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How to Recover iPhone/iPad Data Lost When Upgrading to iOS

The new iOS 10 comes with a lot of cool new features. This is the main reason many people want to get the chance to try out the new iOS update. While most of us are going to wait for the release of the iOS 10 update, there are some who have already upgraded their device via the Beta program.

The problem is that, this beta update is bound to have a lot of issues. One of these issues is data loss. A lot of people who have upgraded to the iOS 10 have reported data loss. That’s why we saw it fit to offer a few effective solutions to this problem in this article.

Part 1: iCloud - Recover iPhone/iPad data lost when upgrading to iOS 10

If you had backed up your data on iCloud before upgrading to the iOS 10, you can easily restore the backup and recover the lost data.

To restore your device from an iCloud Backup, follow these very simple steps.

Step 1: When you turn on your device, you should see the “Hello Screen.” If you don’t see this setup screen, you need to erase all of its contents. Follow the Onscreen setup steps until you get to the Apps & Data Screen and tap “Restore from iCloud Backup.”

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Step 2: If you are required to do so sign with your Apple ID. Choose a backup and then stay connected to a Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

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Pros of using this Method

  • It is very easy and will restore all the data in the backup
  • You don’t have to connect your device to your PC
  • Cons of using this method

  • You cannot selectively restore data. You can only restore the entire backup file even if you lost just a few files.
  • Part 2: iTunes - Recover iPhone/iPad data lost when upgrading to iOS 10

    If on the other hand you had created your backup in iTunes, you can easily restore the iTunes backup to your device to recover the data you lost.

    To restore an iTunes backup, follow these very simple steps.

    Step 1: Begin by launching iTunes on the computer you used to create the backup and then connect your device. Select the device when it appears and the select “Restore Backup”

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    Step 2: Select the relevant backup and then click “Restore.” Be sure to keep the device connected through the whole process.

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    Pros of using this method

  • As long as the lost data is in the backup, it is easily recoverable
  • It is very easy to use. All you have to do is connect the device to your computer and launching iTunes
  • Cons of using this method

  • Doesn’t allow for selective data restore
  • Part 3: dr.fone - Recover iPhone/iPad data lost when upgrading to iOS 10

    Perhaps the best and most effective way to restore any data you may have lost after upgrading to iOS 10 is Dr Fone for iOS. This program is designed to help you recover lost data on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

    dr.fone - iPhone data recovery

    World's 1st iPhone and iPad data recovery software

    • Provide with three ways to recover iPhone data.
    • Scan iOS devices to recover photos, video, contacts, messages, notes, etc.
    • Extract and preview all content in iCloud/iTunes backup files.
    • Selectively restore what you want from iCloud/iTunes backup to your device or computer.
    • Compatible with latest iPhone models.
    Available on: Windows Mac
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    How to use Dr Fone for iOS to recover lost data

    Dr Fone for iOS gives you 3 different ways to recover data. You can use this program to recover from an iTunes backup or from an iCloud backup.

    Recover from an iTunes Backup

    To recover from your iTunes backup, follow these steps.

    Step 1: Launch the program and from the main window select “Recover from iTunes Backup.” Dr Fone will detect all of the Backup files on the computer.

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    Step 2: Choose the backup file that contains the data you would like to recover and click “Start Scan.” Then preview the resulting data and select the ones you would like to recover. Click “Recover to Computer” or “Recover to Device.”

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    Recover from iCloud Backup

    To recover your lost data from your iCloud Backup, here’s what you should do.

    Step 1: Launch Dr Fone on your computer and select “Restore from iCloud Backup files.” Then sign in to your iCloud account using your Login details.

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    Step 2: You will see all of the iCloud Backup files in your account. Click “Download” next to the one with the files you want to recover.

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    Step 3: A popup window will appear. Select the types of files you would like to download. In the next window, select the data you lost and then click “Recover to Computer” or “Recover to Device.”

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    Pros of using this method

  • It allows you to see the contents of the backup files and select the data you want to recover. For instance you can choose to revcover some messages or videos and leave out others, unlike iTunes and iCloud that don't allow you to do it. 
  • It is very easy to use
  • Cons of using this method

  • The software is not free.
  • Recovering your lost data doesn't have to be hard. Simply choose one of the above methods to get your lost data back and have your device working normally again.

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