iPhone Data Recovery Software for Mac

Apple's iPhone becomes more popular every year, devices running iOS are considered secure and safe, and are definitely becoming more and more complex. If you ever accidentally deleted or lost valuable data on your iPhone, you know how hard it may be to recover iOS data yourself. Disk Drill takes complexity out of the equation. It’s also macOS Sonoma Ready!

iOS Data Recovery with Disk Drill

Disk Drill, iOS data recovery software, supports any device with iOS 5-17 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
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iOS 5-17
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Any version of iTunes
iPad (10th gen)
iPhone 14

How iPhone Recovery Works

Was there an app or system malfunction that led to data loss on your iPhone or iPad? Jailbreak failure or unfinished iOS upgrade? Damaged device? Many reasons may lead to missing data. Disk Drill 5 introduces iPhone data recovery mode that also works for all devices running iOS. Disk Drill can scan your iPhone directly or extract lost data from iOS backups stored in iTunes. Multiple data types can be recovered from your iOS devices. Read on to find more on how to recover deleted iPhone data.

Now it's time to get Disk Drill 5 on your Mac, connect your iOS device, locate it in Disk Drill, click "Recover" and wait for the scanning to complete. You can scan any of the iTunes backups stored on your Mac as well, you can extract a ton of valuable data from your past backups. iCloud backups recovery is also coming soon.

  • Connect iPhone to Mac

    Connect your iPhone to your Mac

    Make sure Disk Drill is running. Find your iOS device in Disk Drill. Click "Recover".

  • Scan iPhone for lost data

    Scan your iPhone for lost data

    Let Disk Drill scan your iPhone or iPad for recoverable data. It usually takes a few minutes.

  • Recover data on iPhone

    Recover what was found

    Review deleted and existing contacts, calls, photos and more. Select the ones for recovery.

Three Quick iOS Data Recovery Modes

Disk Drill is a flexible tool that can perform iOS data recovery using several different methods. Here are the modes available when recovering lost data from your Apple mobile device.

Recover from the device’s internal disk

Recover from the device’s internal disk

You can perform iOS data recovery from your Mac by connecting the device to your computer. Disk Drill will recognize its internal storage as a disk and allow you to perform a recovery with its scanning technology.

Recover data from an iTunes Backup

Recover data from an iTunes Backup

Disk Drill can help you restore from a backup stored on your computer. If you use iTunes to back up your iOS device to your Mac, the recovery application can recover specific files without performing an iTunes restore.

Recover files from an iCloud Backup

Recover files from an iCloud Backup

Disk Drill will soon offer the ability to recover specific files from iCloud without erasing the data on your iOS device. This functionality will enable users to extract data from iCloud to help recover from a damaged or lost iPhone.

Your iOS Device Is Supported

Disk Drill recovers data from any iOS device with iOS 5-17 on board. This covers all new iPhones, iPads and iPods. Classic iPods that don't run on iOS are scanned as regular USB-connected drives and produce slightly differently structured results.
iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S/ 5/5S/5C/6/6S/6 Plus/6S Plus
iPhone 7/7+/8/8 Plus/X/XS/XR/XS Max
iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/12 mini/12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
iPhone 13 mini/13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max/14/14 Plus
iPod Touch
iPad/iPad Air
iPad mini
iPad PRO

The Magic behind iPhone Recovery

Data recovery from iOS devices is generally more complicated than a regular Mac file recovery process. When Disk Drill scans your iOS device for lost data directly, it creates an invisible iTunes backup file that has all the device's databases in it. Then Disk Drill runs its own iOS data recovery tools to rebuild your iOS files and data structures to list with everything recoverable.

The same iOS data recovery process takes place when an existing iTunes backup is analyzed by Disk Drill.

