Effective Ways on How to Restore iPhone From Backup

iPhone is one of the smartest and fastest devices of the 21st century. But that does not mean that it is invincible. Bad things always happen! Your phone starts to lag, your device suddenly crashes or you may just want to update the iOS. These are a few things that will force you to create a backup of your iPhone data beforehand. The company even suggests the users to back up the device daily, so that if you face such situations then you will be able to easily restore iPhone from backup. Restoring the iOS device data is a delicate procedure and one little mistake can corrupt the backup, and then you may not be able to use it again. So, read the iCloud and iTunes restore procedures below with some alternatives as well.

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Part 1: How to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

If you are going to restore your iPhone, then the first applications which come to your mind are iTunes and iCloud. They are the official iOS apps, designed to support the users in any way possible. The procedure to restore iPhone with iCloud is discussed below, along with a suitable alternative.

Way 1: Restore iCloud Backup on iPhone

iOS users usually prefer iTunes to backup and restore their devices, the iCloud procedure is a bit complicated and most people have no idea how to restore from backup. If you are going to use iCloud to restore your iOS device, then you have to erase all the content and then you can restore from a backup. The procedure is discussed below, briefly.

For the first part, you need to erase your device,

Step 1: Open your iPhone, go to “Settings” and then tap on “General”.

Step 2: Then, tap “Reset” and select “Erase All Content and Settings”.

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After implementing the above procedure, you will have a clean device without any settings and data. Now, it is time to restore the backup.

Step 1: You have already “Reset” the device; so, when the “Hello” screen is visible just tap the “Home” button.

Step 2: Then. You have to choose a “Language” and a “Country”.

Step 3: Also, select a Wi-Fi network and log in to it.

Step 4: Then, go to “Apps & Data” and tap on “Restore from iCloud Backup”.

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Step 5: You have to provide your Apple ID and password, and then follow the procedure.

Step 6: Finally, choose the backup you want to use.

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Way 2: Restore iCloud Backup using UltData

You can also restore iPhone from iCloud backup using Tenorshare UltData software. This was the first software that came with such an exclusive feature. Before Tenorshare there was no way to access the backup file created using iCloud but after the release of this software, everything changed.

The first advantage of using UltData is that you won’t have to worry about losing data anymore, as a lot of users have complained that they have lost a significant amount of data when they were restoring the backup file to their iPhones or any iOS devices. Also, the software is significantly faster and effective than iCloud as it comes with various advanced features.

Here are the steps to restore iCloud backup with Tenorshare UltData:

Step 1: So, you need to download and install the software on your computer and then run the installer.

Step 2: Then, run the software and click on “Recover from iCloud Backup File”.

Step 3: After that, you have to log-in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID.

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Step 4: Inside the account, you will see the backup files that are connected with your Apple ID. Select a backup file and click “Next” afterwards.

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Step 5: After checking the details of all the backup files, you must choose the files that you want to restore. Tap Next to download and scan.

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Step 6: Once the downloading is completed the software will start scanning them immediately.

Step 7: You will get a preview of the files, and then just choose the files you need and click “Recover”.

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Step 8: The files will be restored to their original formats after you choose destination.

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This way you can selectively restore the iCloud backup files on your iPhone using Tenorshare UltData very easily.

Part 2: How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

The official apps designed by Apple to backup and restore iOS devices are iTunes and iCloud. It is very easy to backup and restore iOS devices using these apps but there are certain flaws that are forcing users to look for other suitable options. The basic procedure to restore backup with iTunes is discussed below along with a suitable alternative.

Way 1: Directly Restore Backup on iTunes

It is very easy and simple to restore iPhone to previous backup using iTunes app. But before you use iTunes you should probably know about a few things like you won’t be able to access the iTunes backup file as it is highly encrypted and selective restoration of backup files is impossible.

So, here’s how you can restore from iTunes backup:

Step 1: First, connect the iPhone to your computer and launch the iTunes app on your computer.

Step 2: Make sure that you are using the latest version of iTunes on your computer as it will be faster and more effective.

Step 3: Now, in the iTunes window, click on the “Device” icon and then head for “Summary”.

Step 4: Now, you have to check the box beside “This Computer”, now, iTunes will automatically backup to this computer.

Step 5: Now, you just have to find the proper backup file and then select it. Then, click on “Restore Backup”.

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Step 6: Again the option will appear and you have to click on “Restore”, if prompted provide the password to unlock the encryption.

This is the way to restore your iPhone using iTunes app. Unfortunately, it was once the most used iOS app but because of the negligence of the company, the reputation of the app is completely tarnished. A lot of people have complained about corrupted and lost data during the backup and restore procedure.

Way 2: Restore iTunes Backup with UltData

Alternatively, you can also use Tenorshare UltData to restore from iTunes backup. It is a very convenient software, capable of lots of stuff. One of the biggest problems with restoring the backup file with iTunes is that the app is too slow and there are instances where people have complained about corrupted bytes of data. No proper updates and maintenance either! So, it is much better to use Tenorshare UltData for such delicate procedures.  

Here’s how to restore iPhone from iTunes backup using UltData:

Step 1: The initiation process is the same as the iCloud backup, you have to get the software on your computer and then connect the iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: After that run the software and click on “Recover from iTunes Backup File”.

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Step 3: Now, the software will automatically display all the iTunes backup files available on your computer.

Step 4: Choose, the backup you want and then click “Start Scan”.

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Step 5: When the scanning is complete all the details of the files will be categorically visible to you. You can also choose the see “Only the deleted files”.

Step 6: But after this preview, all you need to do is to select the files and click “Recover” to download the files.

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Usually, the iTunes backup files are highly encrypted and you are only permitted to back up the whole backup file, there is no option where you can select a specific file to restore. Tenorshare UltData lets you choose and you can also select where you want the files to be downloaded, in your computer or directly to your iPhone. 

Part 3: How to Restore iPhone without Backup

Now, this is a procedure that is only available to the Tenorshare UltData users. This is the software’s signature feature where if you don’t have any backup files and suddenly lost all the data, you can use UltData to restore the iPhone. It will scan the device and find all the lost data and restore to their original formats.

Here’s how you can directly restore iPhone without any backup:

Step 1: So, for the first part you have to install the software and connect the device to your computer. Make sure that the device is turned on.

Step 2: Now, go to the main interface of Tenorshare UltData and select “recover from iOS device”.

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Step 3: The software will detect the device immediately, and then you will get a view of its interface.

Step 4: There will be different types of file categories and you can select which files categories you want to recover.

Step 5: After you have selected, click on “Start Scan” to proceed.

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Step 6: After the scan, you will get a preview of all the recoverable files, now you just have to choose the files and click on “Recover”.

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The lost files will be restored to your computer or directly to your iPhone according to what you choose.


The article actually shows you various ways to restore your iPhone from iTunes and iCloud backups. First, you have the conventional methods by using iTunes and iCloud to restore the files, but the procedures implemented by these apps are very outdated and flawed. They are not very efficient. Whereas, Tenorshare UltData comes with advanced features and it is capable of extracting data from those iTunes and iCloud backup files, selectively.   Thus it is the best tool that you can go for and we highly recommend it!

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