How to Restore iPhone Backup in 5 Steps

A backup allows you to copy and save information from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you replace the device, you can restore iPhone backup to a new device or to the same device.

Choose the method that best suits your needs

If you need an alternate backup, you can save a backup using iCloud and your computer as well. Find out how to back up your device or restore your device from a backup.


Store backups in iCloud

Offers up to 2TB of storage (with an Apple One Premier plan, you can have up to 4TB)

Always encrypt backups

Lets you create and use backups anywhere over Wi-Fi


Store backups on your Mac or PC

Store data according to the available space on your Mac or PC

Offers encrypted backups (off by default)

Lets you create and use backups from your Mac or PC

iCloud backup

With a Wi-Fi network connection, you can back up your device using iCloud. You don’t need to connect your device to a computer to back up with iCloud.

ICloud backups include almost all data and settings stored on your device. iCloud backups do not include:

Data that’s already stored in iCloud, such as contacts, calendars, notes, iCloud photos, iMessages, voice memos, SMS and MMS messages, and health app data.

Data stored in other cloud services, such as Gmail and Exchange mail

Apple Mail data

Apple Pay information and settings

Setting up Face ID or Touch ID

iCloud Music Library and App Store content (if it’s still available in the iTunes Store, App Store, or Book Store, you can tap it to re-download previously purchased content).

Learn how to back up your device using iCloud or how to manage iCloud storage and delete backups you no longer need.

When you use Messages in iCloud, data from the Health app in iOS 12, or Voice Memos, your content is automatically stored in iCloud. Also, if you turn on iCloud Photos, your content is automatically stored in iCloud.

Backup from your computer

A computer backup of your device, which is not the same as syncing, includes almost all data and settings on the device. A computer backup does not include:

iTunes Store and App Store content or PDF files downloaded directly to Apple Books

Content synced from Finder or iTunes, such as imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos

Data already stored in iCloud, such as iCloud Photos, iMessages, and SMS and MMS messages

Setting up Face ID or Touch ID

Apple Pay information and settings

Apple Mail data

Keychain and Activity & Health app data (you will need to use encrypted backup in iTunes to back up this content).

Restore iPhone Backup

You can have your content, settings, and apps back again by using the Restore Backup option to a new or newly initialized iPhone.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Turn on a new or newly initialized iPhone.

Follow the instructions on the screen to choose a language and region.

Tap “Set Manually.”

Tap Restore from iCloud Backup, then follow the instructions on the screen.

You will be prompted for your Apple ID. If you have forgotten your Apple ID, go to the Recover Your Apple ID page.

Restore iPhone backup to your computer

Using a USB cable, connect a new or newly booted iPhone to the computer that contains the backup.

Do one of the following to Restore iPhone Backup from PC:

In the Finder sidebar on Mac: Select iPhone, then click Authorize.

macOS 10.15 or later is required to use the Finder to restore iPhone from a backup. With earlier versions of macOS, use iTunes to restore from a backup.

In the iTunes app on a Windows PC: If you have multiple devices connected to your PC, click the device icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window, then select the newly erased or new iPhone from the list.

On the welcome screen, click “Restore from this backup”, choose your backup from the list, and then click Continue.

If the backup is encrypted, you must enter the password before restoring files and settings.

And that’s it, with these steps you can easily restore iPhone backup.

We hope that this guide on how to Restore iPhone backup has been useful and has helped you to get it on your Apple device without further problems.

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