Types of Recovered Data

Disk Drill will help you recover various files and types of data from your iPhone, iPad or iPod. As part of Disk Drill's iOS data recovery, you will have a chance to extract photos and videos, contacts and calendar events, voice memos and text notes, bookmarks, chats and text messages (SMS), as well as your call history. If you are running iOS 13 or newer, Call History will only be recoverable if your local iOS backups are encrypted.
Camera Roll Photos (JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF)
Videos (MP4, MOV)
Contacts (VCF)
Calendar (ICS)
VoiceMemo Recordings (M4A, MP3, AAC)
Text notes (HTML)
Notes with attachments (EML)
Bookmarks (HTML)
Chats, texts from Messages (CSV)
Call history (CSV)
Installed Apps Data
Installed Apps Data
Other Existing Files
Other Existing Files
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Protect Your iOS data with Free Data Protection Tools

Disk Drill comes with free data protection tools that can help keep your valuable files and folders safe. Recovery Vault retains metadata of specific files and folders, making them available for quick recovery. You have complete control over which data is protected by Recovery Vault. If you configure Recovery Vault to include items on your iPhone, it can protect your data from accidental deletion.

Protect Your Files to Never Lose Them

Guaranteed Recovery makes a copy of all designated files that are deleted from your machine. This eliminates the risk of accidentally deleting important data and makes it available for immediate recovery. You can control how much storage space Guaranteed Recovery uses on your main disk.

All you need to do is specify the iCloud folder when configuring Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. From that point forward, Disk Drill will monitor the specified files and folders and protect them from accidental deletion. These tools offer users an extra level of data security at no charge.

Technical Specifications for Disk Drill iOS Data Recovery

Tech Specification
Tech Specification:


  • iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini/13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini/12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone X/XS/XR/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6S/6 Plus/6S Plus, iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 4/4S
  • iPhone 3G/3GS
  • iPhone SE (1st)/SE (2nd)


  • iPad (1st gen)/iPad 2/iPad (3rd gen)/iPad (4th gen)/iPad (5th gen)/iPad (6th gen)/iPad (7th gen)/iPad (8th gen)/iPad (9th gen)/iPad (10th gen)
  • iPad Mini (1st gen)/iPad Mini 2/iPad Mini 3/iPad Mini 4/iPad Mini (5th gen)/iPad Mini (6th gen)
  • iPad Air/iPad Air 2/iPad Air (3rd gen)/iPad Air (4th gen)/iPad Air (5th gen)
  • iPad Pro (1st gen)/iPad Pro (2nd gen)/iPad Pro (3rd gen)/iPad Pro (4th gen)/iPad Pro (5th gen)/iPad Pro (6th gen)

iPod Touch

  • iPod touch 4/5/6/7

OS support
Operating System:

macOS 14.0 / macOS 13.0 / macOS 12.0 / macOS 11.0 / 10.15 / 10.14 / 10.13 / 10.12 / 10.11 & older versions up to 10.5

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Hardware Requirements
Hardware Requirements:

Disk Space: 1GB minimum free space

CPU: 64-bit (x86-64) compatible CPU 1.0 GHz or faster

RAM: at least 4GB

When is iOS data recovery useful?

Your data can be lost any time. There are plenty of possible situations that would lead to that. Generally, Disk Drill's iOS data recovery may be useful in these cases.
Failed iOS update
Unfinished jailbreaking
Water damage
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Locked device
Infinite reboot
Damaged screen

iOS Data Recovery Software Features

Free preview of recoverable data
Free preview of recoverable data

Disk Drill allows users to preview all recoverable data with the free trial of the recovery tool before upgrading to the pro version of the app.

Restore data from iPhone apps
Restore data from iPhone apps

You can restore attachments from popular apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Viber, Tango, and Kik among many others.

User-friendly recovery procedure
User-friendly recovery procedure

The intuitive interface makes data recovery a painless process. Disk Drill guides you through the process of recovering your data with a few clicks.

Full scan for complete data recovery
Full scan for complete data recovery

The scan results can be used to copy the lost data from an iPhone that no longer responds to touch screen commands.

Mount found files as a virtual disk
Mount found files as a virtual disk

Scan results can be mounted as a virtual disk to streamline the recovery process. Simply drag recovered files from the virtual disk to their new storage locations.

