iPhones can suffer from glitches, which can result in the phone crashing and needing to be restored. When this occurs, the restore process will wipe the device clean of any data. Data can be restored, however, and the process is simple through iTunes.
Each time the user syncs his iPhone with iTunes, the device will back up unless the backup process is interrupted.
The backup process will create a disk image of all personal data on the device. When a restored iPhone is connected, iTunes will ask if the user wants to restore using this disk image.
The following data will be backed up and ready to restore in the event of a crash: contacts, settings, applications, text messages, email messages, recent and missed call lists, any mobile Safari favorites, notes saved, set alarm and most preferences.
Unlike failures in other phones, the iPhone’s syncing process (and the regular backup) prevents the loss of data.
Prevent the need to restore by only installing applications through the App Store. Unauthorized applications through other means can cause the phone to fail or need to be restored in some cases.
Never interrupt the backup process. You never know when you may need the backup you just interrupted.
2. How to Recover iPhone Data
If you lose the data on your iPhone, all is not lost. Thanks to some free programs and Apple, there is a good chance you can recover your data. These steps walk you through the process.
- Refrain from copying more files onto your iPhone when you think you have lost files. You need to run a scan to see whether your files are still there so you can recover them.
- Download a program that is capable of searching the files on the hard drive of your iPhone. These programs are available for free on the Internet. Once such program is recover4All Pro.
- Allow the program to run so that it can scan and recover all of your files. This can take up to 3 hours because it scans the entire hard drive of the iPhone.
- Connect your iPhone to the computer you usually use to sync them if the above method does not work.
- Hit the Summery tab in iTunes, and click Restore.
- Select, when requested, the option that offers to restore your previous settings. Because your files will be backed up on your computer, your data should be restored.