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Lost iPhone data after iOS 9 upgrade?

Alexandra Malureanu

by Alexandra Malureanu

Within hours of the release, iOS 9 devices surpassed iOS 7 devices by a good percentage. According to Mixpanel, iOS 9 devices take 10% of the Apple devices already.

Mixpanel iOS 9 adoption

That means the stronger the iOS adoption, the more issues in respect to lost of iPhone data or restoring iOS data. So, let me guide you through some of the most encountered type of issues and how to find a fix for them.

Apple updates iCloud with restoring lost data functionality

So, if you've ever accidentally deleted a document you saved to iCloud, Apple has a new way for restoring it. The Time Machine of iOS is here. :) Reminders, Calendar info, contacts and iCloud Drive files can now be restored if you ever accidentally delete them.

Log in to > Settings > Advanced (bottom of the Settings Page) > Restore Reminders/ Restore Calendars/ Restore Contacts/ Restore Files. Same as for the good old iOS 8 deleted photos and videos, Apple gives you 30 days remaining before the final deletion of those files. Note that after that time, items will be permanently deleted.

iCloud restore data feature

All is cool, all is bright, but remember:

  • sharing info will be removed. You will need to share calendars and reminders again or just ask their owners to share them.
  • scheduled events will be cancelled and recreated, and invitations reissued. Yes, the event invitees will see a cancellation, then a new invitation.
  • an archive of your pre-restore data is made in case of need
  • restoring data will restore and replace data on all your devices with the same iCloud account

Now let's browse a bit through some other issues you might experience and how to recover that precious iOS data.


iTunes won't restore my iPhone backup and now I've lost all my 7000+ media, notes, Safari reading list, App data, contacts, everything.

Nasty. We have already covered how to recover lost iTunes backup data in our previous guide to view and extract backup data from iTunes backups. Have a read and drop us an email if you need help.

iPhone won't turn on and all my data is lost. S.O.S. Help me.

Given you have once synced your data with iTunes or iCloud, we can help. iPhone Backup Extractor will then get it back for you, independent of your iPhone. For iTunes, just let our software find the backups located in your default iTunes backup folder from your computer or simply browse to load them. For iCloud, have your iCloud credentials at hand and download and extract your data via our software. Here's a guide on how to recover data from your text messaging apps.

Hope these tips have been of help. If you've got a complicate iOS data recovery case and you could use some extra support, we are more than happy to offer our experience and knowledge to support you. So, contact our expert support team and we'll figure it out together.

Alexandra Malureanu

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