iCloud VS iTunes, which one should you choose to back up your iOS device?

As all we know, data on iPhone is important for us, especially contacts, SMS and photos. It is necessary to make a backup regularly in case of data loss. Previously you need to connect your iOS device to computer with USB cable by iTunes. A new backup way-iCloud backup was introduced when iOS 5 came out. In general, now we can use iTunes or iCloud to back up our iPhone, iPad and iPod. Which one is better? Here I am talking about it.

iCloud vs itunes

Backing up to iCloud

When you start using iCloud service, Apple provides you 5GB of free cloud storage space. The advantage of iCloud Backup is that you can back up your iOS devices wirelessly and automatically without connecting your device to a computer. So this way is easy and convenient.
1. When you should use iCloud backup

  • You have no Mac or PC.
  • You want to make a backup automatically when your device is connected with WiFi.
  • Recovering lost iPhone data anywhere.
  • You don’t connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC very frequently.

2. What can be stored by iCloud? Here is the list:

  • Contacts, SMS, iMessages
  • Bookmarks, Calendars,Notes.
  • Device setting
  • iCloud Photo Library beta (if enabled).
  • Shared photo streams and My Photo Stream.
  • Documents you save in iCloud using iOS apps and Mac apps.

Note: iCloud won’t back up the video, music, and TV shows that you didn’t purchase from the iTunes Store

3. How to make an iCloud backup for your iOS device? It is very easy. Just three steps:

  • Keep your iOS device connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into the charger(Or make sure iPhone has enough power).
  • Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.
  • Tap iCloud Backup to turn it on.
  • Tap Back Up Now.

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Backing up to iTunes

Some people sync their iPhone data to iTunes regularly, because they think making a backup with iTunes is easy, and much quicker than iCloud. That’s how it goes. The data is synced over the USB cable with high speed.

1. You can use iTunes Backup in these situations:
You own a computer and use it frequently.
You want on-site backups.
You have no Apple ID.
You would like a manual or secondary backup solution to use together with iCloud Backup.

2. How to make an iTunes backup?

  • First, you should connect the iOS device to the computer (Mac or PC) with a USB cable.
  • Second, open iTunes. Choose File > Devices > Back up.

Note: Make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes

Please notice that iTunes Backup doesn’t create a duplicate backup of your movies, music, podcasts, and apps. When you back up, your media content is synced from your primary computer using iTunes.

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Using both together is the best choice

So which one is better? There is no exact answer. It is best to use both iCloud and iTunes backup. Take advantage of iCloud backup’s ease and reliability, and make an iTunes backup for your iOS device once a week or a month. If you want to recover iPhone (iPad, iPod) data, just use them.

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Tenorshare 2014 Christmas Promotion: Enjoy the Biggest Discount of Up to $15 Off

Extremely grateful for all your support, Tenorshare are currently running a Christmas promotion in this Christmas season. For a limited time, all users are able to get an extra 10% discount of all Tenorshare products. What’s more, you can enjoy the biggest discount of up to $15 off for certain products. To start picking up gifts, check our Christmas Page right now! To learn more about this promotion, keeping reading!
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How to retrieve deleted data from iPhone 5/5s

Now iPhone 5S or iPhone 5 is becoming more and more popular. Many people lost data when they are using iPhone 5. Some may delete photos by accident or lose data after upgrading to iOS 8, which are important for users. Is there an easy way to retrieve iPhone 5s/5 data? The answer is YES, and this is the topic I will talk about.

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It is easy to retrieve iPhone 5s/5 data with pro Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery. This is an excellent iPhone 5 data recovery tool for iPhone 5/5s/5c. In fact, it is effective to recover lost data of iPhone 6 series and iPhone 4 series. It can retrieve contacts, SMS, photos, videos, notes, calendar from your iPhone 5/5S. With the help of it, you can recover deleted data from your iPhone 5s/5 as you want.

