iOS 7.1 is live for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and with it a whole bevy of fixes and additions. However, the iOS 7 update not only brings improvements but also brings trouble at the same time. There are people complaining about contacts, text message and other data lost after iOS 7.1 update. Actually, this is happening to quite a few people and multiple times. To free you from such problem, this post will focus on how to recover data from iOS 7.1 devices.
Once you lost data from iOS 7.1 iPhone, iPad and iPod, the first thing that comes to your mind must be the backups that you've made before your data get lost. Yes, you can restore lost contacts, text messages, photos, call history, etc. from both iTunes backup and iCloud backup. If you rely on Apple's service to recover lost data, you will have to pay attention to these limitations.
Restore from iTunes backup: iTunes only allows you to restore from the most recent backup, which will erase all data on your iDevices and replace with data in iTunes backup.
Restore from iCloud backup: Restoring from iCloud will also replace all data on your device with that on the iCloud backup. Besides, iCloud provides 5GB of free storage to cover all devices associated with your Apple ID. For extra space, you need to pay annually.
If you want to be free from the limitations of iTunes backup and iCloud backup, you can resort to iOS Data Recovery, a comprehensive tool which not only enables you to recover data from iTunes and iCloud backup, but also makes it possible to directly restore data from iOS 7.1 iPhone, iPad and iPod without erasing data on your devices. You will be able to retrieve contacts, text messages, photos, call history and up to 15 types of file. The tool offers you 3 ways for iOS 7.1 data recovery: restore directly from your devices, restore from iCloud backup and restore from iTunes backup.
Updated: Since the release of iOS 9/8, the iOS Data Recovery has been upgraded to support the latest iOS 9/8 devices.
Tips: Devices compatible with iOS 7.1 are listed in the chart below.
|iPhone models||iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4|
|iPad models||iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPad mini|
|iPod touch models||iPod touch 5G (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB)|
First of all, let's see how to restore lost data directly from iOS 7.1 devices.
Restoring from iCloud and iTunes backup with the iOS 7.1 Data Recovery tool will not do any change to data on your iOS 7.1 devices. You don't even need your device during the process. The program will display the iTunes or iCloud backups on the program interface. Just choose the backup you need and you will be able to preview and recover data then.
If you have a Mac instead of Windows computer, you should try iOS Data Recovery for Mac, the Mac version of this software which supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion and lower. Do you have other great ways for iOS 7.1 data recovery? If you do have better ideas, be sure to share with us. You can just write your ideas in the comment below.