A single mistake can sometimes have major consequences. Take accidental factory reset, damaging your device, or formatting a drive, for example. All you precious text exchanges, pictures, videos, contacts you’ve established, and even sentimental items, gone in a flash. While serious, the action can, fortunately, be reversed. This is because deleting files only deletes a direct link to the file, which can then be overwritten by new data. If you act fast, this won’t come to fruition, and your files are just a scan away. Here’s our list of the best data recovery software for iPhone.
Software such as EaseUS MobiSaver for iOS can help reconnect you with your lost data by sifting through those remnants and letting you preview what it found. In our opinion, its search went deepest, took the least time, and found plenty. It works on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices, and neatly presents the files it found in various categories. The only downside is that you’re only able to recover a very limited amount of files. This includes one image and a few contacts, and paying for a license removes all of those limitations.
Second on our list, but the first in another sense – the first iPhone data recovery software created is Wondershare’s dr.fone. It works almost identically as EaseUS, actually. It allows you to scan the internal memory of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, as well as backups from your iTunes and iCloud accounts. Furthermore, it can recover between 20 and 25 file types. Some of those are contacts, call history, SMS, iMessage text & attachments, notes, videos, audio, pictures, and Safari browsing history. Similarly, scanning and seeing what comes up is free of charge, but to recover a single file, a license purchase is required.
Aiseesoft FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery truly lives up to its name. Besides scanning for things we mentioned above, it also goes through your WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, Messenger, and Line data. And that’s not all since it offers another type of data retrieval. It covers situations such as physical or water damage, boot loops, white screen, black screen, stuck on an Apple logo, iOS system crash, etc. We also need to add that the search felt faster and nearly matched the number of files EaseUS MobiSaver uncovered, which is fantastic.
Tenorshare might be an all-around software with most features. From more than 35 file types on the internal memory of your iOS devices, and iCloud and iTunes backups to availability for Android, Windows, and Mac. Besides all the basic data, it is also able to undelete FaceTime, WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Tango, notes, and much more. Furthermore, it supports devices as early as iPhone 4, iPad 1, and iPod Touch 1. As usual, the scan and preview of the results are free, but retrieval of files requires a paid version of the app.
Fifth on our list is a very aesthetically pleasing, yet simplistic software. As you expected, it works on iOS devices, as well as iCloud and iTunes backup. And let us tell you, it does a stellar job at it, pun intended. We also liked that besides around 20 file types, it also supported undeleting files from WeChat, which is not as important to the world outside of China, but surely set it apart. As with most of the iOS data retrieval software on our list, you can only perform a scan and preview the results for free. Paying a one-time fee is required to recover even a single file.
Maybe the name should be a sort of suggestion, making it your primary application for any type of data undeletion? We think that’d be a fine choice. First of all, it was able to retrieve about 25 data types, split between those found on iDevices, and iCloud/iTunes backups. And just like FoneLab, it is equipped with iPhone repair features such as stolen or lost iPhone, operating system crash, boot cycling, and hardware damage. Important to realize, recovering files will make a dent in your wallet, but smaller than with most apps on our list.
A United Kingdom-based data recovery company has worked in the iOS field since 2012. That gave them plenty of time to perfect their product, and claim a recovery rate of 94%! Shouldn’t that earn them the first spot, then? Well, it all depends on you and your experience. While it did discover plenty of files, we had a feeling that other software dug deeper, and found files we completely forgot about. However, Enigma iPhone Recovery Software has other features such as incremental backups and encrypting your data to keep it secure.
The eighth place on our list is taken by software that has an extremely simple GUI. It does its magic in 3 steps – plug your device, run a scan, and preview results split into categories on the left. It also works on your Windows and Mac computers as well as your Android smartphone, thus covering the entire network of devices you own or will own. At this point, it’s almost redundant to say that a free version is limited to scanning and sifting through the results.
We would describe the iSkySoft iPhone Data Recovery application as user-friendly and simplistic but also doing exactly what it promises to do. It earned the 9th spot because it was able to recover 9 file types from iDevices’ internal memory, and 17 from iCloud and iTunes. Shouldn’t that place it higher, you might ask. Well, the search was subjectively slower, and the number of files recovered wasn’t great. We need to praise its compatibility, though. It can perform a scan on iPhones as old as Apple iPhone 4S, released in 2011. Remember those?
10. Brorsoft iRefone
Not the best-known software publisher, but underrated one, if you ask us. While it is slightly less powerful, only being able to recover 16 types of files in total, it does its job sufficiently well. Additionally, its pro license lasts a lifetime instead of one year we’re used to. Furthermore, on a regular discount, it costs half of what the apps within the top 5 of our list cost. We feel it might be best used by the elderly or people that aren’t tech-savvy. It is easy to use and comes with free, lifetime technical support.