iPad Data Recovery

iPad Data Recovery with Dr. Fone from Wondershare

According to recent surveys, Apple sells over 14 million iPads globally every quarter. That is a huge number and stands testament to the popularity of the smart device. So when iPad hardware suffers physical trauma or there are accidental deletions and processor overheating leading to information being rendered inaccessible, users face the same issues of recovery and retrieval that they go through with the iPhones.

Under such circumstances, Dr. Fone from Wondershare is a light weight, fast application that can reinstate data from all variants of the iPad in three exhaustive modes.


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Before Proceeding With The Tutorial

A few things need to be kept in mind before proceeding with iPad data recovery:

1.      iPads must be in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode before data can be extracted and examined. Activating DFU mode requires users to follow a very precise sequence of actions and to facilitate the process, Dr. Fone offers a detailed, step-by-step animated instruction screen to help with the same.


2.      If the PC or laptop supporting Dr. Fone also happens to support the iTunes account of the user, care must be taken to ensure that automatic synchronization of data between iTunes and iPad doesn’t take place when a connection is established through its USB. Users must visit the iTunes dashboard, select Preferences, scroll to Devices and tick the option ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.

Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device

This is the trickiest recovery option to tackle without Dr. Fone and would normally require considerable technical expertise. But Dr. Fone wraps the process up in as little as five steps:

1.      Users should connect the iPad to a PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it. This is done through the USB power cord.

2.      They are then required to launch the application and from the home screen navigation menu, choose the first option – Recover from iOS Device.

3.      This is the signal for Dr. Fone to recognize the model of the iPad and after it does so, the green ‘Start Scan’ button has to be clicked. If the iPad is not in DFU mode, the instruction screen shown in the previous section comes on. Otherwise the scan is triggered directly.



4.      Users can spot an ongoing scan from two features:

  • The progress bar with the time to completion noted beneath.
  • The buttons ‘Stop’ and ‘Pause’ to the right of this bar that are used to terminate a scan prematurely or halt it midway for resumption later on.

The directory to the left of the screen has nodes and each stands for a particular type of data. The numbers next to the nodes keep increasing as the scan progresses. Users have the option of perusing these files in real time without affecting the scan. However if they spot anything of special importance and would like to recover it even before the scan culminates, the two buttons discussed above come in handy. However, iPad data recovery is not possible when a scan is running in the background.


5.      Once the scan completes, users are presented with the display screen. From here, they can choose files individually or in bulk. They can also use the search bar to call up data by name or by keyword. The On/Off slider, when present, helps zero in the files that are inaccessible because of deletions. Users can either select ‘Recover to Computer’ and save a copy of the data to their computer or laptop, or they can go with ‘Recover to Device’ and reinstate the files back to the connected iPad.


Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File

For fool proof iPad data recovery, Dr.Fone also probes the backup files in iTunes and iCloud. iTunes is an offline, manual provision and is a part of the Apple legacy. It is also the more popular of the two archiving alternatives.

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

2.      They are presented with a list of backup files (or containers) within the account. Choosing the file with the highest probability of the needed data entails using meta-information like file name, file size and date of creation to eliminate options. Once the right container is selected, clicking the ‘Start Scan’ button initiates the process. From here on, Dr. Fone follows the steps discussed in Mode 1 without variations.


Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File

iCloud is an online feature that comes built into all models of the iPad Air series. It backs up data straight to Apple’s servers and Dr. Fone is then tasked with downloading and extracting the zipped files to retrieve what is required.

1.      Users connect to Dr. Fone supported by a PC or laptop through the USB power cord.

2.      They must select the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File and input the iCloud login credentials when prompted to do so.


3.      A list of backup containers with the information archived by users is presented. An iCloud account can often be crowded because it hosts data from all Apple devices of the user.  Again meta-data like file name and date of creation comes in handy to help choose the correct file. Hitting the ‘Download’ button calls a pop-up that restricts the focus of Dr. Fone to a particular data format. For example if ‘Contacts’ is ticked, Dr. Fone only downloads and examines the available contact information in a chosen backup file. This filter saves scan time.



4.      Hitting ‘Next’ initiates the iCloud file download and from there moves on to the scan and subsequent recovery.



iPad data recovery in the discussed three modes is extremely comprehensive. If there are any items or files worth reinstating, Dr. Fone can locate them as per the user’s instructions. Recapitulating the process:

1.      Connect the iPad to Dr. Fone.

2.      Choose the mode that is convenient.

3.      Select the right backup file if appropriate.

4.      Allow the scan to progress.

5.      Recover the files to either a PC or laptop or to the connected iPad.



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