clicking the ‘Download’ button right next to it calls the data type selection pop-up. Users now have the ability to focus Dr. Fone’s efforts on only those categories that are of interest to them.




4.      Finally they have to hit ‘Next’ and the download, extraction and subsequent scan of the iCloud file is triggered.  Users can again choose what they wish to retrieve or reinstate and salvaging what was once lost is possible.



Does this answer your question ‘How to Recover Data from iPad 4?’ Recapping the sequence:

  • Choose the mode that makes the most sense given the circumstances of data loss
  • Connect the iPad 4 to Dr. Fone
  • Choose the right backup file
  • Allow the scan to complete
  • Recover the data needed

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