Best 3 Ways to Restore iPhone from iTunes

To the iOS user's iPhone is a very essential device; it stores all of their photos, videos, messages and other essential data. It will be devastating for them if something happens to that data. This is the reason all iOS users back up their devices from time to time. But they face a big problem when it is time to restore the backup. There are many other ways to do it but to restore iPhone from iTunes is the most common procedure and it has been going on since the beginning. It is not that the procedure is very difficult but there are various stages of that procedure where users face the difficulty. The procedure is same for any iPhone model form 5/6S/7/7Plus/8/8Plus/X; the complete guide is detailed in this article.

Part 1: How to Restore iPhone to Factory Settings from iTunes

If you need to restore your iPhone to its original state, then the only way to do that is to use iTunes app. This method is very useful if you are trying to solve any software or hardware related issues. This method removes all of your personal data from the device and makes it good as new. So, if you want to know how to restore iPhone from iTunes, follow the procedure below:

  • 1. First, connect your iPhone to your computer with a data cable.
  • 2. iTunes will be launched automatically, then choose the iPhone in the iTunes menu under Device.
  • 3. Now, go to the Summary tab and click on the Restore iPhone button.
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  • 4. After that iTunes will ask you if you are ready to restore the device as the procedure will delete all the data and settings of your device.
  • 5. Now, click on Restore.
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  • 6. Now, iTunes will do its work. Do not unplug the cord during the process.
  • 7. After the process is completed iTunes will ask if you want to restore the backup but you need to choose "Set up as a new iPhone".
  • 8. Finally, set up your iPhone and the procedure is completed.

After you go through this process your iPhone will have no data and it will act like a new phone that you have just bought from the Apple store.

Part 2: How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Restoring backup to your iPhone using iTunes app is not easy. iTunes is the oldest app and the users have been using this app for backup and restore purpose for over a decade now so, the problem you are facing is nothing new. But it is a viable method nonetheless and if you want to know how to restore new iPhone from iTunes easily, there is also a great tool to get it done. Both the methods are detailed below:

Method 1: How can you Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

You can easily restore iPhone from iTunes backup using iTunes itself. iTunes has been reported with certain bugs and errors from time to time and that can be an issue while restoring your iPhone. But nonetheless, it has been an old app which has proved its worth all this while and has been effective as well. So, if you want to restore using iTunes then follow the steps below:

  • 1. Make sure that you have the latest version of the iTunes app on your computer.
  • 2. Now, connect your iPhone and the computer with a USB cable.
  • 3. iTunes will be launched automatically, and then you have to select your iPhone from the iTunes window under the Device tab.
  • 4. If you have a new iPhone then iTunes will tell you to restore from the backup.
  • 5. Otherwise, you have to click on the Restore Backup button manually.
  • 6. Now, just choose the backup file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
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This is the easiest guide to restore an iPhone using iTunes.

Method 2: How to Selectively Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

If you are wondering how to restore iPhone from iTunes backup without using iTunes, you can use a third-party tool called Tenorshare UltData for the job. It is a simple tool that works exceptionally well when it comes to restoring your iOS device from backup. It is effective and it can efficiently restore your iPhone from iTunes backup and that too selectively. This means you can selectively choose your iPhone data and then restore it. UltData is available for both Windows and Mac. Here's how to use it:

You can start by installing the software, then launch UltData, select "Recover from iTunes Backup file" on the main window. Choose the backup file you want to restore and click on "Start Scan".

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2. After it is completed, even the deleted files will also appear.

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3. After the scan, all the data will be categorically divided. Choose a category from the left side. You can select "Show only Deleted" to only view the deleted data and a get a preview.

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4. Now, you can select individual files and click on "Recover".

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This way you can easily restore your iPhone from the iTunes backup by using Tenorshare UltData. Don't miss this amazing software.

Extra Tip: How to Backup iPhone to iTunes?

Alternatively, if you want to know how to backup your iPhone to iTunes before restoring, then you can easily do it manually with the help of iTunes. The procedure is elaborated below:

  • 1. So, first, you have to connect both of the devices.
  • 2. Run the iTunes app.
  • 3. On the iTunes panel, click on the Device icon on the top. That icon indicates your iPhone.
  • 4. Now, go to Summary.
  • 5. Under Manually Backup and Restore option, choose the option Backup Now.
  • 6. Finally, click on "Done".
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This will successfully backup your iPhone to iTunes. Keep in mind, iTunes always backs up your whole device and also the backup is encrypted. So, you can't get access to it unless you restore it again.


So, here are the two best ways to get your iPhone restored from an iTunes backup. If you use iTunes be prepared to bear all the disadvantages like crashes, bugs, and glitches etc. Whereas, if you use UltData you don't have to be bothered about anything else other than what it is made for. You can easily restore using the selective restore feature and you won't ever have to think about data loss as well. We highly recommend UltData as it the safest, the fastest and the most effective tool in this article. Go for it!

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