How to Restore Data on Your iPhone from iTunes or iCloud Backup

This article shows you how to restore iPhone data from iTunes backup or iClould backup separately. 

It’s luck for iPhone users as if you lost your data suddenly, you can restore from the previous backup with iTunes or iCloud.

Part 1. Restore iPhone from the Previous Backup Using iTunes

Step 1: Once you have turned on your new iPhone device the first time or you have performed a factory reset on your iPhone, you will be able to see the “Hello” screen. Once you that message, just go ahead and press the Home button.

Step 2: Read and follow the instructions that appear on your screen until you reach the Apps and Data screen. Once you are on that screen where you can find the iTunes Backup message, just go ahead and tap on Next to continue.

Step 3: After that, go ahead and plug in your iPhone device to the computer you used to backup your data using your USB cable. Launch your iTunes program and then click on the iPhone device icon located on the left side of your screen.

Step 4: And then go ahead and click the Restore Backup button then select the desired backup.

Step 5: Patiently wait for iTunes to restore your iPhone device. Do not disconnect your iPhone from your computer until the process is complete.

Part 2. Recover iPhone from Previous Backup Using iCloud

There is another Apple’s official method on how you can backup and restore your iPhone from the previous backup. This is by using the iCloud backup system.

Step 1. Similar to the first step on how you restore your iPhone using your iTunes backup file, once you have turned on your iPhone device the first time, you will be able to see the “Hello” screen. Once you see that message, just go ahead and press your Home button.

Step 2. Read and follow all the instructions shown on your screen until you reach the Wi-Fi screen. Connect your iPhone device to a searched Wi-Fi connection. Make sure that the connection is stable to avoid any interruptions.
Step 3. Proceed to the other steps as well until you reach the Apps and Data screen. From there, just go ahead and tap on the Restore from the iCloud Backup button.

Step 4. After that, you will be needing to enter your iCloud credentials. Just go ahead and log in to iCloud using your Apple ID and password and then choose from any backup shown on your list.

Step 5. Wait until the restoring process on your iPhone device is complete. Make sure that there are no interruptions on your connection to avoid failure or going around in circles.

Editor’s Note: Using iTunes or iCloud to restore your iPhone, iTunes or iCloud will also just let you restore the whole backup file that you have as a backup and doing this will overwrite the other data on your iPhone device. In short, you will not be able to selective choose as to what you want to extract from your backup file.

Guys who have a better way to restore iPhone data, please leave your suggestions below.