Dr.Fone – The best iPhone backup software, Backup & Restore iOS Data Turns Flexible

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch data recovery software for users who lose the important data by accident. With Dr.Fone for iOS, users can easily recover lost data directly from their iOS portable devices, as well as extracting files from iTunes and iCloud Backups. Meanwhile, users can choose to restore the data to computer or iOS device directly based on their truly needs.

Does it really recover deleted iPhone/iPad data? In this Dr.Fone for iOS review, i will test all recovery features of Dr.Fone for iOS. And I will share more details about the testing process and results as below.

What Is Dr.Fone for iOS?

Dr.Fone for iOS is an app, which can help users to recover deleted or lost data from iOS device (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), iTunes and iCloud Backup File.

By now, Dr.Fone has updated numerous times. The latest version is 9.0, which still focuses on recovering deleted data from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes and iCloud Backup File. Meanwhile, Dr.Fone for iOS also provides many small utilities that let you Transfer Data between phone and computer, Copy Data between phones, Erase data from your phone permanently, Remove phone’s lock screen, Root your Android device, etc. But today, I just test and share views about recovery feature of Dr. Fone for iOS.

Who Need Dr.Fone for iOS?

The main feature of Dr.Fone for iOS is to recover deleted or lost data. If you delete or lose some important data (Messages, Contacts, Photos, etc.) on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by accident, Dr.Fone for iOS will help you retrieve them. What’s more, Dr.Fone for iOS states that it can help recover data when device is stolen, broken, or unable to launch only if you have backups.

What File Type Does Dr.Fone for iOS Support?

Personal Data: Contact, Messages, Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, Voicemail, Safari Bookmark.

Media Data: Photos, Videos, Voice Memos.

App Data: WhatsApp Messages, Messenger, App Photos, App Video, App Documents.

What Device Type Does Dr.Fone for iOS Support?

  • iPhone Series: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4
  • iPad Series: All models of iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad
  • iPod touch Series: iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4

System Requirements:

  • Supported OS: Window 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.13, 10.12(macOS Sierra ), 10.11(El Capitan), 10.10(Yosemite), 10.9(Mavericks), 10.8, 10.7, or 10.6

Download Link: Click here to download it!

Is Dr.Fone for iOS Safe?

Yes, it is. I install and test Dr.Fone for iOS on PC and Mac. Based on the testing results, Dr.Fone for iOS is free of malware and virus issue after being detected by Avast Antivirus for PC, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on a MacBook Air (based on macOS High Sierra). And Dr.Fone for iOS is truly safe to use. Users can choose the different functions based on their needs.

Is Dr.Fone for iOS Free?

No. It isn’t. Dr.Fone for iOS is not free. But it provides a Trial version for users to use. If the Trial version helps users scan the deleted data out, the Pro version can help users recover deleted data back. But if the Trial version doesn’t scan out the deleted data, please do not purchase the Pro version because it still can’t find or recover the deleted data.

How To Backup iPhone Using Dr.Fone?

Steps to selectively backup iPhone data

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to your computer

After launching dr.fone on your PC, click on “Backup & Restore”. Using your USB cable, connect your iDevice to your computer. By default, dr.fone will automatically detect your iOS device.

Step 2: Pinpoint Files to Backup

After connecting your iDevice, select the files you need to backup by checking the box next to the folders and then click on the “Backup” option.

Step 3: Monitor Backup Process

Once you click on the backup option, you will initiate the backup process which takes some few minutes depending on the size of your device storage.

Step 4: View iPhone backup content

Once the data backup process is over, click on View Backup History. dr.fone will display all the history backup files. Select the latest one and click View, you will be able to see all backup contents.

Step 5: Selectively export backup data

Once the backup process is over, check to see if you have all the required information before you can export the files. On the right-hand side of your interface, click on the “Restore to Device” or “Export to Computer” option. dr.fone will automatically restore or export your data to the chosen options.

Does Dr.Fone for iOS Recover Deleted Data?

At present, Dr.Fone for iOS supports three recovery modes: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File.

Test 1: Recover deleted data from iOS Device with Dr.Fone for iOS

Note:Recover from iOS Device mode enables you to recover lost important data from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch directly. Now, I use an iPod touch 5 for this test. Before launching Dr.Fone for iOS, you need to download the latest version of iTunes on your computer to detect your iOS device. But please do not open iTunes while launching Dr.Fone for iOS to avoid the automatically sync process.

Step 1: I Download and install Dr.Fone for iOS on my MacBook Air. Once i connect my iPod touch to my MacBook Air, i launch Dr.Fone for iOS and choose “Data Recovery” option.

Step 2: Then, Dr.Fone for iOS detects my iPod touch normally as the screenshot below. I click the “Start” button on the interface. And then, the scanning process begins. The scanning process takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Step 3: After finishing scanning process, the scanning result will appear. I can check all files scanned out. I find Dr.Fone for iOS finds my Messages, Contacts, Call History, Notes, Photos and Reminders. But it fails to scan out any voice memo and social apps, like Whatsapp, Line, Kik, etc.

