Data Recovery for iPhone (iPhone 6/6 Plus, iOS 8 Included)

I know it is a wheezy discussion about data recovery for iPhone, but here I still discuss about it just to help the ones who are stuck on iPhone data loss confusions. In this article, I demonstrated 3 parts related to iPhone data recovery in this article.

Note that the methods in this article are fit for all iOS devices: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS; iPad Air, iPad mini with retina display, iPad 4, the New iPad, iPad mini, iPad 2 and previous; iPod touch 5, 4 and previous touch, iPad Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle. I mainly take iPhone as the example to demonstrate to you.

Cases That Cause iPhone Data Loss

In wrong/accidental cases, you may suffer data loss inadvertently. The main causes are listed below:

1. Accidental deletion
2. iOS update
3. Factory reset
4. iPhone/iPad/iPod Jailbreak
5. iOS software update/crash
6. Device got stolen, lost, crashed
7. Virus attack by unknown apps
8. iPhone is stuck in black/white Apple logo screen or other death screen
9. iPhone is stuck in recovery mode
10. Battery replacement

Is There Any Possibility to Retrieve Lost iPhone Data?

As for the mentioned cases that caused iPhone data loss, we have different solutions to do the lost data recovery. For the data accidentally deleted/erased, we generally have 2 methods: Restore lost data from backup & Recover data from iPhone without backup; for the data lost from iPhone device/software crash, we are trying our best to recover if the data is not overwritten and destroyed; for the cases in which your iPhone is stuck on dead screen (white apple logo, black/DFU mode, recovery mode/iTunes logo screen), you don’t have to lose data if you use proper way to fix the problems. Now let’s explore them one by one.

Part 1: Recover Lost Data from iPhone without Backup

In this part, we assume no backup is made before data. If you have a backup, please skip this part and go down to part 3 directly.

After iOS update, jailbreak, wrong deletion, accidental factory reset, you may find the data gone off iPhone. Don’t despair, your data is not actually gone forever (Precaution is that you didn’t use iPhone and let data be overwritten after data lost). So it is very easy to get it back. Without backup, you may have to pay for the data recovery. iPhone data recovery software is specially designed for that. Recommended software for iPhone data recovery here:  iPhone Data Recovery for Windows;  iPhone Data Recovery for Mac.

Just follow the on-screen guide, it is very straightforward and easy.

Part 2: Restore Deleted/Lost Data from iTunes/iCloud Backup

how to restores lost data from iTunes/iCloud backup

If you fortunately have an iTunes/iCloud backup before data loss, you can try to restore lost data from backup. One way is free and the other is paid. For the free way, you can restore your iPhone with the last synced backup, note that you will lose the data currently on your iPhone and the data will be replaced by the last backup. So be careful to use this way. The paid way can leave what is on your iPhone and restore only what you need from the backup.

#1: Free Restore iPhone from iTunes/iCloud Backup

iTunes: Connect your device with iTunes installed on your computer, go to Devices > Preferences, then find the backup and choose it to click “Restore from Backup”.
iCloud: ON your device, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, then look at the bottom of the screen for the message Last Backup, followed by the date of the latest backup.
Then go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap “Erase all content and settings.”
In the Setup Assistant, proceed to “Set up your device,” tap Restore from a Backup, then sign in to iCloud.
Proceed to “Choose backup,” then choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.

#2: Retrieve Deleted/Lost Files by Extracting iTunes/iCloud Backup without Connecting iPhone

This way needs an iTunes/iCloud data extractor for extra help. No need to connect your iPhone or launch iTunes, you can download and extract the backup with this iPhone/iTunes data recovery.  Yes, as you can see, it is the second/third mode of iPhone Data Recovery Mentioned above. However, if you only need to extract iTunes backup, special iTunes data recovery software is also a good choice.

Part 3: Recover Data from Dead iPhone – Recovery Mode, White Apple Logo, Black Screen (DFU mode)

how to recover data from recovery mode screen
iPhone stuck screen 

When you are suffered with iPhone stuck screen mentioned above, don’t be panic, you don’t have to lose data. Let’s learn how to fix the stuck problem at first.

Yeah, as you may have known, ReiBoot is the best and easiest tool to fix iPhone stuck problem. So any time you stuck on iPhone dead screen, try ReiBoot to fix it. ReiBoot can help you enter and exit iOS recovery mode with one click to fix all stuck problems.

Important note: If in rare cases where ReiBoot can’t help, for example, after exited recovery mode but went back to recovery mode and the loop is endless, you can try to close iTunes then try again. The chance is that after you exited recovery mode, iTunes attempt to pull you back, so it would be fixed by closing iTunes while operation ReiBoot.

