"My iPhone 4S can't restore from iTunes backup after iOS 7 update. I tried to roll back to iOS 6.1.3 to restore my backup, but I got the same error. I don't want to lose the precious data. Help!"
Many of you may have got the same problem showed above. After updating to iOS 8.1 or iOS 7 (iOS 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3 or newer), iPhone gets into the "connect to iTunes" mode. When you connect iPhone to iTunes to restore from backup, an error message shows "iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the backup was corrupt or is not compatible with this iPhone". Some users also reported that after iOS 7 installation failed, they tried to restore from a previous backup with iTunes but got the same error.
iOS 7 update on iPhone could make you suffer risk of data loss. When iPhone won't restore from iTunes backup after iOS 7 and you don't want to lose data, try the resolutions below to recover iPhone data after upgrading to iOS 7.
Never let it bother you when iTunes stops you from restoring backup and says your backup is corrupt or not compatible with your iPhone. You can still rescue your important data with iPhone Data Recovery. This powerful data recovery software supports all iPhone models for data recovery, such as iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4. The most important and effective thing is that iPhone Data Recovery offers 3 data recovery modes:
Download and install this program on your computer (Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista) and select a recovery mode to retrieve all lost iPhone data. Please note that iPhone Data Recovery has Windows and Mac versions. Go to iPhone Data Recovery for Mac if you're using Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7 and lower. Select the right one for your PC or Mac.
Without iTunes or iCloud backup files, you can still recover all lost iPhone data, like contacts, messages, photos, notes, call history, etc.
Alternatively, you can restore iPhone data by extracting the unreadable iTunes backup file. All the recovered files will be saved onto computer in readable formats. Unlike iTunes, there will never be any error on iPhone Data Recovery when recovering data from iTunes backup.
Retrieving data from iCloud backup with iPhone Data Recovery won't delete the current files on your device. Sign into iCloud account and start data recovery.
If you just what to exit the iPhone recovery mode after iOS 7 or iOS 7.1 update, you can refer to the article: 1 Click to Exit iOS 7 Putting iPhone in Recovery Mode.