User Guide: Recover Lost Data from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on Mac

TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Mac is the best iOS data savior that can losslessly recover lost/deleted photos, videos, contacts, messages, whatsapp data, kik attachments, bookmarks and other 20+ types of data on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch instantly. No matter how you lost the files, TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery will get back them with 3 easy steps on macOS High Sierra or lower.


Now download the free trial version and follow the complete guide below to retrieve your lost iPhone/iPad/iPod touch data with 3 recovery modes, including recover from iOS devices directly, iTunes or iCloud backups.

Mode 1. Recover Deleted/Lost Data from iOS Devices

Step 1

Connect iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to Mac

connect iphone

First of all, connect your iOS device to Mac with USB cable. At this moment, a window will pop up on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Tap the "Trust" option to authorize the computer so that the iPhone Data Recovery could be able to access to the data of your device.

Then launch TunesKit Data Recovery for iPhone on Mac. Upon the startup of the software, choose "Recover from iOS" mode. Then TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Mac will automatically detect your iPhone/iPad/iPod info.

idevice info

Note: To avoid any problem during the recovery process, you are highly suggested to upgrade your iTunes app to the latest version in advance. In case it would sync automatically, please don't launch iTunes when running TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery. The best way is to turn off the automatical syncing in iTunes beforehand: Go to Preferences > Devices > Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.

Step 2

Start scanning lost files on iOS devices

scan lost data

Once TunesKit Data Recovery for iPhone successfully detected your iDevice, all file types will display in the main interface so that you can select the ones you need to recover. After that, click "Scan" button and the software will begin to scan and find the deleted data on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

Step 3

Preview and recover the deleted iOS data

recover lost files

The whole scanning process will take some time depending on the amount of data on your device. Once done, all recoverable data, including the lost and existing files will be clearly shown in different categories. Then you can browse the whole list and put the check mark in front of the box of the files you want to recover. After then, click the "Recover" button and the selected files would be saved to your computer instantly.

Mode 2. Recover Deleted/Lost Data from iTunes Backup

Step 1

Choose iTunes backup files

download itunes backup

Launch TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. From the main window, choose recovery mode as "Recover from iTunes Backup". Wait for a few minutes while the recovery tool is detecting all iTunes backup files on your Mac. When all the backups of iTunes appear in the window, check the specific date of each backup to decide which is the right one that you need to restore the deleted data from.

Step 2

Start scanning lost data from iTunes backup

scan itunes backup files

After figuring out the correct iTunes backup file, click "Scan" button to let TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Mac extract all deleted or lost data from the backup. Wait for a while till the scanning finishes. You can select the deleted data only by clicking the "gear" icon of the backup file.

Step 3

Preview and recover data from iTunes backup

recover deleted data

After scanning, all recoverable data in the iTunes backup will show in list under different categories. Now you can preview them one by one and select the exact ones you want to recover according to your own needs. After selectively checking the files, click "Recover" button to get them back in just seconds.

Mode 3. Recover Deleted/Lost Data frm iCloud Backup

Step 1

Log into iCloud account

sign in icloud

Run TunesKit Data Recovery for iPhone and select "Recover from iCloud Backup" mode. Then enter your iCloud account info as required to log in.

Note: Your privacy is 100% secured by us. TunesKit never keeps the records of your iCloud account info or items.

Step 2

Download backup file from iCloud

download icloud backup

When you successfully logged into your iCloud account, TunesKit will begin to find all iCloud backups of yours. Then check and select the specific iCloud backup file that contains the lost data of your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Click "Download". Then choose the type of files you want to download from the iCloud backup. Click on the "Next" button to start downloading those files. Wait for a while.

Step 3

Preview and recover lost data from iCloud backup

recover lost data from icloud

When the scan completes, you'll be able to preview almost all lost and existing data such as photos, contacts, messages, videos, and others. Pick the files you want, and then click on the "Recover" button to revert the data back on your Mac computer as expected.

Video: How to Recover Lost Files on iPhone/iPad/iPod with TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery for Mac

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