Need a data recovery service instead?

There are situations where your iPhone has been subjected to physical damage that make it impossible to perform data recovery using software alone. You may also want to engage data recovery professionals to take care of your iPhone data recovery.

Here’s how to restore your lost data using CleverFiles Data Recovery Center.

  1. Navigate to the CleverFiles Data Recovery Center website and initiate a work order.
  2. Ship the storage device to the center. Shipping details designed to protect the device are available on the website.
  3. CleverFiles will contact you with a free failure report and a guaranteed price quote.
  4. You need to approve the recovery. No work will be done without your approval.
  5. When recovery is complete, CleverFiles returns your data on a DVD, flash drive, or external hard drive.
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CleverFiles Data Recovery Center has you covered. It is a full-service data recovery center that makes use of cleanroom technology to safely open and clone the information on damaged storage media. The service offers a free evaluation and has a 98% success rate. They are a reliable provider and will not charge you if they cannot successfully recover your data.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to recover lost or deleted data from your iPhone?

  1. Launch Disk Drill iPhone Data Recovery Software, and connect your iPhone to a Mac. Choose the Recovery Mode.
  2. Scan Your iPhone Data. Make sure access to your iPhone, and scan your iPhone to find the lost or deleted data.
  3. Recover Your iPhone Data. Filter the scanned results, preview and recover your deleted iPhone data.

How can I recover deleted data from my iOS device for free?

You can recover lost data for free from your iOS device by using a backup on your Mac using the following instructions.

  1. Open iTunes on systems running macOS 10.14 or earlier. Users with macOS 10.15, Big Sur or Monterey should open a Finder.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer and enter the passcode if requested.
  3. Select the device when it appears in iTunes or the Finder window.
  4. Select the Restore Backup
  5. Choose the backup that you want to use based on the date it was created.
  6. Click Restore and wait for the process to end. Your device will restart and synch with your computer.

What is the best free iPhone recovery software?

9 Best Free iPhone Recovery Software for Mac & Win:

  1. Disk Drill Free iPhone Recovery Software (Mac)
  2. iMobie PhoneRescue (Windows/Mac)
  3. iSkySoft iPhone Data Recover (Windows/Mac)
  4. dr. fone - Data Recovery for iOS (Windows/Mac)
  5. Leawo iOS Data Recovery (Windows/Mac)
  6. Gihosoft Free iPhone Data Recovery (Windows/Mac)
  7. EaseUs MobiSaver Free (Windows/Mac)
  8. Aiseesoft Free iPhone Data Recovery (Windows)
  9. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS Free (Windows/Mac)

Does Disk Drill support the latest iOS 17?

Yes, it does. Disk Drill supports all versions of iOS from the somewhat ancient version 5 to the newest iOS 17. The application’s developers are sure to continue their pattern of maintaining support for the operating system updates rolled out by Apple. They strive to keep Disk Drill current with the cutting-edge developments in storage and data recovery technology.

Can I recover accidentally deleted videos from my iPhone?

Yes, you can with Disk Drill by following these steps.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  2. Launch Disk Drill and select your iPhone from the disk list.
  3. Click Recover to scan for deleted videos.
  4. Preview what can be recovered and select the videos to be restored.
  5. Click Recover again to save the videos to a new location on your computer.

How to recover deleted files from iPhone without backup?

Follow these steps to recover deleted files from an iPhone:

  1. Download and install Disk Drill.
  2. Connect the iPhone to your computer and launch the app.
  3. Select the iPhone from the list of disks.
  4. Click Recover to scan for deleted files.
  5. Preview the files that can be recovered and make your selections.
  6. Click Recover again to restore the files.

Can I recover permanently deleted photos from my iPhone X?

Yes, you can by following this procedure:

  1. Download, install and launch Disk Drill for macOS.
  2. Connect the iPhone X to your computer.
  3. Choose the iPhone’s storage from the disk list.
  4. Click Recover to start scanning your iPhone X for deleted photos.
  5. Select the photos to be restored from the Preview list.
  6. Click the Recover button to restore the lost photos.

