How to restore lost apps and files after installing iOS 12

The iOS 12 update is finally here and it’s certainly an upgrade over iOS 11. At the time being, users are fairly satisfied with the performance boost and a few minutiae additions. The best thing about iOS is a complete absence of the device fragmentation. But, that might have some initial drawbacks, as it is hard to optimize the OS for so many different devices. Namely, more than a few users lost their data and apps after the iOS 12 update.

We offer a few ways to solve this with the tools you already have in your hands.

1: Use iTunes or iCloud

Restoring all your data, if it was backed up, of course, is a simple errand. There are two ways to back up your data on any iOS device. You can use the built-in cloud storage called iCloud to back up your data online. The alternative is iTunes, which allows you to store your data locally on a PC or Mac and restore it later on.

The iCloud procedure is automatized and, if you haven’t disabled it, all your data (including 3rd-party apps, settings, configuration) are stored online. You can restore the latest automatized backup or the one you manually created. This stands for both iCloud and iTunes approach.

Now, if you’ve lost your data and apps after the update, you should be able to restore it from iCloud in a few steps. Still, we suggest doing a complete factory reset after the update, which allows you to restore backed up data to a clean slate device. This is a remedy for various iOS 12 post-update issues.

So, with that said, here’s how to restore your data from iCloud:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Select Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. Confirm selection and start the process.
  6. Skip restoring the backup and update to iOS 12.
  7. Choose “Restore from the iCloud Backup” and confirm the selection.

And this is how to restore it from iTunes:

  1. Install the latest version of the iTunes app on your PC.
  2. Connect your device to a PC.
  3. Start iTunes and choose Summary.
  4. Select Restore iPhone.
  5. Move on to restoring process.
  6. Restore your data from a backup.

2: Restore apps from the App Store

If you’re missing some apps after the iOS 12 installation, don’t worry. You can restore them without too much effort from the App Store. This feature applies solely to built-in apps, which came pre-installed on iOS. If you’re missing, say, TV, Videos, or Voice Memos apps, they can be reinstalled from the App Store without any data loss.

Here’s what you need to do to retrieve missing built-in apps:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Search for the app you want to restore and open it.
  3. Tap on the cloud-like icon to restore the saved data for the app.
  4. Restart your device.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Of course, in your search for the resolution, you might encounter various third-party tools which are specialized in restoring the lost data from your iPhone. We advise you to avoid them until you don’t have an alternative. It can save you some money.

Thank you for reading and we hope this was an informative piece. If you have any questions or suggestions, do us a big favor and post them in the comments section below.

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