Part 1: Recover deleted files directly from your iOS device
Step 1. Download Tenoshare iPhone 5 Data Recovery. Connect your iPhone to computer with the USB cable, and then launch the program. If connect successfully, you will see the interface changing, the “Start Scan” button appears, click it to start.
Step 2. Preview the lost data. All deleted data will be in category on the left. You can preview them by clicking and choose to recover.
recover iphone 5 data directlyNote: Have you noticed the “Print” button? Just click it to preview or print iPhone photos, text messages, contacts, notes etc.
Step 3. Click “Recover” to start. You will get data back after a while. You can save photos, notes, SMS into a folder, and save contacts as vcf or txt format.

Part 2: Retrieve iPhone 5/5s data from iTunes backup
iPhone 5/5s water damaged? Lost iPhone 5 data? Don’t worry, you can recover them from the iTunes backup that you have made before.
1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and run this program. Switch to “Recover from iTunes” mode on the top of the program. You can see that the program detects iTunes backup and list them. You need to choose one and click “Start Scan” to continue.
Tips: If your iTunes backup is not saved in the default path, you can import the backup to this program handily.
recover iphone 5 data from iTunes backup2. Choose the files that you wish and recover them. This program allows you to choose the files like SMS, Contacts, photos etc (Instead iTunes can’t do that) and preview them. Choose and click “Recover” to start.

Part 3: Scan and Extract iCloud Backup to retrieve iPhone Data

  • Run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer
  • Click iCloud icon to choose “Recover from iCloud Backup File”, type your account and password to log in.
  • Choose a backups if you have several backups, and choose the file types to download.

select file types to download

  • Take a preview of the data, and choose any data that you’d like to restore by ticking it.


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How to fix iPhone 6 & 6 Plus stuck in recovery mode (including jailbroken iPhone)

“Okay, I have bought an iPhone 6 and my iphone was jailbroken. It worked fine until I updated my iPhone 6 to iOS 8.1. Now my iPhone 6 gets stuck in recovery mode. Is there any way I can get my iPhone 6 out of recovery mode without data loss?” Thomas asked.

This is a common problem. Not only Thomas but also many iPhone users have. If your iPhone works well, you can connect iPhone to computer, and use iTunes to restore your iPhone. You should know if you don’t backup your iPhone before, you will lose important photos, contacts, SMS in your iPhone. How to get iPhone out of recovery mode without losing data?

iphone 6 stuck in recovery mode

In fact, you don’t worry about losing data. I will introduce you a freeware to fix this issue without losing data.
Tenorshare Reiboot (http://www.tenorshare.com/products/reiboot.html) is a totally free program for fixing iPhone 6/6 Plus/5s/5/5c stuck in recovery mode(Red iTunes logo and USB on the screen). The program has simple interface with just two buttons, “Enter Recovery Mode” and “Exit Recovery Mode”. Here I will tell you how to get iPhone 6 & 6 Plus out of stuck in recovery mode with Tenorshare Reiboot.
1. Connect your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to your computer
2. Open Reiboot and it will detect your device automatically. You will then find the “Exit Recovery Mode” button is in light green and the “Enter Recovery Mode” button is in grey. Click “Exit Recovery Mode” to let your iPhone 6(6 Plus) reboot and get back to its settings.


It is so easy to get out of recovery mode stuck with Tenorshare Reiboot. This program also can force to get in recovery mode by clicking “Enter Recovery Mode”.
How to get rid of this next time? We need to know why your iPhone stuck in recovery mode. There are mainly three reasons:

  • The process of updating iOS or restore your iPhone hasn’t been finished. iTunes doesn’t register the device when you connect it to your computer.
  • There is only an Apple logo on your iPhone screen for long time and no change. At this time, You have to fix this issue by recovery mode.
  • Something wrong with iOS update, which may causes that your iPhone get stuck in reboot loop. Or your iPhone runs with low battery life when installing the update.

These three reasons can help you how to get iPhone out of recovery mode. Or you can fix iPhone 6 stuck in recovery mode with Tenorshare Reiboot.

