How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer (Backup)

Got a new iPhone and want to restore new iPhone from computer backup? In this guide, we will show you how to restore iPhone or iPad from computer and computer backup.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Nov. 22, 2018, Last Updated: Jul. 04, 2019

My iPhone X is running slowly in recent days. My friends told me that it could run faster by restoring with iTunes on computer. But the problem is that I don’t know how to restore my iPhone from computer. Anybody got any idea?

When get a new iPhone iPad, or meet some system errors, like system crash, device runs slowly, upgrade failure, get stuck on restarting loop, etc. you may need to restore your device, from computer or computer backup.

But for most iPhone iPad users, especially for the iOS newbie, they may don’t know the specific operating steps to restore iPhone or iPad from computer or computer backup. So, in this guide, we would like to share the detailed steps about how to restore iPhone iPad from computer (backup).

PhoneRescue – #1 iTunes Alternative

As the #1 iTunes alternative, PhoneRescue for iOS can help you restore your iPhone from computer in minutes. Also, different from iTunes, it allows you to selectively restore the files you want. Not a blindly full restore. Just give it a try now.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer (Backup)

Method 1. How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer with iTunes

This method applies to restore iPhone iPad to factory settings and from computer backup. But for restoring iPhone from computer backup, this method has many limitations to clear, must have made an iTunes backup in advance, the backup contains the data you want to restore, need to erase all current data on device firstly, can’t check the backup files, can’t restore certain file type.

If you want to check the backup files before restoring, or just want to restore certain file type, like photos, messages, notes, contacts, etc. refer to Method 2 to make it.

Step 1 Launch iTunes on your computer (make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes) > Connect your device to the computer with its USB cable.

Step 2 Click on the device icon when it appears in iTunes > Choose “Restore iPhone” option to restore your device to factory resetting, choose “Restore Backup” option to restore your device from computer backup you made before.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer with iTunes – Step 2

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer with iTunes – Step 2

Step 3 Click on Restore button and wait for the restore process to complete.

Method 2. Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer Backup without iTunes

To restore iPhone iPad from computer backup, there is a better way to achieve this rather than by restoring from iTunes though. PhoneRescue for iOS, breaks the limits of iTunes, allows you to preview the backup files details before restoring and select the one(s) you prefer to restore. Thus, you will never worry about restoring from a wrong backup and lose other important existing data on your device.

Besides that, it supports restoring only certain file type, which saves lots of your time and storage space on device. It offers 3 different recovery modes, from iTunes backup, from iCloud backup, from iDevice directly. If you fail to restore wanted files from computer, you still have other methods to get your files backup. Now, let’s see how to restore iPhone/iPad from computer backup with PhoneRescue for iOS.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac/pc, or directly click the Download button below > Open it.

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Step 2 Connect your device to the computer via a USB cable > Choose Recover from iTunes Backup mode and click on Right Arrow to continue.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer without iTunes – Step 2

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer without iTunes – Step 2

Step 3 Choose the backup contains the data you want to restore and click Right Arrow> Check the files categories and click on OK button to proceed.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer without iTunes – Step 3

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer without iTunes – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the data you want to restore > Click Restore button on the bottom-right corner to restore the selected files now.

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer without iTunes – Step 4

How to Restore iPhone/iPad from Computer without iTunes – Step 4

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to restore iPhone iPad from computer or computer backup. If you will have other trouble while finish the task, feel free to contact us by leaving comments below and we will reply you soon. At last, if you find this guide useful, share it to help other iPhone iPad users who are stuck on the same problem.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.