Review: Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone – All-in-One Retrieval Tool
Your iPhone may be equipped with the latest file security systems, but file corruption and data loss can still occur without warning. The lost data can include crucial information enough to ruin a work presentation or priceless photos of your child’s birthday. Having a reliable recovery software at the ready can help you avoid losing your precious files for good.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone is a convenient tool to retrieve lost, corrupt, or overwritten files on any iPhone or iPad. Staying true to Apple’s clean and simple interface, it features a straightforward menu where users can select which files to recover, whether it’s photos, messages, contacts, and much more. Let’s find out why users should consider buying Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone?
What Kinds of Data Does it Recover?
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone allows users to retrieve lost and deleted data from folders including the Camera Roll, Photo Stream, iMessages, Contacts, Call Log, Calendar, Notes, Voice Memos, Safari Bookmarks, Reminders, and Apps Library. It also recovers data from messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Tango, and Kik. Stella Data Recovery for iPhone can also recover deleted attachments from pre-installed apps like Notes and Messages.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone: Compatibility
As of December 2020, Stellar Data Recovery supports the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6S Plus, 6S, 6, 5S, 5C, 4S, and 4 using operating systems of iOS14 and older versions.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone: Subscription Plans
There are three Stellar Data Recovery plans available for iPhone and iPad, with prices ranging from $59.99 to $199.99 per year. Its cheapest plan, the Standard Plan, offers standard features such as unlimited data recovery and supports up to five iPhones. The Toolkit subscription, prices at $79.99/year, contains all of the features in the Standard plan except for the iPhone Data Eraser, which can securely wipe your phone, rendering it unrecoverable by even the most advanced data recovery programs. At $199.99/year is its most expensive plan, Toolkit Plus, which supports a maximum of 50 iPhones.
Most iPhone and iPad users would benefit from the Toolkit subscription alone. We don’t see any reason for anyone to subscribe to the Toolkit Plus plan unless they have multiple devices. While Stellar’s subscription-based model allows users to choose which features suit their needs, having to renew the license every year isn’t exactly the most cost-effective option. It’s highly unlikely that people will need to recover data every month. A pay-per-use subscription model would have been nicer.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone comes with a free demo that allows users to evaluate all of the features of the software before deciding on a purchase. The only downside is that the free version only gives you a sneak peek of the recoverable files — you’ll need to subscribe to a paid plan to recover them.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone: Features
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone is available for Windows and Mac. It is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7, as well as Mac OS X 10.8 and above. It offers powerful and useful features such as:
● Recovery of iCloud Backup Files
● Access to Encrypted iTunes Backup Files
● Recovery of Deleted Photos and Videos
● Recovery of Deleted Messages
● Recovery of Deleted Contacts
● Recovery of Deleted Voice Memos
● Recovery of Call Logs/ Call History
● Recovery of Deleted Notes
● Recovery of Safari Bookmarks
● iPhone Data Erase
● Third-Party App Data Erase
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone can also retrieve data that was corrupted after water damage, jailbreaking, iOS updating, virus attacks, and much more. Even if you accidentally drop your iPhone into the ocean, the software can effectively recover data.
The Toolkit and Toolkit Plus subscription plans are capable of deleting sensitive data from iPhones and iPads. Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone securely erases all kinds of data, ensuring that it can never be recovered by other data recovery software. This can be a handy feature if you’re trying to sell your iPhone and if your occupation requires you to deal with sensitive information on a day-to-day basis.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone: Interface and Setup
We installed Stellar Data Recovery on a Windows PC running on Windows 10 with 4 GB of RAM and approximately 1 GB of free space. It’s important to note that you need iTunes installed on your Mac or PC in order to recover lost files from iTunes’ backup files.
Once installed, the software will lead you to a user interface that is so clean and straightforward — anyone can use it for the first time and not have to call customer support for instructions. The UI is simple and intuitive with instructions that are easy to follow. You can tick the boxes corresponding to the types of files that you want to recover, whether it’s emails, photos, videos, office documents, or even all files and folders.
By subscribing to one of Stellar’s plans, you can tweak the options even further. For example, you can specify that you want to recover files with extensions of .docx or .pptx only.
Recovering Files from iPhone
For corrupted files, deleted photos, and the like, recovering data from the iPhone is the most convenient option. Here’s how you can recover data from your iPhone with Stellar Data Recovery:
1. Plug your iPhone into the computer using a USB cable.
2. Open Stellar Data Recovery. Your smartphone should be detected automatically.
3. Once detected, click on ‘Recover from iPhone’.
4. Check the kinds of data that you want to recover.
5. Click on ‘Scan’ and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%.
6. Once the software has ‘skimmed’ through your iPhone, it will show you a preview of all of the files that you can recover. From here, you can check and uncheck the items that you wish to retrieve.
7. Finally, click on ‘Save’ to start recovering the files. You have the option to save them on the computer or your phone.
Recovering Files from iTunes
You also have the option to recover from your iTunes Backup. The process to recover lost files from iTunes is similar to the process of recovering files through the ‘Recover from iPhone’ option. Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone gives you the option to manually add backup files to your system. One great thing about the software is that it can decrypt encrypted iTunes backup files to recover data. If you previously encrypted your backups and forgot your password, Stellar Data Recovery can retrieve ‘hidden’ information such as saved passwords, website history, Wi-Fi settings, and more.
Recovering Files from iCloud
Is your iOS device synced to the iCloud? Stellar Data Recovery can retrieve data from deleted iCloud backups. For this method, you don’t have to connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer. You simply have to log in using your Apple ID and password.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone: The Competition
Despite its impressive user interface, there are still alternatives to Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone that may better suit your needs. For instance, Dr. Fone offers one-time data recovery for $19.95 which is significantly cheaper, considering that it’s unlikely that you’ll lose data several times in one year. Tenorshare UltData offers powerful features as Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone at a similar price point, but it supports only five divides compared to Stellar’s Toolkit Plus subscription plan which supports up to 50 devices.
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone: Final Verdict
Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone is a straightforward recovery solution that allows even the least tech-savvy users to navigate it. It is a single tool that offers plenty of functions through multiple recovery methods. Whether your backups are on iTunes, iCloud, or elsewhere, Stellar Data Recovery can quickly retrieve files for you. The only flaw that we can find is its steep price. However, we can see its appeal to iOS users who own multiple iPhones and iPads.