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How to Restore iPhone from Backup

By Emily Watson, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

"I mistakenly deleted some important notes in the notes application of my iPhone. I had backed up the iPhone with both iTunes and iCloud. However, I only want to recover the content of notes. Everything else is outdated. Is it possible to selectively restore iPhone from backup?"

Restoring iPhone from backup is not as easy as we assumed. Apple has done a great job on data backup by using iTunes or iCloud. However, both iTunes and iCloud can only restore iPhone with whole backup. How about only restore lost photos and text messages from iTunes backup and leave other things unchanged? Both iTunes and iCloud can't do any help in this case. This is why a third party tool is needed.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is a powerful iPhone backup extractor that is able to restore iPhone from backup (iTunes backup or iCloud backup). You are allowed to select the files you need to recover, like photos, contacts, text messages, videos etc., instead of restoring whole iPhone when you don't want to. It can also extract encrypted iTunes backup if you know the passwords.

Free download the trial version of FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery on your computer and go ahead and try.


Part 1: Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup
Part 2: Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

Part 1: Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

1. Install iPhone Data Recovery

Download the right version of the program according to your computer's operating system. Then, install the program on your computer. After that, a shortcut icon will be shown on the desktop to let your start the program quickly. The main screen will be shown as below:

Recover iPhone Data from iTunes Backup

2. Select iTunes backup file and start scan

Click "Recover from iTunes Backup File". Then all iTunes backup files will show up on your computer automatically. Select the backup files you need and click "Start Scan".

Scanning iTunes Backup Files

3. Restore iPhone data from iTunes backup

After scanning, all files will be shown orderly. You can check the detail information by clicking Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Contacts, Messages, Call history etc. in the left side. Select the items you want to recover and click "Recover" button to start the recovering process.

Check iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

Part 2: Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

1. Sign in iCloud

Launch the program and choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File". Then, sign in your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password.

Sign in Your iCloud Account

2. Download iCloud backup

After entering iCloud account on the program, all your iCloud backup files will be found. You need to choose the contents you want and click the button "Download" in the state column.

Download and Restore iCloud Backup Files for iPhone

3. Restore iPhone from iCloud

    After downloading, the software will scan the data found in the backup spontaneously. A few seconds later, you can preview the scanning result, such as contacts, photos, messages, notes, videos, etc. Choose what you want to restore and click "Recover" to recover them to your computer.

Recover Camera Roll from iCloud Backup Files

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery finds all iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad backups on your computer and lets you extract data from iTunes backup onto your computer with ease. You can selectively choose what to restore – whether you are under time or storage space constraints, you can choose to restore the essentials only.


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