After you got out of the stuck screen, check the data. Is it missing? In most cases, it would be sound as it was. In case it is lost, follow part 1 or part 2 to recover lost files from iPhone or from iTunes/iCloud backup.


Apple Released iOS 8.0.2 to Fix the Borked iOS 8.0.1 Update

iOS 8.0.1 Came with Serious Problems like Loss of Cellar Reception and Disability of Touch ID

Wednesday morning, Apple released iOS 8.0.1, the first update of iOS 8. But no sooner had Apple released the update than iPhone users began reporting serious problems, seemingly caused by the update, including “no service” on the display, unable-to-use Touch ID, etc. Less than 40,000 people were affected by the bugs in iOS 8.0.1, Apple said.

iOS 8.0.2 is Coming Timely to Fix the iOS 8.0.1

iOS 8.0.2 Update

Then 1 hour after the update released, Apple pulled back iOS 8.0.1 on Apple Developer Center and stop the OTA download.

Now iOS 8.0.2 is released to fix the big embarrass on iOS 8.0.1. Apple said that the new update fixes the issue in the iOS 8.0.1 update that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple hasn’t revealed the source of the problem with first update but later apologized for the issues it caused and offered a temporary workaround while they readied a new update. No matter what the source of problem is, the new fix iOS 8.0.2 has been available to us. Let’s have a look at the detail changelog of iOS 8.0.2.

Changelog of iOS 8.0.2

1. Fix an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
2. Fix a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
3. Address an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user entered their passcode
4. Fix an issue that prevented some apps form accessing photos from the Photo Library
5. Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
6. Fix an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
7. Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
8. Fix an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored form iCloud backups
9. Fix a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

Now you can download and install iOS 8.0.2 and enjoy with your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and other iDevices. Note the fix of problem iPhone, iPad, iPod stuck on recovery mode here.

how to exit ios 8 update stuck
iPhone stuck on red iTunes logo screen


iPhone/iPad/iPod Stuck on “Plug into iTunes” Screen after/While iOS 8 Upgrade

iPhone Stuck on the Screen that was Told to Plug into iTunes (iTunes Logo is Red in the Latest iTunes 12)

red logo on iTunes 12

I plugged my iPhone in to iTunes on my computer the other day to update the newest iOS 8. and it worked fine until an unknown error popped up mid update so I pressed cancel and unplugged my iPhone but on my iPhone it just told me to plug my phone into iTunes but every time I plug it in, my phone nor computer read it as plugged in. My phone is now stuck on the screen that tells me to plug it into iTunes. I can turn it on and off and reset it but it is still stuck on the screen. I have checked the plug with other phones and it is fully functional. iTunes is also updated  to the newest software on the computer. Who can help me out of this dread screen? Much thanks!

                                                                  ---From Apple Support Community

How to Exit the “Connect to iTunes” Screen on iOS Devices?

Literally, the strange and dread screen on which shows “USB -> iTunes” is called Recovery Mode screen, it mostly happened when iOS update, jailbreak or somewhat related. It is not that horrific when you are stuck. Here I will recommend you the best and easiest tool called ReiBoot to get the plug-in iTunes logo off from your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod all included).

It is the best and easiest because:
1.  No need to connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes as Apple told you (So it is never mind if iTunes can’t detect your device)
2.  Malware&virus-free
3.  No need to restore your device to fix the stuck screen (So you don’t need to worry about data loss)
4.  No need to hold any button like Power or Home
5.  Only one click to Enter or Exit Recovery Mode
6.  Totally free and safe

How to Use ReiBoot to Fix iPhone Stuck Problem?

how to fix an iPhone that is stuck on recovery mode while iOS 8 upgrade
Tenorshare ReiBoot

Now that we have got the free program ReiBoot, now let’s learn how to use it. Frankly speaking, it is very easy, anyone can operate it freely.

Step 1. Download and install it on your computer: Both Windows and Mac are supported for free but have different download package. For Mac users, here is the ReiBoot Mac Download.
Step 2. Connect your iDevice with the computer on which ReiBoot is installed: It is compatible with all iOS devices (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included) and iOS (iOS 8 & 7.1.2 included).
Step 3. Run ReiBoot then it will detect your device: If it failed to recognize your device, try to disconnect and connect again, or change an USB cable.
Step 4. Enter or Exit Recovery Mode: If you need to enter recovery mode, that is, your iPhone is in normal state, then you can only “Enter Recovery Mode button”; If you need to put your device out of recovery mode, you can click “Exit Recovery Mode” button.

