How to Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes/iCloud Backup Easily

How to Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes or iCloud Backup? This guide will offer 3 easy methods to help you restore iPhone from previous backup entirely or selectively.

By iMobie | Posted on: Nov. 07, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 07, 2018
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Generally, most iPhone users know how to restore iPhone from the previous backup with iTunes and iCloud. But there are still a few people who don’t know how to do it, especially those users who switched from Android to iPhone. Therefore, here comes this guide to show you how to restore iPhone from the previous backup with iTunes and iCloud.

Part 1. Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup

It’s doable to restore iPhone from previous backup in iTunes, which is the traditional and official method provided by Apple. To make it, what you need are 4 things: one computer, the iTunes backup you made before, the latest iTunes, and your iPhone.

Before talking about the detailed steps of restoring iPhone from previous iTunes backup, two more things need your attention. Since this restoring is a whole backup restoring, so it will restore all the backup data and settings to your current device and replace current data & settings on your phone. In other words, the existing data and settings on your phone will get lost. If you restore from the previous backup to a new iPhone, then there is no necessary to worry about it. Otherwise, it’s not smart to do so.

So, here comes another question. If you aim to restore certain types of data from the previous backup, such as meaningful photos, several messages, and something like that rather than the whole backup data because of some of them already useless. It’s sorry to tell you that’s impossible by using iTunes restoring. As you see, restoring iPhone from previous backup with iTunes is feasible but has drawbacks. If you want to avoid these drawbacks, you can go to Part 3. Next, let’s see how to restore iPhone from previous iTunes backup.

Step 1 Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to the iTunes with USB cable.

Step 2 Click the iPhone icon on the iTunes interface.

Step 3 Click Summary > Select Restore Backup.

Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup - Step 3

Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup – Step 3

Step 4 Choose the backup you made before.

Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup - Step 4

Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup – Step 4

Step 5 Confirm by clicking Restore again. Then wait for the process to finish. Don’t unplug the iPhone until it’s done. Then it will restarts and sync with iTunes.

Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup - Step 5

Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes Backup – Step 5

Part 2. Restore iPhone from Previous iCloud Backup

Restore iPhone from previous backup with iCloud is another restoring method offered by Apple. Just like restoring in iTunes, restoring with iCloud also will bring data replacing and can’t support accurate restoring. If you prefer a flexible & accurate restoring, you can go to Part 3.

Now, let’s see how to restore iPhone from previous iCloud back by following steps:

Step 1 For brand-new iPhone, like iPhone XS or iPhone XR, you should see the “Hello” screen on your phone. Tap the Home button and follow the on-screen directions until you get to the Apps & Data screen. For iPhones that are not brand new, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings.

Step 2 On the Apps & Data page, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Step 3 Login with your Apple ID to select backup to restore.

Restore iPhone from Previous iCloud Backup

Restore iPhone from Previous iCloud Backup

Part 3. Selectively Restore iPhone from Previous iTunes & iCloud Backup

This part, we’re going to share you an alternative way – using iPhone Data Recovery PhoneRescue to restore iPhone from previous backup. Supports restoring from both iTunes and iCloud. As one of the best iOS Data Recovery, it brings you lots of conveniences:

Makes it possible to restore specific data from iTunes or iCloud backup instead of restoring the whole backup. Additionally, you’re being allowed to preview the data in detail that is not supported by the traditional method.

  1. Guarantees 100% safe and clean, won’t cause any data loss or data replacing, as well any change of settings.
  2. Supports restoring all kinds of iPhone content, including photos, messages, contacts, call history, calendar, iBooks etc.
  3. Besides restoring from the previous backup, it also can help you recover lost data when you have no available backup.
  4. Easy to use. No tech knowledge needed at all. Only 3 simple steps, you can restore what you want: connecting, scanning and restoring.

Now, let’s see how to selectively recover wanted data from previous iTunes or iCloud backup. Download and install PhoneRescue for iOS on your Mac or PC computer prior, then follow the steps below.

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Step 1 Run PhoneRescue for iOS and connect your iPhone to the computer and select Recover from iTunes Backup > Click Right arrow button to continue.

Selectively Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup - Step 1

Selectively Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup – Step 1

 In this guide we take restoring from iTunes backup as an example, to restore from iCloud backup, you can check here.

Step 2 Select one backup and the arrow button again > Check the type of data you want to restore. Here take messages for example.

Selectively Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup - Step 2

Selectively Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup – Step 2

Step 3 Preview and select the message you want to recover, then click the Recover button to restore selected data directly to your iPhone XS or to your computer.

Selectively Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup - Step 3

Selectively Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup – Step 3

The Bottom Line

That’s the three methods about how to restore iPhone from the previous backup. As you can see, restoring from iTunes or iCloud is free but also needs to face drawbacks. Restoring with PhoneRescue is charged but easy to do and bring lots of benefits. No matter which method you choose, hope this guide is helpful for you. Last, do not forget to give a try on PhoneRescue.

iMobie

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