Data Recovery

Get back the data that is lost while upgrading to the latest iOS 8

Author: Saloni Bhatnagar | Updated on October 29, 2020 | Data Recovery | iPhone Data Recovery | 5 min read

Over the years, Apple has released various versions of iOS, the latest being iOS8. The idea behind releasing updated versions from time to time is to overcome various shortcomings and limitations of the previous versions as well as providing a better user experience by implementing the latest technologies. Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is the eight major release, which includes few existing features and many new features. Some of the latest features introduced in iOS 8 are mentioned below.

iOS 8 Features

  1. More edit options with Photos app and shot timer with Camera app
  2. Improved Notification Center with the Edit button
  3. The Message app can be used to send audio and video messages by pressing down the record button
  4. iOS 8 offers more transparency than iOS 7
  5. QuickType, a new predictive typing feature has been introduced
  6. Family sharing feature allows you to add five others as family members
  7. iCloud Drive file hosting service to save data on iCloud
  8. New health application by the name HealthKit to track health related data
  9. Home automation features with the HomeKit framework
  10. Shares information between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite devices using Handoff
  11. Spotlight feature to get information on news, places, websites, and more
  12. Supports Wi-Fi calling
  13. More accurate Siri feature with Shazam support

Why you should upgrade to iOS 8

With the introduction of iOS 8 many new features has been introduced. Apple has tried to improve on iOS 7, and overcome many of its limitations. There are many newly introduced features however, many existing features have been enhanced. Anyone using iOS 7 on iPhone or iPod must upgrade to iOS 8 for a better user experience. In addition, you can do a lot more with iOS 8 as compared to iOS 7.

However, you must backup all your data before upgrading to iOS 8 from iOS 7. This is because few cases have been reported where the users have experienced data loss. It could have been due to an improper way of upgrading the iOS.

How to take iOS 8 upgrade

There could be various devices running on iOS 7 or earlier versions. Devices like iPhone 4 and earlier versions are no longer supported by Apple. iPhone 4 and higher versions along with other devices like iPad 2 and higher using iOS can be upgraded to iOS 8. However, you might face performance related issues as some of the device’s hardware may not fulfill the requirements to install iOS 8. In order to perform a successful upgradation, you must upgrade your iOS through iTunes.

iTunes allows you to update to iOS 8 by clicking the ‘Update’ button or holding the Shift button then clicking on update. In either of the cases the data remains on the current device. iTunes also has an Restore option, which allows you to perform iTunes backup and restore the data backed up by iTunes.

Features of Stellar Data Recovery for iOS

Any improper or partial upgrading to iOS 8 can lead to data loss. In such a case, it is very important to recover lost data from your iOS device. There are many ways of recovering lost data from such devices; however, the recommended way is to make use of a professional software like Stellar Data Recovery for iOS.

Stellar Data Recovery for iOS software allows you to recover lost data including messages, call history, contacts, etc. from various iOS devices. The software is easy to install and can be used as mentioned below.


  1. Run the ‘Stellar Data Recovery for iOS’ software. The main screen of the software is displayed as shown below.
  2. The software provides two options to work with Scan Device and Scan Backup.

  3. In case you have a backup file created through iTunes, you need to click on the ‘Scan Backup’ option on the main screen of the software.
  4. The software lists all the iTunes backup files that are available as the scanning goes on as shown below.
  6. Choose the desired backup file and preview the data within the Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Contacts, Messages, etc as shown below.
  7. Select the files that you want to recover and click save.
  8. Provide a desired location to save the data.

    In case you do not have any backup file, you need to follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. On the Home page of the software click on the ‘Scan Device’, option.
  2. The system analyzes the connected device a shown below.
  4. All the connected devices are listed after the analysis is complete as shown below.

    The left side of the screen includes various file types categorized under Camera Roll, Contacts, Call History, Calendar, and more. You can select a desired file type and see all the items within it.

  6. You can select as many items from the list to perform selective recovery. In addition, you can search for a specific item too.
  7. Click ‘Save’ to confirm and then provide a desired location to save the recoverable data.


iOS 8 is studded with many advanced features for better performance and user experience. However, while upgrading to iOS 8 from an earlier version can lead to data loss. It is recommended to use iTunes to perform a safe upgradation. However, in case of data loss, you must use a professional iOS data recovery software like Stellar Data Recovery for iOS.


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