If you have recently installed iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, you are just like us. When the new iOS 8 has been announced and made available to developers, we immediately installed it and gave it a try.
Numerous iPhone and iPad owners installed iOS 8 and later realized that Apple's new mobile operating system has too many bugs. The beta versions are usually buggy and not recommended to install on your primary devices. We have received feedback from the iPhone Backup Extractor users, and many have asked us how to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7, and most importantly how to recover deleted data from iPhones or iPads running iOS 8.
How to recover your lost data from iOS 8
To recover data from any iOS version, an iTunes or iCloud backup is mandatory. In this post we'll cover the iTunes data recovery part. If you are interested in learning how to recover data from an iOS 8 iCloud backup, check our tutorial.
Each time you sync your iDevice with iTunes a new backup is automatically created in your default backup folder. Unless you have saved your iTunes backups in a different folder, you should find them in these locations:
- Mac OS X: \Users\USERNAME\Library\Application Support\MobileSync\Backup
- Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8: \Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
- Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
The best solution to safely recover any data from your iOS 8 iTunes backup is to use the iPhone Backup Extractor.
The iPhone Backup Extractor is available for Windows or Mac OS X and helps you recover deleted photos, texts, notes, videos and more, from any iTunes backup, encrypted or unencrypted.
To recover data from your backups, download the free iPhone Backup Extractor, and our application will automatically load your backups found in the default backup folder. If you have saved your backup in a different folder, select the folder where your backup is located by using the 'Select backup' drop-down.
How to recover deleted photos from iOS 8
You might have noticed that the iOS 8 Photo app has a new folder named 'Recently Deleted' under Albums. As the name suggests, this folder will temporarily keep photos you have recently deleted. If the photos you want to recover are not inside this folder, you can recover them from your iTunes backup, as long as they have been backed up.
Here's a short video tutorial to get back all your photos.
Follow these simple steps:
- Open the iPhone Backup Extractor and select the backup that contains your photos.
- From the 'Available data' section click on the blue numbers next to 'Photos'.
- Select where you want to extract the photos.
- Once extracted, you should be able to view all photos stored in your iOS 8 backup.
Note that the Free Edition can only extract 4 database entries or 2 media files at a time. To remove this limit, please consider upgrading to Home Edition for unencrypted backups, and to Pro Edition for encrypted backups (password protected).
How to recover contacts, notes, videos, SMS from iOS 8 backups
You can recover any data stored in your iOS 8 iTunes backup using the iPhone Backup Extractor. Simply use the same steps described above, and click on the number associated with the type of file you want to recover.
Keep in mind that with the iPhone Backup Extractor you can also retrieve all photos, notes, contacts, calendar events, messages and other data stored in iOS 9 or 10 iCloud backups.
What do you think of the iOS 8? Does it match your expectations? Was this guide useful to you? Let us know in the comments section below.