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2 Methods to Recover iPhone Contatcs, Photos, SMS, etc. from iTunes Backup

Aug. 5, 2014 11:56 am / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iTunes Tips
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No matter you lost iPhone data consciously or unconsciously, it would definitely leave you in a shocking situation especially when iPhone gets black screen of death or physically damaged. Then you are in an urgent need to recover iPhone data from iTunes backup.

Basically, there are two methods to retrieve iPhone data from iTunes, either recover lost iPhone Data with iTunes supported by Apple or recover through third party software, as we recommend iTunes Data Recovery for Mac here.

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2 methods to recover iPhone files from iTunes backup: Comparison

Frankly speaking, I'd like to point out that neither can you look through the backed up data before restoring it to the iPhone nor are you able to restore only certain iPhone files (like contacts, messages, notes and so on) and keep the remaining data intact if you choose to have the iPhone files restored from iTunes backup which is proposed by Apple.

However, iTunes Data Recovery for Mac enables you to preview and recover as many as 11 types of iPhone files selectively. Namely, you can restore only the files you need instead of restoring the whole iTunes backup to your iPhone. The following table briefly summarizes the differences between the two methods.

iTunes proposed by Apple iTunes Data Recovery for Mac
File Types Contacts/Safari/Voice Memos/Call History/Reminders/Text Messages/SMS Attachments/Camera Roll/Calendar Yes Yes
Notes NO Yes
Photos Partly ( only photos in camera roll ) All ( Besides photos in camera roll, including photos in APP, like Instagram, Facebook )
Configuration(Wi-Fi/VPN/Cellular Data Networking/DaiLi Service)
Yes NO
Other Configuration(Input Method Editor/System-preferred Interface Language) Yes NO
Others Recovery Mode Basis All or Nothing Selectively
Find iTunes Backup Files Automatically NO Yes
Get stuck in the recovery mode NO Yes
iPhone data failed sync to iTunes backup NO Yes
iTunes failed upgrade NO Yes
iTunes won't recognize iPhone NO Yes

How to recover iPhone lost data from iTunes backup files

Method 1: Restore iPhone from iTunes backup (supported by Apple)

It is quite easy to recover iPhone lost data within this method. Just following the steps below:

Method 2: Recover iPhone lost data through iTunes Data Recovery for Mac

There's no better word than "effective" to describe this method if Method 1 doesn't work for you since your iPhone can't connect with PC well. Following are the detailed steps.

Tips: If you run Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, please click iTunes Data Recovery.


In addition to recovering iPhone data from iTunes backup, you can try iPhone Data Recovery for Mac to extract and recover lost iPhone data provided that you haven't backed up your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud. With this software, you can also recover iPhone data from your iPhone directly.

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