Can I view my deleted data with Disk Drill’s free version?

Yes, you can. The free trial version of Disk Drill allows you to preview the files that the application can recover from any supported device. This enables you to see if the program can recover your data before making any financial investment in the tool. Enabling the Guaranteed Recovery feature lets you quickly and easily recover important data for free in future.

What is the best iPhone recovery software?

Top 11 iPhone Recovery Software in 2023:

  1. Disk Drill iPhone Data Recovery Software
  2. FoneLab iPhone Data Recovery
  3. iMobie PhoneRescue
  4. Primo iPhone Data Recovery
  5. Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery
  6. Wondershare dr. fone for iOS
  7. MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS
  8. Aiseesoft Free iPhone Data Recovery
  9. Tenorshare Ultdata iPhone Data Recovery
  10. Leawo iOS Data Recovery
  11. EaseUS MobiSaver for iOS

How can I recover lost data in iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from an iCloud backup?

Use the following steps to recover your lost iOS data from an iCloud backup. You need to erase the current content before you can perform this operation.

  1. Turn on your device.
  2. Follow the onscreen setup steps until you get to the Apps & Data screen.
  3. Select Restore from iCloud Backup.
  4. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
  5. Select the backup to be used for the recovery.
  6. Use your Apple ID to sign in to recover apps and other purchases.
  7. Wait until the progress bar indicates the restore process is complete.
  8. Continue with the remaining setup steps and start using your device again.

How can I recover data from a broken iPhone?

You can try to use data recovery software to recover data from a broken iPhone. To use this method, your computer must be able to recognize the device when it is connected to the machine. If extensive damage makes this impossible, a data recovery service is your best option for recovering your lost information.

Can I retrieve data from a dead iPhone?

Data recovery software like Disk Drill cannot recover information from a dead iPhone. The iPhone must be working and recognized by the operating system so recovery software can scan it for lost items. Recovering from a dead iPhone requires backups or sending the device to a data recovery service.

What is iOS data recovery?

iOS data recovery is a software solution for Windows or Mac systems that can recover deleted files from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The application can recover your messages, videos, photos, and other types of data and is compatible with all iOS versions.

Does iPhone recovery software really work?

Yes, it does. Using a reliable solution like Disk Drill gives you a great chance of recovering lost data from your Phone. It is strongly recommended that you backup your devices to iTunes or iCloud to give your valuable data extra protection.

Does Apple offer iPhone data recovery?

No, officially, Apple does not offer iPhone data recovery services.

However, there are a few effective and easy-to-use data recovery tools that can help you recover lost files (for example, Disk Drill). But if you regularly back up your iPhone with iCloud, you should be able to recover almost any file from the backup. This way, you won’t need additional software to restore lost files on your iPhone.

How much does iPhone data recovery cost?

It depends on whether you choose to use a data recovery tool and recover the lost files by yourself or choose to get help from professionals. In general, the cost for iPhone data recovery starts at around $100 and can even go up to $500.

Is there any way to recover data after factory reset?

Yes, it’s possible to recover data after resetting your iPhone back to factory settings. Depending on your situation, you have three options: recover everything with iTunes, from an iCloud backup, or use a data recovery tool. So even if you’ve never backed up your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud, you can try to recover the lost data with a specialized third-party data recovery tool (if the data hasn’t been already overwritten).

Why does Disk Drill request access to my Contacts during iOS data recovery?

Contacts are an integral part of an encrypted data cluster that Disk Drill scans for recoverable information when you run it on your iOS device. macOS requires that you, as the admin user, approve Disk Drill to access your personal data on a specific Mac and iOS device. Don't worry, this data is completely safe, as Disk Drill does not share or send it anywhere.

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Disk Drill is one of the best multi-purpose do-it-yourself data recovery tools, including iOS data recovery. If you can connect your device to your Mac, get Disk Drill to recover your lost data.
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