Test 2: Recover deleted data from iTunes Backup File with Dr.Fone for iOS

Notes: If you lose or reset your device, Recover from Device mode won’t be available for you. But if you once have iTunes Backup File on your PC or Mac, you can extract files with Dr.Fone for iOS.

Step 1: I launch Dr.Fone for iOS on my MacBook Air and choose “Data Recovery” option.

Step 2: And then, I choose “Recover from iTunes Backup File” option. On my MacBook Air, Dr.Fone for iOS detects my iTunes backup file. It shows four iTunes backup files. At the same time, it will show the create time of each backup. I select my iPhone backup and click “Start Scan” option as the screenshot below:

Step 3: Then, Dr.Fone for iOS starts to scan out my iTunes Backup Files thoroughly. About three minutes later, Dr.Fone for iOS scans out a number of deleted files, which are listed based on file types. As you can see, Dr.Fone for iOS scans out 90 Messages, 362 Contacts, 233 Call History, 131 Calendars, 52 Reminders, 114 Safari Bookmark, 1235 Photos, 5700 App Photos, 305 App Videos and 61 App Document. But Dr.Fone for iOS fails to scan out any voice memo and social app data, like Whatsapp, Line, and Kik. And i can choose to recover deleted data to computer with clicking “Export to Mac” option.

Test 3: Recover deleted data from iCloud backup file with Dr.Fone for iOS

Step 1: I open Dr.Fone for iOS on my MacBook Air and choose “Data Recovery” option.

Step 2: I login my iCloud account with Apple ID and password. Meanwhile, the stable network is necessary while signing in iCloud account.

Step 3: After I log in iCloud account successfully, Dr. Fone for iOS shows a few iCloud backup files that I have. To check the detail, I click the “Download” button.

Step 4: Then, I choose the types of file I would like to download. The downloading process takes some time based on the size of the backup and the network status.

Step 5: After finishing downloading process, Dr.Fone for iOS lists data on iCloud backup. But unfortunately, it only scans out 1 contact and 5 Safari Bookmark. About my other files, Dr.Fone for iOS fails to scan them out.


  • Recovery process is safe and fast.
  • Great User Interface is easy to operate Dr.Fone for iOS.
  • Very easy to use with detailed instructions.
  • A variety of functions are to help manage iOS device better.
  • Fast email response provided via Wondershare Support Team


  • The price is a bit high.
  • The Recovery process does not scan out all files.
  • It fails to recover some social app data on my test devices, like WhatsApp, Line, Kik, etc.

iCloud vs iTunes vs Dr.Fone

iCloudiTunesdr.fone toolkit
Backup data on the cloudCan backup data on the cloud as well as the local storageBackup data on the local storage
Users can turn on/off data they wish to backupCan’t selectively backup dataCan selectively backup your data
Can’t preview filesNo way to preview filesUsers can preview their files before restoring
Backup data wirelesslyCan backup data by connecting device as well as wirelesslyNo wireless backup provision provided
No installation requiredApple’s official toolThird-party tool installation
It is pretty easy to useCan be pretty complicated to useEasy to use with one-click solution
Can consume lots of data usageDepends on the usageNo data is consumed
Only works with iOS devicesOnly works with iOS devicesAvailable for iOS and Android devices
Only 5 GB free space is availableFree solutionFree trial available (paid after completing the trial)

My Opinion on Dr.Fone for iOS

Based on my test result, Dr.Fone for iOS is safe and can help recover many deleted types of files from iOS device directly, like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The interface of Dr.Fone for iOS is easy to use. And the scanning process was very fast. Meanwhile, it also provides useful information in each step to help you make good use of Dr.Fone for iOS.

At the same time, Dr.Fone for iOS provides a variety of features, including System Restoration, Rooting, Unlock, etc. If you are interested in these features, Dr. Fone for iOS is worthy buying.

Based on my testing result, Dr.Fone for iOS provided three recovery modes to enhance the recovery rate. When i use these recovery modes, i do not encounter any technical issues (like freeze, crash, etc). But i am still disappointed about its recovery rate because Dr.Fone for iOS fails to recover any voice memo and social app data on my iPhone, whatever Whatsapp, Line and Kik. And it also fails to recover my deleted data from iCloud backup. But it seems that complex nature of data recovery means that it’s not 100% guaranteed that i will be able to retrieve all of lost files using Dr.Fone for iOS.

Given my testing result, i think Dr.Fone for iOS is a good data recovery software, and i really like its interface. If you just delete your important data, you can give the trial version of Dr.Fone for iOS a try.

Meanwhile, given the importance of your data, i highly recommend you to backup your data periodically to avoid any data loss.

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