Is FoneDog iOS free?

FoneDog is a software company that offers various solutions for iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Their flagship product is FoneDog iOS Data Recovery, a powerful data recovery tool for iOS devices.

FoneDog iOS Data Recovery has both free and paid versions. The free version allows you to scan your iOS device for deleted or lost data and preview the recoverable files. However, you cannot actually recover the files without upgrading to the paid version.

What does the free version of FoneDog iOS Data Recovery offer?

The free version of FoneDog iOS Data Recovery provides the following features:

  • Scan iOS device for deleted or lost data
  • Preview found data before recovery
  • 3 data recovery modes: Lost Data Recovery, iOS Data Recovery, iTunes Backup Recovery

With the free version you can connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and scan it to find deleted photos, messages, contacts, notes, call history and more. It allows you to preview the data to confirm it is the data you want to recover.

The 3 recovery modes allow you to recover data lost due to deletion, device damage or issues with iOS upgrades (Lost Data Recovery mode), extract data directly from the iOS device (iOS Data Recovery mode), or extract backups from iTunes (iTunes Backup Recovery mode).

Essentially, the free version allows you to see which data is recoverable, but not actually restore it to your device or computer.

What features are only available in the paid version?

The paid version of FoneDog iOS Data Recovery enables all the key features that the free version lacks:

  • Ability to recover deleted or lost data
  • Recover from iOS device directly without backup
  • Extract and recover data from iTunes backup files
  • Preview and selectively recover data
  • Recover up to 30+ data types
  • Lifetime free upgrades to new versions

Most importantly, only the paid version allows you to actually restore the lost data back to your device or export it to your computer. With the paid version you can recover data like:

  • Messages (iMessage, WhatsApp)
  • Contacts
  • Call history
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • Voice memos
  • Safari bookmarks
  • Calendars
  • App data

The paid version also provides lifetime free upgrades so you can always use the latest version of the software.

What are the limitations of the free version?

The key limitations of the FoneDog iOS Data Recovery free version include:

  • Can only scan and preview recoverable data
  • Cannot restore data to device or computer
  • Recovers limited data types and amount of data
  • No tech support

Without purchasing the full version you cannot recover any data beyond just viewing what can be recovered. The free version allows you to recover only certain data types and has limits on how much data can be recovered per device.

You also do not get any technical support with the free version. Access to FoneDog’s customer support team is only available with a paid license key.

What are the full pricing options?

FoneDog iOS Data Recovery is available with the following pricing options:

License Type Supported Devices Price
1-Month License 1 iOS device $39.95
1-Year License 1 iOS device $49.95
Lifetime License 1 iOS device $69.95
Family License (Lifetime) Up to 5 iOS devices $99.95

The 1-month license provides access to the paid software for only 1 month. The 1-year and lifetime licenses are perpetual licenses. The family lifetime license covers up to 5 iOS devices.

FoneDog also offers discounts and bundles periodically. You can sometimes get 25-35% off the standard pricing.

What payment options are available?

FoneDog accepts payment through the following methods:

  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
  • PayPal
  • Amazon Pay
  • Bank transfer

Credit card payments are processed through secure encryption and protocols for safety. PayPal and Amazon Pay also provide secure recognised payment platforms.

Bank transfers are accepted for business customers on request. For bank transfers an invoice will be generated with bank details provided.

Does FoneDog offer a money-back guarantee?

Yes, FoneDog offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on purchases of FoneDog iOS Data Recovery.

If you are unsatisfied with the product for any reason, you can request a full refund within 30 days of your purchase. This provides you adequate time to test out the product.

To request a refund, you simply need to contact FoneDog’s customer support team via email and provide your order details. Once confirmed, you will receive a full refund to your original payment method.

Is there a free trial available?

There is no free trial for FoneDog iOS Data Recovery beyond the free version of the software.

The free version allows you to preview recoverable data, but not actually restore it. This gives you a limited ability to test the capabilities of the paid software.

If you need full access to test FoneDog iOS Data Recovery, your options are:

  • Purchase a 1-month license
  • Purchase a lifetime license and request refund within 30 days if unsatisfied

A free trial that provides full paid access is not available. However, the money-back guarantee provides an avenue to test the paid product risk-free.

Is a discount available for non-profits, education, or government use?

FoneDog does not currently offer discounted pricing for non-profits, education institutions, or government entities.

The pricing is standardized for all customers regardless of the type of organization.

However, FoneDog does occasionally offer site-wide discounts that can be utilized. It is also possible to contact the FoneDog sales team to request a custom quote.

Can I use FoneDog iOS Data Recovery on multiple devices?

With a standard personal license, FoneDog iOS Data Recovery can only be used on one iOS device.

If you need to use it on multiple devices owned by a single user, you would need to purchase the family lifetime license which allows up to 5 devices.

For even greater numbers of devices, business or enterprise licensing options are available through the FoneDog sales team.

Can I recover data directly from an iOS device without a backup?

Yes, FoneDog iOS Data Recovery can recover data directly from an iOS device without needing a backup.

The software connects with the iOS device through your computer to scan the device storage and extract recoverable data from it.

This allows you to recover data even if you do not have a recent backup either in iCloud or through iTunes.

What iOS devices and versions are supported?

FoneDog iOS Data Recovery supports all iOS devices running iOS 6 through the latest iOS version, which is currently iOS 16.

Supported devices include:

  • iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13/13 Mini/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS/XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st and 2nd gen)
  • iPod Touch (6th and 7th gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9/9.7
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini

Essentially all iOS devices running any iOS version from iOS 6 to the latest iOS 16 are fully supported.

Can I recover data after an iOS update or device reset?

Yes, FoneDog iOS Data Recovery can help recover data even after an iOS update or factory reset which wipes the device.

Even after updating iOS or resetting the device, data often still remains on the device storage that the software can extract and recover.

As long as the original data has not been overwritten by new data, it can typically be recovered using FoneDog as long as you avoid restoring a backup which would overwrite the data.

How long does a recovery scan and process take?

The length of time for scanning and data recovery process depends on amount of data on your device. For a typical iPhone or iPad it generally takes:

  • 5-10 minutes to complete an initial scan
  • 30-60 minutes to extract data from a scanned device
  • 1-2 hours to fully extract and recover data from an iTunes backup

For devices that are nearly full with a lot of data, it can take several hours to scan and complete a full recovery.

Can I recover individual app data like games?

Yes, FoneDog allows you to recover data for individual apps including games, WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, and many others.

You can select the specific apps you want to recover when configuring the scan. The recovered app data can often let you restore your progress and information in a reinstalled app after recovering it to your device.

Can I recover my notes and call history?

FoneDog iOS Data Recovery can recover both notes and call history from an iOS device or iTunes backup.

Recovered notes include any text, images, or attachments added to the default Notes app. The call history includes incoming, outgoing and missed calls with caller ID and timestamps.

To ensure recovering notes and call history, be sure to select these data types when configuring a scan.


In summary, FoneDog iOS Data Recovery has a free version with limited functionality, and paid version unlocked full recovery capabilities starting at $39.95.

The paid version enables recovering data directly from iOS devices or iTunes backups for a wide variety of file types. It supports all devices and iOS versions from iOS 6 to iOS 16.

A 30-day money back guarantee is provided, allowing you to test the product risk-free. Discounts are also sometimes offered on the standard pricing.