Summary: You’ll lose lots of iPhone data if you accidentally restore iPhone with a very old iTunes backup or a backup for another iOS device. When this happens, you can follow this article to get backup your lost data on iPhone 8/7/6s/6.
You may click “Restore Backup” button instead of “Back Up Now” when you plug in your iPhone and try to create a backup with iTunes. Then, all existing contents on your iPhone will be wiped out and all old data and files will be back. Besides, you may also mistakenly restore your iPhone with a backup for another iOS device if you have created multiple iTunes backups for different iOS devices. In this case, you’ll lose everything on your iPhone.
The two situations mentioned here are very common when people refer to “accidentally restored iPhone”. And unfortunately, Apple doesn’t provide us a method to undo a backup restore for iPhone. But this doesn’t mean you completely lose all your iPhone data and files. Here are some tips for you to recover lost data if you accidentally restored iPhone with iTunes.
With iCloud Backup option turned on in iCloud settings, your iPhone will automatically back up your iPhone data and settings when your iPhone is plugged in, locked and connected to Wi-Fi. You can check the date and time of your last backup in Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If your iPhone is backed up to iCloud not long ago, restore your iPhone from iCloud backup to get back your missing data and files.
By allowing Apple and third-party apps using iCloud, you can sync your contacts, calendars, bookmarks, mail, notes, shared photos, iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and more in iCloud. If these contents disappeared from your device after restoring, you can visit iCloud.com to check if they are stored in iCloud.
If you have neither backed up your iPhone to iCloud nor turned on iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Contact or other iCloud sync service, the last resort for you to recover lost data after accidentally restoring iPhone is to use iOS Data Recovery software.
Specialized in iPhone data recovery, iOS Data Recovery have full capability of retrieving lost pictures, contacts, messages, and other data and files from your iPhone without backup. It is compatible with all iPhone models including iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus and more. Here’s how to recover lost data from iPhone using iOS Data Recovery:
Step 1. Download and install iOS Data Recovery on your Mac or PC.
Step 2. Run iOS Data Recovery and connect your iPhone to computer.
Step 3. From the main screen, choose Recover from iOS Device and click Next.
Step 4. Select the type of data you want to recover and click OK.
Step 5. Preview your lost iPhone data, select the items you need and click To Device button to recover them to your iPhone.
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