The data you store on your iPhone is unique among all the information on the device. The reason is that data is unique. Nobody else has your family photos. Nobody else has your calendar or your address book or the configurations for your e-mail or your apps.
In a word, that data is irreplaceable from the manufacturer or from any of the developers of the apps you use the most. Making sure you can recover that data is just as vitally important as the iPhone itself is useful. So how can you recover data from an iPhone?
Where is my Data?
Like all operating systems, iOS stores your data in a structure called a “file system.” Theoretically, any software that can read that file system can recover your data, regardless of the status of the installed software, including the operating system. What you need to do is “mount” that file system from an external device (like a Mac desktop or Macbook) with an application.
If you connect your iPhone to that external device with a USB cable, for example, the external device will be able to see your iPhone’s file system and give you access to those files through the application.
What Applications are Available?
A few good examples of external file system reader applications are products like Mac FoneLab, Leawo iOS Data Recovery, iTunes or even non-Apple operating systems like Linux.
When attempting to restore an iPhone, you have to remember the device is at its heart a little computer very similar to the Mac itself. Mac OS X can communicate with nearly any other operating system ever invented, so it stands to reason your iPhone can as well. After all, iOS is based on Mac OS X which itself is based on Unix.
Apple data recovery from professionals
Alternatively you can source a data recovery professional to use their hardware to recover the data, which often provides a cheaper alternative than going to the Apple Store. Companies such as CyberCall Computer Repair Bristol provide services such as Apple device repair and iphone data recovery. These services can fix issues with your device and recover your data at a much higher success rate than a lot of simple softwares.
As with all computers, the best advice is to back up your data as often as possible. iTunes makes this possible from your desktop or laptop Mac operating system. If you don’t have access to a Mac, iOS 8 or later will allow you to back up your phone to the Apple iCloud service.
What if the Restore Fails?
As a last resort, you can always return your device to an Apple Store and have one of the experts in the shop connect your phone to one of their specialized Mac devices to see if they can make a backup for you. This is often the best option if you aren’t familiar with the other tools or options for restoring files from a damaged or disabled device.
Data backup and restoration is just as much an issue with mobile devices as it is with desktop PCs and tablets. Make sure your backups are as current as possible so if you do encounter a damaged or disabled phone you won’t be stuck trying to replace the irreplaceable.