How to Recover Data from iOS Devices

It’s worth noting that the program can’t work without iTunes, so you need to have iTunes installed in your computer in order to use Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac. But you don’t have to open it while using the program.

As mentioned before, you can recover data from iOS device directly. In actuality, there are two modes to recover data from iOS device, one is Normal mode for recovering data like Messages, Contacts, Call History, WhatsApp, Notes, Calendar, Reminders and Safari bookmark. Another is DFU mode, which can recover not only all the data that Normal mode can recover but also data types like Camera roll, Photo stream, Photo Library, Message attachments, Voice memos, and WhatsApp attachments. But DFU mode only supports iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 for now whereas Normal mode supports all iOS devices since iPhone 3GS.

1. Normal Mode

1.1 Run the iOS Recovery Software and Connect iDevice

Run Leawo iOS Data Recovery Software for Mac after installing it on MacBook, and then choose "Recover from iOS Device" entry.

Connect the iOS device to the MacBook via the USB cable. The software will detect the iDevice automatically.

Then click "Start" button in the middle of the window.

1.2 Analysis of the iOS Device and Preview of the Files

After clicking the "Start" button, an analysis of the iOS device will begin.

After the analysis, the window of preview will show up. The categories of the files in your iOS device will be shown in the left sidebar, and the ones without contents will be grey. However, you can pitch on the “Only display the deleted items” option to find and recover the deleted items clearly. Or you can input the name of files that you want to recover in the search box at the right upper.

Then click the certain category and the contents in it will be shown in the right part of the window.

Check all the files and data you want to recover and click Recover button.

1.3 Recover Selected Files and Choose Target Folder to Save

After clicking "Recover" button, the dialog of choosing target folder will pop up. Click "Open" to select a folder to save the exported files, and then click "Go" to start recovering the files. Check "Automatically open the output folder after finishing recover" if immediate management of the exported files is needed after the recovery.

The recovery will be finished in short time. During the recovery, please don’t disconnect the iOS device. After the recovery, the target will pop up. The user is able to manage the files with ease.

2. DFU Mode

DFU mode supports recovering 14 types of data, 8 of them are also supported in Normal mode and 6 of them can be only found in DFU mode. The 8 types of data that both Normal mode and DFU mode support recovering are Messages, Contacts, Call History, WhatsApp, Notes, Calendar, Reminders, Safari bookmark. The 6 types of data that only DFU mode can recover are Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo library, Message attachments, Voice memos, WhatsApp attachments. DFU mode is currently exclusive to iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4.

2.1 Connect the iDevice and Run the Software

Connect the iDevice (iPhone 4 or iPod touch 4) to the MacBook with the USB cable. Then launch Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac. The software will show a tutorial of activating DFU mode on your iOS device after detecting your iDevice. You should manually activate the DFU mode then.

2.2 Activate the DFU Mode and Scan of the iDevice

When you are ready to activate DFU mode, Click "Start" button in the window of the software. Hold the Power button and the Home button on your iPhone for 10 seconds. You are able to watch the count-down time in the window of the software. After 10 seconds, the screen of your iPhone will turn black. Then release the Power button and keep holding the Home button for another 10 seconds until the message "You have successfully entered the DFU mode, now you can release the home button" appears in the window of the software.

2.3 Select Files and Choose Folder to Save Them

Click the category and then the files of that category will be shown in the right part of the window. Check the files or the category and click "Recover" button at the right bottom.

The dialog pops up for you to save the exported files. Click "Open" to choose a target folder to save the files. Click "Go" to start the recovery.

When the recovery is ongoing, a dialog of recovering process will show up. The progress bar will show the percentage of the recovery. Please don’t disconnect the iOS device until the recovery is done.

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