So easy, isn’t it?

In addition, all stuck problems like white Apple logo screen, black screen (DFU mode), reboot loop, frozen iPhone/iPad/iPod can be fixed with this program. Please share it with your friends if it worked for you!


iOS 8 GM (Golden Mater) is Available to Download for Developers Now- 34 Release Notes

On June 2nd 's WWDC, Apple unveiled iOS 8 Beta for the first time along with the new OS Yosemite. Though the first 5 betas are rushed and somehow of buggy, now we finally got the official iOS 8. However, on Apple’s Product Launch Reference, it was told that iOS 8 would be released to public on Sep. 17th. Only iOS 8 GM is available to download for developers. 

Though iCloud just suffered the nude celerity picture scandal, Apple product is still the hot hands especially every new product is unveiled. And the truth is that Apple is really characterized by its outstanding devices and OS.

For us common users, we can only get the iOS 8 download on Sep. 17th. Let’s wait patiently and see what is new then.

Let’s have a look at the full iOS 8 GM release notes now:

Notes and Known Issues: the following issues related to using iOS SDK 8.0 to develop code.

1. AVCapture 

2. Backup and Restore

3. CloudKit 

4. Contacts 

5. Document Providers 

6. Extensions 

7. File System

8. Find My Friends 

9. Fonts

10. Game Controller 

11. HealthKit 

12. HomeKit 

13. iCloud 

14. iCloud Drive 

15. iCloud Keychain 

16. iTunes Sync 

17. Keyboards 

18. Mail 

19. Maps 

20. Metal 

21. Notification Center 

22. NSURLSession

23. Phone

24. Photos 

25. Provisioning Profile 

26. Quicklook 

27. Safari 

28. Settings 

29. Setup

30. Speech Synthesis 

31. Stores 

32. UIKit 

33. WiFi Calling 

34. WebKit


iCloud Leaked Hundreds of Personal Photos - How to Safely Backup Pictures for iOS

iCloud was Hacked and Hundreds of Pictures Leaked

Since yesterday, twitter, facebook, and pinterest and more other SNS are refreshing with pictures and news that are related to the iCloud Photos Leak. News extracted on Newsweek as follows:

Hundreds of intimate pictures of female celebrities, including Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence, were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections and posted on infamous web forum 4chan.

It is terrible and we are all afraid that to happen on ourselves. Private data like intimate pictures, confidential messages, sensitive notes, etc. are particularly important and sensitive. We don’t want others to access these private data. Sometimes it is even related to crime.

How to Seamlessly Protect Data and Avoid Data Leaking

Personally, from the iCloud data leakage, I think that all cloud service has the similar data security problem. They cannot guarantee 100% data safety since there are more powerful hackers than service providers. So how can you protect your data to the largest extent? Below are some advices:

1>> Different Passwords for different sites

Set different passwords for different sites and make sure the complexity of every passwords. The important note is to write down the password every time you set it up to avoid forgetting it, or you can use password management tool to automatically write down the password.

2>> Confirm domain and safety certificate before login

Before you login to highly sensitive sites, you should make sure that the domain is right and security certificate is available. Besides, don’t use free WiFi network to login highly sensitive sites.

3>> Keep a keen eye on new things

Curiosity kills the cat. Whenever there are new and so-called challenge chances for you, keep more than one eye on it. You should not be cheated by Trojan, Phishing sites.

4>> Make sure the sensitive data is deleted before backing it up to cloud

If you want to delete the private information like the nude pictures on your device, after deleting the sensitive data, you should sync your device with the cloud to make sure data on cloud is deleted.

5>> Clear sensitive data before selling or discarding your device

As we now, every new iPhone could bring a hot and crazy popularity for all iFans and smartphones hunters. Maybe now you want to switch your iPhone 5s/5/4s or other to iPhone 6. Yes? Haha… Important note is to delete and clear all sensitive data and the data you do not want others to access. Setting iPhone to factory default is a good way to do that. Also, you can use the newest free tool iPhone Care to scan and remove sensitive data from apps, browsers history and more to make sure data being permanently deleted.

6>> Backup your data to local computer instead of cloud

As we know, cloud is a virtual space and we have no direct touch to it. For myself, I don’t prefer to backup my data to cloud, instead, I would make a local and directly touchable backup for my important and precious data. To do this, professional backup tool is a great choice. If you also want to keep a local and safe backup, you can have a try. Here is a detailed guide telling you how to make local backup of your iOS data.