I Reset My iPhone to Factory Settings and Lost Everything

I just did the stupidest thing yesterday and I’m so mad at myself. I was having trouble with my iPhone. Things weren’t loading right and the screen would just pulse without coming up. I was a little worried because I had downloaded a file from a friend whose Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked. I didn’t realize it at the time. I suspected the file was a virus so I started looking around on my phone and, before backing anything up, I accidently reset the device to factory settings! Now, I lost everything!


At first, I was in shock. I think my heart literally stopped. Then, as I tried and tried again to somehow find everything that I loaded, I couldn’t. Not everything. I never updated my iCloud so there was a lot of stuff gone forever. After that, I went online and tried to find some way to get my stuff back, but nothing. It’s too late.


In my search, I found a site and some reviews for a data recovery product called DDI Utilities Extractor and Data Recovery Software. I started reading about it and discovered how it could’ve saved my ass had I put the software on my phone ahead of time and backed everything up to my iCloud and drive. Boy, was I pissed at myself. According to the site, it could have gotten everything back for me—my texts, emails, saved games, pictures, videos, voicemails (the one from my dad before he died!). I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner.


After hours of crying and almost-literal hair-pulling. I turned my phone on again and it worked fine—except everything was gone. I took a deep breath and then went back to the site and ordered myself an iPhone version of the DDI software. I didn’t get it yet, but it’s on its way. I was a little wary at first, but then I found out a friend of mine had it on her phone. Of course, I found out after I sent an iMessage to all of my friends hoping they could help me right after I deleted everything. Turns out my friend Stacie had it and actually used it a few months ago. She said it was a blessing and totally worth the $69 dollars that it cost. I personally couldn’t believe that it only cost $69. I saw other products online for twice that price.

Now, I’m sitting here, looking at my empty phone and wondering how I could’ve been so lazy as to not have backed anything up. I guess that I was so busy living in the now of my digital life that I didn’t think to save it for later. Well, I’ve learned my lesson. No more ignoring what needs to be done when it needs to be done. I won’t put anything off until tomorrow … except maybe trying key in all of my friends’ phone numbers again. I just don’t have the energy for that today.

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