How to Restore iPhone or iPad from a Backup

How can you restore an iPhone or iPad from backup, using iCloud, Finder, or iTunes? Don’t be puzzled anymore, we have a complete guide to help you out of the fix. 
How to Restore iPhone or iPad from a Backup

There are times when your iPhone is not performing its best. And the best or shall we say the ultimate solution for such moments is to restore your iPhone or iPad from backup. Whether there is an issue with space, network, or settings, you can troubleshoot it, while keeping your data and settings intact.

There are several ways to restore your device from a backup, and we are going to discuss each one in detail. To be on the safer side, we advise you to first backup your iPhone. So, if anything goes wrong, you won’t lose any data. Now, let’s move on with the process.

How to Restore your iPhone or iPad from iCloud Backup

You don’t necessarily need a PC to restore your iOS device; the device can handle that on its own. Although, the steps involve whipping off all your iPhone or iPad data and then restoring it using the iCloud Backup during setup.

Reset iPhone to Factory Settings 

Step #1. Open the Settings app and tap on General on your iOS device.

Launch Settings and Tap on General on iPhone

Step #2. Now, scroll down to tap on Reset and then tap on Erase All Content and Settings.

Tap on Reset and Then Tap on Erase All Content and Settings

Step #3. Tap on Erase now and Enter the Passcode.

Note: If you have enabled Restrictions, enter the passcode again.

Step #4. Select Erase iPhone to confirm the action.

Erase All Content and Settings to Factory Reset your iPhone

Now, your device will take a few minutes to reset itself to factory settings.

After a successful reset, you will be welcomed by a Hello Screen. Follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the Apps & Data screen.

Step #1. Here, tap Restore from iCloud Backup.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Step #2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.

Step #3. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Step #4. Tap Show all backups and select the backup you want to restore.

Complete the process by following the onscreen instruction. The time taken depends on the backup size and network speed. Once the setup is complete, you can enjoy your device.

Note: This method is can also be used to Restore Backup from Mac or PC, Transfer directly from iPhone or move data from an Android. Just select the preferred option from the Apps & Data screen.

How to Restore your iPhone or iPad Backup in macOS Catalina

If your Mac is running macOS Catalina or higher, you can retrieve and restore your device from backup via Finder. But before we go ahead, turn off Find My feature from your device, or that can become an issue later.

Step #1. First and foremost, connect the device to your Mac via a USB. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen instructions.

Step #2. Launch Finder on your computer.

Open Finder on Mac

Step #3. Select your device from under the Locations section.

Step #4. Go to the General section to access your device’s settings.

Click on iPhone and Select General Tab in Finder

Step #5. Next, click on Restore Backup.

Click on Restore Backup in Finder in macOS Catalina

Step #6. A new pop-up window will appear from where you need to select which back up data you want to restore.

Step #7. Finally, click on Restore to start the restoration process.

Select Previous Backup to Restore iPhone in macOS Catalina

Keep your device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer.

How to Restore iPhone or iPad Backup from iTunes

If your Mac is running macOS Mojave or earlier or Windows PC, iTunes will help you do the task. The method is quite similar but there are a few things to keep in mind before proceeding:

  • Ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC
  • Find My iPhone is disabled
  • Again, factory reset isn’t necessary, but it’s certainly an added precaution for a perfect restore

Step #1. Connect the device to your computer via a USB, launch iTunes.

Step #2. Select the device icon from the top left menu.

Step #3. On this page, select the Summary panel and click on Restore Backup.

Note: If your backup is encrypted, iTunes prompts you to enter the password before restoring.

Step #4. If you have multiple backups, select the appropriate one.

Step #5. Enter the password when prompted → Click on Restore.

Depending upon the size of the backup, the restoration will take its own time.

That’s All For Now! 

Remember, almost every troubleshooting guide for iPhone or iPad has a reset option added into the mix. And it may be a time-consuming process, but it’s definitely not a complex or difficult one.

So, whenever you are in a fix, hope our guide on how to restore your iOS device from backup could help you out!

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