How to Find Deleted Information on an iPhone

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How to Find Deleted Information on an iPhone
With a little searching, lost data can be found and restored back to your iPhone. (card catalogue cabinet in academic library image by nextrecord from

It is possible to accidentally lose or delete information, contacts, applications and music on your iPhone. A backup-restore in iTunes and a few extra tools can easily retrieve these lost items.

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Things you need

  • DiskAid for Mac or Windows
  • iPhone Backup Extractor (Mac)
  • Cucusoft (Windows)

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  1. 1

    Install iPhone Backup Extractor. iPhone Backup Extractor will help you find information and applications that are on your iPhone.

  2. 2

    Plug-in your iPhone to your computer.

  3. 3

    Open iPhone Backup Extractor and click "Read Backups" on the bottom left. Select the device name or date that contains the most recent backup information.

  4. 4

    Select an application from the list that appears that you want the data to be restored from. If you want to restore information such as Notes, SMS Messages, Photos, etc., select "Other Files" at the bottom of the list.

  5. 5

    Click "Extract" and select a folder where you want to place the information you are recovering. Keep note of this location; you will need it in DiskAid.

  1. 1

    Install DiskAid from its website. DiskAid will assist you in copying the backup data to your computer. Open the program.

  2. 2

    Select the "Media" folder, then select the "Root" folder below it from the pull-down menu. From here you can access Photos, Voice Memos, Podcasts, Books, etc.

  3. 3

    Locate what you want to find or restore. If you want to restore the information back to your iPhone, select what you want to restore and click "Copy to Device." Then find the files you previously copied ("Other Files"), click it and choose "Replace."

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