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How to Use iPhone Data Recovery for Mac

iPhone Data Recovery for Mac is the best data recovery software for iPhone users to recover data including photos, contacts, text messages, notes, call history , etc. (totally up to 16 types of files) on Mac OS X. No matter how you lost your data on iPhone 6 plus/6/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS, iPhone Data Recovery for Mac can help to recover data in no time.

The guide below shows you how to recover iPhone 4/3GS data step by step on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7, 10.6, etc. Download and install iPhone Data Recovery for Mac on your computer first. If you want to recover data from iPhone 6 plus/6/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS, go to Guide 1.

iPhone Data Recovery for Mac offers 3 recovery modes:

Mode 1: Directly Recover Data from iPhone 4/3GS without Backup on Mac

If you have no iTunes or iCloud backup files, you can use this mode to directly recover the lost data from your iPhone since it requires no backup file.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Mac & Select Recovery Mode

Connect iPhone 4/3GS to Mac with a USB cable and launch iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. Select "Recover Data from iOS Devices" from the main interface.

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Step 2. Put iPhone 4/3GS into DFU Mode

Follow the instructions below to enter into DFU mode for your iPhone:

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Step 3. Scan iPhone for Lost Data

After you have successfully put iPhone into DFU mode, this software will begin to communicate with your device and prepare for scanning.

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After the communication bar reaches 100%, you will get the interface below. Click "Start Scan".


Step 4. Preview iPhone Data

After the scanning, all files are listed on the program by category. You can select any of them to preview and check whether they are the exact ones you need.

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Step 5. Recover iPhone Data on Mac

Select the data you want to recover and click "Recover" button. Then specify a path on Mac to save the recovered files.

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Mode 2. Recover iPhone 4/3GS Data from iTunes Backup File on Mac

If you have backed up or synced iPhone 4/3GS with iTunes on your computer, there will be an iTunes backup on your computer. However, the backup is a SQLITEDB file and you have no access to it directly. With iPhone Data Recovery for Mac, you can easily recover the backed-up data by extracting iTunes backup, especially when your iPhone is damaged, crashed, broken, smashed or even lost.

Note: Do not sync your device with iTunes as soon as you realize you have lost data. Otherwise, the iTunes backup file of your device will be updated after the sync.

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Step 1. Select Recovery Mode & Choose iTunes Backup

Run iPhone Data Recovery for Mac and select "Recover Data from iTunes Backup File". This program will detect all backups and show them on the program main interface. Choose one of the backups you need and click "Start Scan" to allow the program to scan the backup.

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Step 2. Preview iPhone Data on Mac

After the scanning, you will see all the files listed by category. You can choose contacts, messages, or other files to preview.

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Step 3. Save Lost Files

Select specific files you need and click "Recover" button. Choose a path to save the recovered data.

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Mode 3. Recover iPhone 4/3GS Data from iCloud Backup File on Mac

If you have backed up your iPhone data with iCloud, you can restore iPhone data from iCloud backup as well. Just select "Recover Data from iCloud Backup File".

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Step 1.Login into iCloud Account

In the following interface, type your iCloud account (Apple ID) and password and click "Sign in".

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Step 2.Download and Scan iCloud Backup

Then the program will list all the backups of devices which have been backed up with this iCloud account. According to backup name, backup date, backup size and iOS version, select you backup file and click "Next" to download this backup file. . Click "OK" when it completes. Then scanning process starts, and ends after a while.

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Step 3.Preview and Recover Lost iPhone Data

Then all the data included in this backup file are displayed. Select the files you need to recover and click "Recover" to save them on your Mac. Again, text file will be saved in .xls, .txt and .xlm (contacts can be saved as .vcf/vCard as well); media files will be saved in their original formats.

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