Dr.Fone: iOS Data Recovery Review

What would happen if you lost access to data and information stored on your iPhone? This is a question that many phone users often ask themselves especially in the modern world where these devices are crucial in everyday life. The modern-day phone serves the purpose of a personal computer, calendar, camera, communication device, and a shopping tool; therefore, loss of access to files stored is often considered catastrophic, especially if the device is an iPhone. In past years, data recovery for iPhones was costly, which resulted in users opting to buy new phones in case data was lost. However, increased need for data recovery solution has resulted in the introduction of affordable iOS data recovery software, with dr.fone toolkit being one of the most effective.


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Device Supported

Dr.Fone was invented with Apple device users in mind. A user who downloads the Dr.Fone software does not need to download different software for other iOS-run devices. The software is compatible will all types of iPad, be it iPad Air, iPad mini, or iPad Pro. Data from iPhones including iPhone 7 and iPods touch 4 and 5 can also be recovered using the Dr.Fone toolkit software.

File Types Supported

Information from the software’s manufacturers reveals that the software can recover 16 different file types including contacts, messages, call history, reminders, notes, photo album, videos, Safari bookmarks, Calendar, Notes, Messenger, WhatsApp messages among others.

Below is a comprehensive list the various files types that Dr.Fone can help recover.

Media content

  • Photos
  • Video
  • App photos
  • App videos
  • Voice memos
  • Voicemail

Text Content

  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Call History
  • Calendar
  • Reminder
  • Safari Bookmark
  • Messenger
  • WhatsApp messages
  • Notes
  • App documents


Ease of Use

Data recovery softwares are usually very user-friendly. Dr.Fone is not different from this software as it is quite easy to use. The first step in using the Dr.Fone is downloading and installing the software on either a Windows or iOS powered computer. The installation process should also include installing the latest iTunes version to the computer.

The next step involves connecting the device whose data has been lost to the computer using a USB cable. To recover lost data, Dr.Fone requires the device to be in Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode, which prevents loading of the OS. The software provides instructions on how to accomplish DFU, which involves pressing a certain combination of buttons. Once in DFU mode, the software takes a few seconds to connect and scan the device for erased files. On locating the deleted files, the software then guides the user through the data recovery process to a folder on the computer and later transferred to the IOS device using a USB cable.

The software can also recover files from iTunes account linked to a device. The software automatically lists available files backed up in the owner’s iTunes account, then allows the user to choose the files to be scanned and recovered.

Scan and Recovery Speed

Dr.Fone is designed to automatically scan and recover 16 file types in several seconds depending on the number of archives that one wishes to recover. The recovery process is quite simple as the software guides you through every step.

Advanced Features

iOS System Recovery

Dr.Fone allows a user to recover frozen devices and reset them back to normal without any loss of data. The software can reset the device back to normal in case of the following scenarios.

  • Apple logo
  • Recovery mode loop
  • Black screen

Data Back-up and Restore

The software can also be used to back up and restore data from the iTunes account. Data backup allows easy transfer of files between iOS-run devices.

WhatsApp Transfer, Backup and Restore

Another great feature provided by the software is the ability to transfer WhatsApp files from iPhone to another iPhone or Android device. The software also allows back-up and restoration of WhatsApp messages and videos.

Screen Recorder

Dr.Fone also allows mirroring and recording of information located on the iOS device screen to the PC screen. The screen recorder feature does not require USB connection as it works through a network connection.

Viber and Kik Backup and Restore

The software also offers recovery options for other social networks including Viber and Kik. These two recovery options require the user to have backed up data in the iTunes store.

Full Data and Private Data Eraser

Although it is data recovery software, Dr.Fone has a feature that allows total removal of files from an iOS run device. The private data eraser options allow the user to delete selected files as a way to protect personal information.

Safe Recovery and Security

Dr.Fone is 100% secure, in that recovery of data does not result in overwriting. The software is also secure from malware which may result in data corruption. Dr.Fone programmers periodically release updates to ensure the software’s firewall stays up to date with malware; therefore, prevent data theft and corruption incidences.

System Requirement

Dr.Fone is compatible with a wide range of operating systems. Listed below are the Dr.Fone supported OS.

Windows 10

Windows 8.1

Windows 8

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Mac OS X 10.12 (macOS Sierra)

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Mac OS X 10.8

Mac OS X 10.7

Mac OS X 10.6

iOS 10.3, iOS 10, and iOS 9

The software also requires the device where it is installed to have a CPU with at least 1GHZ processing capabilities. A minimum of 256 MB RAM with the recommended RAM size is 1GB. The hard disk should have at least 200 MB free space.

Pricing and Licences

The Dr.Fone software is sold in different packages with the one-year license being sold at $59.95. The other package is a lifetime package which is sold for $69.95. The iOS suite lifetime license is the costliest at $139.95.

You can also buy a specific bundle with module prices ranging between $29.95- $69.95

Dr.Fone is also available in trial version, which allows you time to test the software before purchasing it. The company offers a 7-day money back guarantee as well as a preview before buying the software.

Help & Support

The Dr.Fone support team is divided into three main categories namely technical support, customer support, and sales. The support team is available 24 hours 6 days a week and offers one on one support. There is also a live chat feature on the Dr.Fone website which allows quick technical and customer support. The website has a comprehensive answers page that allows users to solve minor problems on their devices.


Dr.Fone is not 100% perfect as a personal test revealed that the software does not recover all deleted items. However, the software was able to recover the majority of the files; therefore, a very reliable way of recovering data without paying an arm and a leg. It is secure and other for the one day; the support team is always available and ready to help.

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Pros and Cons


  • Compatible with the latest iOS, and Windows software
  • Fast file recovery
  • User friendly interfaces
  • Fairly priced
  • Fast and easy installation process


  • The trial version features are limited.

Rating Form

Overall Rating 98%
Devices Supported 100%
File Types Supported 100%
Ease of Use 98%
Scan and Recovery Speed 99%
Advanced Features 99%
Safe Recovery and Security 98.7%
System Requirement 100%
Pricing 97.6%
Help & Support 97%



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