Compatible with Windows and Mac computers
Compatibility: iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4/SE, iPad, iPod Touch, iOS 6 - 12
Backing up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iTunes is a smart way to secure your files. But how do you go about recovering and restoring iTunes data when you need it most — perhaps after you’ve accidentally deleted a photo or lost your device? Here, we’re going to explain:
Whether they’re precious family photos or important business notes, follow these instructions to recover data from an iTunes backup.
You can restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from an iTunes backup by following the instructions below. This will allow you to recover files that were lost or deleted since the backup was taken. However, please note that this process will overwrite all existing data and settings on your device.
If you want to avoid the potential for further data loss, or you would like to extract specific files, follow our instructions on recovering data from an iTunes backup.
When iTunes creates a backup, it stores your data in an unreadable format. This means that you cannot view or extract specific files: you can only restore the entire backup, overwriting your existing device data in the process. Unfortunately, this can result in additional data loss.
However, using Enigma Recovery for PC or Mac , it is possible to extract various types of data from an iTunes backup file. You can then view individual files via the software, export them to your computer, or even restore them to your Apple device.
It is possible to recover data from an iTunes backup without the iPhone or other iOS device in question. You just need the following:
You can use our software to extract photos, WhatsApp messages, contacts and other important data from an iTunes backup. View the full app compatibility list below and click through for specific instructions on recovering your files.
You can export recovered iTunes data by using the ‘Export & Restore’ menu on Enigma Recovery, then saving to a destination of your choice. As well as creating a backup, this allows you to easily share, print and organize data. Learn about the supported file formats and see the compatibility table below.
While it is always possible to access your extracted data on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in some way, only select data types can be restored to their native app after being recovered from iTunes:
Our Restore app allows you to view calendar events, call history, contacts, iMessages, notes, text messages and WhatsApp messages on your iOS device in a user-friendly format. (As mentioned above, contacts, calendar events and notes can then be transferred from Restore to their native apps.) Simply download the Restore app for free, connect the device to your computer, then go to ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Restore to device’ on Enigma Recovery.
Another option is to export your data to your computer, then import it to an iOS app that supports that file format. For example, CSV files can be imported to Google Sheets then viewed via the app or website on your Apple device.
Whether you decided to restore your entire iTunes backup or extract specific files, you should now have your lost or deleted files back. It’s now a good idea to back up your device and review your settings. You might also want to find out more about what our iOS data recovery software can do.
If these methods didn’t work for you, don’t worry: you might be able to recover your files from iCloud, or directly from the database of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Feel free to contact us if you’d like some help.