PhoneRescue by iMobie is a tool for recovering data on your iOS or Android phone. In this review I’ll test it on my own phone and PC, answer the main questions people are asking about it, and advise whether I recommend using it or not.
How to use PhoneRescue
Once you’ve downloaded the software from iMobie.com (only download PhoneRescue from there — nowhere else), open the installer and you’ll be prompted to install either the iOS or Android version:
This should be done within a couple of minutes:
You’ll then be prompted to connect your phone to your computer via USB:
Once PhoneRescue has recognized your phone, it’ll then need USB debugging to be turned on in your phone for it to work. PhoneRescue provides some instructions for how to do this:
In my case I had to Google how to enable USB debugging for my specific phone, since the instructions PhoneRescue gave me weren’t applicable (there was no “About device” option for me and so on). After a few minutes I found out how to enable USB debugging on my phone:
Once PhoneRescue has detected that you’ve turned on USB debugging, it’ll ask you what files you want to recover. For the purpose of this test I just selected all types of files:
Then you can start scanning. As PhoneRescue tries to go through your files, popups will show up on your phone asking for you to grant permission:
After just a few minutes for me, PhoneRescue had then completed its scan:
Not bad! PhoneRescue was able to find everything on my phone, including tons of files I had previously deleted. You may be surprised at the volume of files that PhoneRescue brings back. In addition to the files you’re actually looking for, it’ll probably bring back a ton of stuff you’re not looking for as well. Fortunately the interface of PhoneRescue works well in that the files are categorized (“Call Logs”, “Messages”, “Photos” and so on) and you can search, so if PhoneRescue brings back the file(s) you’re looking for you should be able to find it.
Is PhoneRescue safe? Is it a virus?
A legitimate question, given that to use PhoneRescue you may need to give it root privilege’s to your phone (if doing a deep scan) and the purpose of it is to scan and analyze everything on your phone. From everything I’ve seen, PhoneRescue is 100% safe and definitely not a virus. Not only have I found no indications at all of it being malicious software during my testing of it, but nowhere online anywhere is calling it a virus or saying it can muck-up your phone. Given the popularity of PhoneRescue, if it was malicious in any way, it surely would have been reported on by now.
Is there a crack/license code/torrent for PhoneRescue?
Unlikely, and as always, we don’t condone stealing software. PhoneRescue is not the kind of software you want to be trying to torrent anyway, as any fake versions of it could be devastating (nuking your phone, stealing your data or anything else).
How much is PhoneRescue?
Android version: $39.99 for a 1 year license or $49.99 for a lifetime license.
iOS version: $49.99 for a 1 year license or $59.99 for a lifetime license.
I’m unclear why the iOS version is $10 more expensive, but that’s how it is.
PhoneRescue free vs paid
If PhoneRescue has found files for you that you definitely want to recover, you’ll need to pay for the full version. The free version only scans your phone but won’t let you actually recover the files. Note that the scanning functionality between both the free and paid versions is the same — so if the free version of PhoneRescue hasn’t found the files you want, the paid version won’t either. The only difference between free and paid PhoneRescue is the paid version lets you recover the files that have been found.
What are PhoneRescue’s competitors?
My research has indicated that PhoneRescue is most commonly compared to these competitors in the data recovery for phones market:
- Primo Data Recovery
- iMyFone D-Back (see my iMyFone D-Back review)
PhoneRescue vs Primo: If you have Android, the Primo Android Data Recovery tool is free for some reason (the iOS version costs $39.95), so it’s worth taking a look at to see if it works for you. It has not been updated since 2017 though, unlike PhoneRescue which is consistently updated. It therefore can’t possibly be as good as the current version of PhoneRescue.
PhoneRescue vs EaseUS: EaseUS is a fairly big player in the data recovery space (I also mentioned them in my Disk Drill review), making data recovery tools for not just phones but also PC. On the basis of cost alone, though, I don’t recommend EaseUS for recovering phone data as its “MobiSaver Pro” product costs a whopping $59.95 PER MONTH or $79.95/year. That seems overpriced for a data recovery tool for phones.
PhoneRescue vs Dr.Fone – Data Recovery: Dr.Fone offers all kinds of tools for your phone along that go along with its Data Recovery product (I also mentioned them in my iMyFone D-Back review). Worth looking at.
Do I recommend PhoneRescue?
I have only tested PhoneRescue on my own personal phone. However, based at least on my own personal experience, I definitely recommend it. If you’re looking to recover data on your phone, go ahead and download the free version of PhoneRescue, run a scan and see what it comes back with. Only if it’s definitely found missing files that you need to recover should you then consider getting the paid version.
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