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How to unlock password to iPhone 5/5s encrypted backup files

“I have made an iTunes backup on iPhone 5s and set a password for it. Now I have a new iPhone 5. I want to restore the iTunes backup to iPhone 5. It prompted me for a password when I recovered. I have tried all password I’ve used on iPhone. All failed. Can someone tell me the solution? How can I unlock password for iPhone 5 backup file? This iTunes backup is important. ” John said.

iPhone users will make an iPhone backup file In case of losing iPhone data. They also can set an iPhone backup password to protect iPhone data. What if you forgot iPhone backup password? Or you didn’t even set a password? Is there a way that can unlock iPhone 5/5s backup password? The answer is “Yes”. Here we talk about this issue.

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Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker is designed for iPhone 6/5s/5c/5/4 backup password. It can remove the lost or forgotten backup password quickly, and then you can restore iTunes backup. This program supports all iOS including iOS 7.1/8/8.1, and supports three types of attacks. To improve the decryption rate, it provides you 3 types of attacks for decryption. It is easy to use, just follow three steps:

1. You need to download Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker from its official website. After download and install the program, launch this program and you will find this program’s interface quite user-friendly.
2. Click “Add” button to load your locked iTunes backup file. This program can automatically find backup. If there is no backup files, please click Import to load
3. Choose the types of attack. This program has three types Brute-force Attack, Brute-force with Mask Attack and Dictionary Attack. Just click one.

Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker
Note: It is necessary to know the differences among these three types. Choose a proper type can help you reduce the time of cracking.
Brute-force Attack: This type will try all possible combinations. It may not save time but success with a high probability.
Brute-force with Mask Attack: You can customize numbers, symbols, characters that you remember in your password.
Dictionary Attack: In this type, you may unlock password from a text files with all possible passwords.
4. Click “Start” to unlock password. It may take a few minutes or hours, which depends on the password length and complexity.

After unlocking password, you can recover iPhone 5/5s data from iTunes backup. Be careful and don’t forget iTunes backup password next time.

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iPhone/iPad/iPod Stuck on iOS 8 Update Mode – Fix It with One Click

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iPhone stuck on iOS 8 update

Every upgrading of iPhone system could bring a hot and popular digital trend. Say, Apple’s latest released iOS 8 is warmly welcomed by almost all of iPhone/iPad/iPod users because it is more powerful, more useful and more enjoyable. However, behind the popularity, there are issues that puzzled iPhone, iPad or iPod users: data lost after iOS updated, iOS device stuck on update and can’t return to normal state, space is not enough to download and install the new OS, etc.

At present, we all know iOS 8 is expected soon and we should do some preparations for the new iOS 8 update. This article focused on telling you how to exit the frustrating recovery mode loop on iOS.

Cases Where Users Stuck at Recovery Mode Screen after iOS Update

These are all true stories of iOS users, extracted from our support emails:

“Help! My iPhone stuck in recovery mode after updating to iOS 7.1.2! What should I do to fix it? “

“My iPhone 5S stuck at recovery mode after iOS 8 upgrade. I didn’t back up my iPhone before. I am so worried about the data loss. I have 500+ videos and photos that were taken in the beach holiday last week with my husband and son, they are very important for me and I can hardly bear the loss.

Right now, it’s stuck at the dreadful plug into iTunes icon. I promise to back up my data from iPhone as soon as I out of recovery mode. Anyone can help?”

How to Fix an iPhone That is Stuck on iTunes Logo?

After a lot of search on the internet, you can get many methods I believe. If you still feel hard to fix iPhone recovery mode loop, maybe you can read on and try this simple and efficient way. The tool you need is a freeware called ReiBoot. Both Windows and Mac versions are available on official site, CNET download site and more. >>Get ReiBoot for Mac.

Systems include Windows 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista, and the former versions; Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7, 10.6, etc.

