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3 Ways to Restore iPhone from Backup [Comparison]

author Emily Watson
date Friday, December 17, 2021

"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 Everything else is outdated.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?"

Apple has done a great job on data backup by using iTunes or iCloud. When you suffer from data loss, you can easily retrieve the backup data and get back the deleted documents. However, both iTunes and iCloud can only restore iPhone with whole backup. You are not able to view the contents inside, and can only estimate by the backup time whether it contains the document you need or not.

So, is there a way to only restore the lost data, for example, the notes, from iTunes/iCloud backup and leave other things unchanged? The answer is YES. But it’s a pity that Apple itself does not provide an official way to do that, and this is when a third-party tool come in handy.

In this post, we will show you three methods to restore iPhone from backup. You will see how to restore iPhone from the whole backup with iTunes or iCloud, and how to selectively extract the data you want with the help of a third-party program.

Overview: How to Restore iPhone from Backup

For you to quickly decide the method you need, here we listed and compared the three ways in the table:

Restore with

iTunes

iCloud

FonePaw iPhone Data   Recovery

The backup to use

The iTunes backup   you need

The iCloud backup   you need

Either the iTunes or   iCloud backup

Can preview data in the backup?

No

No

Yes

Can restore only part of data?

No

No

Yes

Now you can look at the details of the method you need in the following tutorials.

How to Restore iPhone with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

As we say above, Apple does not provide a way for you to preview or extract the data you want in the iTunes/iCloud backup. So, if you desire to restore only what you need without wiping out the current data in your iPhone, you need to use a third-party tool, and here we will recommend a safe and helpful one for you.

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FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is a powerful iPhone backup extractor that is able to restore iPhone from backup (iTunes backup or iCloud backup). With this software, you will be able 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. Other than this, it can also extract encrypted iTunes backup if you know the passwords.

Now have a look how to partially restore your iPhone data from backup with it:

Selectively Restore iPhone Data from iTunes Backup

To use this approach, make sure that you have installed iTunes on your computer, which stores your iTunes backups.

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.

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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".

Recover iPhone Data from iTunes Backup

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 to check if they are the ones you need and click "Recover"/"Restore" button to start the recovering process.

Check iPhone Photos from iTunes Backup

Selectively Restore iPhone Data from iCloud Backup

Restoring from iCloud backups is similar to the way using iTunes backup, but there are also some differences in the operation, here is the tutorial:

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2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

To sum up, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can find all iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad backups on your computer and lets you extract data with ease. You can selectively choose what to restore – so it will definitely save up your time and effort. By the way, even if you have no backup and have deleted something on your phone by accident, this tool can also scan the data directly from your iPhone and restore it.

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How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

Of course, when you are sure your deleted data is stored in your iTunes backup, and the backup is relatively new, you may prefer to use the official way. Here’s what you should do with it:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

  2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes with the lighting cable.

  3. Click the Summary tab at the left sidebar. So on the main interface at the right side, you can find out Backup > Restore Backup.

  4. Select “Restore Backup”, and you will see the options of your iTunes backup. Choose the backup that contains your deleted data, and restore your iPhone from it. You may need to wait for some time for the program to wipe your iPhone data and then restore it.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup

How to Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup

The principle of using the iCloud backup is basically the same. However, you may need to check the update time of your iCloud backup first. Follow this to do the restoring:

  1. Open your iPhone, tap Settings > Apple ID profile > iCloud > iCloud Backup, and you can check whether your backup feature is on, and when the last time you do the backup. If you enable it to back up the data you want and the time is before when you deleted it, you will be able to get it back by restoring.

Check iCloud Backup iPhone

Note:

If you want to restore Photos, Notes, Contacts, Mails or Messages, and have enabled the backup function of the applications, you can also try to sign in to iCloud.com to retrieve the data. They are stored separately and you are allowed to preview the contents.

Recover from iCloud.com

  1. Restore your iPhone by tapping Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Erase All Content and Settings.

  2. After your phone is factory reset, it will be like a new phone, so you have to set up your iPhone settings again. On the Apps & Data page, you can choose to Restore from iCloud Backup and proceed the restoring. Just wait for some time to recover your data.

iPhone Erase All Content and Settings

Conclusion

After comparing the three methods to restore iPhone from backup, we believe that you can find the way that is suitable for you. The two official ways are easy, but only allows you to restore from the whole backup, while the third-party tool method lets you to only extract what you want. Anyway, hope this passage can help you restore the data successfully.