How to Get Data Back from a Damaged iPhone

If something happens to your iPhone, the first thing that you are going to worry about is everything that you have saved to it. Your photographs, notes, contacts, and even your apps are now inaccessible, either by irreparable damage to your handset, or theft. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do in many situations to get your data back and get back to normal with a new handset. We’ve listed some of the best ways to recover your iPhone’s data.

1. Check iCloud

If you have been using your iPhone for a while and have iCloud backup set up, then everything that was on your handset should be securely saved in the cloud. If this is the case, then all you’ll need to do is log into your iCloud account and retrieve your files. If you have replaced your iPhone handset, then you can simply set up your new handset with your iCloud login, and everything will be synced back up to your new iPhone. This method of retrieving your data is just as effective if your phone has been stolen.

2. Use Your Computer

If you have damaged your iPhone to the point where you’re unable to use it and don’t have your data backed up to iCloud, then don’t worry. In some cases, if there is little to no damage to the hard drive of your iPhone, then you may still be able to recover your data using your computer and iTunes. Plug your iPhone into the USB port of your computer and, hopefully, all your files will appear so that you can save them ready for transferring to a new device.

3. Professional Recovery Service

In some cases, it may be impossible for you to get the data from your damaged iPhone back by yourself. If there has been damage to the hard drive, for example, and your data isn’t backed up to iCloud, then it might be time to call in the professionals. Digital forensic services are available to help to retrieve photographs, messages, apps, and more from your iPhone, even in cases of severe damage. However, bear in mind that this is not always a fool-proof method of data recovery and may not always work when the handset is seriously damaged.

4. Prevention

All in all, the best way to make sure that you’ll be able to retrieve the data from your iPhone in the event of damage is to take several preventative measures. For example, making sure that at the very least, your most important data is backed up to iCloud will give you the peace of mind that if anything does go wrong with your handset, nothing will be lost. Setting up an automatic iCloud backup is a simple process, and once you’ve done it, your iPhone will be backed up on a daily basis without you having to do anything.

If your iPhone is damaged, the worst part is going to the be the loss of your data and files. Thankfully, there are many strategies that you can turn to for getting it back.  

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