Devices include all that run on iOS platform: iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS; iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad 4, the New iPad, iPad 2, and more; iPod Touch 5, 4, 3, 2 and all other models.

Note: This tool is also applied to fix white/black Apple logo screen, reboot loop, forgotten passcode and more other dead screen situations. Let’s go through the quite simple using guide.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone (or iPad, iPod) that is stuck on recovery mode to your computer (Windows or Mac)

Step 2: Launch ReiBoot and it will automatically detect your device.

Step 3: Click “Exit Recovery Mode” on the screen if you need to exit recovery mode. However, if you want to put your device into recovery mode, you should press “Enter Recovery Mode” button.

how to exit iPhone recovery mode


That’s all for recovery mode fix. Isn’t it easy? Don’t forget to share it if it helps.

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How to Recover Deleted/Lost Messages in iPhone 5 (Windows & Mac)

My issue is that I recently got an iPhone 5 from my father and it is with iOS 7.1.2. I backed up my 4 on 5.0.1 and tried to restore the profile onto the iPhone 5. Like most people experienced, everything got ported as normal to the new iPhone except the messages. I have tried to do the restore on Mac, PC and iCloud, and all no luck.

I tried not encrypting the backup, that didn’t work either. Did anyone find out if any solutions have fixed this issue? How can I get the lost messages on iPhone 5?

Is It Possible to Get Deleted or Lost Text Messages Back?

Actually, when messages delete from iPhone, they don’t get deleted immediately, they still stay somewhere on our phone but technically marked as deletion by the operating system and can’t be detected by our eyes.

So it is absolutely possible to recover deleted iPhone text messages. However, you should be aware of the Notice: Stop using your iPhone as long as the data is erased. The reason is that if you use your iPhone, then the space is likely to be overwritten by other new data so that the deleted data was gone forever. One of my friends ever suffered this data gone forever accident. He restored his iPhone 4S to factory reset and lost all data, what’s worse, he upgraded the new iOS 8 Beta 5 to the reset iPhone, then when update was finished and he was going to recover the data with iPhone Data Recovery software for Mac. But nothing is found on his phone! And he didn’t make any backup before the factory reset!

What a painful experience!

How to Retrieve iPhone SMS after Deleted/Lost?

Then the prompt thing is to learn how to recover deleted messages from iPhone before data overwritten. Generally, 3 methods are recommended to recover lost text messages and other data from iPhone! They are:

Recover data from iPhone without any backup;

Recover data from iTunes backup;

Recover data from iCloud backup.

The first method needs no backup of your iPhone. It needs your iPhone is not being overwritten after data lost and needs iPhone to connect with professional iPhone data recovery program on your computer. Both Windows and Mac version are working well.

Supported systems include Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, tc.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5.

Supported iDevices include iPhone 5s, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS.

Use iPhone Data Recovery Software to Get Lost Messages Back

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Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery Software

As is known to us, when we have no previous backup to restore, the only way to retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone is using a third-party iPhone data recovery tool. In this article, let’s look at how to use iPhone data recovery software with a brief tutorial below. It is easy and efficient and the most important thing is that you should download and install the data recovery for iPhone on your computer and do it yourself!


Step 1: Connect your iPhone 5 with computer

Run the iPhone data recovery program, it will ask you to connect your iPhone with this program. After it detected your iPhone, it will show the “Start Scan” option on the interface.

Step 2: Scan iPhone data including messages, contacts, photos and more

Click “Start Scan” to start the iPhone data scan! All the data on your iPhone will be listed after the scan. This process may take a while to complete so wait for it patiently.

Step 3: Preview before recovery

After scan is done, you are allowed to preview the data from the preview panel. If the lost data is still available for preview, then it is recoverable.

Step 4: Start the recovery and specify a folder

When all is prepared, now it is the last and exciting step. Click “Recover” and specify a folder to save the recovered messages and other data.

After recovery is finished, you can check the recovered files from the folder you specified. Easy is it, right?

