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How to Recover Lost iPhone SE Messages/Contacts/Videos/Notes/Photos

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Phone SE totally bucks the trend while other smart phones getting bigger and bigger. This is a phone that's easy to use with one hand. Yes the the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and iPhone 6S Plus are great handsets, but for many of us they’re simply too large. Considering it has internals similar to the iPhone 6s and a design that's identical to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone SE is technically "old wine in an older bottle". And while it's true that the iPhone SE does not bring any pathbreaking technical innovations, it does represent a shift in strategy from the Cupertino-based company.

ProsPros : Compact body/ Great camera / Excellent performance / Solid battery life.

ConsCons : Average screen / Poor front-facing camera / Still 16GB starting storage.

 Recover Lost iPhone SE Data

However, the only problem is that Apple missed a very important function - Recover deleted iPhone Data. You might have ever experienced iPhone data lost due to wrong operation, iPhone got broken, crashed, smashed, water damaged, iOS upgrade, jailbreaking failure or factory settings restore on your iPhone.

If you have backed up your iPhone SE via iTunes and iCloud, then lucky you, you can still get (at least part of) the last data back. But what will happen if you didn't backed up your iPhone under a sudden situation? It is known that there is no way to recover deleted data via iPhone,iPad or iPod. Now there is a good news, you can retrieve all deleted messages via this amazing iOS data recovery tool: Syncios Data Recovery. Besides messages, it also can help you to find previous bookmarks, call history, contacts whatsapp messages as well as lost photos and videos and more.

You can choose different versions according to your computer’s operation system,  just get more detail information from here: Syncios Data Recovery for Windows or Syncios Data Recovery for Mac. Simply download the free version and have a try.

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Supported devices Data available to recover
  • iPhone SE, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2, iPad
  • iPod Touch 6, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4
  • Text content (8 types): Contacts, Messages(SMS, iMessages & MMS, including Emoji), Call history, Calendar, Notes, WhatsApp conversation, Reminder, Safari bookmark
  • Media content (7 types): Camera Roll (Photo & Video), Photo Library, Photo Stream, Message attachments, Voice memos, Voicemail, WhatsApp attachments

Note: Please be sure that iTunes is already installed on your computer for running this iPhone Recovery tool correctly. But you do not have to run iTunes.

Now, let’s follow the below tips. There are three recovery modes for your choice.

Solution 1: Recover Lost Data from iTunes Backup File

Step 1 : Scan the iTunes Backup File.

If you have synced different iOS devices with iTunes before, more than one backup files will be displayed in the windows after you click Recover from iTunes Backup File. Just choose the one for your iPhone SE and click Start Scan.

scan iTunes backup file

Step 2 : Preview Your Lost Data from iTunes Backup File.

It only take you a few seconds to scan (it may differs when you have massive data). All contents from the backup file including contacts, messages, call history, notes, photos and videos will be displayed in detail. You can read them right now.

Preview your iPhone SE Data from iTunes Backup File

Step 3 : Recover Lost Data from iTunes Backup File.

To recover the lost data, let's take messages as example, just check the Messages box, then all messages will show up, just choose those messages you would like to recover, and click Recover button.

connect ios device to syncios data recovery

Step 4 : Recover iPhone SE to your computer or device.

You will get two options after you click Recover button, then choose to recover to device or recover to computer. Please note that currently Syncios Data Recovery only supports recovering notes and contacts back to device, we will continue to support more file types.

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Solution 2: Recover Lost Data from iCloud Backup File

Step 1 : Sign in iCloud.

After you click Recover from iCloud Backup File on the top of the primary, you will be prompted to sign in to iCloud. Please sign in your iCloud account.

Note: please do not connect the device to your computer during the recovery to prevent the iCloud file from being updated or modified.

sign in iCloud

Step 2 : Scan iCloud Backup File.

Similarly, if you have synced different iDevices with iCloud before, more than one backup files will show up after you sign in iCloud. Just choose the one for your iPhone SE and click Download button. Then move further.

scan iCloud backup file

Step 3 : Choose the type of files you'd like to download.

Now a dialog will pop up, all the contents from the iCloud backup file including contacts, notes, calendar, Camera Roll will be displayed in detail. Then you just need to select the contents you’d like to recover. Then click next to move further.

choose the type of files

Step 4 : Download iCloud Backup Files.

Step 5 : Preview and choose the contents you want to recover.

preview and choose the lost data

Step 6 : Recover iPhone SE data to your device or computer.

Now, you can choose iPhone messages/contacts/notes/phtos or other data to recover. Currently, Syncios Data Recovery can only support recovering notes and contacts back to device, we will continue to support more file types.

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Solution 3: Recover Lost/Deleted Data Directly from Device

If you didn't lose your iPhone SE, you can use this way to recover your lost or even deleted data. Connect your iPhone SE and run this iPhone Recovery program on your computer.

Step 1 : Connect your iPhone SE to the computer, you'll see below window. Any detection problem, please check here.

connect ios device to syncios data recovery

Step 2 : Scan your iPhone SE.

Click Start Scan button, then the program will automatically start scanning your iPhone SE accordingly.

connect ios device to syncios data recovery

Step 3 : Preview and recover deleted iPhone SE data.

When the scan progress is finished, you can preview all found data before performing recovery. Choose the contents you want to recover, then click Recover.

recover iPhone bookmarks

Note: Currently, Syncios Data Recovery can only support recovering notes and contacts back to device, we will continue to support more file types.

recover deleted bookmarks to PC

We should have realized how important it is to backup data. As long as you’ve backed up messages somewhere, you can restore it on your PC and retrieve deleted messages easily. Click here to learn the easiest way to backup and restore your iPhone SE.


tipsWhy choose Syncios Data Recovery?

Syncios Data Recovery

  • 3 recovery modes to retrieve data from your iDevice, iTunes backup and iCloud backup.
  • Recover photos, messages, contacts, as well as App data like WhatsApp conversations, iPhoto, Instagram etc.
  • Preview what you've found before performing recovery.
  • You can choose to extract found data to PC or put them back to device. Read More >>
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