I lost all the data on my iPhone, now how do I choose the best data recovery system?
I stood there simply speechless and incredibly close to tears! No, no one died, but my iPhone just gave up the ghost and took with it ALL my pictures, downloads, texts, videos, contacts, and everything that I had spent years carefully collecting and getting joy from. As you already now, our cell phones are not just for calling any more but actually the place where we place a lot of our lives data. I was stomped as I had not really thought this far ahead when I got my phone and so had absolutely no idea if I could get any of my precious memories back and if I could, how would I even go about doing that. Where would I even start? So to help everyone out there like myself, I took the time to research some of the tools out there to see what would be ideal for my situation.
Even in our technology driven age, accidents do happen and while some of us spend time backing up their data so they can get it back if something happens to it, some of us only start scrambling AFTER disaster strikes. So for those of us that don’t plan ahead to protect our data, we NEED a data recovery tool to help.
I spent time researching all kinds of software from the free ones to the ones that cost a lot and came up with a pretty good list of what you should consider when choosing the best iPhone data recovery software. So here are the top ones that helped me to pick the right one for me:
- Is it safe? In this day and age where identity theft has become an everyday occurrence and millions of people find themselves losing everything they have worked hard for, making sure that the download is safe from viruses/malware is very important.
- Is it compatibility with your iPhone model and computer? There are many models of iPhones and we do love to get the newest models and so it is important to get a tool that will cover whatever you decide to go with.
- Can it recover your data no matter how it was lost? Not all recovery tools are created equal and not all losses are in the same way either and so it is important to get a recovery tool that will recover you data no matter how or where you lost it from.
- Can you use it easily? I don’t know about you but if I can’t get it in a reasonable amount of time and if I can’t figure out how to do what it is supposed to do, it’s not really worth it.
- Does the software have good technical support? If I can’t reach support to help me use the tool, I personally will rate that tool as worthless.
I am sure you are all holding your breath to find out what iPhone data recovery software made my top 5 and which ONE I thought was THE BEST. I looked at tons of reviews and identified the software that had been rated by over 10 reviewers and then I crisscrossed the results to come up with the ones that came up consistently and aggregated their rankings. Here we go:
Aiseesoft FoneLab: This recovery software covers 19 different types of files which is much higher than most of the other ones I reviewed and supports various devices including the latest iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch. One of the challenges is that it recovers more for older devices than the newer devices. This quite compatible tool can restore 10 types of media content and nine types of text content for older devices but only 8 for newer ones. A huge disadvantage is its inability to recover full access to your photos but it does recover thumbnails of photos.
SynciOS: This is a versatile system that performs both iPhone data recovery and routine data backups. SynciOS is compatible with iPhone 6 Plus and every model going back to the iPhone 3GS, and with iOS 8 and all previous iOS versions. This allows for 3 modes of recovery including recovering data backed up to iTunes. SynciOS allows recovery of files including photos, videos, music, apps, messages, contacts, Safari bookmarks, notes, and call history and provides a much larger option for backing up including eBooks, file systems, camera roll, and photo stream. Not bad for the price.
Dr. Fone: Like Aiseesoft, this recovery software allows for recovering up to 19 different file types including messages, contacts, videos, images, call logs and apps’ data, This IS actually the first data recovery software and has the 3 modes so you can recover from most loss situations also. It is a pretty comprehensive data recovery tool which was not the case when they first started out. The preview function is awesome so you can recover only what you want to.
FonePaw: This has 3 recovery modes which allows you to recover from iOS device directly, recover from iTunes backup and recover from iCloud backup. You can recover different kinds of data for various iOS devices including iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s. You can restore some files that isn’t available with other tools including WhatsApp message and calendars. The types of files you could restore are photos, videos, audios, messages, contacts, call history, notes, and more. You can still recover important data back even if you break your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Xilisoft: One of the things I love about this data recovery software is that it provides 6 data recovery modes to make sure you recover that you lost from any situation: deleted recovery; formatted recovery; partition recovery (recover lost files from corrupted, resized or deleted partition); RAW recovery (complete data recovery); resume recovery (no need to rescan); and wizard recovery (ideal for beginners). I was also impressed that this allows you to recover from ALL media such as Computer’s hard disk, external hard drive, USB flash drives, Solid-state drive, and more, camera, camcorder, mobile phone, like Cannon, Nikon, JVC, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and more, memory card including SD card, XD card, CF card, memory stick, and so on. Now that’s power!
And the WINNER is? Dr Fone which is simply one of the most comprehensive data recovery software out there!