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How to Enter/Exit iPhone Recovery Mode without Jailbreaking Your Phone?

Okay, so this morning I have downloaded finish the update and when I wanted to install the new update, my iPhone asked me to plug into iTunes. Then after I came home from lunch with my family, I tried to plug it in. I restored my phone but the error code 3194 pops up. I tried using the host file method but I don’t have “ gs.apple.com” at the bottom of the file. And I tried tiny umbrella, it says my device is not plugged in. Can anyone with experience in this help me? Your help is greatly appreciated and.

                                                                                         — From Yahoo Answer

How to Solve the Problem “iPhone Asked to Plug into iTunes”?

If you ever experienced or searched on google, you should know that it is indeed the recovery mode screen – An arrow pointing to iTunes logo. It is largely related to jailbreak or update/restore. And the most common situation where you might suffer this is after iPhone, iPad, iPod updating to a new iOS.

iPhone 5s in recovery mode

Recovery Mode is a failsafe in iBoot that is used to reflash the device with a new OS, whether the currently installed one is somehow damaged or the device is undergoing an upgrade via iTunes. This is the explaination from theiphonewiki.

Exit Recovery Mode Screen with One Click without Jailbreak

If you search google with “how to put iPhone out of recovery mode”, there will be aplenty results.  But now, I will introduce you a quite easy and quick way – Using Tenorshare ReiBoot, a total freeware provided by Tenorshare. You can use it to put iOS into or out of recovery mode with one click from the main interface button as below.

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Tenorshare ReiBoot

The operation is too easy to say unnecessary words here. Just download and install it onto your computer. Windows and Mac has different package, download ReiBoot for Mac here.

Compared to manually entering/exiting iPhone Recovery Mode, Tenorshare has the following listed outstanding features.

Outstanding Features of Tenorshare ReiBoot

  1. You don’t need to jailbreak your device.
  2. Easy with one click, not complicated with 3-4 steps.
  3. You can make it without Home and Power button, so it is especially helpful when Home or Power is broken.


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How to Recover iPhone 5S Data – 3 Methods to Get Deleted Files Back

To many iPhone 5s users, iPhone data means a lot. Once the data get deleted or missing after jailbreak, factory settings reset, iOS update, etc. it seems that they are gone for good. Even when iPhone is lost or broken, they worried data more than iPhone. However, the truth is that you can recover iPhone 5S data from or without backup. Here are 3 methods for you to choose from.

Method 1 – No iPhone Backup Files: Use iPhone Data Recovery Software

If you don’t have any backup to restore from, it seems that you have to use a third party iPhone data recovery program.

iPhone 5s data lost

Tenorshare iPhone 5S Data Recovery

Tenorshare iPhone data recovery which provides you with 3 strategies to recover data is the recommended one here. It is used by users all over the round and received many good reviews. I used it and it recovered my contacts, photos, notes, calendar events, text messages and more data. Try it yourself by the following guide:


Firstly, downloading and running the program. After it, connect your iPhone to the PC.

Secondly, after scan, you can see the entire recoverable files list on the left of this program. Then choose the category of what you want to recover, and click the button of “Recover” to save them on your PC.

Finally, specify a proper save path for the recovered files. You can check your recovered data from the path.

Method 2 – Have iTunes Backup and iPhone is Available to Connect to iTunes

This is also a common method for iPhone users who lost data and have a good habit to backup iPhone to iTunes. Follow the below steps:

Go to iTunes >Preferences >Devices, there you will see a list of backup files. Choose what you want to restore from and click “Restore from Backup”.

Method 3 – iPhone is Lost/broken But iTunes Backup is Available

If you are unfortunately got your iPhone lost or broken, don’t worry if you backed up your iPhone frequently to iTunes. The tool iTunes data recovery is capable to recover iPhone data by extracting iTunes backup without iPhone. It is easy-to-use and has an user-friendly UI.

For Mac users, download iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. Free version is available for download.


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