SynciOS iOS Data Recovery is a PC-based software system performs both iPhone data recovery and routine data backups. For backups, you simply install the software onto your home computer and store backups of your files directly. To recover iPhone photos and other lost data, you connect the device to your computer and launch the SynciOS program. From there, you are able to select which contents you would like to recover. You can restore music files, photos, bookmarks, apps, contacts, and notes using this method. If you back up your files onto SynciOS, you will have an optimum advantage in recovering your lost data should your device happen to fail.

If device failure happens before you are able to back up onto SynciOS, the software allows for two other recovery options. Apple devices that have been backed up to iTunes previously may use those files as a recovery source. Connect the device to the computer, launch the software, and select the “Tunes backup tab to begin the recovery process. This method will erase the DCIM and settings that currently exist on the device and restore them to their previous versions.

A third possibility is recovering data from the device itself. According to SynciOS, this is possible even if the device is irreparably broken. You must connect the device to the computer and select the Device tab, and follow instructions on the screen.

Although this iPhone recovery software deals with iOS data recovery, SynciOS is not compatible with Mac operating systems, so you must ensure that you have a PC with which to use the software. SynciOS also draws a distinction between what can be recovered and what can be backed up. Recoverable files include photos, videos, music, apps, messages, contacts, Safari bookmarks, notes, and call history. Files that can be backed up include everything above, as well as eBooks, file systems, camera roll, and photo stream. SynciOS is compatible with iPhone 6 Plus and every model going back to the iPhone 3GS, and with iOS 8 and all previous iOS versions.

The SynciOS website is packed with tutorials and FAQs, with a customer support email in lieu of a hotline. The company promises protected transactions and free technical support for life. Considering that the software itself is available for free, it’s hard not to regard it as a bargain.