How to Restore iPhone from iCloud

By Emily Watson, Thursday, Nov 06, 2014

Updated on September 20, 2017. iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus are included.

"I bought iPhone 8 Plus a few days ago. Now, I want to get my iCloud backup from my old iPhone 6 to the new iPhone. But I don't know how to restore my iPhone from iCloud without resetting."

Every year, after the release of new iPhone or iPad, many users may ask the same question. Here are two easy ways to restore iOS devices (iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s/iPad Pro/others) from iCloud backup.

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Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup (Erase Data)

The first way to restore old iPhone to new one from iCloud backup is to erase all data on your iPhone and set up your iPhone as new. 

  • Tapping "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Content and Settings".

  • You will be promoted by Setup Assistant to select the option "Restore From iCloud Backup".

Erase iPhone

However, by trying this way, you will be in a dilemma: you can only choose to completely restore your old iCloud backup and losing any new information on your new iPhone in the process or give it up to in favor of the new data you have accumulated. Therefore, to restoring an iPhone from iCloud backup without reset, you need a third-party tool to help you with that.

Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup Without Reset (No Data Erased)

The second way is to use third-party tool, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery. This software can be used to selectively retrieve data from iCloud backups. By using it, you can selectively choose what you need from the old backup without resetting the iPhone restore the whole backup. Therefore, it won't "eat" the new data on iPhone. Just download the program, sign in with your Apple ID, extract and restore iPhone X/8/7/6/5 from iCloud backup.

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Step 1: Sign in with your Apple ID

Run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer. Choose the option of "Restore From iCloud Backup" and enter your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password.

Access Your iCloud Account

Step 2: Choose the backup you want and download it

After entering, you will see that the backup files in your iCloud backup account display automatically. Select the backup you want and click "Download" in "State" column of the corresponding backup file.

Select iCloud Backup Files to Download

Step 3: Preview and recover

The software will automatically start to scan all the data in the downloaded iCloud backup. After a short while, you can start to preview the data. Choose what you want back and click "Recover" at the bottom of the windows.

Preview Photos and Restore by one click

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can not only retrieve photos from iCloud, but from iTunes or from your device directly. This program supports restoring text messages, contacts, notes, photos, videos, camera roll, calendar, reminders, call history etc from iCloud/iTunes backup for iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7Plus/SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s.

Tip: To get old data on your new iPhone, you can also transfer the needed data from old iPhone to the new one with FonePaw iOS Transfer.

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