How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone

How to Recover Deleted Files from iPhone with Dr. Fone from Wondershare

Studies have shown that people delete up to 11 files by accident every six months. That is a big number. When the device in question is an iPhone, the prospects of recovery become even bleaker. Yes, iPhones come with iTunes and iCloud backup but not many people are diligent about the process. The snug fit between its hardware and software make it difficult to probe the actual device for retrieval.

Dr. Fone from Wondershare happens to be one of the only applications in the market that can conduct scans in three exhaustive modes tapping the temporary caches of the phone, iCloud and iTunes backup files to discover deleted data that can then be reinstated within a few clicks.





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Before Proceeding With the Scan

Before proceeding with the actual scan how to recover deleted files from iPhone, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1.      The scan should always take place in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. This mode is characterized by a blank screen and requires users to follow certain instructions carefully. Dr. Fone shows a detailed, step-by-step, animated screen which is easy to follow.


2.      Time is a critical factor here. The scan should be initiated as soon as the accidental deletion happens. The more users delay, the greater are the chances of the data getting overwritten by information from other apps.

3.      If the PC or laptop that supports Dr. Fone also happens to have the iTunes account associated with it, it is necessary to visit the iTunes dashboard, select Preferences, scroll to Device and tick the option ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.


Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device

Recovery from an iOS device is tricky and requires technical knowledge. But with Dr. Fone, it takes just five steps to complete the process.

1.      Users need to connect the iPhone to a PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. This is done through the USB power cord that comes with the phone.

2.      Once this is done, users must choose the option Recover from iOS Device from the home screen and allow Dr. Fone to identify the model and version of the iPhone. iPhone 4, iPhone SE, and all variants of the iPhone 5, 6 and 7 are compatible.


3.      With the connection established, users then click on the green ‘Start Scan’ button. If the device is in DFU mode, the scan is triggered instantly. If not, the instruction screen to facilitate the activation is displayed.


4.      Users seeking to recover deleted files can spot the scan mode with the presence of a progress bar with time to completion of the scan below it. There are also the buttons ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’ that can halt the scan midway or terminate it before time. Why are they useful? The answer lies in the provision to retrieve data on the fly. The directory to the left of the screen has a number of nodes – each standing for a particular type of information that can be recovered from the connected iPhone. Users can click on these nodes and peruse the items in real time as they are spotted by Dr. Fone. If they come across a file that is extremely important, they can click on the Pause and Stop buttons and then hit ‘Recover’ to retrieve the data without waiting for the entire scan to culminate.


5.      A scan that runs its course ends in the display screen. This screen offers users the flexibility to:

  • Recover items individually
  • Restore items in bulk
  • Use the On/Off slider (when available) to focus on only those items that have been deleted
  • Use the search bar to pull up data by name or keywords
  • Reinstate data directly to the connected iPhone or save it to the hard disk of the PC or laptop supporting Dr. Fone



Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup Files

iTunes is a manual backup option and is considered a part of Apple’s legacy. Here is a quick and easy sequence how to recover deleted files from iPhone through its iTunes backup.

1.      Users must connect the iPhone to Dr. Fone and select the second option from the home screen – Recover from iTunes Backup Files.

2.      From the list that is presented, choose the file (or container) that is most likely to have a copy of the data accidentally deleted. Meta-information like name of file, date of creation and size are important to judge this qualification.


3.      Upon clicking ‘Start Scan’, the scan triggers. It runs its course and culminates as described in Mode 1. The recovery is also a mirror of the process in the previous mode.

Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup Files

iCloud became a part of the Apple family through the iPhone 6 so it is relatively new. Cloud storage is convenient because it can take backups online. But one iCloud account holds files from all Apple devices owned by a user. And that makes the files list a little crowded.

1.      Users need to connect the iPhone to Dr. Fone and choose the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File.

2.      They are then prompted to input their iCloud login credentials, upon doing which the backup files are displayed.


3.      To choose the file that has the required information, the meta-data of the files is useful. Clicking on ‘Download’ opens a pop-up.


4.      This pop-up offers users the ability to restrict Dr. Fone from downloading all data types from the chosen backup file and extract and examine only the ticked options – a foresight that reduces scan time.


5.      Clicking ‘Next’ starts the scan and the rest of the process proceeds exactly as defined in Mode 1.


And that is it – an easy way how to recover deleted files from iPhone in three independent modes. Recapping the process:

1.      Connect iPhone to Dr. Fone

2.      Choose a convenient mode

3.      Choose the right backup file (if needed)

4.      Allow the scan to end

5.      Recover the required data



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